Leave a Trail of flowers as you cycle through the wastelands.(+ bonus material)

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I wanted to make a bike mounted device that would actively spread wildflower seeds along the wastelands and derelict areas that I often cycle through; thus helping our struggling pals, the bees and the butterflies.

I prepared to use what was to hand; a tennis ball and some bolts and brackets.

The trained monkey following a banana on a stick will come later.
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Step 1: Step 1

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These are the parts-

A tennis ball

A 6mm nut and bolt

A strong strip of metal (this is a stabiliser bracket)

A bolt long enough to go through a tennis ball and two nuts (I used a 10mm bolt)

Step 2: Step 2

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Drill a hole in the ball and then drill one exactly opposite to create your axis points.

Step 3: Step 3

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Put a washer on the 10mm bolt and push it through; mark the equator and drill some holes about 1 inch apart around it.

I used an 8mm drill.

Step 4: Step 4

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Rubber is hard to drill and closes up after drilling to some extent; also the fluff covers the hole.

I heated up a spoke and cleaned the hole up by melting the rough edges away.

Instead of any drilling I imagine that a soldering Iron could be used but it would smell a bit.

Step 5: Step 5

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Bolt - washer - ball - washer - nut - bracket - nut.

The nuts are tightened against the bracket and act as locking nuts, allowing the ball to still spin freely.

The excess bolt is then cut off and the burr filed down.

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On most bikes there is a hole for a mudguard attachment between the seat stays at the rear of the bike, below the saddle.

I fixed the whole ball assembly to this hole; the bracket was pre-bent to rest against the wheel with sufficient pressure to turn with the wheel.
TrailH4x3 years ago
Here's a neat twist for you... •Crayola Glow Chalk let kids create outdoor art that glows in the dark! •"Includes: 4 bottles of chalk dust, 4 packets of glow powder/activator, 2 thermoform trays with 8 molds" •Will create 8 pieces of chalk •Will glow for 4 fantastic hours!
FriendOfHumanity (author)  TrailH4x3 years ago
Wow! That sounds amazing; thanks for letting me know.
erajala3 years ago
Beautiful idea! Make sure to use indigenous plant seeds, though. The wrong kinds of plants can aggressively overtake the habitat of and kill native plants. (I've spend many hours volunteering with a land conservancy trying to reverse this very issue! On a larger scale, an entire ecosystem changed by one invasive plant.)
I DO, however, very much appreciate efforts to beautify the world. :)
dervin23 years ago
Where's the banana?
shooby3 years ago
Wonderful idea, very creative! Just to be technical for a moment, the connection you chosen is the "seat stay bridge".

Another idea that may effectively serve the same purpose could be to wedge the tennis ball between your spokes. I've seen this done for aesthetic? purposes. Some consideration of hole orientation would be necessary however; centrifugal force might prevent seed distribution. On the other hand, it could be taken advantage of by rotating the tennis ball slightly depending on what kind of terrain you're cycling through, such that you have a less consistent but more selective distribution. Make sense?

Good job overall :)

Lelamat3 years ago
Liked your idea ! Voted for it
eulaliaaaa!3 years ago
DIY Persephone.
Great Idea!
sunshiine3 years ago
This is awesome! I love the concept.
l8nite3 years ago
next time dont steal wilbers ball !! Really cool "ible" and not a bad idea on its face but aren't you sowing the seeds ON the trails ? and less than a handfull at a time? Why not just broadcast a handful of seeds at appropriate places ? or make a pocket full of small seedbombs? Oh well...I guess every little bit helps ... ^5
FriendOfHumanity (author)  l8nite3 years ago
Dear Ignite,

Thanks for the comments, they are totally valid.

I just like things with a fun value; once my brain has a stupid idea it has to carry it through, at the expense of everything else.

Wilbur appreciates your support.

Kind Regards

rimar20003 years ago
Very well done!
Logan D3 years ago
This is brilliant!
AndyGadget3 years ago
Nice idea, and every little helps when you're battling against monoculture agriculture.

An interesting thing is that all the plants on your seed list are also common native (or long term naturalised) British wild plants too. I'm in the process of establishing a mixed hedgerow along one side of my garden and I'll be using a lot of those once I extend out from this into a wildlife / meadow area.
jeff-o3 years ago
Wow! What a fantastic idea. Nicely done.