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Innovate or die aqua bike

Winner of the specialized innovate or die contest. Helps people get clean, easy to drink water.

178 Comments

  • + 74
 I knew it. Bikers will save the world! coolest idea ever.
  • + 11
 yeah man bikers saving the world
  • + 52
 wow what a great idea, very cool!
  • + 16
 this was a great contest. The guys at MIT powered a supercomputer with a bunch of bicycles. It would of been cool to try to power one of the pinkbike servers with pedal power...maybe next year.
  • + 10
 a similar thing was on Dragons Den. (brittish people would know about what it is). pretty cool idea. well done
  • + 6
 i think that is a good idea but its has very low ground clearance! the footage iv seen of people who would need these most dont use a very good road / track. maybe higher clearance for next modelBig Grin
  • + 0
 yeah really good idea, great job.
  • - 2
 funny thing actually 5 minuts before i saw this on pinkbike as vod, i watched it on the main page of you tube
  • + 6
 so like its a great idea and all but how many ppl in third world places are going to be able to acualy buy one of these bikes ???
  • + 0
 and suspension. put a 40 on there and you're set. no really. if the roads are so bad, should they put some kind of thing on it to make the ride a little smoother? like maybe just have the rear axle pivot?
  • + 1
 they should make a downhill aqua bike or something
  • + 3
 The earth needs more stuff like this to SURVIVE.
  • + 0
 wwwwoooooooooooooowwwwwww thats so sick
  • + 24
 now if it only brewed beer
  • + 0
 Best comment on this page
  • + 0
 Easily
  • + 0
 so true...
  • + 22
 too bad that the people that need it will never be able to afford it
  • + 5
 The whole point of projects like this, especially those funded by companies like Google is to help people, I can't imagine they are going to cost much, if anything (for the end user). If they were too expensive for the people who need them most to afford them, then the whole project would be worthless.
  • + 12
 yeah, so how do the people in Ethiopia and other 3rd world countries supposed to get this bike? And then what do they do when it breaks? Great idea none the less.
  • + 12
 That's great. But if people will need to buy this bike, I think thay will not afford it... Frown
  • + 6
 I think you guys all have the idea behind VOD incorrect. The idea for us, when we created it, was to promote a video of the day. Meaning, it can be anything we decide upon. Just because this bike isn't hucking, or got 10 inches of travel doesn't mean its a bad video. Instead, it is saving hundreds of lives a day, and is a incredible idea. If you guys could save lives by hucking your bike i am sure you would be VOD as well.
  • + 6
 Im guessing that the cost of the bike would be subsidised by large corporate sponsors and aid organizations so the people who need them would get them for very little cost. My only question would be what sort of gearing would it be. I wouldnt like to ride a bike full of water up a hill with no gears.
  • + 1
 its better than walking up with big jugs on you (no pun intended)
  • + 11
 Lets see em jump it!
  • + 2
 haha... yea i wanna see someone 360 that thing
  • + 6
 seeing the number of people who come into our shop with punctures each day, maybe this bike would be better equipped with solid tires - not as comfortable but ZERO chance of punctures! great idea though
  • + 7
 Now the next step is to get it out to the countries that need it. I thing some corporate sponsers need to get involved..
  • + 4
 i think this is a great idea.. really cool. i just thought id like to let everyone on here know that the so-called 3rd world countries have some of the best mountainbiking in the world. and we do have things called bike shops. and most of us have money.
  • + 3
 Alright - to everyone that thinks that this will be SOLD to people in africa or similar places... Think about it. This bike was most definitely designed to be a charitable donation... things are only sold if theyre meant to make a profit. do we sell food stamps to poor people? no, WE GIVE THEM. freebies. l2think kthx.
  • + 4
 besides, it seems a pretty sure way to win any design contest nowadays: create something to help the third world or to save the planet. One might get sick of it...
  • + 5
