Brendan Walker - Professional Thriller

The Howtoons Blog has linked to a really fascinating interview with Brendan Walker, a man that makes thrill rides for a living. He apparently got his start by discussing home-made fireworks on a job interview with British Aerospace. So, there is hope for some of you yet still!

Topic by randofo 


GEN H-4 Mini Personal Helicopter

The GEN H-4 personal helicopter weighs 70 kg, carries 220 kg total, has 40 hp of 2-stroke power, counter-rotating props, and costs $35 K. Check out what it takes to put together:http://www.acecraftusa.com/photos/Assembly/assembly.htmlOr, get a flying motorcycle from Butterfly Gyroplane:

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Making a car purr- roar

Well this one is not that hard you just need to take off the muffler and of course a nice engine helps. I suggest if anyone wants to win this that has basic knowledge of cars and has acces to a torch-welder and saw should do this instructable. Any other suggestions for the person who decide to take this task are what this post is for. Enjoy Duck-lemon

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Cold Weather Bike Wind Deflector

So I've taken an indirect pledge not to commute to school VIA car - by not buying a parking decal... Since school started, I've commuted, by bike, nearly 400 miles. But now it's starting to get cooler. I really don't like riding in cold weather. I typically wake up cold, get ready (still feeling cold) and getting on a bike when it's cold out is pretty uncomfortable.... So, for my next ugly bike abomination accessory.... My first wind deflector fairing prototype. I made a model in SketchUp (this was my "learn to use SketchUp" project), then from that make a development drawing (3D shape to 2D cutout) and cut that out of some scrap cardboard (I've got quite a bit that I rescued). Yes, there are flaws in this design - it's my first attempt :p As of now, I need to figure out how to mount this thing. I currently have some surplus 1/4" threaded rod at my disposal, I'm going to grab some and see where it takes me :p Comments?

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Making a car purr- roar

Well this one is not that hard you just need to take off the muffler and of course a nice engine helps. I suggest if anyone wants to win this that has basic knowledge of cars and has acces to a torch-welder and saw should do this instructable. Any other suggestions for the person who decide to take this task are what this post is for. Enjoy Duck-lemon

Topic by duck-lemon 


Steampunk Scooter

Oh, to have a steampunk scooter that actually shoots steam out the back as you ride. This makes me want to get a cheap old scooter and rip it apart to create something new. Linkvia BoingBoing

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Minimizing Hills on a Bike

Things are crazy out there, with gas prices spiking, so I've been biking a lot more. Grocery runs, going to work, etc. I don't go out much any more, though, especially with people in a lot of neighborhoods getting "grabby." Forget riding around with a nice-looking laptop bag. In any case, a practical question: what's the best way to find the best route on a bike so that you don't tangle with too many hills? It's often hard to figure out here in San Francisco, especially if I'm riding my fixie or lugging a bunch of stuff in a trailer.

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Electoplating wood. CHEMISTRY QUESTIONS!

Hello guys, Thanks alot for reading. I don't know much about chemistry outside of my one high school class. We electroplated a penny. I have a 1.5ish square-foot piece of wood, and i am wanting to CHROME IT.... chrome paint kits cost hundreds of dollars, and i've before seen chrome-plated wood.. and i want to replicate the results. [img]http://www.eastcoastpowdercoating.com/liquid%20chrome%20guitar.jpg[/img]I'm looking for a cost effective alternative to expensive chrome kits (+300 dollars for a pint)In theory.... my method would involve somehow plating the guitar with some sort of metallic based paint, then submerging it in a chrome bath. [b]IS THIS POSSIBLE??[/b]Is there a metal chemical that can somehow be applied evenly to the entire surface of the wood? (i.e. paint?)What, and how much of the specific chemicals do i need, and where can i find them?I really want this to be mirrored. Thanks so much for your responses to my problem:P

Topic by punx777 


Popular Mechanics 2008 DIY Rally

Submissions for the 2008 Popular Mechanics DIY Rally close on April 4, 2008. If you've got something cool, be sure to enter it (and post an Instructable!). Here's the official announcement:Popular Mechanics' race for the best DIY projects of 2008 is on! Can you top a pedal-powered air gun? A self-tending barbecue? A motorcycle that rides on water? Whatever you've been hammering away on in your garage or basement, we want to see it. If it qualifies for the magazine's annual DIY Rally, you and your project will be featured in an upcoming issue. Use this online form to enter, but be sure to do it soon. Submissions must be received by April 4, 2008.Submission formAstute readers will note that the winning entry, shown in front of the loading dock at my old hangout, MITERS, was submitted by Damon, who now works for a Squid Labs spin-out company.

