ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
I would classify my project as functional art, since it is designed to be a human powered transportation device and is sculpturally pleasing to the eye. This was in my head for some time, as I built a similar model of it 15 or so years ago.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
February of 2014 I started and put it on the back burner for another project after 3 different revisions, some time in june. It is still in development to improve on ride ability.
What was your goal in building this project?
To build another bicycle type device that has never been seen or constructed before.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
This project has actually developed more problems than it resolved. This project was instigated to keep me occupied after I was diagnosed with cancer , and that it has done.
What makes your idea unique?
As with my 2012 project I wanted to realize a functioning bicycle that has not been made. This was a challenge that I decided to engage in after it was said that "every configuration of a bicycle has already been built" The unique thing about this is the wheels are hub-less style allowing the operators to be inside the wheels. The wheels themselves are 6 1/2 feet in diameter, and total length is about 13 feet.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
Each planet gear has 2 sealed ball bearings for a total of 12, the guide rollers have 2 sealed roller bearings for a total of 48. The crank pedal cartridges have sealed bearings, and the front steering head has a set of caged ball bearings.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
I myself have to build the things that will not leave my mind, I want to inspire people to build the things that are in there mind, no mater how silly.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
I will donate it to a maker space for my community.