Papa John’s Pizza Bike

Travis gets a surprise call from Papa John Schnatter, CEO/Founder of Papa John’s Pizza. Papa John is a fan of the show and he tells the Rednecks what the pizza world really needs is a Pizza Delivery Bike. Travis tells Papa John that he and the guys will design and create the Ultimate Pizza Bike – and when they’re done, John can see how well it works.

Travis and the guys brainstorm how they will create a bicycle that will keep multiple pizzas hot on a long ride – and that will communicate back to the base.  Travis realizes that keeping the pizza hot is the biggest problem – so his solution is bike-based pizza oven – that will cook the pizzas while he rides. Pete and Rog start building the oven from a portable 12 volt camping oven, while Travis and Michael build a drink cooler out of styrofoam and aluminum.  Travis tests his bike with extra weight on the rack, and discovers that the imbalance causes him to wobble all over the road.

The guys finish the over and cooler and strap it on to the bike. Travis plans to do a short test run to make sure all the parts are working. The test becomes a lot more difficult than he had imagines, as the bike’s wobbly center of gravity makes it a road hazard. Travis crashes once, then he gets back on – only to have the entire oven burst into flame.  They put out the fire and return to the garage to start from scratch.

The guys realize they can fix the bike’s center of gravity by making it longer – so they add a third wheel to the end from a kid’s bike trailer. They rebuild the oven, then create a control panel with an oven monitor, GPS and communications link. Travis wants to add an electric motor to give him power assist… so they build one out of two battery-powered drills. Then they decide on the perfect test for the new vehicle – a timed delivery run: pizza bike versus pizza truck.

They arrive at the scene of the race: the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Travis calls Papa John on his cell phone and shows him the new pizza bike. Then he loads up his bike with five pizzas, while Michael loads up his truck with pizzas. Whoever finished his deliveries first, wins the race.  Both vehicle race away.  The truck has speed and power, but Travis’s bike can take shortcuts across campus and even down stairs.  When Travis hits a big hill, he kicks on the power–assist, and the electric drills give his pedals a boost. Travis makes the final delivery just ahead of Michael’s truck: The Pizza Bike has proven its worth. Travis calls Papa John to tell him the good news.  John Schnatter congratulates the guys and offers to trade a bunch of free pizzas for the bike.

Tune in to Rocket City Rednecks: Papa Johns Pizza Bike Thursday at 9:30P


  1. Todd self
    Moulton Texas
    January 3, 2013, 9:53 pm

    U need an episode with comedian Jeff Foxworthy! That would get some ratings

  2. Karen
    Toledo, OH
    January 3, 2013, 9:56 pm

    I’m still watching the show, but – a long time ago when I was young, we had ice cream bicycles that were tricycles with two wheels in front supporting an insulated box that held about 40 pounds of ice cream and dry ice, and was steered by a bar attached to the box.
    Here are some current pics of similar bikes:

    Your motorized assist could be attached to the underside of the box, and for the sodas, use panniers over the rear wheel!

  3. Fiziksfred
    San Jacinto, CA
    January 3, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Why aren’t these guys using Thermoelectric devices(TEDs) for this build. It is the same device that is in heated and cooled seats in luxury cars. When you apply a voltage one side gets hot and the other side gets cold. Physicists and engineers use these all the time.

  4. Jeff Wright
    Fairfax, Virginia
    January 27, 2013, 10:35 pm

    I have an idea for something that would seem to fit great into the show as a project. How can I submit that idea?

  5. Chris
    July 27, 2013, 11:30 am

    UH!!!! That thing is WAY overbuilt for pizza delivery; all you need is a front rack, a piece of plywood, a pizza bag, and a few screws. And it’s no wonder you fell off of that thing when you don’t have any foot retention products on your pedals.