What is a Hydrobike?
The Hydrobike Explorer I is our flagship product and we are proud to introduce you to it as well as the Explorer II – 1 Hydrobike for 2 people!
Designed by aeronautical engineer, Ray Buresch, the Hydrobike is best described as a water bicycle and quite possibly the most versatile water craft around. It is fast and fun enough to keep the young and young at heart happy. However, it is safe, easy, and quiet enough to suit Grandma’s needs. Also, Grandma gets to keep her backside dry! The elevated seat is more comfortable than a canoe or kayak, and allows riders to see and be seen by other vessels. This also creates a great vantage point for anglers and photographers!
Ever try to climb into a canoe from the water? It’s pretty tricky. The Hydrobike is stable enough to climb on or jump off of. In fact, it is almost impossible to turn over. It is perfect for practically any body of water. Hydrobikes can be operated in as little as 18 inches of water, as well as handle up to 4 foot swells! You can also ride one in reverse.
The Hydrobike can be safely used for:
- Sun bathing
- Good old fashioned fresh air & low impact exercise
The Hydrobike can be used in:
- Dune Lakes
Operates in forward and reverse
Rudder doubles as a brake
Cruising speed is 5 MPH
Top Speed is 8-10 MPH
Assembles/dissembles in minutes
Weighs approximately 100 pound
As you can see, the Hydrobike is just right for a variety of settings & users!
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Hydrobike Explorer is a premier, USA built pedal powered watercraft that has been established since 1990. Hydrobikes are the world’s most advanced Water Bikes that are now being enjoyed in over 70 countries.
Hydrobike Water Bikes are Space Age Technology. Our propeller is CAD/CAM generated not molded without regard for efficiency or performance.
Our technology is based on MIT “Propeller Theory” to achieve 90% + efficiency. This same theory was essential to the Gossamer Albatross the human powered aircraft that flew the English Channel in 1979, and allowed two men to pedal “UP THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER” from the Gulf of Mexico to above St Cloud, MN. While setting out July 4, 1994 from the Gulf of Mexico for a journey lasting 68 days, covering 1180 miles and averaging 18 miles per day pedaling up river.
This was made possible with the aide of our advanced propeller technology and a sleek catamaran float design unique to Hydrobike Explorer Water Bikes.
I received the Hydrobikes and brought them up to my lake house in East Texas last Saturday. Well, Tropical storm Lee was sending rain bands across us and we had a 20-30 mph gusting wind. We got a much needed 3″ of soaking rain in Tyler county, which is the third county west of Louisiana in the middle of East Texas. I could not stand it, so on Sunday I assembled one of the bikes, in the rain, and tried it out. We had no problem in the wind, and I crossed the lake many times. My kids loved it, and my skinny 12 year old son easily controlled the craft. A coast guard officer visiting relatives in the area was very interested in the Hydrobike, and I let him try it and he loved it. I asked him about the wind, and he said it was blowing 20 nautical miles per hour with gusts nearing 40. Two design features of the Hydrobike that keep it from being blown sideways in the wind are the pontoons and the rudder. Your pontoons are deep enough in the water to act as keels, and prevent “crabbing” in the wind. Also, unlike a canoe, or even a kayak, there is very little surface area on the craft for the wind to push on. Now, some of the gusts I encountered were enough to push me sideways on long traverses of the lake. But I could easily compensate with the rudder, which also adds to the amount of “keel”. In fact, in deep water with the rudder in it’s lowest position, it acts as a daggerboard as on a catamaran. I consider the experience a rather extreme test of the craft, and am well satisfied with the performance exhibited. Anyway, next week I am going to take them to the beach and go beyond the third sand bar and fish. I hate wade fishing at the beach as I know what is out there in terms of bull sharks and stingrays…….. “
A Perfect Fit!
“I have worked as an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the past 26 years. I had been looking for a pedal powered water bike for some time and researched the various models that were commercially available and finally decided on the Hydrobike. It is even better than I had imagined! What an incredible design! Everything went together perfectly. The majority of the parts are corrosion resistant, (aluminum, brass and stainless) which was a big concern for using it in our salt water environment and the hulls are virtually indestructible. I weigh about 235 lbs so I was worried about stability. No problem at all. I can stand on one pontoon and the bike is still completely stable. It is really fast and easy to handle, just like riding a bike on the water. It was almost effortless. It handled the rough water with no problem, went into the wind easily, and was a pleasure all round to use. You can operate it in really shallow water by moving the conveniently located handle attached to the drive unit and trimming the drive unit up until the propeller is barely in the water. The designer thought of everything.”