Watch: This ingenious walking bike is the strangest thing you’ll see today (video)

Strandbeest walking bike has been two years in the making
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Arachnophobes look away now, as this new walking bike certainly takes the prize as the creepiest bike (if you can call it that) that we’ve ever seen.

The bike is the work of American design company Carv, who were inspired by the work of Dutch artist Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests, effectively moving sculptures that captured the power of the wind to “walk” along beaches.

Instead of using the wind, Carv’s bike is pedal powered, with a steady turning of the cranks moving each of the four metal legs in turn to help the bike walk slowly, if surprisingly fluidly.

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The bike was first conceived back in 2014, with the creation of a 3D printed model. From there the three man team worked for six months, putting in over 1000 total man hours to create the final bike.

The front half of the machine is well, the front half of a bike. It’s at the back where things get interesting, with the incredibly complex legs consisting of around 450 pieces of metal and 120 plastic bushings.

If you want to see more about how the bike was put together, then there a few time lapse video on designer Blaine Elliot’s YouTube channel, while some of the story behind the bike itself can be found on the Carv website.

Despite being the creepiest bike we’ve ever seen, the Strandbeest bike certainly isn’t the strangest, a prize that is a close run contest between this stepping bike and this balance bike for adults.

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