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A self balancing, human powered, steampunk styled, Segway. All you need is a brave self balancing human. This is the ultimate green vehicle for all you eco conscious steampunkers. Is that an oxymoron? I made this out of mostly found materials. This was my first steampunk styled build. Any good suggestions on making it look better will be incorporated as long as the materials are cheap and easy to find. I have been calling it the Legway in reference to the propulsion method. Yes, I know about those Lego self balancers of the same name.

This Instructable covers a basic version of this. For details on how I got my steampunk look go to www.buildlog.net

Anyway this is my entry to the Epilog Laser Engraver Challenge. Vote for me and I will share it with local Chicago makers, builders and hackers.
 
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Step 1:

Step 2: Build Pedal Shafts

Materials

(2) Galvanized 1/2" pipe flanges
(2) 1/2" black pipe pieces 8" long
(4) 1/2" black pipe elbows
(2) 1/2" x 3.5" pipe for the offset pieces
(1) 1/2" x 3.5" pipe for the center section.


Build this first to get all the measurements needed for the other parts. Put all the part together as shown in the picture. Tighten them very tight, but make sure everything is squared up and the bolt patterns of the flanges are square. I primarily used black pipe parts because I found some around. To prevent the parts from loosening later, I tack welded them, but I am sure epoxy or JB Weld would do. Measure the offset the pedal shafts have from the center. This will be used for the bolt patterns on the wheels later. Measure the width of the clear areas of the pipes in the pedal area for the widths of the pedals.
Toga_Dan5 months ago

This is hilarious. Love it. re: steering, I know this would quadruple the complexity, but what if there were a clutch in each wheel so it could freewheel?

This is simply amazing. I am going to build this the ride all around town.
vpurcell1 year ago
Still one of my FAVORITEST Steampunk items out there! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!
ace12345m1 year ago
if you put a brake o both wheels and the put an independent pedal on each wheels then you could turn it pretty easily.
eyebot1175 years ago
I did it! I figured it out! I know how to make a legway that steers! Has anyone ever seen the transmission on a riding lawnmower? It has a large wheel, and a smaller wheel that touches perpandicular to it. The closer the wheel is to the larger wheel's center, that faster it spins. The closer it is to the edge, the slower it spins. Using this technology on both wheels, you can easily and smoothly steer by changing gears-without changing gears! I think they're called "brushwheels"... I saw this in 507 Mechanical Movements (pg. 12, fig. 28)... Anyway, the power comes from the pedal shaft (the S-shaped shaft with the pedals-yes, that thing). On the ends of the shaft there are sprockets. A bike chain (same length for both sides) connects the pedal shaft to a gear box. The gear box (with a spring tension chain machanism-found on the back wheel of a bike-allows the chain to become larger/smaller) connects the chain to bevel gears, and upwards to the fly wheel. This touches the "big wheel" on the inside of the bicycle wheel. What moves the gearbox up and down is a pull spring (down), and a wire that attatches to the handle bars (on each side). When the bars turn......right, the right end lowers, and the left end raises. So do the gearboxes below. The fly wheels are below the axes on the larger wheels, so moving up, makes the larger wheels spin faster (lower gear), and vice-versa. This is reversed on the other side, thus allowing the legway to steer. Here's a model (SketchUp) on the transmission. The wheel on the bottom is the large wheel, while the two wheels on top of it are the fly wheels. The leftmost flywheel will spin slower, but spin the large wheel faster. The rightmost flywheel will spin faster, but will spin the larger wheel slower...

