This instructable documents my journey using the engineering process as I designed, built and rode my own version of a skibike. Several skibike instructables already exist for quick and easy skibiking fun. However, if you want to build a serious snow shredding machine, you will want to follow this Instructable as I describe the crucial aspects of skibike design and the implications of various design choices.
Below are the steps of the engineering process that I employed.
• Define the problem or need
• Research existing intellectual property and history
• Conceptualize & brainstorm
• Establish design requirements
• Product design
• Production planning and tool design
• Test & Analyze
• Repeat (coming soon!)
Step 1: Research
Despite their lack of mainstream use (and possibly even awareness), Skibikes have been around in various forms since the 1960's! And just as your standard bicycle or set of skis, these designs have significantly improved over the years. In the following steps, I’ll describe how I used some of the information I gathered to influence the design of my own skibike.