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XploreAir Paravelo: World's First Flying Bicycle Lifts Off the Ground

by , 06/30/13

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If you love getting some air between you and the ground while doing tricks on your bicycle, then you will love the Paravelo. Designed by two British men who have a passion for both cycling and aviation, this extraordinary folding bicycle comes with a trailer powered by a giant fan and a fabric wing that doubles as a tent. The flying bike’s inventors don’t necessarily promote their product for the daily commute, but they do envision a future of combining flying the Paravelo and camping – “flamping.”



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The Paravelo can be used as a standalone folding bicycle that will fit in even the tiniest apartment and on various forms of public transportation, or it can be combined with the trailer that whisks the thing into the sky at altitudes of up to 4,000 feet. There it reaches speeds of up to 25mph, whereas on the ground it travels at a fairly sluggish 15mph.

Siting the famous Wright Brothers, Yanish Read and John Foden told The Guardian that there is a real connection between cycling and the aviation industry, though they caution that it is inadvisable for anyone to purchase and fly a Paravelo without proper training – even though technically no license is required to do so! The team that makes up XploreAir has launched a kickstarter campaign that they hope will help reduce manufacturing costs of the unit to around £10,000, but in the meantime, wealthier folk can purchase their own handmade Paravelo for slightly more than that.

Via The Guardian

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7 Comments

  1. Art Hawley April 26, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    This is a bicycle pulling a trailer for a para-sail. It is not a flying bike.

  2. rupam January 17, 2014 at 5:06 am

    how much money it.

  3. mook73 June 23, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    can you explain why daily mail reported that is will be on sale for 10,000 quids? so who’s right and who’s wrong?

  4. Jasper Nuyens June 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    It already exists in a (much) safer form:

    http://www.fresh-breeze.de/en/products/trikes/flyke.html

    The center of gravity of this design is too high to be safe. It has the plus you can de-attach the bike. But that’s a high cost to pay if you break something when flipping over on landing or takeoff.

  5. nancy durga perrier June 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Septical, a picture on ground and no real video, the words do not fit here…

  6. Cheryl Vargas June 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Where’s the demo video?

  7. devon@devonsmith.net June 20, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    This is such a joke! It’s not a flying bicycle, nor is it green (in any way). It is merely a powered paraglider with a bike attachment.

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