The Coach Potato Adventure

Pedaling across Prince Edward Island on a sofa

| May / June 2004

Take a 95-pound faux leather chesterfield, attach two drive trains with pedals, and you're ready to see the sites on Canada's Prince Edward Island. At least that was the transportation mode pioneered by mechanical engineer Brent Curry and his Norwegian cycling partner, Eivind Meen. As chronicled on Curry's Website,, and in such Canadian niche magazines as Pedal, Outpost, and Explore, the couchbike was a sight to behold: At nearly seven feet across, the behemoth is wider than a Lincoln Navigator, and it once attained a dizzying downhill speed of just over 27 miles per hour.