Instructables is a community-based website allowing people to share their inventions, swap ideas and discuss modifications to existing technology. We recently posted an article on a user who made a child’s bike from two Ikea stools…
After a bit of exploring we found a few more wheel-based inventions – some of which were borderline genius, others quite frankly insane…so here’s a little run down of the most bizarre/ingenious examples we came across. If you’ve seen any more, please let us know in the comments box below.
We can see this one being pretty useful, though there are a few safety issues that need to be addressed…! Built from a steel frame, the sidecar was constructed to transport the builder’s 3 year-old son. As is common, and indeed encouraged on Instructables, many other members have made modification suggestions, including the use of a plastic barrel for the main carrier…
Do not adjust your screen – this is a 12 foot-tall two-wheeler, designed for nothing more than fun and built from little more than scrap bicycle parts and salvaged tubing! Tallbikes are nothing new, but this one’s a little different in that the operator can climb up and down the bike during motion – there’s also the option for tandem riding on this contraption too.
The result of hours of dedication, craftsmanship and self-education, this recumbent bamboo trike is a thing of beauty. Using two 20” wheels up front and a 26” wheel out back, the creator built a scale model from PVC piping before embarking on the final bamboo model. Bonkers, brave or just brilliant, you have to admire this build.
Ok, not strictly a bicycle but it’s got two wheels and it’s awesome – so that’s enough for us. The Steampunk Segway (Legway) is, as the name suggests, a leg-powered version of the self-balancing motorised Segway. Much like many of the other creations here, it was made from salvaged materials including plywood, lumbar and copper piping – and we’d really love a go!
From the brilliant to the barmy, we had to double-take at this one; it’s one of the most crazy on the list. It involves cutting up an old bicycle, adding tubing, a table tennis table top and a touch of welding – resulting in a ride-anywhere table tennis table. Why? Who knows. One of the comments sums this one up pretty well: “Nice Instructable, but for the actual project, words fail me… I love the idea, but the practical part of me is stuck in "what the…"”
There’s nothing like a niche to get a cyclists’ blood pumping, which is why we’re drawn to this Fat Tire Bike: a niche of a niche it’s so out there! It’s built using a heavily tweaked bike frame, quad bike tyres, salvaged steel tubing, a modified bike rack and a whole load of other bits and bobs. The result is a heavy duty go-anywhere beast (just don’t try riding it up a hill)! Where do we sign up for a go?
Stripping things back to basics, this one’s for all the Alan Titchmarsh fans. Simple in design and probably one for the more leisurely rider – take a few bits of wood, some nails, zipties, soil and seeds. Bob’s your uncle, you’ve got a mobile window box.
This one’s cool, and we can see a real practical use…originally constructed for people who live near the water and want an engine-free solution to transporting their seacraft. Made from iron pipe, wheelbarrow wheels and with no welding involved, this model will pull a 9ft long boat weighing over 100lbs with ease. Again, not suitable for hill climbs!
Here it is in use:
Have you seen any more interesting examples? Please let us know in the comments box below.
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