Ride the Waves
Whether you’re on the hook in a secluded cove, or tied to the bulkhead of a major city, exercising while aboard is not always easy. This is partially why water toys such as kayaks and standup paddleboards have seen a boom in popularity. Startup company Schiller Bikes is hoping to see bike-boats have a similar resurgence.
The California-based company released a bike-boat called the X1 Founder’s Edition ($8,775) with stainless steel and aircraft-grade aluminum materials atop rugged, 100 denier PVC pontoons.
Power is generated by pedaling, transferred via Gates Carbon Drive belts—designed to withstand corrosive environments—to twin oscillating props. Steering of the props is done via a rotating handlebar. Depending on the user’s fitness level, the Founder’s Edition can do up to 8 knots.
Space constraints faced by boaters were taken into consideration during the design process; the pontoons deflate for easy stowage and the frame on the largest bike is only 2 feet tall. All together, the Founder’s Edition weighs in at 45 pounds yet it can sustain a 300-pound rider. According to Schiller, assembly and disassembly should take less than 10 minutes.
If you’d like to explore shallow waters, or get more exercise, this water toy is a smart fit for boaters. www.schillerbikes.com
This article originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.