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Could not find one of these anywhere - put it into Google but no joy - - guess I better make one myself.

Rigid frame.
Good power output.
No knock required on arrows.
Longer draw than a standard bow.
Accurate.
So very! light.
Simple to build.
Cheap - cost £2.50 for proper catapult rubber preferred by the Chinese apparently (big following of catapults).
Pimp this up and she would be awesome - I kinda like her dirty and visceral though.
Easily shoot 20 meters. 
Would work well for short range hunting of small game or fish.
Ammo carried on the frame.

Step 1: Materials and tools

Simple tools -
saw to cut the bike rim - scissors - Snips or some way to remove the spokes from the wheel - file to tidy cuts - pliers to bend.

Materials for the basic build - 
Bike wheel  - eyelets of some description - inner tube from wheel - catapult rubber (or you can use cut down inner tube but it is not as powerful) - retainers for the threaded end of the eyelets (plasterboard expanding grommets in this case) - a spoke for the sight  
<p>if you try, you could easily turn this into a crossbow</p>
Brillant!<br>where is my old MTB?, there it is!
Lol - go for it --- don't forget lots of photos<br>
<p>Looks like fun, but it's not a bow. It's a slingshot.</p>
<p>I was going to argue this point with you, but then I realized you're right. The rim does not deform to add power to the release, and more over, the &quot;bow string&quot; is elastic, not taught and rigid, and acts as the sole power producing mechanism. <br><br>But, if society comes to a drastic halt, I'd still rather have one of these than nothing at all. :D (Oh, wait, wrong forums, this is instructables, not survivalist things) &gt;_&gt;<br><br>The only question I have is; could the spokes be turned into projectiles? Seems to me they're straight, long, slender - maybe use some of the inner tube for fletching... might not even need a head, but not sure how practical these would be for hunting small game. Just some ponderings :)</p>
<p>For aerodynamic reasons, an arrow point MUST have more weight than the rest of the shaft; otherwise it will wobble in flight and miss the target. </p>
I respecfully disagree with you. I make my own wooden arrows and before I put the arrowhead, I test it WITHOUT the head (I only sharpen the end) and the arrow flies straight even beyond the 20mts.
<p>Isn't it that the tail must have more drag than the head? When I did survival training I made arrows that are just a stick with feathers tied to the tail, and they fly pretty true.</p>
<p>Not drag. You want fins as guidance, not drag. The head needs to be heavier so that the center of gravity is ahead of the center of pressure or the arrow will be unstable.</p>
<p>That is my thought as well. Definitely not a bow, but an interesting sling shot.</p>
<p>sleek stainless steel frame easy to handle. In my opinion you should wrap the fabric around the frame, decorated for better supply</p>
<p>Damn excellent Instructable - May also come in real handy if there were ever such a thing as a 'zombie apocalypse'! lol :D</p>
Haha - maybe - always fancied either a Katana or a super soaker filled with gas/petrol ( long range of course ).
<p>a more comfy handle is always a plus haha</p>
Hi!<br>Nice instructable. But would you get more power by using a spring (even two) and by doing so you would avoid the breaking point of aluminium claimed by someone before me?
Hi - sounds like good idea - the item itself was just a prototype to see just how much of a wheel I could use for a fun build - the rest as they say is up to you guys to run with - any builds that lead on from this would be great to see.<br><br>Cheers for the interest.
<p>Im curious how long it last before it gets stress fractures? 6061 aluminum (which most bicycle wheel are made of) does not like bending. You aren't going past its plasticity point so I imagine you can get a decent amount of shots but it wont last forever.</p>
<p>Im curious how long it last before it gets stress fractures? 6061 aluminum (which most bicycle wheel are made of) does not like bending. You aren't going past its plasticity point so I imagine you can get a decent amount of shots but it wont last forever.</p>
<p>Let me correct myself since I don't see how I can edit my posting. I don't &quot;love&quot; these things, but rather have found them very enjoyable in the past. I no longer participate in shooting projectiles using any mechanical device, however much I would enjoy both the process and the equipment, because I don't believe humans are mature enough to use weapons properly. (Which is to NOT use them for anything but target practice.)</p>
<p>If the world was all Mad Max Fury Road you would be king!</p>
