Who says it’s impossible to ride a bicycle on water? Mohammed Saidullah from Bihar, India defied all the odds.
Like other villagers, he rode his bicycle to get around and a boat to cross a river to get provisions from a city nearby. During the monsoon season in 1975, his small village was struck by a huge flood and with very little money he found himself begging a boatman to get across. The boatman’s refusal sparked a very bright idea that made Saidullah very famous. It brought him to the invention of an amphibious bicycle.
He spent only next three days conceptualizing and building. Using his old bicycle and attach four rectangular air floats on the sides and a pair of fan blades to push the machine through the waters, the remarkable yet very simple bicycle that actually floats and can navigate on water was born.
He named his dual-purpose vehicle “Noor Bicycle,” after his beloved wife. The news of his ingenuity spread across India and eventually in other parts of the world.
In 2005, Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam awarded him the National Innovation Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. Saidullah was also recognized at the famous Wall Street Journal Asian Innovation Awards. His story was also featured in BBC News, Discovery Channel, Forbes Magazine, and other huge media outlets and bagged many more awards.
It is amazing how an ordinary man with an equally ordinary bicycle can do extraordinary things!
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