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"SPIN-DOCTOR" ~ 5-Wheel 'Whirligig' Parade Bicycle

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MOTIVATION:
My inspiration was Yardsale Dan, whose "Whirligig" tallbike went to the Burning Man Festival in 2007 (2nd photo). His complex system of chains and gears was overwhelming, to say the least, so I configured a simpler method.

I volunteered to participate in a community event that combined healthy lifestyles, creative 3-D art, and recycling called "The Visalia Bike Project".  Artists, activists, cyclists, and zanies joined to prepare "Kinetic Sculpture" entries for the St. Patrick's Day parade.

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DESCRIPTION:
Five wheels rotate, revolve, and oscillate as this creation rolls along. The front tire reverse-rotates a WHIRLIGIG in front of the pilot.
It may easily be returned to be a regular bicycle, by removing the WHIRLIGIG stem extender and reinserting the regular stem with its handlebars.

The title "SPIN-DOCTOR" comes from the WHIRLIGIG, the CDs, and because the designer/author works at a local radio station.

SPECIAL NOTE:
There are THREE creations in this series of Instructables. The two others are:

"THE RUSTBUCKET" - - - "THE VAPORIZER"
Please take a look at them, and let me know what you think and how to make them better. Thanks!!

Step 1: TOOLS & MATERIALS

TOOLS:
standard bike maintenance tools - wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, vicegrips, hammer
a chain repair tool (to disassemble & assemble bicycle chains)
a spoke wrench
hacksaw & electric angle-grinder
a small bar clamp
welding gear (or a friendly somewhat crazy nearby welder)

MATERIALS:
any ride-able adult's bicycle
a discarded 16" little girl's bike - a Huffy "Disney Princess" model in this instance
one additional 16" front wheel
colorful spray paint & tape
discard-able CDs
(optional but recommended = beer)
 
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bajablue2 years ago
Loved the video! GREAT job!!!!
irishmail (author) 2 years ago
WHEW! I just flew back from YouTube, and boy, are my fingers tired - - - the VIDEO CLIP is now available at the bottom of STEP FOUR - enjoy this Instructable, and PLEASE PLEASE vote for this article - it means a lot!
ynze2 years ago
A video, a video, please give us a video! Looks GREAT, thnx for sharing!
themoose642 years ago
This is a very unique version of a bike, I think this is super cool!
irishmail (author)  themoose642 years ago
@Moose - Thanks mucho!  BTW, the drive wheel rides very smoothly on the non-knobby front tire, and gravity does most of the work. If the bottom stem is slightly loose, I can pull back on the bars and still steer without the extra friction. Please vote it the contests.
kz12 years ago
Could you imagine what this would look like on a quad? Very nicely done.