Skeleton Bicycle

This skeleton bicycle by Jud Turner looks like the result of an archaeological dig from TRON world. OK, it's not meant to be ridden, but quite bizarre and fun on its own. Link via gizmodo

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Bicycle Names

I name my bikes, usually for something wrong with them. Rusty, well, obvious. Lefty, it pulls to the left. Tiny, well, it's tiny. Some have more thoughtful names, like Phoenix, a bike I found in a ditch that was apparently thrown from a moving pickup. The fourth definition of the word Phoenix at this dictionary is a person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation. Do you name your bikes?

Posted by extremegtafan 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Magnetically Propelled Bicycle

I was told that I should make a forum topic out of this. So here it is:Here is a link to my upublished instructable:Magnetically Propelled BicycleI came up with this two weeks ago while I was day dreaming about levitation and magnets.The idea is that one stationary magnet set up on the middle of a bicycle negative facing front, can push two magnets bolted together, each facing negative, with an axle running through them and wheels on opposite sides. So when the stationary magnet'ss power is increased, the two magnets in front will be pushed, thus rotating the axle where the wheels are attached, adn obviously the wheels are turned.I say "when the power is increased" because hopefully an electro magnet can be used. I am not sure, but I think an electromagnet can be hooked up to a car battery, and then with some control device, more electricity can be sent to the magnet, possibly increasing the power ( I don't know much about this stuff so help me out here.Look at the schematics for all of the anatomy.I have not figured the turning system out completely, in the intro picture you may see that the turning wheel is connected to the rear by a bar ( In the way I believe it may work there will be two bars side by side, I can't really explain it yet). That is how I plan the turning to the controlled.If you have any ideas for this project, add a comment. I have not made this yet and am still creating it.Please, do not steal my idea, I am only 14 and just started inventing. I have no idea how the patenting system works and I do not have the money for it.I would also like to know more about electromagnets, how they work and where to buy them. I saw one site where the best electromagnet can "pull" like 1300 pounds, so this thing should go pretty fast if it is built properly. I reallly want to know if it is possible for electromagnets to push, that is the whole Idea for this. But if they can't, I've already drawn a simple schematic for pulling the wheels which is on the next page.I also want to add that the stationary magnet cannot be level with the rotating magnets, it will have to be a little above, and if you add a mechanism where the stationary magnet can move up and down, you can control the bike forwards and backwards.Hopefully, no one has a patent on this ( I've searched and haven't found one). And hopefully this will replace fossil fuel vehicles, although I doubt the government will allow that. THE WHEELS/ROTATING MAGNET IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE BICYCLE. IT IS ONLY CONNECTED BY AN AXLE RUNNING THROUGH IT. JUST LIKE A BICYCLE OR A CAR. Here is a link to what I was sorta thinking:Here Just turn it horizontally and add wheels to the ends. The gyro- thingy is like the rotating magnet and the base is like the stationary magnet.

Posted by Alphaviking 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


how to make a sidecar for bicycle? Answered

Asked by papafire 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is it illegal to use bicycle trailers?

Right, so I want to build a bicycle trailer that will carry a kayak and also is used for something else, but that's for an iBle, and not the point. As we all know, bicycles are considered vehicles in all 50 states. But, trailers that are pulled by motor vehicles have to have registration and tags. Is it so with bicycles? I don't want to break any laws, so if anyone has an answer, I'd appreciate it!

Posted by Bran 10 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Weed Whacker-Powered Bicycle

This is a bike I built a year ago. It uses a 30.5cc (about 1.5hp) weed whacker engine for propulsion. A version of the same thing was on Instructables, and that's what partially inspired me to make this. ;) The engine mounts are made out of wood, because I still have not learned to weld, but they hold up just fine. The engine is an ten-year-old Echo weed whacker. It has 10,000 max RPMs. The bike peg attached is 2" in diameter and gives about 25mph top speed. There is no clutch! The one that came with the engine was way too flimsy for a vehicle like this so I took it out. Saved a lot of space, too. For the throttle, I disconnected the back brake line and connected it to the engine. The front brakes are still intact, and you can turn the engine off to slow the vehicle as well. I added the extra heatsink to the engine to help keep it cooler, as it was never meant for this kind of exertion. It gets as hot as the engine, so I guess it conducts the heat away pretty effectively. There is a 10-LED bargraph to show the engine temperature. It uses an LM3914, an op-amp, and a thermistor. There is also a 555 to drive a buzzer when it gets too hot. The bike has head and taillights that are both driven from a joule thief. They are not very bright; they are more for being seen than to see. Here's a youtube video, taken almost a year ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdySFqmK0Fw Some more photos and a little more information: http://forums.modretro.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t;=656 Comments/criticisms? :)

Posted by 1up 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



dynamo working?

Working principle of bicycle dynamo

Asked by antony05 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I would like to paint my bicycle camoflauge How could i do this

Asked by JJB-055 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I am planning to make electric bicycle with front wheel hub motor drive, how can I calculate the top speed? Answered

I want to make electric bicycle as my engg project and I'm unable to calculate the top speed of my bike. I am going to use 250 watt motor.Also I want to know the max incline plane the bicycle will be able to travel

Asked by Abhisekdai 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


what is embed video code?

