Wednesday, 12 January 2011
The Ice-Bat is a new recumbent trike for winter competition. It uses a propeller and skates to run on ice-rinks. Good speeds can be achieved like this, with no damage to the surface of the ice.
It was invented by Steve Ellis, another British person living here in Assen.
I featured the original prototype a few months back.
The prototype first tested the concept of running with a propeller. It was based on a Sinner Comfort recumbent trike and ran on wheels. Steve later moved on to parts of the Comfort on skates as a proof of concept. This rode well enough that it was worth going further.
Now the first two production Ice-Bats have been completed by Steve working with Sinner Ligfietsen. These are lower than the prototype, and have a proper propeller designed for the speeds of the Ice-bat mounted somewhat more rigidly than on the prototype.
The machines will be racing here in Assen on Saturday at De Bonte Wever - our local ice-skating circuit.
Wednesday morning update. Another test ride: