A concept bike worthy of super-spy James Bond is set to go on show at Cycle Show 2010 in London next week.
The BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike features a handlebar-mounted flamethrower, an ejector seat and a rear caterpillar track.
It's been built up by Yannick Read of the Environmental Transport Association – who displayed a gold plated bike at the 2008 show – to promote their cycle insurance policies.
They say: "With the next James Bond film canned owing to a lack of cash, a new bicycle equipped with flamethrower and ejector seat could be the ideal way for a cash-strapped 007 to get to work.
"The flamethrower fitted in the handlebars prevents overtaking motorists getting too close. The ejector seat disposes of thieves who beat the padlock and chain. And the bike – which would make Bond’s gadget inventor, Q, proud – also boasts a caterpillar track for smooth riding over potholed roads."
You can see the BOND Bike, which is based on a Specialized Rockhopper, in action in the video below:
Before building the bike, ETA asked 800 cyclists to name their least favourite aspect of life on two wheels. Top, with 52 percent of the vote, was cars and lorries passing too close. Twenty-five percent cited poor road conditions as a problem, while theft and cold weather – hence the front ski blade – were also mentioned.
Cycle Show 2010 at Earls Court is open to the public from 8-10 October. To get 30 percent off tickets, click here and enter discount code ETA. To find out more about ETA cycle insurance, visit www.eta.co.uk.