Drones & Vehicles

Patchwork Bike Club’s custom bicycles

Patchwork Bike Club’s custom bicycles

Rick writes – “Patchwork Central in Evansville, Indiana, runs after-school art programs for inner-city kids. Over the three years that I ran the Bike Club there, the kids (10 years old & up) & I created a number of amazing and unusual custom bikes. Whatever the kids dreamed up, we built… staying within the laws […]

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Electric Bicycle – Battery Upgrade

Electric Bicycle – Battery Upgrade

FrankG writes – “Here some more adventures with the “Electric Bike” project, this installment covers upgrades for extended range, road tires and a small rant on cheap electronics…” – Link. Previous: Electric bicycle (part 1) – Link. Electric bicycles – Link.

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More rail bikes…

More rail bikes…

Awesome, we posted up an old photo from 1895 of a “Railway velocipede” and of course, turns out, there are makers out there building and using these. Here are a few that were sent in. Railbike along the scenic Willamette River between Lake Oswego and Portland – Link. Krazmo writes – “This guy has well […]

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How Columbia bicycles were made

How Columbia bicycles were made

Pat sent in this week’s video from the National Association of Manufacturers – “…here’s a 6-minute video of the Westfield (Mass.) Manufacturing Company, makers of the Columbia bicycle (from the 1950’s) “bringing health and pleasure to millions of Americans.” Indeed..feel the vintage manufacturing vibe!” Link. Pictured here, a gorgeous 1950 Columbia Bicycle from the Nostalgic.net […]

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HOW TO – Building a better Tall Bike

HOW TO – Building a better Tall Bike

E2Efcf7Ad8Ee10D760A002D9.ThumbGreat bike hack on Instructables from Maxwell – “How to Build a Tall Bike, one that you can stop safely, and could be construed as street legal in most places. With this method, you’ll be able to stand over the bike, allowing you to hop down easily, have two brakes, a full complement of gears, And have a better riding position than two bikes stacked on top of eachother. You’ll only destroy one bike, The top portion is bolted to the bottom bike, so if it breaks, or you get tired of it, the bottom bike can be reverted to normal. All in all I think this makes for a suprisingly sane tall bike. Not that you’ll look any less the madman riding it through traffic.” Link.

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Bicycle-powered blueberry winnower

Bicycle-powered blueberry winnower

P74325 Excellent tale from the “Make” – If the field wasn’t so remote, Waldo County residents would have been treated to an unusual sight in September: Blueberry rakers merrily pedaling old bicycles that powered even-older machines used to clean the fruit. Like many good ideas, Shana Hanson’s bicycle-powered blueberry winnowers had their roots in calamity… Hanson borrowed two bicycles that were already mounted on homemade wooden frames. She removed the tires from the back wheels, and covered the inside of the rims with duct tape. Then she attached drive belts that linked the wheels to pulleys on the winnowers. It was an instant success. Link.

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