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One more thing- I know this IS a lot, but anyway...To anyone trying to build off of these comments I've made, note that to steer while coasting (if you use brush wheel steering), you'll need to connect both sides of the leg way (both chains) with a shaft. This is because without it, you only have control while accelerating. When coasting however, the wheels may slow down or speed up-whatever, they aren't connected by the pedal shaft. If they're connected by another shaft (that will spin while the pedals are coasting), both sides will still be connected, and will still spin in their respective gears, allowing you to steer. I'm not certain if this is correct, but I pretty sure another shaft is neccesary.
ilpug eyebot1172 years ago
this looks too complex.
this sound interesting but I'm not sure i follow the concept completely can we talk about this through email
an easier way to turn is to shift your weight.if it dosent work than im sorry.
ilpug2 years ago
you really need to make some kind of turning device. i might make one of these... it looks really fun. i will put bigger wheels on mine though, with air tires.
Mikeymo5 years ago
"..Turn it..?", you folks are missing the point of steampunk..... lol Its awesome, I love it!
What is the point of steampunk? Real question, not trying to be rude.
My definition: Take an object from our everyday lives, and redesign/build it out of commonly obtained objects. The item being "steampunked" will resemble the original and may be functional to a degree, it usually does not operate with near the sophistication of the original.

Hope that helps,
Mike
That is a better description than I have received in the past. Thank you.
I just searched it on wikipedia:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually the Victorian era Britain—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.
jbussé Mikeymo3 years ago
doesn't it also have to look very old as if it was made 250 years ago before electricity was invented, and everything worked on steam. (even if your steampunked item secretly has a battery in it ;-D )
Mikeymo jbussé3 years ago
That certainly explains the "steam" in steampunked : ) Thanks
Steampunk is victorian aged future vision. Just think Of Abraham Lincolns' era and futurize it with only the materials of that day. It is more an art style. People definately make functioning items entirely with tech from victorian age, but most are a look of that era, but taking into account what they would imagine the future to hold.

I have a suggestion for replacing the UHMWPE. If you can get your hands on an old wooden plane (woodworking, not aeronautical), the block could be cut and drilled to make the bearing.
A plane with missing or broken blade or wedge would be ideal, cuz it would be way cheaper and you probably don't want to cut up a functional old wooden plane, on account of their coolness
vacanebuna3 years ago
I believe that cornering could be much more improved by adding a clutch to each wheel.
666man84 years ago
where's step 1?
I think he accedentally added that step and didn't notice it.
olphart4 years ago
I LOVE it!!  Gotta build one!  Now that is the soul of wit:  simple and speaks volumes
GianniMora4 years ago
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gemgh4 years ago
You guys are awesome.  But honestly you give my hubby too much food for thought.  Gotta love your work though!
thing 25 years ago
Nice instructable! two phumbs up! (thumbs up) THUMBS are still up! You should try to make a self propelled cart sometime.
jaythedogg5 years ago
Wow, I thought you were going to lean a little more forward & catch the stationary "kickstand" on the ground resulting in a DIY face plant tutorial. :P Just messing. Nice design man! Congrats on an awesome project!
bdring (author)  jaythedogg5 years ago
hey nice pic., bye,gogar
LOL, that's rly me too. :P The eyes are fake tho.
snowpenguin5 years ago
I think I've solved the steering problem... Make it into a steampunk trike! That really takes away from the 'Segway' part, but, oh well... Basically just a Universe cycle with another wheel that has the handlebars and is steerable on the front!
bdring (author) 5 years ago
Chips are flying on the Steamroller. Here is my son verifying the size of the seat. See step 10 for details and more pictures.
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That picture is totally awesome.
bdring (author)  daniel_reetz5 years ago
Thanks, The thing was fully functional over the weekend. I striped it down for cleanup and finishing. Instructable coming soon. All the kids in on the block rode it. Most of them figured it out right away. It takes a little coordination between drivers to go straight, but they all got the hang of it. When you get stuck on a bump, etc, you pedal and your feet almost point to the sky before you generate enough weight shift to roll over it. Lots of fun if you are not prone to motion sickness. We are working on a name. I started with Steamroller, but the kids are pushing for "Wheels of Down", "The Wheel Thing" or "Portable Porch Swing"
bdring (author)  bdring5 years ago
It is done...

