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Man Builds $400 Camper Bike in Beijing

This is a $400 camper bike built by artist, Kevin Cyr. What started out only as a art project soon turned into an actually structural project.

Kevin had been traveling in Beijing, China and noticed how so many Chinese people carried just about everything on their bikes. The only thing he had not seen was a house on a bike. This sparked his imagination and he soon had the drawing in hand and decided to bring it to life.

The bike weights approximately 200 kilograms so it’s a bit heavy for traveling. In an interview with Mads Phikamphon of Ice Bike.org, Kevin says, “the camper is based on a 1977 Apache pop-up my parents owned.”

Although he has only taken naps in the camper it could possibly be fit for full time living. Kevin says, “It’s actually very scary to sleep in because the camper is so tall, 9 feet, and the bed is way up top. It sways and rock when you climb up the bunk.”

Do you think this could be an alternative housing solution or is it just too extreme? Either way, it’s fascinating, isn’t it? Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!

Man Builds $400 Camper Bike in Beijing

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  • Holly Morrison July 19, 2015, 7:44 am

    This is so amazing! The human spirit with its power of innovation never ceases to astound me.

  • Joanna chanin July 19, 2015, 8:00 am

    I love it! I admire his vision.

  • Matt July 19, 2015, 8:30 am

    Need to see the inside layout to say if it’s practical or not. But at $400 I’d say it could be a solution for homelessness. It does seem that he built it just as an art project and never intended for it to be lived in. Still a better idea than the Tesla hotel lol

  • Rue July 19, 2015, 9:25 am

    I had to read that byline twice make sure I’d read it right!

    Certainly a feat of engineering, though I wouldn’t want to be trying to steer it in high winds. Still, this takes micro to whole new levels….it looks like he managed to squeeze in all the basics (except maybe a toilet, unless that’s hiding in that bench somewhere).

  • alice h July 19, 2015, 10:23 am

    I love it as an art project, maybe a small vending setup or an emergency shelter but there’s no way I could live in it full time or use it for transportation. I imagine you could rig some kind of stabilising struts that could be deployed when stationary so the thing didn’t wobble when you roll into bed.

  • Bill Burgess July 19, 2015, 12:08 pm

    Couple of points:1) Where do you put your legs in that bed? You would have to have runners on the walls for a pull out support so the windows would have to be raised slightly.
    2) By moving the Cabinet to the front wall, the door can be in back and allow access to the pull out bed at sleep times.
    3) A recumbent would allow overall height reduction of about three feet I am just not sure the length would work as the designer was using existing systems frame. But as long as we are designing, Ideas are what we are after. I even would include the latest battery wheel motor assist. I would like to see his Ideas off my suggestions.

  • JanneZack July 21, 2015, 9:40 am

    Wow. There is just one problem I see…not in this tiny camper but in the title from the email….Tiny Camper YOU can pull with a bicycle. I can only just barely pull my own fat rear end around on a bicycle much less a house. But it does give me some idea of what a snail’s home might look like!

    Now let’s do the same thing on one of those 3-wheeled taxi things (from India). I think you might have to supercharge the engine but it might be possible.

    I really enjoyed this one…especially the artwork to give you a glimpse inside as photos would be impossible in such tight quarters. Thanks for sharing.

  • Alex July 21, 2015, 10:14 am

    That is very cool! However, I wonder why more tiny house enthusiasts haven’t cozied up to hammocks. If a hammock was hung inside this micro home, there would be no need for an unstable loft space, and it would save room since it could be easily folded up and tucked away every morning!

  • Joan July 21, 2015, 10:20 am

    They way people in China/India/etc. manage to pedal a lot of weight (taxis, 5 kids, etc.) it would make much more sense to me to build a teardrop pull behind. With a three-wheel bike design like they use, it would be easy to add a hitch.

    The height of this illustration scares the heck out of me! I would no like to sleep in this. It is just too high to be supported by bicycle wheels and narrow frame!

  • Marsha Cowan July 21, 2015, 10:38 am

    This is the cutest thing ever! How clever! This man truly is an artist of extroordinary talent. I am amazed at the clever use of space and at how lightweight it is. Wow! Cudos!

  • Jim July 21, 2015, 12:33 pm

    It reminds me of something from a Joe Palooka comic years ago. The “Humphreymobile”. Humphery had the power to pedal it.

  • shelly July 21, 2015, 2:59 pm

    Amazing — love the ingenuity!

  • Kathleen July 21, 2015, 10:42 pm

    I saw a picture of this a year or so ago and thought it was photo-shopped. How cool that it’s actually real! Very creative.

  • Patty July 22, 2015, 12:25 am

    Very innovative! I don’t see how the bike could support it, but if so that is great! It’s nice that he saw the project through.

  • Susanne July 23, 2015, 1:15 am

    Yeah teardrop and a motor big enough to pull it and he’s good to go…:)

  • J Dark July 29, 2015, 1:26 am

    Very innovative! Love the imagination and from the diagram, a good use of space.

    I could see a real future for these things at Burning Man.

  • virginia February 5, 2016, 2:52 am

    I pushed report comment instead of reply on a Joan July 21, 2015, 10:20 am…and I did not mean to sorry ..I don,t want anyone reported LOL just meant to reply something back to her Thank u ..

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