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skribb
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« on: December 30, 2007, 12:38:08 am »

Some of you might have seen this piece of work but I thought it was too splendid to not show here. I present the Riot Wheel:


Here is the website pertaining to this wonderful creation: http://theriotwheel.com/index.html

And, now that's been taken care of, let's post other steamy vehicles for gawking pleasure! The obvious example is a pennyfarthing of course, and I suppose veteran mobiles and zeppelins as well. Those types of point-a-to-point-b-creations are of course allowed in this thread, but I'd be especially happy if any of you had pictures of similar innovations such as the Riot Wheel!
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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2007, 12:38:50 am »

First posted 4 to 6 months ago, I believe.. Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2007, 12:40:47 am »

First posted 4 to 6 months ago, I believe.. Cheesy

I suspected something similar, yes
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2007, 01:12:51 am »

Having said that though, when I first saw that machine, I immediately started thinking on how it could be approved. The engine he's using was the obvious first thing that needs to go. I know there are scooters out there with engines up to 600cc. A much better choice methinks.

Even better yet would be a car engine with a continuously variable transmission. A relatively small package can be found in the old Fiat Panda or Fiat Uno; 1108cc 4 cylinder engines though since they'd have to be mounted transversely, I'm afraid you'd need an even wider tire..

Also, if more space is needed inside the wheel for mechanics, it would be pretty simple to have the counterweights mounted externally, behind the wheel. Te hoist he's using, although very ingenious, is not all that great.. why not just use a small electrical winch as commonly produced for ATV's? They need not be expensive at all..
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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2007, 05:00:17 pm »

I'm not a mechanic by any means, so all I can judge is look. I'm sure there could be countless improvements made, the ones you mentioned sound plausible enough (but don't take my word for it because I know nothing about engines, haha).
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2007, 05:43:22 pm »

His concept is sound, so that's not where the problem lies. It's more that in its current form, the vehicle isn't all that practical. The small engine is underpowered because the machine is so heavy, and the clutch just can't handle it very well, it's slipping continuously thus causing it to overheat in a matter of minutes.
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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2007, 11:39:45 pm »

I never thought I'd see someone critique the practicality of the riot wheel!  Well done!  Smiley

Ah, for a human-powered version...
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2008, 01:25:34 am »

Human powered you say... hmm... definitely an interesting idea, although I'm afraid it's usefulness will be limited to the flattest of surfaces due to the weight involved. Naturally there would be no need for such a heavy tire, but the counter weight is still a necessity I'm afraid. You won't be winning any races, that's for sure.. Cheesy

Must be great for scaring people out of your way in busy urban areas though. Finally a bike you could use among the other traffic without the fear of being overlooked.. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2008, 07:29:30 am »

Ok.. so how would one actually turn in something like that?

Its a nice idea, but its kinda like the Daleks and stairs before the writers gave them levitation thrusters.
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2008, 04:21:56 pm »

There's a gyro in there providing turning torque.
Good point though. Not entirely sure how you'd incorporate the gyro system in a human powered version.. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2008, 07:03:51 pm »

It does look damn awesome though. Apparently, it was made for Burning Man and he drove it around there.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2008, 01:35:14 am »

Steamy vehicles... I nominate the Wuppertal suspension railway.

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« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2008, 08:01:38 am »

This is my first post here.  I've been lurking for over a year and consider this my coming out.  Please be gentle Wink

This is a quick picture of the 'art car' me and my group made for Burning Man last year.  I don't like calling it an art car because that brings to mind pictures of cars covered in collections of junk.  This is more of a movie prop. At least that's the way I see it.  We christened it The Perambulator. http://bp2.blogger.com/_OJdNzMuXEZo/RviDVlryexI/AAAAAAAAAO0/K8Ir1Ms1ApI/s1600-h/IMG_0942.5.jpg
Here it is in front of the Steam Punk Tree.
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« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2008, 06:24:30 pm »

This is my first post here.  I've been lurking for over a year and consider this my coming out.  Please be gentle Wink

This is a quick picture of the 'art car' me and my group made for Burning Man last year.  I don't like calling it an art car because that brings to mind pictures of cars covered in collections of junk.  This is more of a movie prop. At least that's the way I see it.  We christened it The Perambulator. http://bp2.blogger.com/_OJdNzMuXEZo/RviDVlryexI/AAAAAAAAAO0/K8Ir1Ms1ApI/s1600-h/IMG_0942.5.jpg
Here it is in front of the Steam Punk Tree.


