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    steam powered bike


    http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~pa...cc/arc0373.htm

    courtesy of cap'n ifun! (credit where credit is due and all that...)
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    You can ride and make tea!
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    heh, I just got it from over here in the "buddy" thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    You can ride and make tea!
    Nothing like a good cuppa! I am curious about how hot the steam is when it is discharged from the exhaust.

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    Looks cool, but wouldn't you get scalded by steam in your face?
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Looks cool, but wouldn't you get scalded by steam in your face?
    Steam is discharged down by the front wheel. Could keep your feet toasty warm depending on the temperature of the discharge.

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    Take a look at this one.



    Made in 1869! That was 25 years before Daimler's which is usually thought to be the first self-propelled vehicle.

    Sylvester Roper was one amazing guy.

    Roper's Steam Velocipede
    http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthem...tory_54_1.html

    He was killed 27 years later testing out another steam motorcycle.

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    This one was on ebay for 8K$ about a year or two ago:












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    From memory, the add claimed a top speed of 40km/h and that it was able to go 7km at 30km/h before needing to be re-stoked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeanCoutu View Post
    This one was on ebay for 8K$ about a year or two ago:

    Fueled by...ROAD APPLES?



    Recycling at it's finest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post


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    The Museum I volunteer at is actually building a replica of this one... here it is in person...



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    Quote Originally Posted by ACD View Post
    The Museum I volunteer at is actually building a replica of this one... here it is in person...



    Aaron
    That's sooo hot! I saw the original in the Smithsonian years ago. Maybe they'll let you ride it. What is the museum?

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    www.ohtm.org is it's website. The Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Owl's Head, Maine.

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    Check out the nerdy steam about this over heres:

    http://www.zoobomb.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=23266
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capn ˇFUN! View Post
    Check out the nerdy steam about this over heres:

    http://www.zoobomb.net/forum/viewtopic.php?p=23266
    Cool, both threads link to each other.

    Steampunk.

    I guess "Wild Wild West" deserves the credit for starting that. Or is it Jules Verne? And by coincidence, the next DVD I have set to play is "Steamboy". The whole universe is connected.

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    Steampunked Model M:

    http://steampunkworkshop.com/keyboard.shtml

    Model M's have an awesome sound and feel that can't really be put into words, bucking spring action. They weigh a ton and certainly fit the steampunk philosophy super well. Mine is 25 years old, still works flawlessly.

    TYPE HARD OR GO HOME

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    Mine died when it was only eighteen years old and I'm still trying to find an inexpensive replacement, like one cheaper than what clickykeyboards.com sells them for.
    "Engineering! It's like math, but louder."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Take a look at this one.


    You wouldn't want to sit back too far, - I would think that chimney gets pretty darn warm
    OMNIPOTENS aeterne Deus, qui nos secundum imaginem Tuam plasmasti, et omnia bona, vera, pulchra, praesertim in divina persona Unigeniti Filii Tui Domini nostri Iesu Christi, quaerere iussisti, praesta quaesumus ut, per intercessionem Sancti Isidori, Episcopi et Doctoris, in peregrinationibus per interrete factis et manus oculosque ad quae Tibi sunt placita intendamus et omnes quos convenimus cum caritate ac patientia accipiamus. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    I guess "Wild Wild West" deserves the credit for starting that. Or is it Jules Verne? And by coincidence, the next DVD I have set to play is "Steamboy". The whole universe is connected.
    Thanks for steering me on to "Steamboy". I watched it last night. It was a trip unlocking the boy mechanic trapped in this aging body.
    As for steam; having been born down by the rail yards there in Little Rock when steam was still in use I guess it is not surprising that I am fascinated with it.
    Jules Verne along with the "Tom Swift" books fueled my fantasies more than anything later and my dad encouraged it. His statement when the first men landed on the moon was "what took us so long?."
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfool View Post
    ...along with the "Tom Swift" books fueled my fantasies more than anything later...
    Tom Swift books...been many a year since I've read one of those, or even thought about them, for that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfool View Post
    Thanks for steering me on to "Steamboy". I watched it last night. It was a trip unlocking the boy mechanic trapped in this aging body.
    As for steam; having been born down by the rail yards there in Little Rock when steam was still in use I guess it is not surprising that I am fascinated with it.
    Jules Verne along with the "Tom Swift" books fueled my fantasies more than anything later and my dad encouraged it. His statement when the first men landed on the moon was "what took us so long?."

    Haven't seen any steam trains there lately, but the rail yards are going strong. I grew up in Florida, so everything there was "space age" in the early '60s. It was a mark of learning when as a kid you knew the difference betweeen NASA and Nassau. Trains kind of took short shrift there. Though Horne's Cars of Yesterday had a great minature Steam Engine out front. Perfect for kids to climb on.

    In addition to Tom Swift and Jules Verne, a favorite of mine was Mike Mars, especially "Mike Mars Flys the Dyna-soar."



    Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and a series of books on building projects in the Sarasota Public Library were also important influences. Popular Mechanics perhaps the most important. That's where I discovered the "Groundhugger" recumbent bicycle. My first alt bike.



    Now where would you put a steam engine on that?
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    Just in case anyone is interested, the first 25 Tom Swift books can be downloaded for free here:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/a#a267

    From Project Gutenburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    Mine died when it was only eighteen years old and I'm still trying to find an inexpensive replacement, like one cheaper than what clickykeyboards.com sells them for.
    Used Model M's turn up on ebay pretty cheap now and then. I've never looked myself, as I've gone ergo and ain't going back to flat keyboards, ever.

    http://www.pckeyboard.com/ makes some buckling-spring models but with different options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
    Just in case anyone is interested, the first 25 Tom Swift books can be downloaded for free here:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/a#a267

    From Project Gutenburg.

    East Hill
    Thanks.
    What a nice find. Tom Swift books were scarce in the '50's when I was a dry sponge and really wanted them. I found some in my favorite used book store in Moss Landing, Ca back in the '90's but I was on a budget. They were really written for young budding juveniles back when radios had tubes, boys carried pocket knives and cigarettes were good for you. I have started "Tom Swift and his Electric Locomotive" but I'm afraid that the sparkle and excitement of discovery that I felt as a preteen is lost. Pity. But on the bright side, in my quest for those kinds of Tom Swift adventures, I discovered and enjoyed many other sources to stimulate my imagination.
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