I woke up laughing from a dream . . . the dream of a bicycle being momentarily boosted by a number of water bottle rockets, using only recycled materials, ( or at least not buying anything new.)
This may seem at first seem like a silly idea but like all good projects I learned a lot, pondered a lot and, above all else, had fun on a bicycle at the same time.
I did not know if it would work but finding out was going to be rewarding and other people also enjoyed the spectacle of the rocket bike..
Think of this like the first car or the first powered flight . . . they were rubbish . . but these humble beginnings led to the supercars and the supersonic aeroplanes that we know today.
Step 1: Instantly humbled by my own ignorance.
(See the first photo.)
Behold its majesty and, potentially, frightening watery power . . .
I then realised that the inner-tube bungs that I use for normal bottle rockets were not up to the job because they always leaked a little bit.
It was at this point that I realised this was a day wasted and that this would not be not as easy as I thought .
I began to research into a reliable delayed release system.