Pedal-power on water isn't anything new. Who hasn't rented a snail-slow orange or blue paddleboat on a lake for $25 per hour? But instead of sharing a devastatingly sluggish boat with another person who's more interested in the Twizzlers ya'll brought, you can ride a bike. On water. This is the Schiller X1.
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To stay afloat, the Schiller X1 water-bike uses inflatable pontoons and is propelled by twin oscillating props, which enable steering—using the handlebars—without a rudder. The X1 internals are sealed off and can be easily maintained by anyone who knows their way around a bike, but Schiller says they shouldn't need much upkeep.
Capable of hitting 10 mph, this really isn't anything like a paddleboat. And with completely interchangeable handlebars, cranks, saddles, and more, you have most of the same customizability as an actual street bike.
The best part? The 45-pound X1 can easily be tossed in the trunk of a car and fits in a closet. And it can go in reverse. So, two best parts.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He usually bikes on land but is open to new things. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.