The SteamRoller
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manantais5 years ago
Great ideas,keep them comeing
leepinlarr5 years ago
you do some sweet wood work, hope you are passing some skills off to the kids my son started using my power tools and welder at age 12, it really helped him grow look forward to this next project !
eyebot1175 years ago
Cool idea. Here's what I would do- I would find a pair of bicycle wheels to use instead of the original small wooden wheels. The bicycle wheels have rubber tires that would give you more traction than the stained wood would. The original unit would hang in a frame that hangs on the larger bycicle wheels. The ends of the pedal unit would connect to gear sets (each end would) and a chain would connect to the gears to the bicycle wheels. The gear shifting unit would be on the handle, like on a normal bicycle. To steer, either you could switch one wheel to a higher/lower gear (you would need two gear controls then), or have one control for both wheels, and have two brakes on each wheel. As you tilt the steering column, turn the steering wheel, turn the handle bars, pull the brakes on one side, that wheel will slow down...but so will the other. At this moment, I am developing my own personal version of this vehicle. My goal is to make it as much like a bicycle as possible (imagine being able to steer, brake, change gears, and coast on this thing!). I am using Google SketchUp (check out my group), and I will eventually post a model in this forum! (I also like feedback as well)
The biggest obstacle would be steering. The reason why is because both wheels are rigidly connected to an axle, and what is done to one wheel, is done to the other wheel. That's why you'll probably only really need a brake on one wheel to stop. But if they hang in a frame in the bicycle wheels, it might not be so hard to figure out...
I did a little thinking, and steering is going to be very difficult to acheive with this sort of project. I found that the only way to steer without losing speed would be to find a way to tilt the top of one wheel toward, or away from the steering post, or to change the wheel on one side to a higher or lower gear than the wheel from the other side, thus resulting in one wheel turning faster than its twin. Since tilting one wheel, decreases its vertical height, unlevels the axel, and tilts the other wheel, there is no steering curve. The only way to prevent this is to make the wheel that tilts increase in diameter to keep its vertical height the same as it tilts (yeah, right). Having gear sets for each wheel may be more trouble than it's worth as well. I do not know of a way to shift gears simply and smoothly by tilting handle bars or turning a wheel yet... Braking on one wheel would work, but the steering would be very sensitive, and when steering and coasting, speed would be lost... The easiest way to build this (and have it work) would be to use motors, gears, and batteries. More voltage to one motor causes one wheel to cover more distance than the other wheel, and the motorized legway (now a segway) curves toward the more powerful motor. Both wheels would have gear sets that are identical, and that are controlled in sync.
bdring (author) 5 years ago
I cut the wheels for the "Steamroller". Here is a picture of one. I need to mount tires next
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I remember something like this as a kid we called it a "big wheel" I think they quit making them cuz too many kids with road rash was a bad thing lol. I think a single seater would ROCK!
bdring (author)  Rahdzhillaxxx5 years ago
Find a picture. It sounds interesting.
where did you get those parts???
bdring (author)  sibblyman5415 years ago
They are all standard off the shelf 1/2" NPT pipe parts. I scrounged up most of them, and bought the rest at Home Depot. The flange is the most expensive at about $4 each. I used black pipe, but galvanized will work the same. Avoid galvanized if you are going to tack weld.
could you also just get normal silver pipe and paint it black?
bdring (author)  TechNerd10125 years ago
Sure, the Universe Cycle was made using standard galvanized "silver" pipe. Paint is only needed if you like. I would mask the area where the pedals turn.

