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Super Engine Sound
Turbospoke - Spoke Powered
Super Engine Sound!
Blockbuster toy invention by a young Irish designer to be launched in the United States at
the American International Toy Fair, New York 15th 18th Feb (TURBOSPOKE @
There are very few children who would not want to upgrade their bicycles to
produce the throaty roar of a Harley or the warble of a V8 and now they can,
courtesy of a patented invention called Turbospoke that not only does just that but
also has in-built safety features that provide children with added protection on the roads
and hours of imaginative healthy play.
What is Turbospoke?
Turbospoke harnesses the impact power of the revolving spokes on a bicycle
wheel to generate sound as they make contact with specially designed
replaceable cards. Turbospoke captures the sound energy produced by the card and
amplifies this through an acoustic chamber and super chrome exhaust. The result is an
amazing variable engine sound just like the real thing. Turbospoke fits in less than
five minutes and requires no special tools as a full fitting pack is included with each
product. Turbospokes chrome exhaust can also be fully demounted in seconds for
safe keeping at night.
Its the most fun ever on a bicycle, says teenage inventor
Turbo Tom Maxwell, (19) from Ireland. Turbospoke is that must
have product that the toy and cycle industry has been shouting for and incorporates
all the essential innovative, eye-catching and sustainable features that support its top
billing at this years American International Toy Fair, New York from February
The initial response to the product when
it was launched to the Cycle trade at The International Cycle Show in London and Las Vegas
was overwhelming and it was voted Best New Product winning the
Singletrack award for innovation. Turbospoke puts the fun
back into cycling providing vital healthy exercise in an increasingly sedentary
society. Parents will also appreciate the enhanced safety features that are integral
elements of Turbospoke. Taking up the slogan of Be Heard, Be Seen, Be
Safe, Turbospoke has a large red reflector in the chrome exhaust which offers
a measurable increase in rider visibility, plus a set of reflective Turbospoke
decals. These are complemented by the distinctive engine sound that alerts other road
users and pedestrians of the bikes presence so important, not only for
youngsters on their bikes but also for commuters and couriers as well.
And thats not all. The young designer, Tom Maxwell, who first experimented with this
idea at the age of 14 and patented the design at 17, has also created a cycling skill game
which uses the 21 Team Turbospoke character cards that are also used in
Turbospoke. The Turbospoke Skill Game will be officially
announced in the spring of 2004 when all members of the Turbospoke Club
have had time to collect the remaining 18 noise-making game play cards with
their distinctive characters.
All those who purchase a Turbospoke will receive a Team Turbospoke
card wallet and a pocket-sized fact sheet which tells you more about road safety and bike
maintenance and a membership card with its own unique number which allows you to gain
access to the online Turbospoke Club.
The Turbospoke Club is dedicated to encouraging the benefits of
Active Play and club members will have access to information on exercise and
diet and the latest cycling news and events around the corner and across the globe.
Justin Carter, Director of market development for Turbospoke comments:
Turbospoke is a sustainable new brand that kids will enjoy for generations
which delivers a huge amount of fun and a range of great new experiences rather than the
annual diet of over-licensed, unoriginal toys. We are confident that kids and parents,
given the choice, would go for Turbospoke and our market feedback from all
regions of the world underlines this.
Turbospoke will retail at $34.99