Awesome! Me likes it a lot.
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« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2008, 09:29:19 pm »

This is my first post here.  I've been lurking for over a year and consider this my coming out.  Please be gentle Wink

This is a quick picture of the 'art car' me and my group made for Burning Man last year.  I don't like calling it an art car because that brings to mind pictures of cars covered in collections of junk.  This is more of a movie prop. At least that's the way I see it.  We christened it The Perambulator. http://bp2.blogger.com/_OJdNzMuXEZo/RviDVlryexI/AAAAAAAAAO0/K8Ir1Ms1ApI/s1600-h/IMG_0942.5.jpg
Here it is in front of the Steam Punk Tree.


I had to do a double take on that picture, Zensius, as for a moment, I thought someone had been taking snapshots inside my head. A few months ago, I was considering Burning Man this year (It won't be working out this year, unfortunately) and I had been picturing an airship-themed car with a small gas bag above it to navigate the playa. It appears you quite handily beat me to it, with almost exactly the finished product I was envisioning. Very flash, I might add, and good show!
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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2008, 10:42:40 pm »

This is my first post here.  I've been lurking for over a year and consider this my coming out.  Please be gentle Wink

This is a quick picture of the 'art car' me and my group made for Burning Man last year.  I don't like calling it an art car because that brings to mind pictures of cars covered in collections of junk.  This is more of a movie prop. At least that's the way I see it.  We christened it The Perambulator. http://bp2.blogger.com/_OJdNzMuXEZo/RviDVlryexI/AAAAAAAAAO0/K8Ir1Ms1ApI/s1600-h/IMG_0942.5.jpg
Here it is in front of the Steam Punk Tree.


I love your vehicle! I've even been to your site to check out the construction at an earlier date.
I hope you're aware that there will be Brass Goggles camp at BM this year.  Smiley
http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php?topic=3594.0
I think it would be awesome if we could get all the steamy camps together (or at least close).


The RIOT wheel is a hoot, I think version 2.0 should be greatly improved.

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« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2008, 12:19:48 am »

Zensius - your "art car" is truly awesome!

Put Mr Beeman in his leather kilt and jacket at the wheel and it would (IMHO) redefine the SBU. I would posit that it alone rates .999 SBU.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2008, 12:23:24 am »

This is my first post here.  I've been lurking for over a year and consider this my coming out.  Please be gentle Wink

We christened it The Perambulator.

That's fantastic. Nice work - all of you.

As for being gentle...we are all gentlemen and gentlewomen here, and generally treat others in like fashion.

I hope to see more of your creations. Welcome.
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2008, 12:49:02 am »

This is my first post here.  I've been lurking for over a year and consider this my coming out.  Please be gentle Wink

This is a quick picture of the 'art car' me and my group made for Burning Man last year.  I don't like calling it an art car because that brings to mind pictures of cars covered in collections of junk.  This is more of a movie prop. At least that's the way I see it.  We christened it The Perambulator. http://bp2.blogger.com/_OJdNzMuXEZo/RviDVlryexI/AAAAAAAAAO0/K8Ir1Ms1ApI/s1600-h/IMG_0942.5.jpg
Here it is in front of the Steam Punk Tree.


I've just been inspired!  How long did it take to build it, and how muchabouts did it cost?
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« Reply #19 on: January 09, 2008, 02:28:40 am »

Steamy vehicles... I nominate the Wuppertal suspension railway.

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« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2008, 03:33:59 am »

This is a quick picture of the 'art car' me and my group made for Burning Man last year.  I don't like calling it an art car because that brings to mind pictures of cars covered in collections of junk.  This is more of a movie prop. At least that's the way I see it.  We christened it The Perambulator. http://bp2.blogger.com/_OJdNzMuXEZo/RviDVlryexI/AAAAAAAAAO0/K8Ir1Ms1ApI/s1600-h/IMG_0942.5.jpg
Here it is in front of the Steam Punk Tree.


Reminds me of the Australian childrens' series Proffessor Poopsnaggles Steam Zeppelin, a spin off from Secret Valley. The kids save the world in a junked out Motor-omnibus fitted with a gasbag on top.

The opening credits of the show are excruciating.

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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2008, 04:32:14 am »

Ok, both the RIOT wheel and the art car are 100 levels of cool... i want both. I wish the RIOT wheel site gave more info tho. Would really like to try building one someday. The design seems deceptivly simple, but i know it can't be as easy as it seems...
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« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2008, 05:50:50 pm »

Steamy vehicles... I nominate the Wuppertal suspension railway.

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IIRC, that was the only fatal accident in the history of the network. A pretty good accident record considering that it has been in operation since 1901.
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« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2008, 06:17:47 pm »

I did sort of fall in lust with some of the commercials at the GDSF - practical, road going vehicles and suprisingly fast:

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And my favourite, with a lovely enclosed cab:

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Special mention must go to the car-tractor, which whilst not steamy is a splendid example of an engineer mucking about:

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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2008, 07:21:14 pm »

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Awesome! My favorite in this lot for sure!
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