Avery Dicycle

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James Avery
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Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

This is both a work of mechanical art and a human powered transportation device. Beyond that, the interactive nature of the Dicycle requires ‘thinking beyond self’ to operate. My hope is that the teamwork and communication it takes to propel and maneuver the Dicycle will speak to both of these increasingly rare qualities.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

The idea of a unique human powered machine has been ratteling around in my brain for some time, but this concept did not "pop" into my head until I was invited with a group to attend Burning Man. Actual design work began in January 2012 with the initial test run taking place June 17th of this year.

What was your goal in building this project?

To build a unique human powered machine requiring teamwork and communication which will inspire other artists to bring their dreams into the physical realm. My metaphorical goal is for this concept to call upon our essential human need to positively interact with others.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”. Rumi Isn’t this the most profound problem we all face; the confidence and conviction to pursue our dreams? For me, bringing my vision into the physical world was an answer to that pull and hopefully will inspire others toward the same.

What makes your idea unique?

Someone on youtube said, “Every two wheeled configuration possible has already been tried”. I beg to differ! As far as I know the Avery Dicycle is a unique design with riders pedaling within the spokes of the wheels. Bicycles, mono cycles, dicycles have had many different designs especially at the turn of the century. I did not realize how many different configurations have been tried (!) and was a little surprised that no one has built one like this.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

I use bearings daily in my metal fabricating business. For this project I used 2 3/16" flange bearings without the flange for the suspension of the seat and pedal crank frame. I used a 1 3/16" main axle utilizing ER style bearings into the hubs.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

To manifest this idea into the physical world has been an amazing process. For me original ideas come in moments of isolation so the mind does not get corrupted by designs that have already been done. I hope this can inspire others to give life to their own unique creative visions. I’ll be taking the Avery Dicycle to Burning Man and other venues as time and money permit.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

My shop space is a 2500+ square foot turn of the century Brick warehouse in the millwork district in downtown Dubuque. My ultimate vision is to provide studio space, mentoring, and resources for metal and other artists in Dubuque’s growing art community. This money will greatly aid in that endeavor.

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