360 Immersive Journalism On Tech: Schiller Bikes Let’s You Ride On Water
Water bikes have been around for quite awhile now. As much as I love water sports, I have never had the urge to get one myself until I saw this. This bike would definitely be the perfect craft on a flat day when there’s no waves to surf! The Schiller Bike is the one thing to have your trunk on a sunny hot summer day visit to the ocean, where you can cruise around the coastline and local lakes to enjoy the beautiful scenery. This is something that I would certainly pack along with my surfboards wherever I go! Schiller Bikes was started by Judah Schiller, the first person to ever bike ride across the San Francisco Bay and Hudson River.
“I had this crazy notion to design the most advanced water bike ever by bringing together the foremost experts in bicycle manufacturing, hydrodynamics and industrial design”
The company was founded on the belief that people should be able to bike across the spectacular blue planet, where they built the most cutting-edge water bike in the world, revolutionizing the water sports and cycling industries, enabling people to have an exciting, dynamic and safe biking experience on the water.
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“Schiller was founded on the daring belief that a blue planet is meant for biking. We want to give people of all athletic abilities the most exhilarating and dynamic cycling experience riding the world’s most advanced water bike. Our commitment to design, technology, safety and engineering, matched with a passion for all things aquatic, is what guides us each and every day. With nearly one billion bikes around the globe built for land, our eyes are singularly focused on the trailblazing voyages, weekend expeditions and incredible sunset spins on a new aquatic terrain. Schiller Bikes is headquartered in Mill Valley, California. The ride doesn’t end at the water’s edge.”
Designed, engineered and built in the USA, the S1 is the second generation of Schiller bikes and is constructed out of marine grade alloys, stainless steel, a proprietary propulsion and steering system, and rugged inflatable pontoons that allow for easy transport, assembly and breakdown.
“A premium bike meets ultra-portable catamaran, the S1 is the most advanced production water bike in the world. Its iconic design features striking curves, bold colors, anodized aluminum frame and stainless steel precision engineered parts. A proprietary drive train employs Gate carbon drive belts, flexible shafts, and propulsion system that enables riders to easy create forward thrust with a high degree of maneuverability. Rugged, inflatable pontoons ensure maximum rider safety on the water.”
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The S1 drive train is requires very low maintenance and Gates belts are familiar to bike mechanics around the world. The S1 can achieve speeds of approximately 6+ knots per hour (7+ mph) depending on rider ability. The bike is ergonomically designed with interchangeable bike components (saddle, handlebars, cranks, and pedals) and a variety of system features to ensure maximum safety on the water.
Compact & User Friendly
The S1-C’s compact frame and modular design allows user to take the bike your car, store in a city apartment, and take on an airplane. The bikes were designed to go from land to water in under 10 minutes!
Unlike other motorized watercraft such as wave runners, the Schiller bike is a 100% human powered vehicle and having zero emissions or impact on the environment. The water bikes are silent in motion and do not require a trailer for transport.
The company is currently shipping S1 bikes to individual buyers and premier hotels / resorts around the world. The MSRP for the Schiller S1 is priced at $4,500, and the Schiller S1 Carbon is priced at $5,500. The bike are handmade in the USA, and currently a 12 weeks lead-time is required for delivery. Currently sold in the United State, France, Israel, Kuwait, and Qatar.