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The Amphibious Kayak

The Quayak Frustrated with lining up transportation details just to go kayaking, Randy Ridings decided to invent a solution. He calls it the "Quayak". He is the only one with such a vehicle, and will likely remain so for a while.

In the spirit of hovercrafts or amphibious tourist vehicles that travel from highways into lakes, Ridings' vehicle can be pedaled straight into waterways such as rivers, creeks and lakes.

On land, the vehicle works just like a bicycle - Ridings pedals, it moves. He has a transmission that lets him shift just like he was on a mountain bike, so he can keep a brisk pace.

Converting the vehicle for water requires no adjustments or transformations, however. Similar to the paddle-wheel steamboats of the turn of the century, the front wheels of Ridings' Quayak are equipped with paddles.

The back wheels feature another ingenious detail: Covering the spokes are large plastic discs that transform the wheels into rudders.

With his adjustments, Ridings has the maneuverability of a canoe. He won't speed down a river, but he can float with no problems. And when he's done, he can ride back to his launch point without the need for a pickup or complicated plan for moving cars.

"I've done trips where I leave a bike at one end," Ridings said. "I call those trips 'surf and turf.' I'm glad I figured out how to solve that problem."

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