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

Madcap plumber knocks up another invention in his garden shed

Colin Furze is back with another one of his madcap inventions knocked up in his shed –a ‘HoverBike’ that actually flies.

“It has no steering, it has no brakes, it’s got two accelerators and not even a seat,” says Furze with his typical enthusiasm bordering on craziness.

We’ll overlook the lack of some of those items, though – his rough and ready prototype, which he describes as “a unhinged flying bike/human blender,” was knocked up in just a couple of weeks.

Though it does have (non-turning) handlebars and (non-functioning) brake levers for him to hold onto.

Furze’s creation could bring us a step closer to seeing Star Wars-style speeder bikes in real life – though given the current furore over disc brakes we can’t see the UCI approving the use of those rotors in a race anytime soon mind.

Here's the 'making of' video.

We first featured Furze – a plumber by trade – three years ago when he strapped a jet engine onto the back of an old Raleigh Shopper and fired it up, describing it as “The most dangerous unsafe bike ever.”

That video has now had nearly 19 million views on YouTube.

> Video: Jet-powered Raleigh shopper

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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