Picture of Eccentric-hub scooter / bike (no pedals)
Tim and Gael want to build a Hula bike .

Main Problem : how to easily displace the hub from the center of the wheel ? Play around with spokes ? No ! way too painful . But Tim is a carpenter and has access to a router . 

So They decided to craft it out of plywood planks . Quick, easy,  strong enough, not that awful, and works fine.

Step 1: Wheel building .

Picture of Wheel building .
For this step, we used a router to cut two planks into circles . We cut them in two parts, at 1/3 of the edge to be able to put them around the hub. The hub being wider on its extremities, we couldn't simply drill a hole and slide it onto the hub . We took care to alternate the cutting directions , so the wooden assembly stay strong .

Also, we checked the 1/3 rapport was good enough to allow the wheel to spin without rubbing against the frame . It was a wheel from a smaller bicycle .
randomray2 years ago
Right , now I don't plan on building one of these , but I was wondering how I could build wooden wheels and still have rubber tires . I thought this method might work , but hadn't tried it yet . Thanks for proving the idea for me . Saved me some time . Great job guys .
e1ioan3 years ago
That's awesome!
Wait. What is the point?
1. just because, or
2. I saw one built for a man with dwarfism. regular bikes didn't fit his proportions.
Yah, but why do you need to make all the parts out of wood???
Simple and easy to prototype with. cheap, and easily replaceable, too!
Hamzah3 years ago
wthit563 years ago
Pretty cool... "Pogobike"!
Cool project!

I think you should add the terms "eccentric-hub scooter" and (or) "whymcycle" to the search terms, or maybe even the title.

Hula-bike is a specific product made by a company, much like the Ingo-Bike in the 1930s.

Wikipedia - Eccentric-hub scooter
Gael - Tim (author)  LegoBrickMaster73 years ago
Thanks a lot for the advice, I'm changing the the title and adding the terms you suggested.
I'd only heard of the hula-bike as a commercial version of this type of bike but I find the Ingo-bike you evoked much cooler!
Once again thank you for the tips.
Awesome project Gael - Tim! When I was a kid my grandparents had a "Kangaroo Scooter" noted in the Wiki LegoBrickMaster7 noted, and I always wanted to find one when I got older - now I can make one out of my busted bike!
Gael - Tim (author)  Jhokur3 years ago
Cool! If you need any help in the process of building yours, go ahead and ask questions, I'm glad to help!
Gael - Tim (author)  AVE DE FUEGO3 years ago
You can go at a reasonable speed but the faster you go, the more it shakes aroud and eventually if you go too fast (downhill for example) you'll get thrown off the bike ...
vincent75203 years ago
Beautiful South of France … 
How come do you have such a nice weather ?...
It's supposed to be raining all over the country !

Great project too !!!...
Gael - Tim (author)  vincent75203 years ago
Yeah, South of France. We're lucky...
rickpaulos3 years ago
I built 3 similar bikes last year.

But I calculated the spoke lengths needed to rebuild wheels,
I did both front & rear wheels,
I used a standard coaster brake hub, cranks, pedals and chain.


Gael - Tim (author)  rickpaulos3 years ago
Nice video and above all, real nice job!
We considered using spokes too but it felt a little too ambitious so we went for the easy way... However I have to agree that spokes look way cooler than big planks of wood :-)
Gael - Tim (author)  Gael - Tim3 years ago
Disc brakes would look extra cool on one of your bikes!
I thought of disc brakes, briefly. It would be easier to use a disc brake bike to start with. Maybe in a future build when I find a suitable doner bike. Discs are an alternative because a rim brake won't work, well not as you might expect.

Thanks, rick.
I like the wood! They just need finishing. Stain & Varnish or some eye popin' paint job.
vincent75203 years ago
Et avec les deux roues excentrées ??…
rickpaulos3 years ago
I like the way you added that extra odd shape of board to reinforce at the hub. Kinda shaped like a Wankel engine rotor. Add some pop-art paint in some psychedelic pattern! Wuuuuw doooood.
mwm3413 years ago
I get ideas about this thing powered by steam...
Jakwiebus3 years ago
that's hilarious!
brilliant, but hilarious!
if you ride this to work you'll have a tons of muscles is a matter of weeks :D
diyer83 years ago
@theyesman I would think that making the axis closer to the center would reduce the effort required and increase speed - albeit providing less torque & making uphill more challenging.

=> here's an idea, make the equivalent of a gear box by making the distance of the axle to the center of the wheel adjustable while riding!
theyesman3 years ago
That is awesome, i want one! Does it take a lot of effort to use it?
Gael - Tim (author)  theyesman3 years ago
Yeah it's quite tiring, it's definately not made for distance and you don't want to come upon a hill (either going up or down). :P
Thanks for the comment!
Metafire3 years ago
That motion reminds me a lot of this instructable.

fozzy133 years ago
That's pretty sweet. I like it : )
rimar20003 years ago
Very interesting, congratulations.
Gael - Tim (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Thank you, Sir!
Kiteman3 years ago
Bike bounce, make Kiteman smile!