 Great idea! i like it but i dont think people in the places where it is needed can buy this special bike and maybe change the filters and other components
  • + 6
 ciekawe czy ten rowerek na dirty sie nadaje :PP
  • + 5
 Yep, SHE best go out and get one quick....WTF?!!
  • + 2
 The reality in much of the world is that women indeed do this kind of work. Look at the vast majority of homes in the Western world and we still see women doing the majority of the cooking, house cleaning etc. We may bristle at the thought of calling it what it is, but by providing an opportunity for women to reduce the time and effort required to tote water then they might have more time to do other things like learning to read or earn money to help improve her family's economic situation.
  • + 4
 its a great idea, but how to introduce it in 3rd world countries and whos gonne service it there?
  • + 1
 where do you buy a puncture repair kit from in 3rd world countries?
  • + 0
 A visit to China 15 years ago showed tire patch vendors who would fix a flat while you waited. Punctures are common, and as tires/tubes get older they grow less flexible so many of these vendors also carry a collection of tires/tubes to replace the one you've just sliced. Bikes are ubiquitous in developing countries, and so are the means to keep them serviced.
  • + 3
 Great idea! It seems like it would be a pain in the butt to ride around with that extra 20 gallons of water (or what they said) in the back.
  • + 4
 that is such a good ideal. they should make that on a mountain bike so it fills up your camel back
  • - 3
 because that would really work right?
  • + 2
 orrrr...... you just move to a city instead of living in the middle of nowhere. and do they really think people in developping countries can afford a bike like that, and know how to fix it if somethings wrong with it? NO!
  • + 5
 this thing needs a fox 40
  • - 4
flag bikenerdy (Jan 17, 2008 at 19:47) (Below Threshold)
 agree
  • - 4
flag craig-b (Jan 17, 2008 at 20:13) (Below Threshold)
 hell ya
  • + 1
 well, a nice idea for a design contest, but hardly possible to introduce in the harsh reality. And trekrules, it's not the best invention introduced to the bike market. First of all, it's not in the market yet (and not likely to ever be), secondly I personally consider e.g. the suspension fork way more importantSmile
  • + 5
 thats a sick sick idea!!....
  • + 1
 It makes me so sad to see people are not thinking positive about this. I hope all the people with the negative comments feel better about themselves. You would cry yourself to sleep every night if the same situation was brought upon you. We are all humans, we all bleed, we should all unite and help the poor countries. If we can't help the poor countries, we should at least try to buffer their suffering. AS these very intelligent people have done. There should be more people like you and your team out there!
  • + 1
 its a great idea but the problems would be distributing the bike to third world countries, finding areas passable by bike, having a way of filling the back tank, and what happens when the filter expires? im not trying to downtalk this bike i think its a great idea but if some one can fix all the flaws this has the opportunity to save many lives
  • + 3
 Google, a company with a market cap around $250 billion funds a project in cooperation with Specialized and an international development organization, and you are the one who is smart enough to find the "flaws"? Just because a nation is classified as "developing" doesn't mean they don't have roads for god's sake, however rudimentary, and if there is a water source (finding the source isn't the problem being addressed here), you really don't think it would have a spout? Which could literally be a piece of Bamboo cut in half? And to top it all off, you apparently ride a Kona, so your judgment is questionable to begin with.
  • + 1
 Why not just have a trailer that you can fit to any bike?
Surely a mountain bike pulling a trailer would be better suited to road conditions ( dirt roads ) in these countries, the trailer wheels could operate the filter and it could have a hand winch for filtering while the bike is stationary.
When the trailer is not attatched, the bike could be used for other purposes.
  • + 0
 invent such trailer and win another contest. I think the idea is good as it is now and it's way easier to ride stationary bike (in my opinion ofkoz)and make water clean than pumping with a hand winch.

