Bicycle with telephone, low-tech 1980s style


The man on the bike, Chriet Titulaer, who people made fun of because he looked like a Mormon — I just think he looks way out there, him being an astronomer and all, explains to us that some people needed phones on their bikes back in the 1980s.

“People who want to cycle for sports or health reasons to their work, but are managers (men, right?) would need to be available.” Dude, what about people in their cars, in the train or on the bus at the time? You couldn’t reach any of them, either, managers or burger flippers.

It could be comedy. Is this comedy? I think it is.

Titulaer can’t even bike and answer the phone without toppling over. I can’t even imagine someone hanging up properly while cycling. It makes me almost want to try it.

“The phone can be charged with the alternator when the battery is running low.” How much dial time does that get me is all my 2012 brain can think about. You’d almost have to cycle to charge up your phone, hoping nobody calls you in the mean time. Hilarious.

He continues, as if he were talking sense:

“It’s not sure this will be come onto the market, but if it does, we’ll need 200 volunteers for six months who can use it for free”. And he asks people to send a letter if they’re interested – not call.

Lucky us, we get to see the prototype on this show De Wonder Wereld (The Wonder World).



  1. Brendan says:

    I think you mean he looks like a Mennonite or Amish (based on the beard). Mormon men are usually clean shaven. Awesome video!

  2. zutman says:

    That was a nice April Fools joke.

    Note the ‘it ofcourse needs a big battery’ while indicating the Viditel monitor. The antenna is also plain silly.

  3. JanWijs says:

    I think it was an April fools day joke at that time. Especially because he asks people to react. That little (fake) antenna is also a giveaway.

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