Akwakat Bike: the Transforming Water Bike by Neil Vanner

Akwakat is a new-freakin-cool waterbike design by Neil Vanner. You can actually ride a bicycle above the water like you are riding your bike on the hard surface. Sounds impossible, right? Well, Neil has proved it possible with this Akwakat waterbike!

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In 2006 Neil Vanner rode his prototype waterbike across New Zealand’s Cook Straight, a 30km stretch of often wild open deep ocean that separates the countries 2 main islands.

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Do not confuse the Akwakat waterbike with a pedal-boat, they are two entirely different products – the Akwakat waterbike uses a standard, non-modified hard tail mountain bike that can be converted back to a standard bike within minutes of reaching the shore, and the lightweight construction results in a draft of only 350mm allowing the rider to easily glide to shore – so the Akwakat takes you from weekday commuting to the office to weekend exploration of your favourite lakes and rivers, and all in one compact carry bag and without a special bike.

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Akwakat Pedal Boat advantages:

  • Forward and reverse momentum through the use of an ingenius gearbox assembly
  • Low centre of gravity provides more stability and is acheived be removing the cycle’s wheel
  • Heavy duty inflatable pontoons are built to take the knocks with specially fitted wear pads
  • Rigid components are either hard wearing polymer construction or stainless steel for long life
  • Modern design means an ulta-cool look
  • All components fit in an easy to store and transport carry bag

(Akwakat via Winarco)

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