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Seven-Person Bicycle
Status: Real
image Odd, but real. Hammacher Schlemmer is selling a seven-person bicycle. (Actually, bicycle is inaccurate. It's a tricycle.) The blurb about it says: "The frame has an ergonomic design making it easy to get on and off, and has seven sets of pedals that propel the trike forward via a patented transmission system. One person steers, while all seven riders are free to pedal, or not, as the bike moves along." You'd look real cool going down to the store to pick up a loaf of bread on this thing, especially if you then try to chain it up in the bike rack. (Thanks to Daniel Folk for the link.)
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Posted by The Curator on Thu Jan 19, 2006
You'd look real cool going down to the store to pick up a loaf of bread on this thing...

You have an odd sense of 'cool'. LOL
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  04:01 PM
Are you sure that it is real? $20,000 including shipping and sold out do not seem like they should really go together for this thing.
Posted by wdlevy  in  honolulu  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  05:25 PM
I saw a 10 person one, it was amazing, they were having a heavy argument about chickens and ducks, they were all in chefs outfits and I actually do think they were going down to the store to... get a loaf of bread.... Ironic...
Posted by Blood For Nothing  in  Somewhere in the Arctic  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  05:29 PM
I think it's a prank. "Sold out," indeed.
I could see (maybe) building a bike that carries seven people, but not with most of them facing backward or sideways.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Dallas, Texas, USA  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  07:01 PM
I believe it's real. It (or a similar bike) was featured as a "challenge" "The Amazing Race" family edition. (It annoyed me, because I didn't see the challenge.)

However, I think that instead of saying, "...we are unexpectedly sold out," they meant to say "...we are INEXPLICABLY sold out."
Posted by karen  in  Reno  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  07:16 PM
They are all over NYC. You hire them with the driver who steers. Just what I want to do pedal hard in the middle of traffic and fumes.
Posted by Mo  in  Earth, Mostly Harmless  on  Thu Jan 19, 2006  at  10:43 PM
I think it's real. Hammacher Schlemmer cites Eric Staller as the creator of the seven-person bike. He's an artist who built one of these for his own use. He also owned a Volkswagen Beetle (old version) that had lights all over it that he used to ride around NYC. Now why I know this much about an obscure artist is another question altogether.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Jan 20, 2006  at  03:57 AM
I'm just wondering why they don't call it a three-wheeled unicycle. . .
Posted by Joe  on  Fri Jan 20, 2006  at  09:12 AM
In my university town you can rent a pedal-pushed vehicle shaped as a beer-bar, and functioning as a beer bar. Pedallers sit arround it while pedalling (and drinking) and I think it can take much more than 7 pedallers (I estimate some 15-20 at least!). It is very popular for batchelor parties and student association parties. Usually the person steering it is the only participant who is not drunk....
Posted by LaMa  in  Europe  on  Fri Jan 20, 2006  at  09:42 AM
Someone in my neighborhood has one, he brings it to outdoor events and kids love it! I assumed it was a home-made Burning Man type thing though, I'm kind of less impressed if he just went and bought it. Looks like a blast though.
Posted by Anne  on  Fri Jan 20, 2006  at  12:12 PM
I seen that on the history channel the other day....along with other gadgets...
Posted by X  in  McKinney, TX  on  Fri Jan 20, 2006  at  02:32 PM
They're definitely real! We saw one in Minneapolis the other night. Only one guy was riding it, but it seemed to be moving fine without additional pedaling.
Posted by Luka  in  St. Paul, MN  on  Sun Apr 16, 2006  at  10:18 AM
I recently read a news story about these seven-person bikes being used as tourist transportation in the Times Square area of Manhattan and how some people are trying to get them banned for blocking traffic in that VERY congested area.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Mon Apr 17, 2006  at  03:30 AM
It's one of the most interesting places I've visited. Cycling through Bangkok back road along local canal, taking a local train, then continue cycling in countryside, there, you will visit local farmers, villagers, schoolchildren, temple, and market. People are very friendly there; we had lunch at the simple Thai house at the head of the village. Participating in local classroom with local setting were fun and lively with noise who were try to speak to us even though they cannot speak a word of English. While cycling, you are surrounded by rice field everywhere you look. I was blown away.
Posted by Paul  in  USA  on  Mon Oct 15, 2007  at  04:12 AM
The beauty and originality of this tour is not only the cycling through amazing countryside, rice field and true Thai life, but also participating in the community life. ABSOLUTE EXPLORER have fluent Thai & English guide (native Thai) which allow the traveler to connect and get deep inside the Thai culture. These are rare opportunities to feel the real Thai life and culture. The traveler will learn about Thai flora, fruit and vegetable, he will eat inside a Thai family with a quality home cook meal. He will have the opportunity to talk to villager, stop alone the way and maybe some rice grain with the farmers in rice field. When possible the traveler will be able to go on the local school and meet the children who are eager to meet foreigner and learn English a genuine hospitality. ABSOLUTE EXPLORER BICYCLE TOUR is wonderful and unique away from mass tourism. It still so rare to find in the tourism industry an operator like Absolute Explorer that will make you fell like a local not a tourist, yet providing a flawless organization. One of the best tours you can do in Bangkok and countryside.
Posted by John  in  New Zealand  on  Mon Oct 15, 2007  at  04:15 AM
how strange... seems a little bit crowded on that thing to me. must have some real good brakes too, to stop all the weight.
Posted by jeff  on  Fri Jun 27, 2008  at  05:47 PM
Here is a 25-man cycle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5B_TvQqOrs
Posted by John  in  Paris, Illinois USA  on  Sun Nov 21, 2010  at  06:55 PM
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