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The Pneumatic Commuter

Your vehicle can make just as big a statement as your goggles (delightfully deranged in this case). Sure, dirigible liner is the first word in Steampunk commuter comfort, but let's face it, sometimes you need something a little more low key and maneuverable. That's where Bob Jorgensen's steam powered bicycle comes in.



Regrettably Bob passed away back in 2006, but I thought I'd share a picture one of his marvelous creations above that I came across. A short Quicktime movie of the bike in action is available here.

For the technically inclined, Make magazine features several such bikes including the Jorgensen/Roper model a while back.

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tagancalera
Oct. 8th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Wonder what the fuel efficiency is on that bike.
mystech
Oct. 8th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine it was that great; weight was probably enormous, not to mention the difficulty of maintaining a head of steam. The small engines of modern motorized bicycles can display some impressive mileage, but many are based on dirty two-stroke engines. There are some bicycles with electrical engines these days (the Zap, Bionx and others come to mind). The best of them seem limited to 20mph and vary widely in terms of range (10-60 miles per charge).
lizreay
Oct. 9th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
My first thought: Holy CRAP awesome!!!
My second thought: Wow, that's gotta get a bit toasty in the nether region...steam and boiling water. But, at least your pants stay nice and wrinkle-free...
mystech
Oct. 9th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
As an added bonus you can add a rice cooker on the rear cargo rack. :-)
s4
Oct. 10th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
And an espresso maker. This is THE PLAN.
mystech
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Espresso Maker + Cyclist = Perpetual Motion Engine :-)

Brilliant!
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