I am trying to put my bicycle trailer on here with my youtube video and i couldnt find anywhere where instructables tell you how to do it.  they have a page where youput your information to  upload but dont tell you anything on how to do it at least i couldnt find it. .

Asked by driftwood8 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Always in Enlish? Answered

Hello. My name is David, I´m from Spain and my english is basic and poor. Could I publish my instructable in spanish?. Thank you.

Asked by kptan69 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how do you rebuild a rear wheel hub with coaster brake on a schwinn beach cruiser ?

I have all the parts but i'm unable to assemble the hub

Asked by mrmouth 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



how do I make the gear grip shifter on my daughters bicycle easier to operate? shifting to lower gears needs more torq

My daughters bike has a grip shift for a rear derailleurs, shifting from from easier gears to harder is easy because the derailleur spring assists. when shifting the other way it gets progressively harder to pull the derailleur in. It gets to a point so that my daughter does not have the strength to shift after gear 3 has anyone got a solution, other than hand exercises for my daughter. Thank you

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Is it difficult to powder coat a bike? is this the best way to paint a bike and is it available in lots of colours?

Is it difficult to powder coat a bike? is this the best way to paint a bike and is it available in lots of colours? I heard it was basically primary colours but does anyone have anyinfo on this?

Asked by bobbymun 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Help Building a Three wheel bike

I am trying to turn a 10 speed into a three wheeler for my friend. He has trouble riding a 2 wheeler. Does anyone know how to make one. He would buy one but cost is too high.

Posted by nightninja87 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How much torque is required of DC motor to move vehicle?

My motor specification is power=500 W, RPM =2500, motor torque = 1.91 Nm, drive sprocket is 16 teeth, driven sprocket is 43 teeth , gear ratio is 2.38, diameter of wheel is 26 inch. i would like to move a vehicle of weight 150 kg with the speed 10 kmph. what would i do ?

Asked by jpthermalpower 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Bioshock bicycle

I want to make a boishock themed bicycle. Any thoughts?

Posted by buspuppie 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Bicycle trailer bed?

Has any one seen a Bicycle trailer that turns in to a sleeping trailer. and yes I have looked on the web I'm looking to build one.

Asked by the pvc bike guy 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


make water bottle holder for bicycle?

How to construct a water bottle holder for bicycle

Asked by ARTHUR BOSS 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


convert bicycle to recunbent without welding? ?

Convert bicycle to recunbent  with out welding take parts of 2 or more bikes too make 1 bike

Asked by zzjoev 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



How to transport bicycle on/in a jeep wrangler.? Answered

Got rid of my SUV, bought jeep. how can i take my bike when going on trips? Spare wheel bike racks cost too much! help!

Asked by wafflehouse 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Chainless Bicycle!!

There's a great post over at POPSCI about an awesome chainless bicycle! It uses an innovative wire and pulley system. No more pants caught in the chain??  Way to go Hungary!  Read more at POPSCI

Posted by Culturespy 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to build your own electric bicycle?

I have a bicycle I want to convert to electric. I have heard of ones that are pedaled and electric and the pedaling charged the batteries.

Asked by maryoverton 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Galileo Bicycle

Please help; I have tried twice but without success to download the instructions for the Galileo bicycle from https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Galileos-Bicycle/?download=pdf - what is wrong? The download just stops on its own after about ten minutes and without any indication that anything was downloaded.

Posted by takhaar 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


bicycle mods

Saw bicycle cart mod,interesting idea.how do i put two wheels on the front of my bike?

Posted by mr.a.rice 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Building a recumbent bicycle frame?

I want to build my own recumbent two wheel bicycle. Where can I get frame parts at reasonable prices. I live in Northern Ireland. Thanksl

Asked by hughgo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What to do with old bicycle rims?

OK, here they canibalize bicycles. Usually all that they throw out are old frames and rims. So your mission, chould you decide to accept it is to find something more interesting to do with a discarded bike rim than making a crab net out of it. (ps. spokes and freewheels are included with most rims)

Posted by scafool 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


epoxy bicycle lugs?

Has anyone tried epoxing steel lugs to make a bicycle frame? if so what type epoxy? thanks

Asked by lugman 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


A fee to license Bicycles?

Last week, James Vesely, the editorial page editor at The Seattle times, Proposed the idea to Impose a license fee on bicycles, more here What do YOU think?

Posted by koolaidslammer 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


bicycle generator

Has anyone ever tried to build a generator that would fit inside the bottom bracket of a bicycle using the spindle thats attached to the cranks and pedals? seems it would work better than the ones that rub on the tires.

Posted by oldcrowrich 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Bicycle powered rock tumbler/exerciser

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a bicycle powered rock tumbler. Get exercise while watching videos and light tumbling of jewelry or softer stones.

Posted by gemtree 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


can a stationary bicycle generate 500 watts?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Bicycle generator for lighting a led strip?

