Local teen turns 7th grade science project into new invention
Tyler Hadzicki createed the Onda Cycle
Last Updated: 183 days ago
SAN DIEGO - It started out as a 7th grade science project four years ago, but now Tyler Hadzicki's one-of-a-kind invention is on the verge of being mass produced.
Hadzicki's creation maneuvers and spins unlike any other bike.
"The performance is what sets this thing apart from all other bikes," said the 17-year-old Hadzicki.
His bike has turned a lot of heads.
"Everyone wants to try it, everyone wants to come up and ask you what it is, can we try it, is it hard to ride. It's kind of like being a celebrity, it's kind of fun," he said.
For his 7th grade science project, Hadzicki said he "wanted to make a better bike, and I think I succeeded there. That was the title of my project."
Four years later, and after several prototypes and a little help from his dad, who is also an inventor, the final result is the Onda Cycle.
"Onda, it means wave in Spanish and it kind of moves like a wave," Hadzicki said.
Some people have doubted this and called it more of a big wheel or a toy, but it's really anything but. Hadzicki has two U.S. patents on his 360-caster wheel.
"And no one can use this design on a tricycle," said Hadzicki.
It lets the rider steer the rear wheels to make precise turns -- that's really what makes this bike so unique.
He showed it off on a fundraising website called Kickstarter, and people who believed in it donated money to help him produce more.
"Can you believe it?" asked 10News reporter Craig Herrera.
"No. Honestly, the response we got to this is amazing, totally unexpected and super cool," said Hadzicki.
The Onda Cycle is for kids of all ages under 6 feet 4 inches tall. A person in his 70s rode it last week.
"They put their cane down to their wife and they just jumped onto this thing and they were riding around with it just having a good time," said Hadzicki.
He hopes more people will get the Onda Cycle, and he told 10News he will be shipping out about 200 this summer and hopes a major manufacturer will pick it up for mass production.
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