Joules the robot cyclist no threat to Lance Armstrong

The skinny little rider you see perched atop the back seat of this tandem is Joules, robot cyclist extraordinaire. He's the creation of a guy called Chris who, challenged by his son to create an electric tandem that worked via pedal power, more than satisfied the brief.

The nuts-and-bolts robot is powered by a PMG-132 electric motor and, unlike most lazy-assed back-end tandem riders, does all the work himself. Not sure whether I could live with that — I'd probably get so fat from lack of exercise that the tandem would crumple when I got on, and Joules would never forgive me. Catch a video of Joules and Chris after the jump. Via Gizmodo