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Ever wished your bike was a horse? Easier up the hills. No? Ever wished your bike sounded like a horse? Of course you have.

Trotify, a slightly bizarre start-up, wants to peddle the world their Monty Python-esque coconut cloppers, or as they describe it, "a wooden device that sits on your front wheel and makes your bike clop like a horse."

It really is that simple. It has no aero properties (in fact it looks positively cumbersome should you encounter a headwind) and it means you'll have a coconut bouncing about on your front wheel.

Odd as it sounds though, 62 people have already pledged to stump up cold hard cash for it, but they do need to sell another 938 before it properly goes into production.

The coconut doesn't actually come in the pack, so you'll need a machete and a bit of space at home to sort that part out. But it does come flat packed and ready to assemble, a bit like those wooden aeroplane models you got as a kid, so there's a bit of nostalgia thrown in for free.

So how would it be out on the roads? Ride through a central London street protest, and you might find your way clears in a trice as people think there's a policehorse on the charge.

Or you might just wind up all the two-wheeled haters out there some more.

A lot of horses tend to get jumpy when bikes come up behind them, so we'd be curious to know how they react to this. Somehow a bit of clopping seems unlikely to be the solution.

If Trotify gets off the ground and shifts 1000 units, they'll ship in March 2013 (so no use for a stocking filler this Xmas) and will cost £25 plus p+p.

The video, below, doesn't actually feature the sound of the hooves in action, but there is a girl in jodhpurs, if that's your kind of thing.

 

 

Oh, ok, we do have a video featuring the unique sound of the Trotify. No jodhpurs though. Enjoy.

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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andybwhite [248 posts] 3 years ago
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"A lot of horses tend to get jumpy when bikes come up behind them, so we'd be curious to know how they react to this. Somehow a bit of clopping seems unlikely to be the solution."

Flicking your brake-levers usually does the trick and sounds uncannily like a trotting horse - or at least old fashioned alloy ones do - a tad cheaper too  3

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carlgrz [50 posts] 3 years ago
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road.cc you are dead to me.

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handlebarcam [543 posts] 3 years ago
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Ever wished your bike sounded like a horse?

No, but I have wondered what is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow...

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ragtag [200 posts] 3 years ago
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The last sentence in the video says it all. "I'm not interested."

This is of course, genius promotion of the company, rather than the product.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Ni!

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Dr. Ko [151 posts] 3 years ago
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But isn't that one of the innovations that other nations love about Britain?  105

Slightly obscu...different from the main stream. Yes, I'll get one. No longer shall I need the sound of a Hope Pro III to be able to conquer pedestrian areas!

Just, afraid it might not work once the tyre is wet.

Regards,

Wolfram

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chris75018 [99 posts] 3 years ago
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Awesome. But do they do a more aero version? (preferably in bare carbon)  3

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Cooks [490 posts] 3 years ago
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horses used to be hard, like in cowboy films. Now they're just a bunch of pussies.

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FreudianSlit [10 posts] 3 years ago
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Girl in jodhpurs? Isn't that an aptly named double Olympic gold medallist in jodhpurs?

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spen [125 posts] 3 years ago
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Isn't this the perfect comsumer product - the solution to a problem that dosen't exist!  7

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dave atkinson [6142 posts] 3 years ago
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Their horse/bike logo isn't a patch on fabric horse

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airborneyellow [8 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd like to Trott-ify my bike, as she's a serious dude and it would surely make me faster ..

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j1mmy76 [66 posts] 3 years ago
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How much does it neigh....I mean weigh?

Is there a carbon version?

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djpalmer32 [76 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd rather stick a card in my spokes and make my bike sound like a motor bike!  26

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Sudor [184 posts] 3 years ago
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Sh*t , why didn't I think of that - no wonder I'm not a millionaire!

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Dr. Ko [151 posts] 3 years ago
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I think it is going to fly, they reduced the price to 20 quid and sofar sold off almost 50%.
Please excuse me now, I'm off to find the perfect coconut..

Regards,

Dr. Ko