The Clockwork Motorcycle Project
The National Geographic Channel challenged me to make a clockwork motorcycle in 48 hours for their show “Mad Inventors”. I built a drag bicycle frame with two springs, intending to time it with a verge-and-foliot escapement. While the escapement worked, the time constraint forced me to leave it off and the torque from the mainsprings wreaked havoc on the frame and axle. Still, I got it to go 37 feet.
Watch online here:
Mad Scientists: World’s Weirdest Bike
I’m currently trying to gear it down and get some more meat on the rear tire.
Mad Scientists has released a sneak preview of my clockwork motorcycle in production. Show starts Wednesday at 10PM.