After running thousands of virtual miles in a plethora of MMORPGs, we wondered how hard it would be to keep up that pace in the real world. After concluding that the in-game characters are running at about 12mph, we decided that keeping up 6mph on a treadmill to achieve the same thing would be a fair start. Add some wood, a bike wheel, optical mouse and bicycle wheel into the equation, and you'll be burning mad calories every time you log into your favorite server.
Step 1: List of Materials
2x 44" length wood 2"x4"
1x 25" length wood 2"x4"
2x 15" length wood 2"x4"
1x box 6 x 1 1/4 all purpose screws
1x 23" bicycle wheel and tire assembly with axel
1x 20" x 20" corrugate cardboard
2x screw-in eyelets
1x 8 1/2" round mousepad (Staples)
1x USB gaming joystick
1x push treadmill (Amazon.com)
1x Logitech MX Revolution mouse
1x InMotion 2 push-style treadmill (no motors- user pushes the belt with their feet)
2x 5" x 5" x 1 1/4" L-brackets
2x 6" x 6" 1 1/2" flat L-brackets
2x 6" x 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" flat T-brackets
2x adjustable bungee cords
1x roll of masking tape
1x roll of duct tape
1x can of permanent spray adhesive
1x Exacto Knife
1x electric screwdriver
Step 2: Base Assembly
Arrange and "H" pattern with the two 44" pieces of wood using the 25" pieces as the middle support. Tie them together with the two T-brackets secured with the all purpose screws. The length of the 25" middle piece was determined by the overall width of the treadmill we used. Since the 44" help keep the assembly in place by bracing it against the treadmill, check the overall width measurement for your specific model of treadmill.
Step 3: Axle Guides
Drill guide holes for the wheel axle in both of the 15" pieces of wood 3/4" from the top of the section. Use a bit just slightly bigger than the outer diameter of your axle.