Trotify: turn your bike into a horse (or make it sound like one anyway)

No, it's not April. These are just coconut cloppers for your bike, alright?

by Sarah Barth   November 24, 2012  

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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.

 

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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 Wink

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posted by andybwhite [217 posts]
24th November 2012 - 9:22

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road.cc you are dead to me.

posted by carlgrz [51 posts]
24th November 2012 - 10:01

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Quote:
Ever wished your bike sounded like a horse?

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

posted by handlebarcam [533 posts]
24th November 2012 - 11:38

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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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posted by ragtag [173 posts]
24th November 2012 - 12:09

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Ni!

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
24th November 2012 - 13:25

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But isn't that one of the innovations that other nations love about Britain? Day Dreaming

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.

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Wolfram

posted by Dr. Ko [109 posts]
24th November 2012 - 14:20

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Awesome. But do they do a more aero version? (preferably in bare carbon) Wink

posted by chris75018 [100 posts]
24th November 2012 - 15:31

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horses used to be hard, like in cowboy films. Now they're just a bunch of pussies.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [492 posts]
24th November 2012 - 15:52

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Girl in jodhpurs? Isn't that an aptly named double Olympic gold medallist in jodhpurs?

posted by FreudianSlit [10 posts]
24th November 2012 - 16:21

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Isn't this the perfect comsumer product - the solution to a problem that dosen't exist! Confused

posted by spen [94 posts]
24th November 2012 - 19:57

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Their horse/bike logo isn't a patch on fabric horse

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
24th November 2012 - 20:44

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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 ..

posted by airborneyellow [8 posts]
25th November 2012 - 8:54

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How much does it neigh....I mean weigh?

Is there a carbon version?

posted by j1mmy76 [65 posts]
25th November 2012 - 21:54

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I'd rather stick a card in my spokes and make my bike sound like a motor bike! Nerd

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posted by djpalmer32 [58 posts]
26th November 2012 - 13:43

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Sh*t , why didn't I think of that - no wonder I'm not a millionaire!

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posted by Sudor [183 posts]
26th November 2012 - 14:12

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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

posted by Dr. Ko [109 posts]
3rd December 2012 - 12:23

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