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Video: Cyclist straps jet engine to his bike – and hits 133kph

“I was shocked,” says Taiwanese rider, who says the bike went a bit faster than expected

A cyclist in Taiwan has hit 133kph on his bike – after strapping a jet engine to the back of his bike.

It took the rider, a 37-year-old man named Wang, less than 30 seconds to reach his top speed, reports Taiwan News. Afterwards he said he was “shocked,” and had not expected the bike to go so fast.

With the fuel propelling him contained in a 700ml water bottle and a burn rate of 1.1 litres a minute, perhaps fortunately for the cyclist it ran out before he could go even faster.

The jet engine was one originally intended to be used in a radio-controlled aircraft – something Wang dreamed of owning when he was younger – and he had a custom rack made to secure it to his bike.

It’s quite a sight as he zooms up the road – startling a nearby dog on the way as he gets up to speed.

After the video went viral, police in Tainan warned Wang over potential traffic violations, although apparently the law is unclear on permitted modifications to bicycles.

However, reportedly mindful that he might inspire others to stick a jet engine on the back of a bike, he’s been given seven days to satisfy police that is bike is fully street-legal.

He is said to have researched how to go about building his jet-powered bike by studying videos online – and we imagine as part of that, he’ll have come across madcap British inventor Colin Furze and his converted Raleigh Shopper, which is now getting on for 40 million views on YouTube.

> Video: Jet-powered Raleigh shopper

While 133kph is certainly fast, it was less than two weeks ago that Adam Blythe claimed to have beat that on a bike without a jetpack strapped to it by hitting 136kph according to his SRM head unit... wonder what Wang's contraption could get up to on a descent? 

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.

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