Snowboard Bike

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Intro: Snowboard Bike

A snowboard bicykle made entirely out off an snowboard and a bike. At least allmost.

This is probably to be seen more of an inspiration than a true guide, since the materials may vary a lot.
However, this is a really simple project that converts two pieces of "rubbish" in to something fun. You could build this in a few hours or days depending on how much energy you want to put in to it...

Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, whey where taken using a mobil phone.

Materials required:
*Bicycle
*Snowboard
*(angle iron or similar)

Tools required:
Only your everyday tools like:
*Hammer (important)
*Wrench
*Screwdrivers
*Saw (fine tooth for the steel edges)
*Drill and drill bits

If you dont have an old snowboard lying around, you could of course use a pair of old skis, but miss out on the awsome off pist powder performance =)

Step 1: Back to Basics

Bicycle:
Strip the bicycle from its wheels, mud guards, shifters etc. till all that remains is the bare frame with the saddle, handle bars and the forks still attached.

If you have the tools required to remove the chainrings(s) and the crank arms, use them!
If not, follow these simple steps:
1) Turn the bike up side down
2) Grab your largest hammer
3) Smash the chainrings as much as possible out of the way so that its no obstructing anything.
You could probably use the fine tooth saw, but that would have taken a whole lot longer.=)

Snowboard:
Remove the bindings from the snowboard and remove the straps from the bindings.

Step 2: Cut the Snowboard in Half

You want to make the front half of the snowboard (the one you will be steering with) shorter than the other, this is because you will have the mayor part of your weight on the back one.

Use some kind of ruler to draw a straight line at about 2/3 of the boards lenght. Its not really crucial.

Use the fine teeth saw to cut the steel edges, make sure you get all of them, they buried like 15 mm in to the board. Then use a regular saw to cut the snowboard in half, its made out of wood and plexiglass so it shoundt be a problem.

Step 3: Attach the Bicycle

Watch the pictures how to attach the bike to the snowboard bindings.
This is done using the bolts and nuts originally holding the straps of the snowbord binding. Make sure that the nuts have nylon locking so that they dont come of in "mid air" =)

Its important that the two snowboards are level when the construction is put down on flat ground,

Picture number two displays a first design for the front ski which did not work very well.
There for we had to add a angleiron which was flattend to raise the forks by about 6 cm. Also the second modification we did was to turn the forks the other way around to give it an additional 4 cm raise. Improvise!

Step 4: Testing It Out

So, how does it perform?
Well actually better then expected, though its kinda hard to control.
The large surface area of the snowboard gives it good powder performance, however you have to put quite a large amount of pressure on the handle bars to make it turn.
You can stop it by turning and putting it in a steap angle, kind of like you would on an regular snowboard.

Great fun though!

A big plus is that it actually didnt fall appart even once!

Please post a comment if you have any questions

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    teasdale33

    5 years ago

    What did you use to bolt the bike down?

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    ismith13

    6 years ago on Introduction

    would the layers of the snowboard start to come apart after you cut it?

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    Zilduli

    10 years ago on Introduction

    For those with a front suspension mountain bike to spare for this project. You could theoretically take the front fork, cut off the piece that makes the two sides of the fork move together and attach one ski to each side. This would allow you to turn just like normally on skis. If you were to use the snowboard in back you would then have the stability and the better turning. Might want to do some research into shocks first though, I'm just guessing about their structure.

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    zach12Zilduli

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    im still tring to make a snow scooter. i need help with attaching toe skis

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    Oblongatazach12

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah I'm going to do this with one of those larger scooters, the ones with pneumatic tires and hand brakes. Looking for old, small, decent snowboards to use and I'm going to duplicate a commercial "snowscoot" as closely as possible. I can just weld an extra tube from the top of the head tube down to the platform to strengthen it a bit; thats all the real snowscoots are from what I can tell. Oh yeah, and the boards will be rigidly mounted on mine, at least the rear. Now I just gotta find these parts!

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    T BomberOblongata

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I've picked up boards and stuff at the dump in Stowe,Vt.Also rental places throw them out sometimes.If you know anyone that works at a ski area,the lost and found at those places gives away unclaimed items in the summer.But that ones tricky.Whoevers in charge and the people they like get the good stuff

    Isn't there a spring inside of the front suspension???? If so this i dea wouldn't work.... Sounds great though!!!!

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    TheMadScientistZilduli

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have a bike with front suspension, but it's coupled together, so that wouldn't work. nice try though.

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    ZilduliTheMadScientist

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking that you would cut off the piece that couples the two sides of your fork together. Again I'm not sure if that would actually work, so please don't grab a hacksaw and cut your shocks apart without further research.

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    OblongataZilduli

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    some types of forks would allow this, but you cant bolt both dropouts to one axle (you would lose the independent movement) and without that, the two independent "lowers" would just rotate around freely on the stanchions, so you'd have no steering control. Just do one ski (or board), it works.

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    cmfail

    8 years ago on Introduction

    you should figure out a way to put a rudder system into the pedals to make it a little faster

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    sharlston

    8 years ago on Introduction

    hey on the oppostite side of the chain rings there should be a large bolt if you remove that and the other few washers then take the pedal off the whole crank will come of

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    bones15

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I'm using blocks held together with construction adhesive for my creation. It is available at any home improvement store for under $5. It does take 1-7 days for it to cure, though.

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    torkerman

    9 years ago on Step 4

    Great work! I have ridden some K2 brand snow bikes over here in Australia, the trick is to just lean it over to turn, the board will flex and corner on its edge, just like normal! I'll put up mine soon!!

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    spencer42

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I saw a snowboard bike that had slats cut out and a thing to lower the snowboards so you could ride the bike in the spring and up a hill in the winter I sketched one out but can't find out how to lower the snowboard I will try to make an instructable to make it.

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    ajs1313

    9 years ago on Step 4

    Have you considered converting the front to a single or double ski. I think it would improve your handling characteristics dramatically.