YouTuber Zoffinger takes DIY to the extreme with jet-propelled bicycle build

Zoffinger is known for his DIY fishing and kayaking videos. However, his latest upload shows him modifying his bicycle to fit a turbojet engine.
Tejasri Gururaj
Jet engine on a bicycle
Jet engine on a bicycle


YouTuber zoffinger generally showcases his fishing adventures and the upgrades and DIY hacks, and tips he makes on his boats and kayaks. He has many popular videos, such as Poor Man's Triple Motor 12 Foot Center Console Bass Boat, which has 9.3 million views, and My First Big Shark from the Kayakwith 3.3 million views.

However, his new video strays away from fishing adventures. Zoffinger posted a new video showing how he modified his bicycle with a jet engine. The video titled I Put A Jet Engine On My Bicycle features the YouTuber installing a turbojet engine on his bicycle and then putting it to the test. This is not the first time people have tried to build a jet bicycle. 

Back in 2017, Russian backyard engineer and YouTuber Игорь Негода built a jet-powered bike. Before that, in 2013, YouTuber colinfurze whose channel is "home of crazy inventions, brilliant world records and constant disregard to health and safety," built the most dangerous jet bicycle, which he proceeded to test with no safety gear or equipment. 

Zoffinger DIYs the whole setup himself. He uses a turbojet engine weighing around 4 pounds (1.8 kg) which can produce nearly 45 pounds (20.4 kg) of thrust. He attaches it to the bike using a starboard, carefully measuring everything and ensuring the engine is attached properly. 

In addition, he uses a fuel pump, fuel lines, a battery to power the fuel pump, a repurposed water bottle as a fuel tank, and some electronics to control the setup. The setup looks very clean and sophisticated. He even attaches fishing rods to it and customizes the bike.

To test the bicycle in full swing, he goes to a remote location with his crew, some fire extinguishers, and safety goggles. On the first test run, he was able to get the bike past 40 miles per hour (64.4 km per hour), which he achieved by holding the throttle down completely. To avoid the wobbling, on his second test run, he only keeps the throttle halfway down and notices better controllability. The bike is still pretty fast, as seen in the video. 

Despite doing this, he admits that he wants to put it away because of how dangerous, foolish, loud, and unsafe it is. Zoffinger's attempt is safer than some of his previous attempts, but he still constantly warns people throughout the video not to try this at home. The video's description even ends with him saying, "I think I'll stick to peddle power from now on!"

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