New Bond Bike leaves other road users shaken but cyclists not stirred
If James Bond were to become carbon neutral, Q Section might persuade him to trade his Aston Martin for a new bike unveiled at the Cycle Show in Earls Court - which opens to the public today.
The bicycle has a flame-thrower fitted in the handlebars to prevent overtaking motorists getting too close. The ejector seat disposes of thieves who beat the padlock and chain. And the bike – which would make Bond’s gadget inventor, Q, proud -also boasts a caterpillar track for smooth riding over pot-holed roads.
The B.O.N.D (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike was unveiled at the Cycle Show at Earls Court which runs from 7-10 October.
Cycle insurer ilovemybike.co.uk was inspired to build the bicycle after asking 800 cyclists to name their least favourite aspect of life on two wheels.
52 percent of cyclists named ‘cars and lorries passing too close’ as their number one complaint, so the bike’s handlebars are fitted with a specially-designed flame thrower to fire towards vehicles that get too close.
25 percent cited poor road conditions such as potholes as a problem, so the bike is fitted with an all-terrain caterpillar track in place of its rear wheel
7 percent worried most about their bicycle being stolen, so the bike is fitted with an ejector seat to catch out any thief that gets past a conventional lock
2 percent of respondents felt cold weather conditions were the most irksome aspect of cycling, so the bike carries a ski blade that can be interchanged with the front wheel.
Andrew Davis, director at ilovemybike.co.uk, said: "Wannabe James Bonds will be disappointed to hear that we have no plans to sell the BOND Bike, but it shouldn't be necessary for cyclists to resort to flame-throwers to get a little consideration on the roads."