If you do tack weld galvanized pipe. Do it in a well ventilated area (outside)...Google "welding galvanized"
bdring (author) 5 years ago
The Universe Cycle inspired the Legway. Now the Legway has inspired a new contrpation. I am working on a design for a true self balancing human powered, two wheel vehicle that can eaily turn, coast, stop and backup. It will be made from plywood, plumbing parts and a few bicycle parts. As soon as I have a a decent sketch or drawing I will post it here. An Instructable will follow. Check back soon for details. Note: Please vote for me in the Epilog contest...thanks
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bdring (author)  bdring5 years ago
I think I have a name for the next version. The Steamroller...you know...steampunk thing that rolls around. Here is the most current image of the basic idea. This was exported into Google Sketchup. There should be a link to the Sketchup file at the bottom of the comment. Click on the image to get a bigger view. I changed the design to use more wood than plumbing parts to make it more robust, easier to build and cheaper. Once I get the basic functional design done, I will add the decorative touches. Since the main wheel will revolve around a relatively stationary shaft I will be able to add to functional spinning clockwork gears on the outside of the wheels. Locomotive style steam pistons are another option.
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eriq9 bdring5 years ago
a pedal powered couch/ porch-swing thing!! sweet!! how big are those wheels gonna be??
bdring (author)  eriq95 years ago
Right now I have the wheels just under 48" diameter, so they can be cut from standard plywood. I have optimized the size for kids around 5 foot tall. I'll see how it fits bigger and smaller people. I drew it out in chalk sideways on the floor and tried it out with my son. I think the tires will be made out of reinforced rubber hose joined together at the end with a barbed fitting and a tire valve to pressurize them. The hose I found is similar to a gas pump hose. Right now the sprockets are set for a conservatively slow pace of about 7mph at a pedal cadense of 70rpm. That will be easy to adjust later. I wondering about how to get on the thing. Maybe one person steadies it while the other snakes in. Next, the first in holds the brakes and the second climbs in. The brace across the top might help getting in and out. Maybe some wheel chocks will help. I should be ordering all the bearings, sprockets and chain from a surplus place with a day or two. I found some cheap parts on eBay too. I'll post all the sources and prices after I order.
bdring (author)  bdring5 years ago
The upload of the Sketchup file did not appear to work.

