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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.