For such a simple machine there seems to be a lot going on. Here, the mahogany has been stained and verathaned, and the color darkened somewhat. You put steam oil in there, and it mixes with the steam and provides lubrication to the engine. You should take advantage of the invite Tom is club president. Outfitted with what looks like a homemade motor, this steampunk trike actually gathers up some real steam! The other side of the axle had a crank that drove the water pump for the firetube boiler.
Yes, Bomb-on-wheels because I have seen one go up where the battery was ridiculously small compared to the performance requested of it. Though it may not be the most practical of bikes, it sure ranks high on the coolness scale. These are the top head tube lugs, made from three pieces of steel, and brazed together to look like a casting. . I experimented using a pannier bag loaded with four house-bricks hung from the side of a rack, mounted over the front wheel of a bicycle. Dick will finally have his bike, now that everyone else has ridden it! Fasteners are stainless steel with all markings machined off the heads.
Not all steam requires wood or coal or bunker oil nor does it use water. If you want to learn more feel free to ask questions. Note that this is a velocipede, not a Safety Bicycle, and the pedals are mounted directly on the front wheel. Image: , used with permission The attention to detail is remarkable: The bike has hand-painted disc wheels, fenders and chain guard while the fairing was once a fancy garbage can. The riding position is completely old fashioned.
The top speed is around 20 mph and the bike can go around 10 miles on one tank of water. The scale is 1:1, but no mention of critical dimensions, or what metals to use. The leaf spring was sent out for heat-treating before paint. The engine is mounted at 45 degrees on the main frame member; behind it is the boiler, with what appear to be fuel and water tanks. Designing and making these bits was a little time consuming.
My site picture shows the 1894 Roper replica I made over a 4 year period. Forks are finished and painted gloss black. A two-wheeled motor-driven road vehicle, resembling a bicycle but powered by an internal-combustion engine; now spec. Too bad, but we certainly like the look of the trike! The footpegs are at the top, and you can see the centre-stand. I've been thinking about building a steam engine to put on a modern bicycle frame. The Boiler These two plates go on either end of the boiler. Following a gasket leak on the rear cylinder cover whilst riding in the Cugnot celebration at Viod-Vacon near Nancy in France last year, I have replaced all the paper gaskets in the engine with copper ones.
The Optimus paraffin burner originally fitted did not like burning in an enclosed firebox and rapidly carbonised, causing a reduction in performance. The Optimus, in fairness, was never meant to burn in an enclosed firebox, and thus it tends to puff out at times, which is a nuisance. This bike is missing its mahogany cladding and foot-pegs, but is otherwise complete. I currently own a Steam Bicycle built to the design of Richard Smith's steam bicycle plans. Historians disagree over whether the Roper or the Michaux-Perreaux came first.
The two brass cylinders below also look quite functional. These problems are caused by Evil Road Spirits. Function just has to follow form in this case. The original 1868 version of the velocipede is attributed to W. It shows how much water is in there. Aerodynamic from the outside and with stickers from all over the world on the inside, the fairing proves that this bike has traveled in space and time. Notice the patriotic touch with the red, white and blue chain guard.
The leather seat top came from the Saddle Shop. Motorcycling historians and , and design columnist date the Roper later, to 1868, and the Owls Head museum's example is of that year. It would educate you and keep me out of trouble for a while. Gagan and Lester had that steamer up and down my street, and the firebox got refilled several times. Spencer lived a long life. No significant wear was found anywhere in the engine, but I honed out the gun metal cylinder about. Everything has to fit very well, so it gets time consuming.
I bought it from 81-year-old Bob Davis, who had it in his tool box for a very long time. The new burner should improve the performance by enabling the machine to run at full pressuie all the time, which in steam terms is more efficient. The Saddle The steam engine has arrived, and this is an early mockup of the drive train. They get trapped in the hollow of the bell. The bike has a range of around ten miles on one tank of water.
It looks a little like open heart surgery. The rocking intake valve is kind of like a rotary valve but more like a Corliss valve but with all of the disadvantages of the rotary. The top of the range of the most famous brands will await you to compete against each other in a unique videogame and show the world their full potential! The Firebox This is looking up at the firebox. First published, February 2002 Geoff Hudspith I will attempt to describe the improvements that I have made since the machine first ran in October 2000. The engine has a knurled or really notched roller attached to the flywheel that spins on the back wheel in a ratio of about 15:1.