Step 6: Ride It!

With the controller and batteries installed and the deck in place, it's time to take the scooter for a spin.
This is my first time out on the ice scooter, which was done BEFORE installing the spiked tire.

After my first test ride, I decided on a few things. The first was that I needed as much traction as possible on the rear wheel - thus the creation of the screw-spiked-tire. The second was that after falling a few times on my first trail run, I decided to wear my (padded) motorcycle jacket and helmet. In fact I did take a spill in this second video, but I was fine, thanks to my safety gear. (Note to self, keep both hands on the handlebars at all times….)

So far, the Electric Ice Scooter has been a LOT of fun! It tows rather well. I tried towing a sled with a test weight to try it out, and once I was confident that I wasn't going to flip the sled, I took a trip out with the Little Girl in tow.

There's still room for improvement. I might see about making a nicer-looking deck from some other material. I also haven't been able to figure out the wiring on the motor controller to put in a dedicated ON/OFF switch yet, and it would be more convenient to be able to plug in a battery charger without having to take off the deck. The belt got out of alignment while shooting that second test run video. I re-adjusted it and tightened it down since then.

Top speed so far is 7 miles per hour, which is about as fast as I want to travel on glare ice. Battery capacity is great. I started with 12.8 volts per battery. After playing on the ice for about 45 minutes, voltage was at 12.5V.

I've gotten plenty of looks so far as well. Most people are rather interested in the project, and get a kick out of it. I'm also pleased with how the "ankle" works. Because where the bolt goes through the skate and it is horizontal, the skate blade can pivot up and down a bit. this is especially noticeable on tight turns. It allows that blade to be in full contact with the ice at all times, even while turning and tilting side-to-side.

If this looks like a fun project to you, why don't you make one? Be safe and have fun!

If you like my alternative vehicle projects, check out my blog at http://300mpg.org For other household DIY, see http://ecoprojecteer.net
<p>whoa....................................................................... sorry my mind blacked out because of the awesomeness.</p>
<p>So nice... Im thinking vertical cut pvc pipes can be an alternative skating ;)</p>
<p>This will make wintertime fun</p>
<p>This will make wintertime fun</p>
Just genius but won't find me on it. Gulf doesn't freeze over :)
<p>Haha that is so awesome! Too bad I live in Tennesee where we don't get any snow :(</p>
<p>pure agenius, r u related to albert instine or something?</p>
<p>pure agenius, r u related to albert instine or something?</p>
<p>pure agenius, r u related to albert instine or something?</p>
<p>Hilarious. Wonderful. Great invention. Just profoundly glad that I moved to California where I'll never get to try my hand at building one. <br>But I'm glad that you did and thankful for your sharing. Keep going.</p>
<p>While the project is great and fun to look at, i cannot help being distracted by how easily one of those studs could detach (aided by some wear or small foreign object on the ice), being shot like a bullet behind the driver. I would therefore attach a guard above the backwheel, to rest easy, especially if you plan to tug a sled with a child in it. Great job on this nonetheless!</p>
<p>BEE DOO BEE DOO BEE DOO!!!</p><p>Saftey Police! Warning! No fun should ever be allowed to happen ever because something bad might happen.</p><p>BEE DOO BEE DOO BEE DOO!!!</p>
<p>BEE DOO BEE DOO BEE DOO!!!</p><p>Saftey Police! Warning! No fun should ever be allowed to happen ever because something bad might happen.</p><p>BEE DOO BEE DOO BEE DOO!!!</p>
<p>I'm on the second season now of using this scooter. There has been zero problems with the tire studs. As they are screws from the inside, the entire head of the screw would have to pull through the tire. That said, it wouldn't be hard to attach some sort of plastic or fabric to act as a &quot;mud flap&quot;.</p>
<p>Very Nice! Good video too!</p>
<p>So that is just so cool it put a smile on my face! It's like a cyborg-steampunk-ice-scooter if there ever was.....good job!</p>
<p>God, I love this site. </p>
<p>FABULOUS work, bennelson!!!!</p>
<p>Ive always wondered about the bolt through the tire deal but never tried it.Looks like a fun machine.</p>
<p>O.K., that's too cool! Nice!</p>
<p>I have been following Instructables for a long, long time and have never seen anything quite as cool as this! Very fun and innovative! You should equip teams with these and make an event to challenge Roller Derby...may be a huge crowd pleaser.</p>
<p>Just awesome! I can imagine loads of fun moments with this contraption.</p>
<p>Outstanding instructable! I like the sled ride. What a ball.</p>
<p>We don't have large frozen regions here, so I'm probably talking rubbish, but the toe of the blade looks pretty low. What happens if you run into a lump or other obstruction? Would it be helpful at all to add more curve by grinding it a touch?</p><p>Also, excellent work with hanging the sled out the side... looks excellent.</p><p>Your seated position makes me wonder... what about an electric scooter as the next plan? Same thing, with either a skate or a short ski for the front wheel. </p>
<p>The front of the blade of the skate has enough curve to it to not get caught on anything. I got the skate from the thrift store and looked at several other styles of skates while there. Some had shorter blades with more of a curve to them. I choose this style because I thought it would be best for straight-line stability. It's been working great so far.</p>
<p>Beautiful!</p><p>The urge to go to the North Pole!</p>
That was...AWESOME!
<p>Love the Frankenstein Builds ! Great stuff.</p>
<p>Three words: Electric Ice Polo</p>
You are god
<p>Cool! Do you have to adjust the toe-in on the front skate?</p>
<p>The vehicle doesn't have toe-in, as there is only one front steering member&hellip; Oh wait. That wasn't a real question you were asking, it was a terrible pun! &quot;Toe-In&quot;. Ack. I just got that...</p>
<p>I just do it for kicks. Nice work though.</p>
<p>You continually amaze Ben! Great project concept and implementation!!!</p>

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