Topic by ewilhelm 


I have just added a new group! We would love new members

Greetings, I have just added a group on instructables. we welcome all with any kind of instructable (except for knitting and origami) it would be awesome to have you join today https://www.instructables.com/group/fakirswelcom/

Topic by Pumpkin$ 


Kickbike

I'm building a kickbike out of two mountain bikes. The goal is to do it without a welding kit. I'll have pics up soon. cheers, Dick Lawless

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Disabling daytime running lights on '99 Sienna?

Tried pulling the fuse (works but also cuts HLs), don't want to short E-brake limit switch (although that will cheat the circuit). I'm thinking of cutting the "DRL resistor", will that work?

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hovercraft parts

Me and my bro along with some other people are building a hovercraft made for 7 and will be used as an airsoft soldier carrier how do I make a steering device and how does the skirt work p.s we havnt started yet

Topic by grayecastle 


Voltages for 7AH, SLA batteries

So I've read all on the web about the voltages of a lead acid battery, and according to sites like This One the battery should be full at 12.69v or so. The only thing is I'm getting 13.02v on one SLA, and 13.08v on another. One of the batteries is brand new, and the other is out of a UPS. Are these batteries badly overcharged, or am I just really ignorant and can't find a simple site listing SLA voltages :) The batteries were not connected to anything for about 12 hours before I took the readings, and I have tested the multimeter I used, and it is accurate.If it helps, the battery says:Constant voltage charge(25C)- Cycle use: 14.5-14.9V- Standby use: 13.6-13.8V- Initial current: 2.1AAny advice / help would be greatly appreciated!PS) The main project is powering a computer with these batteries. I've done that so far and it draws only around 1.8A, so hopefully it could last for quite long! (~5 hours or so)

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What metal do people use to throw up sparks with their lowriders?

I've always thought that it was magnesium, but I've heard that titanium is used. It seems titanium would be mucho-expensive for what it does. Does anyone know anything about it? If I find anything with a reasonable price, I may make a project about it. Thanks, Bran.

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Real time plotting in Matlab

Hey ppl need some help, im working on a temperature controller that is based on 89c52 microcontroller, the sensor data is conv to digital by an adc0804 & the data is sent to the pc via the rs232 port, i need to plot a temp graph using matlab in real time, ive read that the hold function could be used but i havent had any success so far........ need help with the matlab code, the rest is fine... the baud rate is 9600

Topic by vedvern 


Show & Tell, Fall 2007

A bunch of cool people came together all at once, and showed off their cool projects. Here they are, live-blogged right from my desk in Cambridge!

Topic by stasterisk 


Hey Guys... I need help for a science fair Project

Okay people, any help would be much appreciated. i need help finding a science fair project. Im a srd year high school student and well i guess i slack off a lot. but i need some ideas... please please please help me out....

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Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010

