January 30, 2017 – The following script is from “Enhancing the Bike,” which aired on Jan. 29, 2017 and can be viewed as well. Bill Whitaker is the correspondent. Michael Rey and Oriana Zill de Granados, producers.
Stefano Varjas: It’s in here.
In a bike shop in Budapest, Hungary, we met Istvan Varjas. Stefano, as he’s known, is a former cyclist, a businessman and a scientist. His most important invention he placed inside this bike. The frame is fitted with a small motor he designed. Add to it a lithium battery that powers it and a secret button that he installed.
Stefano Varjas: This is first speed.
Bill Whitaker: Uh. Huh.
Stefano Varjas: Try to keep the pace.
Bill Whitaker: Wow!
The sound is mostly the chain and the wheels. He said you can’t hear it on the road and all of his motor designs use brushless motors and military-grade metal alloys.
Bill Whitaker: And how does this work?
This is now the latest version of his hidden motor design.
Bill Whitaker: Unbelievable…
It can be connected to a heart rate monitor by remote control. When a riders heart beat gets too high it sends a signal for the motor to kick in.
We took his hidden motors for some test rides up in the hills above Budapest.
Bill Whitaker: This is like I’m on flat ground.
For the fulll transcript and video, visit here.