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Old 06-29-11, 09:56 AM
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Bicycle Powered Sewing Machine!

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/bik/2468111972.html



The practicality never ends.
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Old 06-29-11, 10:11 AM
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wow. I didn't know I needed one of these. But .... I can see it now. Good training for biking in stop and go traffic.
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Old 06-29-11, 10:54 AM
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In a similar vein, this was in the Awake magazine that someone stuffed in my hand a while back.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:03 AM
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That is friggen hilarious!
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Old 06-29-11, 11:37 AM
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There is a guy in Barcelona that also has a knife sharpening gig on the bike, but his is mounted behind the saddle.

On the Seattle bike, why does the sewing machine still have its electric motor?
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Old 06-29-11, 11:39 AM
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You have to love the touring rack. And the reflectors, so other sewing machines can see you after hours.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post

On the Seattle bike, why does the sewing machine still have its electric motor?
Probably easier to put a cog on the drive shaft of the electric motor than on the Main spindle of the sewing machine.

Also if the sewing machine were to jam and you had a chain drive hooked directly to the main spindle your pedaling would come to a very abrupt stop, or you'd really mess up the machine. The electric motor drives the sewing machine with a non-toothed belt drive which will slip if the machine jams to prevent you from damaging it. By driving the machine the way they are they've got a safety valve so to speak.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:07 PM
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Also, if the motor has brushes, as I'm pretty sure it will, you could generate electricity to power, say, a motor for the bike.
Hey... I'm sensing some perpetual motion here.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:11 PM
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Does it sew heavy canvas ? You could do a mobile sail repair job with it.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:28 PM
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I doubt its as strong as a treadle machine, but the machine looks like a standard duty machine from the 50's/60's which means its built better than most "Heavy-Duty" machines made currently.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:28 PM
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As a fan of both sewing machines and bicycles I think that is a heck of a good deal. It actually looks rideable, maybe used in a large facility (factory) for doing mobile repair work in different parts of the plant?
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Old 06-29-11, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
In a similar vein, this was in the Awake magazine that someone stuffed in my hand a while back.



And it's a Fixie!!!
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damn hipster.

+1 to Snydermann, that Machine Head is worth the 75 bux alone.

I'd buy it if it was in my area. I'd separate the Bike and Sewing machine though and use em seperately.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
I doubt its as strong as a treadle machine, but the machine looks like a standard duty machine from the 50's/60's which means its built better than most "Heavy-Duty" machines made currently.
It strikes me that it would be pretty easy to modify a treadle machine for bicycle drive. The human-powered engineering is built right in!
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Old 06-29-11, 07:23 PM
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$75? the bike is worth 2x that around here even needing "TLC."
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
damn hipster.

+1 to Snydermann, that Machine Head is worth the 75 bux alone.

I'd buy it if it was in my area. I'd separate the Bike and Sewing machine though and use em seperately.
I can't find any bike worth a crap here, but sewing machines like these are going into landfills. Maybe I could start getting them and selling them for the bike fund! I generaly pay no more than five bucks for a heavy singer or brother from the 50s -60s.

No one sews anymore. And no one knows how to adjust timing on the older machines. Kind of like bikes in a way...
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Old 06-29-11, 07:49 PM
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It's certainly been done before, check out the seamstress at 4:30 minutes in:
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Old 06-29-11, 08:53 PM
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Wouldn't you think if someone was going to put some serious time into working on the bike as a seamstress a little wider and more comfortable seat might be in order -or did the PO pull that and put that POS on there when they decided to sell?
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