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Bicycle with Ice Wheels: Deinventing the Wheel

by Lambert Varias
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Clothing company Uniqlo asked the mad engineer Colin Furze to go to a cold place while wearing its thermal shirt. To keep himself busy – and because he’s crazy – in the barren plains, Colin decided to bring a bicycle along. But not just any bicycle – he made one with wheels made of ice.

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So what’s a bike with ice wheels like? It’s pretty much what you’d expect:

The far more interesting aspect of this silly project is how Colin made the wheels. Because of time constraints he decided not to make the wheels 100% ice, because those would take too long to freeze. So he made a mold that includes the rims, as well as some wires for reinforcement.

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Then he made a lathe for the wheels to smooth them out. He then modified a BMX bike to accommodate the 16″ ice wheels.

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Clearly his next project should be to emulate Ghost Rider’s motorcycle. I bet he can do that. Whether or not he’d live to talk about it is another matter altogether.

[via Colin Furze]



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