April 13, 2008 One of the more interesting finalists in the 12th International Bicycle Design Competition was this amphibious bicycle. The Amphibian Bike concept is the work of Chinese designers Bin Yu and Jian Wang, and in our book, is probably the design with the greatest potential for humanity among the strong field. The big difference with this bike compared to all the other amphibious bicycle designs we have seen is that it can be used as an ordinary bicycle on land. When used on water using the inflatable wheels which fit inside the existing wheels are inflated. The Shuttle Bike is still the best amphibious bike we have seen, though the weight overhead when on land is significant.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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