If you’ve ever wondered what 1,000 rockets being fired from the back of a bicycle looks like, wonder no more – madcap British inventor Colin Furze’s latest YouTube video has the answer.
Clearly belonging to the “Don’t try this at home” genre, the results are spectacular, and since being posted on YouTube yesterday, the video has already received more than half a million views.
It’s reminiscent of the Soviet World War 2 multiple rocket launcher nicknamed the Stalin Organ.
In Russian, it was called Katyusha, which itself took its name from a patriotic song about a woman (it translates to English as Katy) thinking of her lover who has headed to the front line.
The word Катюша can also be rendered in English as Katusha – the name of the UCI WorldTour team originally registered as a Russian outfit, and now registered in Switzerland as Katusha-Alpecin.
We’ve featured Furze, a plumber by trade who knocks up his inventions in his garden shed, on road.cc before, including his flying hoverbike, a bike with ice rather than rubber for tyres, and perhaps our favourite, a jet-powered Raleigh Shopper.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.