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We've seen some interesting and scary bikes of late. There's the French rocket bike, for example. And the Los Angeles tall bike too. But we're not we've ever seen anything as pant-smearingly terrifying as this for a good long while.

Colin Furze has some form when it comes to mad building projects. He's built himself a wall of death out of old pallets and plywood, for example, and has plenty of other dangerous projects under his belt. This project is based around two things: a pulse jet, which is a simple but frightening method of propulsion in this instance powered by a propane cylinder; and a Raleigh Shopper, which is a simple but entirely unsuitable bicycle. Put them together and you have a chariot capable of shooting massive jets of flame, and also reaching 50mph or more.

50mph isn't world record pace, but neither is it a speed we'd like to pilot a Raleigh Shopper at on even the very finest tarmac, let alone a bumpy disused airfield (although later on that looks suspiciously like an open road... wonder what tax band a pulse jet bicycle would fall into?) but Colin's not a big one for safety equipment. Although he does like a tie.

Enjoy!

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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jellysticks [95 posts] 3 years ago
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What a guy  4 . YouTube channel duly followed for inspiration/envy.

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CliveB [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Still looks safer than 4th Cat circuit racing.

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Huw Watkins [97 posts] 3 years ago
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Outstanding!

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crazy-legs [768 posts] 3 years ago
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If ever there was a guy who NEEDS to guest on Top Gear, it's him - what a character!

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Lance Bumstrong [21 posts] 3 years ago
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 19 Devilishly Good My Boy !

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Edgeley [352 posts] 3 years ago
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No helmet. And I bet he went through a red light. Bloody cyclists.

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bobbylama [13 posts] 3 years ago
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The maniacal laughing is, well, maniacal. I suppose the whole thing is.

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spaceyjase [53 posts] 3 years ago
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First Digital EPO, now this?  13

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spaceyjase [53 posts] 3 years ago
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...in fact, did this one ever get posted?

Rocket Power!

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes, we did that one a couple of weeks ago spaceyjase, in fact we were goint to ref it in this story nice anglo/gallic contrast in terms of bikes and erm, safety equipment.

http://road.cc/content/news/84301-video-263kmh-rocket-bike

Mind you the French fella is on a rocket, not sure what that would do to a Raleigh Shopper… Hang on, yes I am

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monty dog [457 posts] 3 years ago
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Love the Doodlebug noises - ride through the East End and watch the pensioners dive for cover  19

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kylemalco [39 posts] 3 years ago
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Can't help thinking boris missed a trick here

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herohirst [71 posts] 3 years ago
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Hats Off Chap.
Top Work.

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wqlava1 [3 posts] 3 years ago
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This has been done 10 years ago by a guy in NZ.
http://www.interestingprojects.com/

..and he got persecuted by their tax dept, he says because of this:
http://www.interestingprojects.com/cruisemissile/

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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wot a nutter, great stuff!

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Ting [58 posts] 3 years ago
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His maniacal glee is what's compelling. Oh and that it's a 50mph jet powered shopper. Good work you lunatic.