This is a dangerously innovative experiment by the well-known science-related YouTube channel, The Q. And it looks so cool that you can't help but stop and stare.
When winter comes around, the one thing we all wait for is the snow. While the freezing temperature may not be appealing, the frozen lakes on the other hand totally make up for it. Gliding around on the lake on your ice skates or being pulled around on a sled is what makes the frosty winter worth it. That is if you don't mind all the slipping and falling, of course. But this product-hacking engineer known as The Q has a new outlandish cycle design that will not only prevent you from slipping and falling but will make people jump out of the way when they see you approaching.
The innovative daredevil has managed to create what he's calling an “Icуcycle.” To create this cycle, he replaced his bicycle wheels with circular sawmill blades. That way, there is no way he can slip on ice since the wheels of his cycle will be wedged into the frozen lake. It looks nothing short of a death machine that a villain from a horror movie would ride. But at the same time, it looks so cool that you can't help but stop and stare. The Q also runs a YouTube channel well known for science-related videos where unconventional experiments are carried out.
The Q also shared the process of making the cycle on the YouTube channel in detail. He starts off with a normal cycle and dismantles it by taking off the wheels. He then detaches the spokes of the wheel to use the instrument in the center to fit the sawmill blades onto. After a lot of measuring, screwing, unscrewing, soldering, and drilling, he was ready to put the huge blade onto the bicycle's body. The lean, mean, cycling machine was ready for its maiden voyage on the frozen lake. But the ride did not go about as expected, the blade dug into the ice and got stuck in it.
To fix this problem, The Q added metallic pieces on the sharp edges to make sure it did not get stuck in the ice. The second attempt to ride on ice was a success. The blade wheels were able to smoothly glide across the icy ground with no hitch at all. And it goes without saying that this is not something you and I should or even can try at home. If you fall off a normal bike, you could get away with a few scratches but the sharp edges of the Icycycle could do much worse damage. This was exactly the concern a person on YouTube had. They wrote: Imagine if he accidentally falls down in the back wheel then what will happen. You can watch the whole process here:
The Q is obviously a professional who has managed to make other engineering videos including building a soda fountain out of cardboard and exchanging a scooter’s tires with F1 ones. He even has a three-part series on how to make a car at home. In the video description, he wrote, It was our dream to draw a Smart ForTwo in full size with a 3D pen. We have been thinking about this project for over 2 years. Due to the complexity, the project was postponed many times. Despite that, we decided to start. It was then split into three parts with this car as the end result.