Petrol-powered front wheel gets plug in 'Popular Science' mag

The US RevoPower front wheel is a 25cc two-stroke rotating engine and gear assembly which fits inside a 26 inch bicycle wheel. It weighs 15 pounds, powers the bike to 20mph and gets around 240 miles per gallon. The company's CEO said 'While we did not start this business with the idea of changing the world, there is a real possibility that the Wheel could do just that." Mind you, the same sort of concept in the 1950s didn't get very far...
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RevoPower inventor Steve Katsaros patented his powered wheel in 2002 and has been working on bringing the product to market since 2003. Production wheels will be ready in 2007, says the company website.

Katsaros said: "What we will delivered in the next year is a reliable and practical motor-assistance device which will reduce the world’s dependence on oil, remove congestion from crowded roads, and transform third world economies. I look forward with great anticipation seeing fleets of RevoPower bikes heading down roads across the world."

The product was officially launched in the June issue of 'Popular Science', says the RevoPower website. However, lots of background info can be found on Google.

http://www.revopower.com/main.html

For a 1950s take on the same sort of 2-stroke bicycle wheel engine (albeit thicker than the Revopower wheel) go here:

http://freespace.virgin.net/.../cyclemaster.htm

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