lol - cheers but I think I would be more like roadkill, them dudes is crazzzzzeeeeee. <br>
<p>If you are in the UK as your pricing of parts seems to indicate you should be aware that bow hunting of any kind is illegal and if it fires arrows it will be seen as a bow. Not that it bothers me but it might save you a big fine. Blow pipes are illegal as well and I like them.</p>
<p>You are .. THE MAN!! WOW!!</p>
Naa - it is folks like you who take a basic idea and make it really work great.<br>
<p>Not a bad starting point. Using the bands for an extra arrow holder will cause the rubber to pull over the arrow. </p><p>Suggest using grommets through the wheel for the bands' anchor points&mdash;less torque on the wheel. </p><p>I'd try shooting straight through the wheel by enlarging the valve hole, placing it at the center and mounting split PTFE tubing around the hole. If the wheel is double-walled it should be strong enough. </p><p>And the pulley wheels are a must. Now, to do it myself!</p>
Hi - just a big cheers for all the comments - glad folks still find this still interesting and thought provoking.<br>
<p>just a though but may have more power using spear gun ore exercise tubes for the sting </p>
<p>Upload Video Please!!!! Awesome Bow!!!</p>
FYI, those are 'eye bolts' not eyelets. Otherwise, excellent build idea.
<p>I have a question. Maybe I missed it earlier, but I would really like to know what kind of game this is capable of taking down. I only hunt to supply myself with meat. I love you design. I just would not use it to experiment without a little more info. Thanks</p>
<p>Grey squirrel or rabbit. Look online how to dress and skin them first. You shoot anything bigger you will need heaver weapon and razor arrows; and you better have someone to help you transport, hang, gut and skin and butcher and process your kill so you don't waste any of the meat. ( --But I think there are some U-tube videos even for this) . </p>
<p>I have a question. Maybe I missed it earlier, but I would really like to know what kind of game this is capable of taking down. I only hunt to supply myself with meat. I love you design. I just would not use it to experiment without a little more info. Thanks</p>
<p>Grey squirrel. Roast, fry, or make Brunswick stew from grey Squirrel. Process the skins and make youself a fur hat, collar, or coat. </p>
<p>Hi there - cheers for the look in.</p><p>Hhmmm ok, my honest reply would be this - if you built the bow totally like mine I would suggest it would really only ok for close range spear fishing, as some of the other folks have stated, the rubber used is not the best kind as it does not have a powerful or very fast recoil - this was really a basic prototype just to see if it could be built at all.</p><p>For bigger game I would suggest you look on Youtube at the Slingshot channel, the guy there really knows his stuff - ya might decide to go with one of his designs or build similar to mine but with more information about the surgical rubber he likes to use.</p><p>Sorry I could not be more specific but good luck to you - hope you find the right tool for the job - it would be great if ya let me know how you got on.</p><p>Cheers once again.</p>
Should use some Flint and some feathers and a straight stick to make the arrow... Think primitive!
<p>You can fletch your arrows by cutting flat &amp; waterproof paravanes from plastic bottles or flattened beer cans. Use tin-snips to cut arrowheads from stiff tin-cans. </p>
<p>Minecraft?</p>
No, flint chips easily, and the flint chips are sharp, although minecraft does use that idea
<p>Wow!!</p>
<p>I just noticed that drawn picture of this bow (one before last) looks like assassin's creed's emblem</p>
<p>I like this!</p>
<p>hey guys</p><p>I'm new around here</p><p>just found the concept pretty interresting</p><p>where I live we go spearfishing and you might want to upgrade for power</p><p>look for speargun rubbers, they can be 16, 18 and 20 mm diametre and you have all kinds of length</p><p></p>
<p>with a few hacks it can turn into a crossbow</p>
<p>Hi - yeesssssss! your right, and the extra frame would allow a mod to increase power but not just working around the bow itself - cool idea.</p>
Miles easyer than cutting and shapping wood. Why did i never have this idea? This is awesome. Thank you for sharing with us.
<p>Hi and cheers for the post - mine was just a prototype, some of the other guys on here have made some much better versions that look great.</p>
<p>i hope you didnt need that wheel still </p>
<p>Hi - LoL.</p><p>You should have seen the look on my Grannies face when she saw her wheelchair with only three wheels - would have kicked my butt but she can't catch me now, ha ha .</p>

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