Try this link
It's already been done. We call them bicycles. Nice Legway.
Oooh nice :D
cbrown2225 years ago
how much did this cost?
bdring (author)  cbrown2225 years ago
I used a lot of old parts laying around, so it is hard to to tell. I probably spent the most on the steampunk specific parts like the copper and brass parts ($16) and the leather lacing ($6). If you just wanted a basic version and you did not have anything to start with I think you could do it for about $30-$40.
geekdude5 years ago
awesome
reywolf5 years ago
amazing! bravo!!! i think i will find a way to motorize it... solar power'd of coarse
Opcom5 years ago
Very creative! As for turning, I could imagine a set of hand brakes acting on the wheels, and a different way of coupling the pedals so that would work. Maybe an overrunning sprag clutch on the wheels, so as on a bike if you stop pedaling it can still roll along. But that is getting complicated.
cool how do u turn?
kameronk925 years ago
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that has to be one of the most awesome things i have ever seen in my entire life here on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol where was your other life
FeedTheGrid5 years ago
Far out. Cool design.
This marks the first time I've ever voted for anything here... That's the coolest steampunk machine I've ever seen!
I think you've done a wonderful job of interpreting Steam-Punk.
PACW5 years ago
I thought that white piece looked painfully out of place - - - until I found out it was Whale Bone. LOVE IT!!!
bdring (author)  PACW5 years ago
I am working on the scrimshaw now :-)
whiteoakart5 years ago
You could always add a caster to the kickstand. It would be like a little training wheel. I wonder if you could rig up a push-style reel mower to it, trailing behind. Then you could mow a small lawn with Victorian panache.
Yes, but can you coast?
freewheeling is so passé... it's all about fixed wheel these days. ;-)
i would think that to coast, you could have the 'crank' drop back down to the axle center (instead of the offsets directly on the wheel) and use small bicycle freewheels with the crank bolted to the sprockets. i would think that would negate the backpedaling to maintain balance though. but, it'd balance during forward momentum as long as you were quick to shift your center of gravity. hard to say whether that'd be stable, but it would be one step towards being able to 'freewheel' on this thing. if you could though, the use of differential braking wheel to wheel could steer you... if stability is a concern, trike it! then, you could steer where you want to go. think of combining this with http://www.instructables.com/id/Fun_Electric_3_Wheel_Scooter_Segway_knockoff_under/
that. just some thoughts.
great build btw, bdring
jovino5 years ago
This is completely ridiculous, and I LOVE IT! I totally want one of my own now. Thanks!
Marsh5 years ago
Very cool. But how do you turn it?
AdHd5 years ago
Way cool instructable. I saw a photo on another web site, so this is getting around! Just a suggestion regarding the cosmetics: Instead of the fake speedometer/odometer, may I suggest something functional? Perhaps a compass. Or for a lot more work you could adapt a mechanical bicycle speedometer. Brass up the dial, run the cable down inside the handle, etc. If you want to go high-tech/steampunk/retro you could use a magnetic pickup to count wheel revolutions and compute that into speed/distance, displayed via nixie tubes. And if you want to go green, power that by the action of pedaling the Legway.
It's an Amish Segway. Long ago there was a toy like this , but , without a handle. Super cool. Soon, I will will have one for myself and my children. Thanks for recovering that memory.
bdring (author) 5 years ago
I added a step to detail the next generation. See the last step. . .
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comkid5 years ago
Cool!
As cool as this is, and I think I may build one, it's probably a horrible idea to ride it with the "kickstand" in front. If you lean too far forward, or hit a rock, you're screwed.
bdring (author)  WillTheRescue5 years ago
You probably don't need a kick stand. I just think it makes it look so much cooler when no one is on it. I tried to set the kick stand at a touch point where you are screwed anyway. Usually when I go over the front I just hop off the front and hold the handle up. The kick stand does not touch and the post does doesn't hit me. It is hard to get across to people that the "falls" are not that eventful. No one on mine has ever fallen to the ground. The thing is dynamically stable when more weight is on the lower foot. It stops moving. When it is time to get off whether intended or not you step off upper foot first, the wheel rotates at most a 1/4 turn and you step off with the other foot. The real trick you need to learn at first is how to get it to move at all. The handle does not really help. It is just there for the coolness factor. The Universe Cycle is easier to ride in my opinion. I would suggest building one of those first. I built mine in less than two hours. Many of the parts can be transfered to the Legway.
True. I didn't really think of that. You're most likely to fall off before the kickstand would make you. I'm no good at woodwork in any way, shape, or form. So I think my first step is pulling my old 5 speed Huffy(With a speed-o-meter!) out of the garage. Then I will probably sit in front of it for a few hours and arrange the parts in my mind. Sketchup may be helpful in my design(Graphic arts is a hobby of mine). While my design will probably differ far from yours, you will, fer sure, receive 99% of credit for it. The other 1% gets divided between me, and Huffy. If this comes out good, I'll be sure to send you pictures. If it becomes a giant heap of metal and plastic parts, I'll send you pictures! This project will take me a while to start though. I have a few projects in line before it.
bdring (author)  WillTheRescue5 years ago
golddigger1559's wheel method sounds a little simpler, more forgiving and probably a better riding than mine. If you have access to the bike parts you might want to go that route. The steampunk look was a high priority for me so I went that route. I don't need any credit...just votes :-)
My vote you have! I'm not a huge fan of steampunk, though I will probably keep with that theme. I don't want mine to simply look like I tore apart a bicycle and put it back together the wrong way. So I will probably add a steampunk paint job, and I'm going to do something with the tires to make it look less bicycle. The reason I like the bike idea is because of the speed-o-meter. I think in the end, that will be a nice touch to it. I'm wondering if it's smart to keep the gears and shifter, or if that may cause problems in the long run, mainly: "will I fall shifting gears?" I'm sure mine will take a lot of trial and error, but most projects do!
bdring (author)  WillTheRescue5 years ago
I am not sure I am following the gears and shifter part. When you get it figured out upload a sketch. I cut all my parts on a CNC router. If you get something really, really cool, but can't figure out how to cut it, I might be willing to help for the price of the wood and shipping. It takes no time. All I do is stand back and vacuum up the dust. All I need is a 2D drawing, I can even scan a 1:1 hand drawing. I hope to be uploading a crude CAD sketch of my next generation contraption soon to the comments section of this Instructable. I just need to work out some human ergonomic issues so it fits most of the kids on the block. This one should be a much more practical thing that anyone can ride...no balance required.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. I got so far off. What the hell do I need a chain and gears for? The pedals go straight to the tires. Aha. Wow. Well then totally erase that part, no more need to worry about that. And thanks! If I come up with something I'd need your help for, I'll be sure to do it, as long as I have the money(I'm flat broke.) I wish I had a router though :( But then again, It'd be a waste of money. I'm not a builder. I'm a musician. I just like to make things on the side!
DHos5 years ago
This is NOT a green invention at all. Its a display. Nothing More. Granted a cool display.
yomero5 years ago
crap! i was just making up something like this in my mind!!!, you beat me to it!, great work though! quick question, could it be made by getting rid of the handlebar? just the pedals?, hey! how bout a 50 cc 4 stroke gas engine so people can really get around across long distances?, just an idea...
I just finished mine I put a bicycle rim on the wheels by removing the spokes and screwing onto the wood, it took a few minutes to get it but after a while I was riding it though the school. (I made it in shop class)
bdring (author)  golddigger15595 years ago
Awesome...I am glad it worked out for you. It is hard to convince people that it is easier to ride than it looks. The primary function is turning peoples head and freaking them out. I'll bet you agree, it does do that.
yah but now people all over my school is building it i think you may have the next bicycvle
bdring (author)  golddigger15595 years ago
Cool....Post a picture

