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Author Topic: The Anachronaut  (Read 5279 times)
Stefan Freestate
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« on: August 22, 2007, 12:29:34 pm »

So I built a Tall Bike capable of travelling through time:
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101479640703750930"><img src="http://lh5.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswYtFUI0xI/AAAAAAAAAN4/CTkHggBPBvk/s800/Anachronaut01.JPG" /></a> <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101479640703750946"><img src="http://lh5.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswYtFUI0yI/AAAAAAAAAOA/f-UOPhKodHA/s800/Anachronaut02.JPG" /></a>

<a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101479640703750962"><img src="http://lh5.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswYtFUI0zI/AAAAAAAAAOE/SZk6NkGJhpU/s800/Anachronaut03.JPG" /></a> <a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101481436000080706"><img src="http://lh3.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswaVlUI00I/AAAAAAAAAOI/PxBoyMMRbkA/s800/Anachronaut04.JPG" /></a>

A bit of 1940s vintage Australiana - unsprung leather saddle by Pierce Bell of Sydney:
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101481436000080722"><img src="http://lh3.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswaVlUI01I/AAAAAAAAANc/uSI1mswJymQ/s800/Anachronaut05.JPG" /></a>

Twin exhausts still to be mounted, and the Flux Capacitor under development:
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101481436000080738"><img src="http://lh3.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswaVlUI02I/AAAAAAAAANk/DO1e6vhhJlg/s800/Anachronaut06.JPG" /></a>

The Flux Capacitor in action:
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101481436000080754"><img src="http://lh3.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswaVlUI03I/AAAAAAAAANs/G7Nprho85-w/s800/FluxCapacitor00.JPG" /></a>

In finished form the Flux Capacitor will be mounted further forward. The battery will reside in a leather pannier over the front wheel. I'm also fashioning a Control Panel (not pictured).
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/Bikes/photo#5101479640703750914"><img src="http://lh5.google.co.uk/steven.freestate/RswYtFUI0wI/AAAAAAAAAN0/oEG7reLMCLE/s800/Anachronaut00.JPG" /></a>
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archmagekyros
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2007, 01:04:00 pm »

that is by far the best tall bike i have ever seen. dear sir, i commend you.
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Master Sinton
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2007, 01:44:56 pm »

Very nice. I can't wait to see it finished. One question, how shiny will it be?
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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2007, 01:47:36 pm »

The Flux Capacitor really ties the piece together. Brava!
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2007, 01:59:52 pm »

Very good, indeed! Do you think it could possible to have a video of the entire machine in movement?
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2007, 02:19:24 pm »

That's fantastic. That last pic is the one that sold me on it. Well done!
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Stefan Freestate
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2007, 02:30:24 pm »

Very good, indeed! Do you think it could possible to have a video of the entire machine in movement?

That's doable - I'll see if I can recruit an assistant this weekend.

The tubes are powdercoated copper, a sort of tough matte finish. I hand-painted the lugs with a reactive bronze paint that will tarnish with exposure to the elements, and bordered them with gold pinstripe for the brazed look.
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2007, 02:33:40 pm »

It is truly a lovely piece, but it couldn't possibly travel through time in ins state! The horn must be a bit curvier to achieve that, or else how would wayward eloi know to move out of your path? Directed at the ground like that would surely only notify the morlocks.
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Atterton
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2007, 03:07:42 pm »

That sure is a great bike. Don´t forget a clock to display how far back in time you are travelling.
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Stefan Freestate
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2007, 03:18:38 pm »

That sure is a great bike. Don´t forget a clock to display how far back in time you are travelling.


Indeed, Atterton, the clock is a must! As is a compass and a "ship's telegraph" with centuries on the dial instead of speed Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2007, 03:25:25 pm »

Hah! Thats great! Can't wait to see how you finnish i t up!
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« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2007, 03:27:08 pm »

The seat's a very nice touch.
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« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2007, 03:49:13 pm »

That sure is a great bike. Don´t forget a clock to display how far back in time you are travelling.


Indeed, Atterton, the clock is a must! As is a compass and a "ship's telegraph" with centuries on the dial instead of speed Cheesy

Ah, that's a fine piece of fun, there! Well done! And it isn't even done yet!

Gold pinstripe at the edge of a broze-painted joint for the brazing look is very clever, by the way. *takes notes*
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LocktownDog
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« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2007, 03:53:03 pm »

Well done.  I'd swear I saw someone riding that very same bicycle 3 or 4 years ago. Came out of nowhere and then just disappeared back into the aether. Was that perchance you on a test run?  Wink

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« Reply #14 on: August 22, 2007, 04:30:54 pm »

What exactly is that flux capacitor component you've used?  I've been looking for similar items, but to no avail. Sad
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« Reply #15 on: August 22, 2007, 05:06:50 pm »

You know, if you could find a good quality generator powered light system (such as I have for an old 1950's vintage Schwinn 2-speed), perhaps you could have the generator power the Flux capacitor?

Anyways, nice bike.
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2007, 05:48:12 pm »


     Dear Stefan,
 
     Gorgeous Bicycle.  I hope sometime to see a picture of you riding the finished bike dressed in full time-travelling steampunk clothing.

     Vienna

     P.S.  Its a good thing I proofread this, I accidentally typed "steampink" at first.
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2007, 05:56:12 pm »

The flux capacitor looks to me like the front from a subwoofer placed onto one of those disks that show lightning that you can buy in gadget shops.
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2007, 06:21:26 pm »

There is no such thing as a bicycle which is too weird.  Chapeau, sir!
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2007, 07:31:11 pm »

Excellent job! Is the bike that tall to keep your rump away from the flaming tire track it leaves during spacefold?

-~D~-
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« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2007, 09:22:12 pm »


     Dear Stefan,
 
     Gorgeous Bicycle.  I hope sometime to see a picture of you riding the finished bike dressed in full time-travelling steampunk clothing.

     Vienna

     P.S.  Its a good thing I proofread this, I accidentally typed "steampink" at first.


This would make the Bicycle clip the most important time-travel accessory  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2007, 09:52:40 pm »

Argh, such an amazing contraption and I can't think of a single Back to the Future joke to make.

Truly, I have wasted a grand opportunity.
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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2007, 11:10:19 pm »

What a fantastic ride. I can see you cruising along the street, looking down on your fellow riders with their crude tiny machines that can only travel time in one direction.
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Outa_Spaceman
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2007, 11:47:23 pm »

A fantastic invention!
I do hope it has a "fixed" rear wheel to enable escape form danger by the simple expediant of pedaling backwards...
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Stefan Freestate
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2007, 01:53:41 am »

The flux capacitor looks to me like the front from a subwoofer placed onto one of those disks that show lightning that you can buy in gadget shops.

Jove, you've reverse-engineered me! This is merely a prototype however - the Flux Capacitor Mark II will be a very different beast. The genuine article.

This rig needs 12V to run, but rim-driven dynamo gennies only get you 6V ... I've seen hub generators that make up to 14V but couldn't get my hands on one.
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