Re: Impossible wheel suggestion
Mikefule <Mikefule.email@example.com> wrote in article
> Imagine an impossible wheel but instead of pedals/foot rests at the end
> of the axles, a frame connected to the ends of the axles and extending
> forwards and backwards far enough to support two foot rests - one in
> front of the wheel, and one behind.
> So, you stand sideways onto the wheel, in the same orientation as on a
> Now the clever bit… the front of the frame projects furhter forward
> than the foot board, and has a skateboard truck under it. So, you stand
> on the front foot plate, with the big wheel and the skateboard wheels
> all touching the floor. You scoot it up to speed, then ‘do a wheelie’
> on the main wheel, with the skateboard truck up in the air a few
That is a very cool idea!!!
If you’ve ever seen a Rola-Bola, it’s kind of the same concept only this
one travels down the street :).
For those who don’t know what a Rola-Bola is, it’s that thing in the circus
where the guy places a board on top of a cylinder and rides it like a
see-saw (teeter-totter), usually doing other skills like juggling
or balancing various objects/people.
As for your suggestion, I think I would instead mount the skateboard truck
on the back so you could put your back foot on top of the truck with your
toes pointed in the same direction as the tire. Then propel the thing like
you would a skateboard with your other foot to get enough speed. Then
raise the pushing foot and place it in front of the tire onto the frame.
You could then turn your body sideways and ride the traditional skaters
way, or keep your body in the straight ahead position like a slalom water
skier. Then press down in front to lift the rear truck off the ground.
Actually, balancing would be weird with a platform weighing more on one end
due to the skateboard truck. I think you might want to mount something on
both ends actually.
Now that I think about it, a nice design just popped into my head. I think
I would cut a piece of plywood into a “spaceship” shape (looks like a
circle centered on top of an ellipse. Route out a rectangular slot in the
direction of the ellipse, just big enough to accomodate a BC wheel (16" -
20" maximum). Route 2 recessed channels on either side of the slot to
allow the axle ends to set in. Screw some flat metal over the channels to
keep the axle ends from popping out but still allowing the board to pivot
Next cut notches into the very front and back ends of the board, inline
with the BC wheel. Into each notch, install a Razor scooter wheel (lighter
than a truck and 2 wheels). Cover the entire plywood surface with
skateboard deck tape. You now have a well-balanced toy that can be
propelled easily by standing on either end just above the Razor wheel and
pushing with the opposite foot. If you felt creative you could even mount
a Razor brake over the wheel to allow quick stops or long downhill
descents. Due to the spaceship shape it could then be ridden in at least 3
- Traditional IW/BC straddle with feet on either side of axle
- Skateboard straddle facing sideways with feet in front/back of tire
- Slalom skier facing forward with feet in front/back of tire
If that’s not enough fun, then mount a Reeder handle with a long extension
to the plywood and you could go off-road and over obstacles with the thing
I think I shall attempt to build such a beast - this sounds like a lot of
fun. Even if you couldn’t ride it you could humor people explaining what
it was (“it’s a Uni.F.O.”, or “it’s a BCMuni”)