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    My friend's bike... The Salamander

    My friend has made some "improvements" his flaming rat. He has named it Salamander. It is built from an old Schwinn Tandem This was it in it's last form:



    Here's the improved Flaming Rat:


    I took the Prison Bike over and showed it to him.
    The Convict and the Salamander took to each other immediately.



    It's plumbing:


    Me riding it:


    And what it does.....
    DISCLAIMER<<<>>> DO NOT FREAKIN TRY THIS!! THIS IS STUPID AND DARWINIAN> THIS MEANS YOU!!! WE ARE TALKING MAJOR "HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS" ACTION I HAVE VIDEO AS WELL BUT WILL NOT POST IT BECAUSE IT IS TOO SCARY AND THE GUILTY WILL BE PROSECUTED
























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    Oh LORD!

    Is this a commute bike? I can see where it could be really handy.

    Nice use of original meaning of the word 'salamander', too!

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    Oh I like that bike! even before the fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Nice use of original meaning of the word 'salamander', too!
    I'm curious about this. the well drillers I used to work with in Texas called the diesel heater they used in cold weather a salamander, but I've never been able to track this usage down. What can you tell me about it?

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    A salamander heater is a jet engine looking device on wheels usually. It most commonly burns K1 Kerosene and has an electric blower. It must be use out side or in huge spaces as it it obviously not a vented system. (Think CO Poisoning) It sounds remotely like a jet engine when operating and throws out huge BTU's depending on the size of the unit. Here in the North East they can be found on most construction sites providing heat to structures under construction 250,000 BTU is a common size. They come as small as 50,000 BTU and I have seen 500,000 BTU units on big jobs. Cost varies but a 250,000 BTU unit is a round $400 new (I think)

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    Where can I buy one?

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    That's nuts ! Does the "plumbing" and it's effect act to propel the bike forward? Or are the flames simply to burn stuff with? Either way it's brillant
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    Quote Originally Posted by randya View Post
    I'm curious about this. the well drillers I used to work with in Texas called the diesel heater they used in cold weather a salamander, but I've never been able to track this usage down. What can you tell me about it?
    The word 'salamander' is apparently derived from Persian words meaning 'fire within'. It's thought that this is a reference to the belief that salamanders (which live in damp places, and are frequently found underneath, or in, hollow logs) were either immune to fire, or were spontaneously created from the flames of those logs as they were burned.

    Some feel that the 'fire' could be in reference to the often brilliantly gaudy colouring of members of the salamander family, and others think that the 'fire' could be in reference to the bitter poison in the skin of most, if not all, salamanders.

    The diesel heater 'salamander' is itself a reference to the animals.

    Here in the Pacific Northwest you may possibly have seen this, the most brilliantly coloured of our salamanders:

    http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseu...ogy/pvehic.htm

    but the most common species we see is this one, the rough-skinned newt:

    http://www.northwestherps.com/granulosa.html

    At any rate, an apt name for a cool bike .

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    At any rate, an apt name for a HOT bike .

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    that bike is SWEET.

    Yeah, I've seen the salamander heaters here in Houston... used them to heat a huge indoor Remote Control offroad track and pits... very nice

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    Here I thought it was in reference to Fehrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The firetrucks were called Salamanders.

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    Could you imagine cruz"n down the road and the guy in back of you is ticked off 'cause you are going to slow - and you give him a blast !!!!

    A few of those and most folks would stay clear of you I think !


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    But, can you direct it to the side?

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    If you bent the tubes you could...



    Very short clip with no giveaway images of people or places. Yes that's me laughing crazily like Mutley from the old cartoon.



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    All I can think to say is "rad".

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Is this a commute bike? I can see where it could be really handy.
    Nice one, EH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ACD View Post
    Very short clip with no giveaway images of people or places. Yes that's me laughing crazily like Mutley from the old cartoon.
    Your Mutley laugh makes the vid. Nicely done!

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    could sure use the salamander having to commute in the dark and whatnot. talk about establishing visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoassign View Post
    could sure use the salamander having to commute in the dark and whatnot. talk about establishing visibility.

    You know, this could be a breakthrough for commuter bikes .

    ACD, any idea how long that tank of propane lasts under normal [your definition of normal may not be the same as mine] commute conditions?

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    well, damn if my earlier post wasn't foreshadowing. took a "nice" flight over the bars after running into a car door so thoughtfully opened right in front of me not an hour ago on my way home. currently residing inside various ice packs surrounding my elbow, knee and shoulder. it hurts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photoassign View Post
    well, damn if my earlier post wasn't foreshadowing. took a "nice" flight over the bars after running into a car door so thoughtfully opened right in front of me not an hour ago on my way home. currently residing inside various ice packs surrounding my elbow, knee and shoulder. it hurts.

    Bad news .

    Perhaps the Salamander should have optional FRONT discharge units as well.

    Any damage other than road rash and bruises?

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    Front units would be of no use, as it was a last second deal, though i like your train of thought. x-rays tomorrow and i just don't have the energy to examine the horse, i walked it home and put it away. the driver was very nice though, offered to call an ambulance or give me a ride, but i was too dazed to deal with it. be careful out there, folks.

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    Oooh, I'm guessing you got all the contact info, it sounds as if there's going to be at least a few medical bills to be paid.

    Let us know how it turns out.

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    Sorry about your accident. Glad you were able to still motivate on some level. Get looked over real good. East hill the propane lasts a long time as it only fuels the pilot lights. The main event however is not exactly efficient. I would guess 30 seconds of burn to the gallon. That assumes someone had the cohones to hold the valve open that long. I posted this for amusement only. Please don't try to duplicate. We are professional idiots.

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    ^^^
    I will not duplicate! I've done enough other crazy things in life .

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