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Old 06-05-07, 09:38 PM   #1
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Pedal-Powered Crane

Here is a pedal-powered crane I made for Redmoon Theater. Most of the parts came from Northern Tool's ATV supplies: The wheels & stub axles, with the front axle being their go-kart axle with differential. This vehicle is front-wheel-drive, rear-steer.



My friend Pickles made the armature. I don't know who added the sound system for this particular show.





I geared it way down because the original designs called for it to carry about 800 lbs. Theoretically you could add another set of pedals for the passenger. See also the steering chain.



I had to fabricate my own stub axle brackets.
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Old 06-05-07, 10:21 PM   #2
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Neat! I'd like to see it in action, even though because of it's nature very slow action.
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That's cool Johnny, nice job!
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Did it have a part in the production, or was it used behind the scenes?

It's pretty cool, whatever the original intent.

It's reminiscent of a surrey with fringe on top .

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The way Redmoon works, they like you to see the behind-the-scenes. Techs and such often wear costumes. So the crew of this beast would be out there for you to see even if the only part that was "on stage" was hanging from the boom.

It's original concept was like a fishing pole, lowering speakers into an "underwater" party. Since then they've also used it to hoist a giant rat into a giant rat wheel.
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"since then we've used it to hoist a giant rat into a giant rat wheel"

--hahaha awesome
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It's certainly not your typical Alt bike! How long did it take to make, by the way? It looks like a major project.

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It's certainly not your typical Alt bike!
JP never posts anything typical.
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JP never posts anything typical.
I know, that's why I enjoy this forum. There are times when I feel like wandering over to the roadie forum and suggesting that the roadies visit here just to see what other cyclists do. Then I realise that they would, for the most part, not understand. It's a shame, there's a lot of joy here.

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wow.
Thats all I can say...........
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Thats all I can say...........
I don't think I can add much more, but that is SO COOL.

Thanks for those photos, JP.

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