Row Pull-push-bike "la Marianette"





Introduction: Row Pull-push-bike "la Marianette"

Here is how I build a simple rowing bicycle with a child’s bicycle and a folding bike.

Several rowing bicycles are available aiming to improve upper body training. However, they are expensive, it is difficult to find local distributors and most of them are not really suitable for everyday use. This one is cheap, easy to drive and fulfils all traffic regulations that I’m aware of.

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You may also check my second instructable on this subject, explaining some improvements over the original construction: "marianette update".

Step 1:

Find suitable bikes, in my case a folding bike and a child's bike:

Step 2:

Cut the rear of the child’s bike and mount it as a front wheel in the folding bike using the method of
To make place for the rear hub in the front fork, you may deform it using a dismounted hub as in the picture:

Step 3:

My folding bike (like most) has a hinge to fold the stem. If your bike doesn’t, then cut the stem and fix a suitable hinge (how to make a hinge is explained in ). 

Fix a pedal on the stem or handlebar and link a bar from that pedal to one of the front pedals. You will have a crank mechanism:

Step 4:

I used a short crank with a crank shortener in order to make shorter rowing strokes:

Step 5:

Crank shorteners are sold in pairs. I used the second crank shortener and the saddle support of the child bicycle to fix the pedal to the stem.

Step 6:

It is difficult to pass the two dead centres of the crank, so I add an elastic rope to help. It would also be possible to freewheel while pushing and use only the pull motion, like rowers do.

Step 7:

Then you have a pushbike in which you can really push while riding:



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    Very nice. Inspiring! Very inventive.

    That looks nice! Do you have a video of it?

    It might be more convenient if you uploaded the video to youtube and then embedded the video into the page. I'm interested, and I can't quite play the video for some reason...

    The video is now in you tube:

    Wow! This totally brings back childhood 6 my first bike was a four wheel "Zoom Zoom" push and pull bike with the stationary foot rest incorporated in the front wheel system. It ws simple and had a nice seat. All metal if my memory is acurate. Well done, now I'm going to see if I can recreate my fav childhood mode of transportation...Awesome!

    Thanks, I wish you success with your project.

    Have you thought, this is a gift from Heaven, for Africa's Amputee Children?

    Could be, it is harder to move only with the arms though. The child will be tired soon. On the other hand it is easy to build.
    For handicap tricycles are available using rotation movement. With a push-pull movement it is easier to keep equilibrium and driving a real bicycle would be possible.

    Yes, those guys are great, you too, some people do make a mark on this world...
    But those models, I don't see some Blacksmith on Africa making such complex devices, very worthwhile that they are.

    A Tricycle, on the other hand, is a more realistic transport solution, but for kids to feel like kids, again, even for a short while, the bicycle is irreplaceable.