We built an ice-bike for winter cycling. And it’s amazing

We built an ice-bike for winter cycling. And it’s amazing


Hey, what’s up everyone. It’s a beautiful winter day today. We’ve had a lot of ice this year. Icy sidewalks, icy roads, all over the place. Which has inspired me. So, what are we going to do today? We’re
going to build an ice bike. So you’re probably wondering ‘What the hell is an ice bike?’ So that would be a good question. I’m going to tell you about it this book. This is the first time I saw an ice bike is in this book. It’s called cyclopædia. It’s basically bike porn, great photographs of a collection of
this Austrian guy named Michael Embacher. And in this book is this amazing
bike called the Capo Elite Eis, which means ‘ice,’ of course. In the place of the
front wheel we’ve got a skate blade. So I saw this and I was totally fascinated by it, and I always wanted to try one of these bikes. And so that’s the mission today.
We’re going to see if we can create one. How are we gonna build this bike? Well
I’m not sure. I’ve got an old pair of skates, which is step one. Step two, I’ve got an old bike that’s missing the front tire. So with these two things, I’m not
exactly sure what we’re gonna do, but how hard could it be? We’ll give it a try. OK, so I was just outside thinking about this problem and I see a few problems with this project. Number one is the skate blade. We need to figure out how to affix the skate blade to the bottom of the bicycle, on the front
fork. The other problem though is once you take the wheel off, of course, the
balance of your bike is going to be leaning really far forward, which isn’t
great for riding. So we may actually have to extend the length of the fork somehow.
The third problem is if we do all of that, is the damn thing gonna work? I have
no idea. So we’ve got a few problems to figure out. Thankfully, I know a guy and
the guy’s got a workshop, so let’s go! OK, so that actually went pretty
smoothly. As you can see here, we’ve got two forks. We actually welded two forks
together to make them a bit longer so we weren’t leaning so far forward. We
managed to use a part from an old bike rack to stick the fork on to the skate
plate and it actually looks pretty good. We’re here at the neighborhood rink
so we’re about to go give it a try. I’m getting started, but my back tire keeps
slipping out. We should use a studded tire back there But once you get going… There you go. Now I’m moving. I’m actually riding the ice bike! There you go. I’m still alive. We survived
and it was pretty fun. You know, that back tire is a problem. We’d have to get a
studded tire or maybe even just a winter tire, that would certainly help. But you
know this skate blade on the front gave great stability, great traction, which was really surprising. Actually I didn’t know what to expect. But, you know, I’d say overall: mission accomplished. See you next time.