If you make it, they will come. Or something.CalCars, the California Cars Initiative, has not only been campaigning for plug-in hybrid vehicles, they were the first to build a plug-in Toyota Prius. CalCars longstanding, and really quite simple, thesis is that plug-in hybrids can achieve 100+ MPG using today's technology:We promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). PHEVs are like regular hybrids but with larger batteries and the ability to re-charge from a standard outlet (mostly at night). They're the best of both worlds: local travel is electric, and you always have a gas-tank backup. More details here.Toyota seems to have finally received the message, now pledging to offer a plug-in hybrid by 2010: Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010 (NYT). From the article:DETROIT -- The Toyota Motor Corporation, which leads the world's automakers in sales of hybrid-electric vehicles, announced Sunday night that it would build its first plug-in hybrid by 2010.The move puts Toyota in direct competition with General Motors, which has announced plans to sell its own plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, sometime around 2010.Katsuaki Watanabe, the president of Toyota, announced the company's plans at the Detroit auto show as part of a series of environmental steps.Mr. Watanabe said Toyota, best known for its Prius hybrid car, would develop a fleet of plug-in hybrids that run on lithium-ion batteries, instead of the nickel-metal hydride batteries that power the Prius and other Toyota models.Plug-in hybrids differ from the current hybrid vehicles in that they can be recharged externally, from an ordinary power outlet. In a conventional hybrid the battery is recharged from power generated by its wheels.Mr. Watanabe said the lithium-ion fleet would be made available first to Toyota's commercial customers around the world, like government agencies and corporations, including some in the United States. He did not say when they would be available to consumers.Another case of hackers' solutions becoming mainstream? Definitely!

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I need to buy a bike, yo.

I don't really know where to buy bikes at, but I sure as Hell need one. I need to know where I can buy a simple, non-expensive bike for preferably under 80 dollars. No mountain bike or fancy stuff like that. Just a normal bike, if you know what I mean. Thanks in advance, yo.

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HELP PLEASE motorised bikes How To Fit Fit a multi cog

I am trying to find how i can fit a multi cog to my wheel and as it is not your normal set up and i need it just like the picture, how to do it Herdan.com a Nth American own the bike and i can't get thru as my emails get rejected and i can't get thru and they know how they did it ....these pics explain better what i want Thanks Any one .........................

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Frogs Forever?

Here's a neat video of bullfrogs clumsily catching prey in gorgeous slow-mo from the Vancouver Aquarium. They point out that amphibians are potentially facing a mass extinction, due to wetland reduction and chemical contamination. (Check out the crazy gender-bending effects of herbicides!)

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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 !

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Dance of the Scientists

So you think you can defend your research in front of a panel of experts? How about if you had to do it... with interpretive dance.No, this is not a joke. This is the first annual Dance Your Ph.D. Contest. Read this description and hit the link for videos of the dances....the diversity of the dancers was nothing compared with the diversity of their output. The graduate student category is a case in point. The first dance, Gruetzbauch's 30-second galactic tango, focused on one phenomenon: the capture of a galaxy by a larger one. Schraffl gave us raw data—a small scene from Il pittore parigino by Domenico Cimarosa—without analysis or metaphor. Sven Ramelow did a bit of both. His quantum physics Ph.D. title allowed him to make a play on words: The acronym SPUC is a homophone of a German word for ghost, and hence the scary sheet dance. Meanwhile, he used a laser light attached to his head to illustrate the strangely behaving photons he studies. (Very clever.) But then came Brian Stewart.No one was surprised when he scooped the prize. For one thing, Stewart wore nothing but a shimmering, translucent loin cloth. (That's worth a few bonus points in my book.) But the judges told me afterward that his dance stood out because it accomplished two things at once. Most importantly, "he connected with the audience," said Pastorini. "That is the purpose of dance: to create emotions." A big help was his choice of music a jazz interpretation of African Pygmy tribal music by Herbie Hancock which created an atmosphere of funky ancientness. Dance Your Ph.D. Contestvia Neatorama

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mice brains...science research HELP!!!

I am really interested in science research and I want to come up with a research project, but I'm having a hard time putting something together. I want to include aspects like... - PCR (polymerase chain reaction) - RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) - ICC (immunocytochemistry) - e-gel/ gel electrophoresis I know I will be working with mice brains whose vagus nerves have been surgically cut or whose leptin intake has been significantly increased. (By the way, the leptin and vagus nerve are totally different experiments) In this case the vagus nerve serves as a connection from the brain to the stomach. Therefore if it has been cut, mice would show a reduction in food anticipation. The leptin, I believe is a hormone that deals with energy regulation (food intake). Mice with leptin intake grow obese because lack of leptin usually tells the body to stop eating so when the mice with too much leptin are introduced to food, they cannot stop eating. In either case, mice brains would be sacrificed for experimentation. (All experiments are done in a research facility) I'm not sure how to incorporate these procedural methods to the mice brains. My objective is to somehow determine the mechanisms within the nervous system, which can hopefully aid in developing methods to ameliorate neurological problems. I am open to any other methods or protocols.