I want to make a bicycle power generator for a fair. I want to make two of those in such a way that the one who pedal faster get more number of led bulbs turn on. Can anybody help me with this kind of project. 

Asked by mick_ralte 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how much you spent for bicycle upgrade

Hey/ guys. I'm Tom from moscow russia. need your good advice and help. for my diploma work i need to know how much money an american guy spent to upgrade (to make look better) a bicycle? it very important/

Posted by binom 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


can i make a bicycle trailer with small kids bicycle wheels and a lawmower walk behind handle?

please dont be mean

Asked by MasterPrime 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


re-spoke bicycle wheels

When I was much younger, I re-spoked two bicycle wheels off-center and put them on a bicycle for a parade. I don't recall how I did this except it wa s an article in pop. mech. or pop. science magazine, or similar mag. I do remember that I used 24" wheels on a 26" frame and that they must have been less than 2" off-center to fit the frame. It was fairly easy to ride at slow speeds, but terribly hard to go fast, as it would tend to throw you off. It was a lot of fun, though. I hope someone can tell me how to build one of these again. Thank you for any and all help !

Posted by uncle 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to lenghten bicycle frame? Answered

The frame of my bike is too short for me so my back seriously hurts especially up slopes. is it because the frame is too short or the handlebar is too low? if i reposition the saddle backwards, the cycling is a bit better but not a lot. next idea is: i have is to buy longer stem 2nd idea is to buy saddle support (pipe) that is bended backwards.

Asked by Karletto555 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Monsterbike is a serious bicycle

This video from YouTube user wautur shows off the Monsterbike, a brutal penny-farthing with what looks like a tractor wheel in front. According to his profile, wautur is in the Netherlands, but there's no other info on this one, sadly. Skip to 1:30 to see the bike in action. Related: Crush All Those Who Stand Before You, The Environmentally Friendly Way. via treehugger

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can i make a (strong) electromagnetic wheel, so that when i give voltage it rotates? (in a bicycle)?

Plz refer me to some kind of web site that gives me this info.......

Asked by The Mak3rs 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what would you pay?

Hey im just curious what you people would pay for this if it were a bicycle engine kit with a maintenance free engine... it gets 90mpg 35mph and what if it had free installation but looked more professional than in the pictures 

Asked by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


A few questions for recumbent bicycle makers

Okay, as the title says, i've got a few questions for anyone who's made a proper recumbent bicycle. First: in the way of moving the handlebars back, how do you attach a bicycle chain sprocket to the top of a fork tube? is it welded? or is it a special type of sprocket with a sort of crankshaft keyway (like engine crankshafts have keyed sprockets for their timing chains) this is obviously to relocate the handlebars further back or under the rider so that you can lean back (as most recumbents allow) Second: if you're to put a larger tire on the rear of your bike (for example, a small (50-500cc motorcycle) rear tire), how would you go about converting the chain link sizes. most motorcycle tires have a shorter link distance, and look like their links are sort of squashed together as opposed to bicycle chains. would you find a way to put a larger toothed sprocket on the rear tire or put a smaller toothed sprocket on one side of an intermediary and a larger toothed on the opposite side? If I have any more i'll post them, these are my pretty basic "burning questions" of recumbent making.

Posted by TheMadScientist 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Homemade Recumbents

Why are there not more instructables about building homemade recumbent bicycles? I was only able to find 2 and one was not the type of recumbent bike I'm looking to build, the other had minimal pictures and text to describe the bike. I know more people have built/tried to build them so lets see some instructables about it!

Posted by Handsome-Ryan 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


E-Bike project (How to choose a suitable DC motor)

Hi Guys, I am currently doing my school project on electrical bicycle. Mind teach me how to choose a suitable e-bike motor to be used and what is the calculation that I needed. I plan to enable the e-bike to support the weight of 100kg with people riding on it.

Asked by rchan10 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago



Help: Mechanical Odometer

I have a bicycle trailer that I use for groceries and such, and hope to use for extended bicycle trips. I would like to get or construct an odometer for the back of the trailer, to advertise how far I've traveled. I've looked around a lot, but have had difficulty finding an non-electric or large-display DIY odometers (ideally, I would like the numbers to be 2 to 3 inches tall, and would like to keep it below ten pounds). I would prefer it to be mechanical only, requiring no batteries or electrical power, but am willing to give on that point for the sake of simplicity of design, weight and cost. If you have any advice where I could find advice or instructions on how I might set something up, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Posted by dreamclassier 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Magic Freewheel & Bike Frame

The machine shop I work for had this "great" idea about 10 years ago. Wouldn't it be nice if you could pedal backwards on your bicycle and still go forward? It's like 2 things in one! Not as glamorous as it sounds. So I'm getting rid of some old parts to various "Super Gear" projects including the Magic Freewheel, an Aluminum bike frame, and if you really wanted them I an go dig out some of the old gears in storage too. Make an offer if you want something. We can ship UPS.

Posted by Rainbowlaces 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I add additional keywords to an existing instructable?

I want to add additional keywords to an instructable I made several years ago and can't seem to figure out where the keywords are when I choose to edit the instructable.

Asked by Toxictom 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago