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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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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