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Vacuum Pump Limit Switch System

Hey Everyone... I'm Alive! I've just been really busy with my senior design project :DSo today I acquired ToolUsingAnimal's vacuum pump on loan. I'm going to be doing some vacuum bagging.... To prevent his pump from blowing out, I need to make a limit switch so the pump shuts down when it reaches full vacuum and then turns back on if some of the vacuum bleeds of somewhere.So the method I cooked up today was to use a syringe with a weight. The weight will pull the syringe open and close a micro switch that turns the compressor on. If there's vacuum, the plunger will be fully retracted and the switch will be open (off position). This method will cost me all of $5 or so (10 cents for the syringe and $4 for the switch).I was just doing some math on how much weight I'll need for different syringe sizes - and it's totally plausible (we're talking less than a pound to 3 pounds depending on syringe diameter).Question - any other suggestions or blatantly obvious/easy/cheap solutions? I know this sounds Rube Golbergian, but it's not nearly as complicated as it sounds (or looks) :D Emphasis on cheap, I just put in an order for roughly $2000 of materials and supplies!

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strange 3D shapes

I need help to find a 3D shape with 7 sides/faces Any help?? Feel free to name any other strange shapes while your at it.

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Physics project of worth 10 marks?????

I ve got to present this physics project by the ed of march and its of worth 10 marks but I have of idea of what to build.... :-( We are allowed to use only the things which we can find at our home( battery and wires are accepted)and the model should be working...:0 It would be a gr8 help if anyoe out there would atleast give me an idea of what to build....

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Physics Competition Car Design

Hey Everybody, I'm new to the community here, and i am hoping that with so many great minds on this site, some great ideas will be generated. the deal is, for a competition, my school needs to build a small car, around 1foot by 1foot, and it is propelled by three average sized rubber bands, it need to travel three meters straight, make a 90 degree right turn on the spot and travel 2 meters to stop in a parking zone, it has to turn and do the whole course unaided, Any great ideas? Thanks for helping me out

Topic by techball   |  last reply


Annus Mirabilis

Does anyone know where I can find a straight translation of Einstein's Annus Mirabilis? Thanks

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Protecting my new power supply

I've got a 12vdc 500ma power supply that I'm using to trigger a few solid state relays. I'm also using the same power supply to provide input current to a little micro PLC (Automation Direct DL05). Both the relays and the PLC have a wide range of acceptable input voltages and their current requirements are about 15ma per channel at 12 volts. The count is 6 relays and 8 PLC inputs, if all are on thats about 210ma. I once killed a similar power supply by allowing the leads to touch and short-out. I would like to protect this power supply from the same fate by protecting it from short circuit. I thought about attaching a reisistor to the end of one lead and covering all but the outlet of the resistor with heat shrink tubing... problem is, it would have to be a big, bulky power resistor to handle the wattage. Is there a simple component available that will limit the current upon short circuit that I can place in series with my loads to protect the power supply? As I said, it doesn't have to be precise and it doesn't matter if it jerks the voltage around a little.

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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/

Topic by binom   |  last reply


Thermodynamics

Is it possible to take a low heat spread over a large area and convert it into a high heat in a small area? For example a normal fireplace can't melt cast iron, but 2 or three create enough energy. Could you concentrate that? (thats just an example, I have a much more brilliant plan) Thanks

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New DIY Instructables contest: Going Green

Well, over the past week I was thinking about the environment... and now I'm watching that "6 degrees can changed the world" on NATGEO and it's scary...So I was thinking, why not a new contest? The GO GREEN!! Contest. The challenge would be to make DIY stuff that has to do with using less energy and making the planet better. An example of an entry wcould be a solar oven . What do you think? P.s. Have a waffle ;)

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Thunderbirds are go!

Abu Dhabi has started to build what it says is the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste car-free city.Masdar City will cost $22bn (£11.3bn), take eight years to build and be home to 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses.The city will be mostly powered by solar energy and residents will move in travel pods running on magnetic tracks.Finally, the world imagined by Gerry Anderson is starting to be built - whole cities built as one thing, people travelling on monorail pods, centralised desalination plants, massive hydrogen plants... the chances that they will need International Rescue seem greater with every corner you turn.Still, it could be A Good Thing - if it works, this could be a big stimulus to other nations to start working on carbon neutrality with a vengeance. Certainly the promotional video makes the whole thing sound very tempting ...BBC articleMasdar Initiative homepageDeveloper's promotional video

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Folding Bike Wheel Invented

Traveling with bikes can made easier with couplings and taking it apart, but the wheel has always been a solid item that has to be worked around. This might not be true in the future with this new folding wheel that is made up of six segments.This design by Duncan Fitzsimmons is being looked at by major manufacturers, or so he says, but no matter what it will take a while to come to market and likely cost more than all of my bikes combined. I can only hope that these eventually do some out and the economy of scale makes them only mildly ridiculous in price. link

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Unique Ride? Share Discriptions and Pictures Here

This forum is for discussing the current mods on your car, ideas for customizing your car, and pictures of the changes if you have them on you. This forum will also discuss any and all changes to your car that you had a part in (having someone else do it doesn't count).

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Hey, Hey, Hey Come and Join Us!

Hi Crystal Lovers, Come and Join us here! Georgegoalie

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Origami Space Ship - Video evidence!

It seems to be real!There is video evidence on the BBC News site - wind-tunnel tests of a folded paper aeroplane up to Mach 7!All we need now is the plan to fold our own...CrunchGear ArticleMainichi Daily News ArticleUnrelated article about boomerangs in space

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Can someone look over this picture on Circuits with LED?

Ok, After countless stupid topics and stupid questions I just made a quick circuit in 5 minutes, to see if whatever I'm thinking in my head is correct. I really do need someone to verify, I plan on doing a bigger project after I understand how resistors work and all that nonsense. According to my calculations, I have 1 LED, Green, which runs 2.1V at 20mA. To power this, I used 2 1.5V AAA batteries. So that means I have 3V powering a 2.1 V LED. I have to drop .9V, so I did .9V/.02mA and got 45ohms. I need 45ohms of resistance to deliver 2.1V of power to the LED. (In the pic I used 3x15ohm resistors, again, I don't know how to wire them either...) Now This is my wiring, I am not sure how you link up resistors, I linked them all to the negative wire which I think was wrong...Someone please verify though.

Topic by Cygnis   |  last reply


ANTI AVIAN-FLU MASK AND SUIT

PLEASE COLLABORATE, IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.https://www.instructables.com/id/AGAINST-THE-AVIAN-FLU-H5N1/

Topic by wikibox   |  last reply


Inflatable electric car

Inflatable structures have always fascinated me. They can achieve amazing strength to weight ratios, and only take up space when required. At Instructables, I often sit on an inflated ball!: https://www.instructables.com/id/Ergonomic-work-station/ So, I've fantasized about an inflated car that's just as safe as something more massive, but weighs a mere fraction -- deflate to store or park! XP Vehicles is stepping up and trying to make it real with a direct-ship sub-$5000 electric car: A baffled pressure tube system (think Zodiac rubber boat) provides the actual supporting and protective structure of the vehicle. How safe is it? Recall that NASA recently threw tens of millions of dollars of ultra-sensitive electronics onto the surface of Mars from nearly a mile up and then bounced that same delicate gear for over a mile over boulders and everything worked flawlessly.This was due to the instruments being shrouded in an already expanded inflatable housing that has served as the model for the Whisper body structure. Anyone looking at the warnings on their visor can be concerned about the dangers during airbag inflation so XP simply built a vehicle entirely out of next-generation, always inflated, safety airbags. The engineers for the Whisper are confident you can drive it off a 25-foot cliff without serious injury to its passengers. They claim this is the safest car ever designed for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.Initially designed for the Southeast and Western Asian markets, the car will float in an emergency such as a flood or tsunami and can be assembled by any two people of reasonable competence. The vehicle, similar in appearance to rounded edged sports cars, will be configurable online by each customer much like you build and customize personal computers online today at various major retailers. Colors, trims, features, and styles will be user-configurable on 4 different body-types.

