Two questions: Is it a bike, and does it hover? Read on ...

When an email landed informing us that a HoverBike will be launching soon on Kickstarter, we got all excited here at road.cc. A bike, that hovers, and which you can buy? We're in.

Except having seen it, we're out ... proving the old maxim that, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Coming from Florida and launching on Kickstarter next month, it has a set of handlebars, a pair of wheels, a saddle, a frame ... and there, the resemblance to a bicycle ends.

What you do is take one of those Hoverboards that were all the rage at Christmas a couple of years ago - assuming it wasn't a cheapo version that burnt  your house down while charging, or didn't get confiscated by a PCSO because you were riding it on the pavement - strap it to the front and let it tow you along.

No chainset, no pedals, just a battery powered rudimentary electric vehicle.

Costing $179 at retail (with savings available for Kickstarter backers), we can certainly see a use for it as a cheaper version of a mobility scooter, and in a way it does look fun.

But a bike it is not, and it most definitely does not hover.

What we do know, however, is that there is such a thing as a hoverbike that does, you know, hover, because madcap British plumber-cum-inventor and YouTube star Colin Furze made one last year and here's the proof.

> Video: Colin Furze is back - with a HoverBike that flies

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.