Introduction: Makedo Equestricycle Hack
Hack your ride this weekend. If there’s something you really really want, we say: Don’t wait for it to come to you - chase it, go MAKE it!
With a little imagination, some cardboard and Makedo, you can turn those old wheels into a fleet-footed speed machine in under half an hour.
Step 1: Sketch
To pimp your bike, the first step is to lay out your cardboard and sketch out the shape of a horse head, tail and leg in profile (side view).
Step 2: Cut
Cut out your drawn templates. You will need to cut two identical pieces of each body part.
Step 3: Connect
To create the head, place the two pieces of cardboard on either side of the bike. Connect them together using Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips, ensuring that the vertical stem of the bike is sandwiched between the two cardboard profiles. Don’t forget to connect the nose of the horse with a Makedo Re-pin and Re-clip.
Step 4: Build
Continue to connect the remaining features of the horse using Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips as shown in the image. Ensure the tail end and the legs are attached securely and do not interfere with the bicycle wheel.
Step 5: Eyes
Now for the exciting part. Give your horse some character by connecting bottle lids as eyes using Makedo connectors.
Step 6: Maine Build
To create the maine, cut up toilet tube rolls diagonally and connect them along the horse’s neck using Makedo Re-pins and Re-clips.
Step 7: Accessorise
To complete decorations to the head, add a bridle made from ribbon across its nose and tie one end to each side of the bicycle handle bars.
Step 8: Ready to Go!
Now it’s time to giddy-up, let’s go for a ride on our Equestricycle!
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Hi - new here - is there a template or are we drawing this free hand? What is a makedo clip? Do I need to upgrade to pro to get these secrets???
Hello! Thanks for asking. We just drew our horse profile after a quick look at some pics from an image search. The Makedo pin and clips have been discontinued, but this project can also be made using our updated cardboard connection system - featuring the award-winning Makedo SCRU. See them at www.make.do :)
We had a lot of fun making the horsey bike, and we hope you do too! We'd love to see what yours looks like if you have a go yourself - so please do share pics of your outcomes.
Hi there Emboup. We drew the horse head freehand but there are plenty of templates around the place. Take your pick here: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=horse+head+temp...
The Makedo connectors have been upgraded since this Instructable was posted, so whilst they look different to the pics, they will work to the same effect. Makedo can be purchased at https://www.make.do/ or https://www.amazon.com/makedo.