Growing up, I was always told to use the right tool for a job; a screwdriver isn’t a chisel, framing nails weren’t meant to hold up picture frames and Doritos weren’t meant to be firewood to roast marshmallows over.
That said, Doritos burn surprisingly well, and framing nails are far less likely to fall out of the drywall than those dinky finishing nails.
But when I see the EX trike, designed by Nils Ferber, Sebastian Auray, Ruben Faber and Ludolf von Oldershausen, I have to wonder where the line should be drawn.
The barebones vehicle consists of little more than a thin steel frame, a large hinge mechanism, three tires and some blue tubing. Which is all fine since it does what it’s meant to do. The odd factor comes from the power source at the heart of the contraption: Two cordless drills used to turn the bicycle chain to the back wheel.
Driven head-first, the EX can get top speeds of up to 30 km/h (18mph) using the two drills, the designers say. And I suppose there is a plus side to using a power source with readily available, swappable batteries in case they die halfway through a trip.
Your legs appear to have only a thin bar to rest on at the back, which I imaging wouldn’t be very comfortable on the shins. Especially given that you have to bend your whole body at the waste to turn. You can’t just find a semi-comfortable position and stick it out until you get where you’re going.
I have to say, the steering hinge makes me nervous. Looking into the end, it looks something like a strange take on a meat grinder.
That in mind, I almost vomited in my mouth when I saw the picture of the position the rider needs to assume to drive:
This may be the only alternative vehicle I don’t think should find its way to production.