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Once in awhile I get the urge to create a new wild and crazy cycle based on some idea from the many sketches I have collected over the years. Sometimes these bikes work out as planned, creating new and fun ways to move from point A to point B, and sometimes these creations fail, either in a huge flop, or a blaze of glory where the crash test pilot becomes acquainted with the pavement. This time, the plan worked out, resulting in a very unique and fun ride that is both challenging to master, and capable of some off-the-wall maneuvers.
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Step 1: You will need a BMX front wheel and a caster wheel

Picture of You will need a BMX front wheel and a caster wheel
The SpinScooter is based loosely on our SpinCycle Stunt Trike, allowing the front wheel to steer the vehicle as normal, but also allowing some out of control steering by allowing the rear caster to steer the rear of the vehicle. This front and rear steering gives the feeling of riding on ice, or doing a burn-out on a fast motorcycle. By shifting your weight around and controlling the front wheel, you can get the SpinScooter to do 360s, steer into a drift, or behave like a regular kick scooter. When you are first starting out, you will also learn creative ways to fall on your back!

As shown in Figure 1, you will require a pair of wheels - a standard front 20 inch BMX wheel and some kind of caster wheel like the ones you would find on the front of a shopping cart. The larger the caster, the more fine control you will have over the scooter, so choose the larger diameter caster wheel you can find. Also, rubber or air filled caster wheels are better than hard plastic casters for this project. The caster wheel shown in Figure 1 has a diameter of 8 inches and was taken from an old wheelchair.
KoolKat (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Be aware that there are fraudsters on Instructables ripping off others' projects and posting them as their own. This is the original SpinScooter project that we made in 2009 and posted as a free DIY tutorial. Anybody who rips off others' work and takes credit for it should be banned.
greg442898 days ago

I can't find any videos you mention on youtube or the atomiczombie website.

HammE1 year ago
That's awesome! Is there a "no weld" version of this? I can't weld, and I would love to build it.
inthegroove4 years ago
When I saw that I knew I had to bulid one.I used the front wheel off a electric scooter. Changed the the rake to make it a caster. Relaxed the angle on the rear wheel to make it a little more safe. Gave it to a 9 year old boy for Christmas and he loves it...
Hi tgere! Can you post some pics of your scooter project? I was thinking of doing the exact same thing you did. Id like to see what it looks like.
It looks good on your profile pic but is too small to see any detail..
Good job and thanks.
Here are some pics of the scooter...
hey Inthegroove, the scooter looks awesome. Thanks so much for the pictures, i hope mine comes out looking that good.
thanks again!
ottist353 years ago
Do you have any video footage of how the scooter behaves? It would be great to see it in action
gofast8453 years ago
i made on except with out welding or creating a frame for it and it works the same ill post an instructable if you want. there very fun thanks for the idea
if you've got a no-weld version you should post it :)
will doo :]
That looks amazing!
ctz4 years ago
I made one off your instructable and it works great. Ive even gone off a ramp and got some major air. GREAT INSTRUCTABLE
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
Diabloscope4 years ago
what about some foot pegs for the wheels , i see potential for some freestyle tricks , Wheres the Video Action Shots !! Looks Fun !!
KoolKat (author)  Diabloscope4 years ago
We did some jumps and flips, but the vid got corrupted thanks to a computer virus. :(
rainger KoolKat4 years ago
Do some more! = ) I'm using this project as a intro to shop-work for my 10 year old, and some video would be a great motivator, as well as a tantalizing goal for us to pursue! We promise to post a pic of ours when we finish! Great job on the imagination and guts to try it!
eyerobot4 years ago
This is fairly close to the scooter I built last fall, With bycicle handle bars. It wasnt designed for anything spectacular though, Just a scooter thats easier to steer. Good job.
IzzyP4 years ago
It looks really cool. Do you think you could add a video?
KoolKat (author)  IzzyP4 years ago
We did take video, but a virus infected our computer and corrupted the vid. Maybe if it stops raining, we'll get another on done.
rainger KoolKat4 years ago
Has it stopped raining yet? Pleeeeease can we watch a movieee? = )
Wish i were a welder! i wanna buy hese from kmart some day ,have you thought about selling them?
KoolKat (author)  the_burrito_master4 years ago
Too much liability insurance!
Really, because I would buy one. And not care as to what happens, put a disclaimer on the box, problem solved.
Awww that sucks, It doesn't look any harder to ride than a ripstik.
TOCO4 years ago
cool, I used to make crazy bikes all the time. We even got a bike that clownes ride.
KoolKat (author)  TOCO4 years ago
Awesome! We have a builders forum with hundreds of homebuilt bikes, if you'd like to submit a pic of your bikes:
TOCO KoolKat4 years ago
I wish i could. We moved away and all of the bikes got ran over by my friends dad. They would always leave them behind his truck. Now they are all gone.
rimar20004 years ago
Is it very difficult to drive this device?
KoolKat (author)  rimar20004 years ago
At first to keep your balance, but then easy to make 360s and sideways slides. I'll add a sentence to the plan that wearing a helmet is a good idea.
sssssbooom4 years ago
I want a video, please! It looks amazing.