WTF: £12,000 Robot Soap Box

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It’s hard work being a start up company. There’s long hours, little reward, and definitely no fun. Apparently though, no one has told the folks at Robot Bike Co this. In between printing bespoke bikes out of titanium and carbon, and being nominated for the Singletrack Readers’ Awards, they made this.

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Ed at Robot Bike Co reckons there’s about £12,000 in this derby rig. Best not crash then. Or hit a dog…

If you’d like to buy two of their bikes, for a limited time they say they’ll give you a ‘soap box kit’ for free. Offers surely don’t come much more terrifying than that. However, a soap box kit designed by a bunch of incredibly clever aerospace engineers is probably the safer bet when it comes to attaching things to your carbon pride and joy.

Underneath all that plywood lurks two of Robot Bike Co’s R160s, which you can read all about here.

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Robot R160


Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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