I wish they had sponsors to build and spread them around poor countries
  • + 0
 Galador (January 17, 2008 at 19:26)
due any of u nay sayers or dip shits that think this is a gay or stupid i dea i hope the u.s or north korea or so me one nukes the crap out of ur country and u got shit for clean water and then evryone will be like ya a real stupid idea and ull get none u will all dye u ungratful little basterds

all for a pink bike video comment? go see a shrink.
  • + 3
 they should put suspension on it so they can hit jumps on there way to the water hole!
  • + 3
 well bikes are the way of the future man screw hover cars im gunna just keep on riding my bike
  • + 4
 Wow, Would of never thought. Great idea and design, Very impresive.
  • + 3
 Ride a bicycle - Save the planet!!! The idea with this water bike is fantastic!
  • + 2
 I agree that it's a cool invention... however, for the cost for every family in a village to have one, a proper community well could be drilled.
  • + 2
 For one reason or another I can't veiw the video. but andy-manc's trailer idea sounds like a good solution to most of the "crappy bike" comments.
  • + 1
 yeh, same man, its jst black with the loading circle thingy, it didnt work b4, so i thought it was jst a script error on my computer, bt after rebooting etc 6 hours later, still no worky
  • + 1
 it's not working for me either
  • + 2
 if i had one it would have mtx rims and hope hubs, dirt jumper1 and a profile crankSmile
  • + 3
 Look like an awsome DJ bike
  • + 2
 A superb design and idea... now we just need Steve Jobs and Bill Gates to support this and bring the Aquaduct to production.
  • + 3
 bikers will save the world Big Grin
  • + 2
 thats really awesome! So let's not beat around the bush, start shipping them overseas!
  • + 3
 Briliant idea! It's really, really important for poor countries!
  • + 1
 i would put suspension on tht and well done guys for the idea and it is nnice of you to think of other people aswell . aslo bikers will save the world !!!! Smile
  • + 0
 Suspension is a shit idea as its heavier, more expensive and less reliable than a rigid fork.
  • + 1
 omg thats a great idea shame that it might cost alot to make and peeps probs wont be able afford it unless charities buy them and give them out
  • + 2
 its not suposed to look nice its suposed to help ppl in need of clean water
  • - 1
 im not a fan of how pinkbike will (rarely, but they still do) use the POD or VOD to promote or advertise something...dont get me wrong, this bike is an awesome idea...but its hardly extreme. the idea still exists if they dont post it as VOD
  • + 2
 pretty cool idea very smart too:P
  • + 2
 great idea for poor countries!
  • + 2
 I think it's a great Idea!!!
  • + 2
 sick idea!! i realy hope it will be usebale for many people
  • + 1
 I hope all u ass holes that hate this idea get so poor u get deseases cuz u cant aford water and lets c what u think then..
  • + 1
 Great Idea to help people and save lifes and it is cool how pedal power can save life props to you
  • + 2
 you say that becausa momy and daddy pays for water for you, dont they?
  • - 1
 shut up nazi
  • - 1
 This is a really good idea, it gets rid of the needs for water and transportation in 3rd world countries, i sure hope they can mass produce this product cheaply so all less fortunate may have one.
  • + 1
 and whoevr thinks this is a bad idea or does not give a shit is dark and there a dickhead Smile
  • + 2
 great idea, hope the places that need this bike can get the bike.........
  • + 1
 fabulous idea ! Smile
they could make the same bike but for freeride use no ? Wink
  • + 2
 BIKES > EVERYTHING

But we knew that already.
  • + 2
 awesome!!! haha
im thirsty Razz
  • + 3
 awesome!!
  • + 1
 great idea! what happens when the wheel buckles?