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Kite-powered ship sets sail.

German container ship MS Beluga SkySails has set sail for Venezuela from Germany, towed in part by 160 square metres of parafoil.The kite is flown at an altitude of around 200m (depending on exact wind conditions), and is expected to save nearly $1600 in fuel costs every day.The kite is computer-controlled, flying in a constant figure-eight to maintain traction.If this trial is successful, kites of up to 5000m2 are planned for future trips.BBC StorySkySails site

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


DMC (Delorean motor company) Back up and running

The DMC company is back up making brand new Deloreans, so if you dont want to buy a crappy one on Ebay, no offense, but check out this link, Delorean

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How's this for a DIY ride?

This Floridian chap has built his own powerboat -slash-submarine, based on a sketch he made as a child.Don't throw the scrapbooks away, kids.Link to Daily Mail article

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Kitewife, she says YES!

Many years ago, my father rallied a Mini.Twenty-three years ago, I learned to drive in a Mini.Twenty-two years ago, I had my first crash in a Mini.I courted Kitewife in a Mini.Now, after literally years of subtle hints, requests and outright begging, Kitewife has agreed that I can have another Mini. A proper one, not a BMW.OK, this isn't going to be instant, probably months away, but I am uber-excited about it, so I thought I'd come a and brag about it.All I've got to do first is fix up the Megane to a saleable state - replace the spoiler, the wing mirror, buff out the scratches, pull out the dent in the door, then sell it, then raise about a grand extra ...... ah, what the heck, she said yes!

Topic by Kiteman   |  last reply


Touch Screen AC Control for car, please help

Hi everyone, I need some help. I have an AC fan switch that is going out on my truck, it seems there is a design flaw with the clips holding the switch to the plastic face mould, and it gets pushed back into the dash, where the wires that clip into the switch get cocked to the side and it doesn't make a good connection, so to keep the fans working at all its stuck on high and I don't dare move it. I may not get it back on again lol. So instead of trying to fix the clip I was thinking it would be simply amazing to replace all the switches for the AC, temperature, defrost, floor, bi-lev etc. and fan speed. I'm wanting to replace these with a single touch screen interface. one the mimics the original setup. I'll take some pictures and post later so you can see what I mean. If anyone knows what I would need to get a touch screen to act as a switch, or maybe something a little more simple such as simple on/off touch switches, and slider touch switches? like those you see on fancy referigerators these days, or the PS3 power buttons?

Topic by ActionTekJackson   |  last reply


Recumbent Riders?

Just curious if anyone else here rides a 'bent. I've just been getting more and more excited as I continue looking for my own :) I'm currently in the market and have test rode a Bacchetta Strada, Volae (something or other), Rans Rocket and a no name unknown import SWB. I'm also waiting to hear back about a partially built M5 frame (think "sports car" class of 'bents). And don't forget my homebuilt abomination :D Today I rode a no name something or other found on Craigs List... In my home town too! It's not exactly what I'm looking for (it's too recreational for me), but almost exactly perfect for my father. It's got absolutely garbage components, but I see potential in it. It is, however, a dog on weight - ~40 pounds. But that's not an issue because there's no hills :D The seat is also a POS, so never mind the makeshift seat back made from bike inner tubes. <--- totally awesome by the way. But I think with a new seat, some cable management, better handlebar/stem and at the very least - new shifters -- it will be fun, reliable and a more road worthy 'bent. The price was right for this thing too :p Cheaper than an upright from walmart :D

Topic by trebuchet03   |  last reply


How to redirect Bicycle chain?

I'm working on a [secret] project that involves a recumbent bicycle. I'm going to have to use a long, tandem bike chain. The problem is, the pedals are going to be mounted at approximately a 32-43 degree angle to the rear axle, with an obstruction (me and my seat) in the way. Is there a way to some how redirect the chain, so that it would go under me? Thanks!

Topic by Bran   |  last reply


Help finish the Electric Trike instructable

Hey, Cavemen Feel free to chip in and review / edit / expand the trike instructable...

Topic by Garreth   |  last reply