P.S.: If everyone gets good, you can play polo :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segway_polo
bounty10125 years ago
Awesome! looks like something that Da Vinci would have made.
-1 points for practicality +6 point for coolness.
flaresam5 years ago
Thats really cool! I might build one!
bdring (author) 5 years ago
I finally got a video made. Sorry about the delay. See the last step. It is raw, straight out of the camera, unedited. I hope it is in a format everyone can view.
eriq95 years ago
i wonder about wooden wire-spools, they'd probably be a good source for the disks, prolly could get 'em free from your local mom 'n' pop hardware store if when they empy the ones that have the by the foot jack-chain on 'em. they'd prolly just be throwing them away anyways...
nizzo5 years ago
I don't have access to a woodshop (nor the skills even if I did), is there anything I can use off-the-shelf for the wheels and handles.....say from homedepot or walmart??
dringm nizzo5 years ago
The home depot near me sells some precut wooden circles. I don't know the diameter. It might be 18"-24". How about some old wooden stool tops?
I'm sure there is. You might try a craft store. Find a big wheel, or two, or three, and drill some holes, attach flanges, no woodshop needed. Let the community know if you find anything! It would be great for all the others discouraged by lack of proper tools.
eriq95 years ago
how bout this folks-for the wheels think about a larger wheel resting just outside of the original wheel assembly, it would be supported by one-way bearings, or some ratcheting type mechanism that allows forward torque on the cranking, but "freewheels" when it's not applied; then you could coast. hope this makes sense, i see it in my head...
snowpenguin5 years ago
If you get some old breaks from a bike and attach them to the UHMWPE so they will close on the pipe you will have a pretty good steering system. You could run the cables up to the handlebars and put the brake handles there. Just brake on the left side to turn left, the right side to turn right. Love the idea, but I think I'll make the Universe Cycle first to get the feel for it. Great Instructable!
Ah, I forgot one point. Duh! You will have to assemble the axle as two seperate pedal assemblies, so that you can control each individual wheel. Also, don't squeeze the brake too much, only lightly, or you are likely to go flying.
If you did the two sides as separate assemblies, pressing the pedals down would work fine, but getting them to come back up would be challenging since one side going down would not lift the other as in the original design.
Really what has to happen for any of this to be plausible is somebody figuring out how to make it coast.
Yup, I thought of that soon after I posted. I don't see any easy way to correct that issue. With each on separate legs, pedaling would be awkward. I'm sure somebody will come up with something to fix the turning problem.
foobear5 years ago
bloody brilliant!
JKibs955 years ago
Very Very Awesome
arduinoe5 years ago
this is AWESOME !!! now all you need to do is make it electric and self balancing , oh they already did that haha :).
Sjninja5 years ago
to make it a more comfortable ride and to coast could you have use something like one of the old bicycles were you just push the pedals back wards to stop but allow you to just coast when sitting. I know as you said this was your first but just a thought.
joelparks5 years ago
so, back when I was a bike mechanic and riding Unicycles in the shop I started working on a chain-drive unicycle so I could run a higher ratio than 1:1. Never finished it, but I'm wondering - If you made the wheels larger diameter and kept everything else the (nearly) same, would it be better as transportation? I suppose you'd make the "crankarm length" dimension longer so you'd have better leverage for stopping etc, but what do you think?
Kaelessin5 years ago
This has got to be the single most awesome steampunk item I've seen on this website!!! If I weren't stuck at work right now I'd be on my way to the hardware store to buy some pipe and wood! Simply amazing!
what did you use to pad the wheels?
bdring (author)  golddigger15595 years ago
T-molding

