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Bystander John Rowson points as Judah Schiller rides his floating bicycle on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Mill Valley, Calif. Schiller crossed San Francisco Bay on the bike to draw attention to alternative forms of transportation across the bay. He wears a personal flotation device for safety. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal)

SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco Bay area designer has put a new spin on the concept of an environmentally friendly commute.

Mill Valley resident Judah Schiller on Friday started selling bicycles that are made to be ridden on water. The Schiller X1 consists of an aluminum frame with pedal-powered propellers and inflatable pontoons and is capable of speeds up to 8 knots.

The San Francisco Chronicle says (http://bit.ly/1qRXyM5 ) Schiller made a splash last September when he rode across San Francisco Bay on an early prototype of his now-perfected product, which comes with a waterproof storage compartment.

At $6,485, the water bike costs more than a typical two-wheel commute, but less than the $10,000 or more hard-core road bike enthusiasts may shell out.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com



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