Sweet, Death: A Pedal-Powered 'Rollercoaster' In Japan

June 9, 2016


This is a video of the Sky Cycle pedal-powered "rollercoaster" at the Washuzan Highland Amusement Park in Okayama City, Japan. It's not actually a new ride (we previously posted on its existence back in 2007) or a real rollercoaster, but this is a video of the terrifying action. Basically it's just an elevated, tracked bike path four-stories above the ground and waaaaay more stories above the view in the distance. It doesn't go very fast or do any loops or anything, but the only thing keeping you from falling to your death is a shitty seatbelt. One that you can un-click at anytime (damn yeah lax safety laws, let's take chances!). Obviously, I would ride it with my hands in the air and seatbelt undone for MAXIMUM ADRENALINE. Plus inject a bunch of those bicycle doping drugs and try to ram the cart in front of me. *crash* LANCE ARMSTRONG, COMING THROUGH. *terrified screaming in Japanese* Oh I'm just messing with you. I am going to board your cart like a pirate ship though and demand all your valuables.

Keep going for a short video with words and a longer video with no words.

Thanks to hairless, who shaved specifically to cut down on wind-resistance when he's biking shirtless. Me? I specifically don't shave in order to cover the scars on my face because yes, I'm a real pirate.

  • Brian Hoover

    just sayin this so youre aware....youve posted this before. this is one of the posts that got me interested in this site like 8 years ago

  • GeneralDisorder

    I swear this is the first Geekologie post I've ever seen. Or maybe it was the first Treehugger post I've ever seen. Doesn't matter. This is old!

    I still enjoyed it.

  • Oliver Thoms

    Where is the Looping?

  • Xockszky

    that looks like fun! I hope they open one where I live.

  • Cheese

    It just looks so mind-numbingly boring..

  • JJtoob

    This is like when people call handlebar-less segways "hoverbaords".

  • TheQiwiMan

    It's cool, I'm sure it's safe, it's not like Japan is known to have any earthquakes ....

  • I'd be more worried about Godzilla.

  • Bling Nye

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh no! There goes Tokyo! GO GO GODZILLA! WeeeeoooOOOOooo....

  • Jenness

    There were some points that logs of ivy was growing through the tracks - wouldn't take much to have it disengage the wheels and then AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Bling Nye

    Orgasm? Where's the ticket booth!?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I was expecting a man-powered roller coaster, I saw man-powered skyrail. *sigh*

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