They should make a DH version!
  • - 3
 due any of u nay sayers or dip shits that think this is a gay or stupid i dea i hope the u.s or north korea or so me one nukes the crap out of ur country and u got shit for clean water and then evryone will be like ya a real stupid idea and ull get none u will all dye u ungratful little basterds
  • + 1
 cool concept hope more like it are on the way
  • - 1
 Amazing idea, but it should have training wheels. And Bassman, you're a fag. It's because of people like you theres still poverty.
  • + 1
 great idea, but not what i would expect on pinkbike
  • + 1
 i hate the advertisements at the bottom of videos
  • + 1
 looks like a mobile distillery to me lol
  • + 1
 thats awsome now they just have to make a down hile version Wink
  • + 1
 im sorry but this is completely GAY.
  • + 2
 absolutly genius.....
  • + 1
 awsome idea very smart tup
  • + 1
 should not be vod, but it is a good idea
  • + 1
 a true testament to the human imagination. bravo guys.
  • + 0
 Wow! That`s wonderful idea!
  • + 1
 **down hill**
  • + 0
 And if it breaks how are the third world contrys people going to fix it?
  • + 0
 THAT is clever. Props to all involved.
  • + 0
 cool idea =) well done ! Smile
  • + 1
 Nice and smart(i)
  • + 1
 Won't load..
  • + 0
 i agree^ . very good idea
  • - 1
 make a cheaper easy version or just donate them through schools or something
  • - 1
 that shit should be sold to 3rd world countries were they need there water that would be an easy multi task for them
  • + 0
 very clever idea - make bigger bike so get more water haaa
  • + 0
 that is such a sweet idea Smile
  • + 0
 best invention to hit the bicycle market so far.Good job guys
  • - 1
 nice job but how are people going to be able to afford that shit you probly want like 3000 for that thing~!
  • + 0
 Thats what charities like the Red Cross are for. Its more useful than food parcels!
  • + 0
 wow thats really amizing that will help a lot of people great vid!!!!!!
  • + 0
 to the guy above me ure an idiot great idea guys, ure doin gods work
  • + 0
 Awesome. Would love to take that baby down Cwmcarn black run!!
  • + 0
 sick great idea but probably way to expensive for developing countries
  • + 0
 Thats what charities like the Red Cross are for. Its more useful than food parcels!
  • + 0
 how jump's on this bike maybee too water jumps
  • + 1
 sweetley done guys
  • + 0
 fantastic idea! clever solution to a common problem. well done
  • + 1
 right on guys Razz
  • + 0
 if it really goes in production its worth a nobel price
  • + 0
 is the best invente in years
  • + 0
 nice idea for a water thingy
  • + 0
 REALLY good idea!!! Props to that!
  • + 0
 that's your farvorite vid !!!!!!!!pritty cool.
  • + 0
 Well done!
  • + 0
 nice... Smile
  • + 0
 That nice and funny
  • + 0
 i want one
  • + 0
 nice idea
  • + 0
 Awesome!
  • - 1
 Prety laugh, but nice idea
  • - 1
 how are poor familys gona buy it? its looks expensiv
  • + 0
 Thats what charities like the Red Cross are for. Its more useful than food parcels!
  • + 0
 thats simply amazing!
  • - 2
 That is very cool idea, but just how good is that filter?
It probably die in a week and whole thing not goning to work.
  • - 1
 mow the f*ck will they maintain the bike?
  • + 0
 great idea!
  • + 0
 that is cool...
  • - 1
 how much for that bike seriously?
  • + 0
 GOOD WORK M.I.T.!
  • - 1
 that is reli cool and clever but why vod???
  • + 0
 SO nice .... !! Smile ))))
  • - 2
 awesome idea. hopefully they aren't too expensive for the people who really need them.
  • + 0
 great idea
  • - 3
 nice... but ugly bike
  • - 3
 Throw an Fox 40 on the front and a DH 5.0 on the back and I'd buy it.
  • - 2
 Best vid ever
  • - 1
 nice thing.
  • - 3
 Dude this is a bike website i want extreme not crapy movies with old people music.
  • - 3
 dude, i was actually just doing a physics project and my design is just like it.. WTF!!! Frown
  • - 1
 Beautiful idea.
  • - 1
 pure genouse
  • - 1
 yeah
  • - 2
 very very nice!!!! good idea!!
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