Walk on Water? No…just ride on it!
Proclaimed as the world’s most radically redesigned bicycle, Schiller water bikes allows you to ride on water, bringing the world of yachting and cycling together. There have been many attempts at water-borne bicycles since the days of black and white photography but only now do we have the technology for a production water bike. The Schiller S1-C bike is touted as eco-friendly with zero emissions and no impact on the environment.
“So many bodies of water. Let’s go Bike them all.” Judah Schiller, Founder & CEO of Schiller
Schiller was founded on the daring belief that a blue planet is meant for biking. The aim was to give people of all athletic abilities the most exhilarating and dynamic cycling experience riding the world’s most advanced water bike. With nearly one billion bikes around the globe built for land, Schiller Bikes in Mill Valley, California, is focused on the trailblazing voyages, weekend expeditions and incredible sunset spins on a new aquatic terrain.
The bike can be assembled in less than 10 minutes and should fit most boat holds and cars. Designed to be safe and stabile in the water, anyone can jump straight on the bike without any need for training.
The cruising speed of the water bike is 4 – 5 mph and with a fit athlete onboard, the S1-C can achieve speeds of 10 knots per hour (11.5 mph).
Developed with state-of-the-art engineering and design, the Schiller S1-C is constructed out of marine grade alloys and stainless steel with striking curves and precision engineering parts.
A propulsion system enables riders to easily create forward thrust with a high degree of maneuverability, while rugged high pressure, drop-stitch pontoons ensure maximum safety on the water.
The S1-C is low maintenance, serviceable by bike mechanics around the world and ergonomically designed with interchangeable bike components such as the saddle, handlebars, cranks and pedals.
Celebrities who have embraced this new trend include dignitaries, leaders, pro athletes, and influencers such as HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene of Monaco, Crown Prince of Dubai, Lord Norman Foster, Philippe Starck, Laird Hamilton and Tyler Perry, along with hotels and resorts by Four Seasons, Aman, Ritz Carlton, Le Meridien, Viceroy, Marriott and Bitter End Yacht Club.
After the 2017 F1 Monaco Grand Prix, His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco joined current Formula One World Champion, Nico Rosberg and 10 teams of five people to participate in a relay race on a water course between Nice and Monaco for charity: ‘The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation’.
The water connection is very apt as former Olympic swimmer Charlene, who married into Monaco’s House of Grimaldi in 2011, met her future husband at a French swimming event in 2000.
The Schiller S1-C is priced from $5,500.
VIDEO Schiller S1 Water Bike
We’ve featured various water craft here on AlphaLuxe but they’ve all been powered in some way:
This is the first water craft on AlphaLuxe that is human powered.
I can see it being very popular with the yachting crowd and for generally mucking about on the water. Fitness freaks can even do some “spinning”.
After all, “The ride doesn’t end at the water’s edge.”
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).