http://www.t-molding.com

This is the profile. You cut a groove and pound it in. I don't know how long it will last, but it is cheap.
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if there were some way to but the bike peace that makes the wheels click when your coasting maybe there could be a way to make it coast using bicycle parts it would be safer and it would also make it more appealing to use but the only problem that I see is: what if you need to make an abrupt stop do you just tuck and roll and hope you land on something soft ?
*sighs* in thought*
I'm going to build one of these, raid my bike pile and see what I come up with
bdring (author)  golddigger15595 years ago
Like a unicycle, it helps to be able to get your balance by back pedaling or at least resisting a little to pitch you forward as needed. Coasting might be a problem. I have heard of downhill coasting unicycles, but that is way beyond me. A friend had a unicycle, I tried it a few times and never got it. I mastered my Universe Cycle (see my other Instructable) in about 10-15minutes.
paganwonder5 years ago
This beyond COOL- you have an amazing imagination. Thank you for sharing!
PKM5 years ago
I'm sorry, I have to ask- what happens if you are moving forward and stop pedalling? I can't help thinking it might have been a better idea having the stand coming out backwards, so if you are going to fall over forwards you can at least not get tangled up in the handle. Also, can you transmit enough torque through the handle to get one wheel off the ground? That would be my instinct for sharp turns.
bdring (author)  PKM5 years ago
It is like riding a unicycle. You stop pedaling slowly. The "falls" are very uneventful. You basically just step off. The kick stand relies on the front heavy design, so unless it weighed a lot it won't work in the back. I have not had much trouble with the kick stand so far, but your comment got me thinking...If I made it spring loaded, it could harmless flick back if it contacted the ground. If you are concerned about the practicallity of this for transportation...you might be dissapointed if you built one. I built it primarily as primarily as an art project, but it sure does turn heads when people see you ride it.
phalanx4475 years ago
Such nice craftsmanship in the details! This is very impressive.
If you made the handle light enough, you could add a counter weight on the bottom and get rid of the kickstand; it would keep itself upright.
uguy5 years ago
WAY Cool!! Thanks for sharing.
pitty5 years ago
Very very Cool
ItsTheHobbs5 years ago
Good, this got featured. Very cool project! How hard is it to ride? Looks kinda beyond my balance skills...
st.paul5 years ago
this seems cool, does the kickstand get in the way?
bdring (author)  st.paul5 years ago
The kickstand thing is at an angle that is way forward of normal riding.
PKTraceur5 years ago
Nice! I might make this non-steampunke with PVC. -PKT
caitlinsdad5 years ago
Very nice. You should have inset a big old compass for your dial guage.
Do you have a video of someone riding it?
Bongmaster5 years ago
now thats good :)
SinAmos5 years ago
I love that you modded the noise maker. Very steamy.
gmjhowe5 years ago
You do need a video of this! A great twist/addition to a great project.
That's awesome! I assume it takes a lot of energy to ride?
budsiskos5 years ago
video! video! video! VIDEO! VIDEO!
dung0beetle5 years ago
I gotta make one! This is awesome!
whatsisface5 years ago
Fantastic!
lemonie5 years ago
Great stuff! L