Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Avatar 2000

It was in Douglas Trombull's Brainstorm 1983 where Christopher Walken ride LBW (long wheel base) recumbent bicycle Avatar 2000, the bike of the future. 

At the time, I thought it was a great movie. Bit science fiction, psychedelic visions etc. And... a weird bicycle.

Respects to MIT professor David Gordon Wilson of the design. Btw, Avatar 2000 holded non-UCI world speed record in 1982-1983. Only 140 were made in 1981-82. UCI banned recumbent bikes out of "real" bicycle racing world because the aerodynamic advantage or was it too futuristic to this conservative organization?

You can find interesting info and a quicktime clip in this page.

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