fast human powered paddlewheel?

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  1. spidennis
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    Is there a video of this working?
    ..... wonder what the speed is?
    and I'd hate to trip and end up in that meat grinder!
     
  2. Submarine Tom

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    Or is it photoshop?
     
  3. michael pierzga
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    Actually its the real thing. Google "Irish sea crossing hamster Wheel ".
     
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    I think I would start REAL simple. Take a bike, remove rear tire, attach serving spoons to rim with sheet metal screw. Bend spoons down and play around with the arrangement. Attach cardboard cat hulls to bike.

    You could solicit sponsors to donate a spoon. Every team needs a gimmick like that!:)

    You could also make the paddles out of flattened beer cans if it's that sort of an event. In that case, sponsors would have to donate a can of beer. I could probably even rationalize this choice after a few beers.

    Phil, founder of cardboard canoe race Team Corre-Gators
     
  6. portacruise
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    Here's a similar one in action:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psyl-AQ0m2A

    Porta


     
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  9. Submarine Tom

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    TT,

    Thanks for the lead on that thread, I just read through it all.

    Whatever happened to BG's build?
     
  10. Squidly-Diddly
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    Make a hamster wheel out of PVC pipe and 1 gal milk jugs and 2liter soda bottles, and maybe some plastic sheeting stretched over some of it to reduce drag.

    I think you would want the wheel to be as smooth as possible (no 'tread').

    Might "peel out" a little at first but would be faster after 1st 30 ft and never look back.
     
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    I don't know, Tom - I think he had a workshop move, and, as Rick says, got busy with other things. I know just how it is - very difficult to have just one project on the go at a time, and keep the momentum going. Looked very exciting to me, and fascinating the design developing over the forum, between folk who had never met...
     
  12. spidennis
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    does anyone know exactly where he lives?
    His location says south texas .......
    and I'm at the very bottom of south texas ....
    so I could go and check up on him?
     
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