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Building a "Universe Cycle"

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While searching on-line for a unicycle, I saw something similar to this. It looked like a fun project and a good addition to our collection of dangerous toys. The kid next door came up with the name. Others called it a unicycle with training wheels.

 
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Step 1: Parts List

3/4" Plywood. A little more than 3 sq.ft.
2x6. About 24" long
1/2 NPT Steel Pipe. 2 pieces @ 8" long.
1/2 NPT Steel Pipe Flange qty 4
1/4-20 x 1" Flat head screws qty 16
1/4-20 Nuts (I used T-Nuts) qty 16

Cost To Build. I had everything except the plumbing parts which were about $18.
Duration: About 2 hours not including the decorating time.

Step 2: Pedal Assembly

Picture of Pedal Assembly
Put one flange on each end of an 8" x 1/2 NPT steel pipe. Tighten as tight as you can.
Measure the width of the exposed pipe to determine the proper pedal width. Mine measured about 7.00"

I made each pedal out of two pieces because my drill was not long enough to go all the through and I was worried about keeping the hole straight through such a long length.

Rip the 2 x 6 to half the pedal width on a table saw. Subtract about 1/16" more for clearance.

Cut into (4) 4" long pieces.

Mark the center of each piece on the 4" x 1-1/2" face and drill through 7/8" Dia.

Glue the pedals together with the holes lined up.

Clamp and set aside to dry.

Update: OK...The squeekyness got a little old. A quick squirt of silcone lube inside of each pedal took away the squeek. It has not come back even after many days of play.
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wakojako2 years ago
Hahaha! I remember as a kid I used to play around with these (we had one at school). Great fun it was!

Now I ride muni (mountain unicycle) and sometimes do some trials - it's great fun
brupielink2 years ago
Ah, those things! Still have them around here for the kids.
Go unicycles!!! I am downloading the PDF immediatly.
TheHawkeye2 years ago
Cool idea! It might be easier to balance if there was a handlebar. Make it sort of like a Segway. How do you turn on this though?
Chikara4 years ago
omgish add a gyroscope. then it would be awesome.. and even better if you add a T bar like the legway!
If you added a T-Bar, wouldn't it just be a legway?
the concept is meant to be simple. that's why there's no t bar. I'm just guessing here but i think this is meant to be a fun little thing not hi tech. what you just described was a segway this is and the legway are meant to be simple mechanical systems if you added a gyro it would lose its charm.
i think u could turn a whole lot easier if u make the wheel that's in the middle slightly larger than the side wheels
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tranoxx3 years ago
who needs a band saw when you have a... HAND SAW!!! :)
bertzie4 years ago
How in gods name do you turn on that thing?
SCrock bertzie3 years ago
Lightly with a mallet.
sci54 years ago
The universe cycle was a great idea!! But I did make a few modification... Instead of cutting designs in the wheels, I went ahead and left them solid so they could support more weight. Also, next to the pedals on the steel pipe, I put metal hose clamps to keep the pedals from shifting.

Also, I just left 2 by 6 pedal solid instead of glueing the two cut pieces together. I just wallowed the pedal out from each side with a 7/8 in. paddle bit. I think this made the pedals stronger.

I put sand paper on the wheels facing up and it worked good on carpet but the glue I used to glue it to the wheel got a little lumpy at times so make sure you get all the lumps out. My suggestion would be to find some kind of rubber to fit around the wheels to get better traction.
bdring (author)  sci54 years ago
Sounds great!

Tires....

My Legway used plastic edge moulding.  It works, but degrades quickly.  My Streamroller used split rubber hose.  That has held up to a lot of riding.
could 1/2'' thick wheels work... plywood is too expensive and we dont have any 3/4'' in our garage stash
bdring (author)  excessive.insurgence4 years ago
 I don't know.  My guess is yes.  You might want to protect the perimeter with some sort of "tire"
xerxesx205 years ago
I had a feeling the correct name was an "orbital cycle" The name spouting from the orbital motion... Perhaps somebody will clarify -- is this correct?
bdring (author)  xerxesx205 years ago
The working name was "unicycle with training wheels" until the second grader next door coined the name "Universe Cycle" and that stuck.
Haha, cool. :-)
Hmmm. well, a unicycle without a seat is called an "ultimate wheel" so I would think the name ultimate-tricycle would fit.
Achan204 years ago
kewl. id brake it or me. lol. sounds like it could use some wd40. lol. verry cool. im sure you could make some money off that.
bdring (author) 5 years ago
The Legway is done...check it out
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 I love it
That = pure anti-corporate WIN.
epic win
you mean EPIC WIN!!!!!111
YES, I DID!
YAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111
Huzzahs are in order!
i agree me lord...HuuzzzzaaH!
A far superior product! No tecnical fannying about here!
Marvellous! I hate the Segway, this is a perfect knife in the back for the overpriced monsters!
reywolf5 years ago
i'm no engineer (yet) but i think i have a pretty nice way to coast...
bdring (author)  reywolf5 years ago
I am ready to hear any ideas. I am also willing to CNC cut pieces for anyone who wants to more the design forward. No charge...just material and shipping or less if you live in the Chicago area.
reywolf bdring5 years ago
it would take a bit to explain... i'll draw up some pictures and send to yoy
Make an instructible!
pretty scary goin down hills i bet!!!!!!!
Danrobjones4 years ago
Hi, whos the creator of this great piece of work. Because he is the genius I am addressing, Im doing a product design course at college and would love to do something based on the legway. Problem is I need a "client" who I can talk to about the designs ect ect. Would you bdring?? be interested in being that person.
abcnow5 years ago
so now try to make one with bigger outside wheels. then you could go faster.
ReCreate5 years ago
Wow this is Genius XP Thumbs up! Rated!
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Look what i found!

The DuoPed!


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