this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures
 

this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures

remember dutch artist and engineer theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic sculptures? the ones that use the power of wind to move autonomously around sandy beaches? taking this creation as a starting point, californian collective carv has created the walking bicycle, a symbiosis of bike and walking robotic creature.

this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures
all images are screenshots taken from the above video

 

 

featured on youtube’s the Q channel, the walking bicycle by carv is not exactly the most practical product in the market, as it won’t take you from one place to another in record time. instead, it will sure catch the attention of those around you as they’ve probably never seen something like this — unless you are at burning man’s playa.

this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures

 

 

in the walking bicycle, the rear wheel has been replaced by a metal skeleton with four legs powered by the pedals. this structure, which is made of over 400 handmade components, took seven months to develop, with the assembly of the rods alone taking up three whole days. ‘we spent about 3 hours a night, on monday through wednesday each week, slowly progressing through layout, material buying, mockups, jigs, cutting, welding, and bolting,’ comments carv. ‘in the end we had over 400 custom made parts, and couldn’t believe the thing actually worked.’

this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures

this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures

this walking bicycle draws from theo jansen’s large-scale kinetic strandbeest sculptures

 

 

project info:

 

name: the walking bicycle

designer: carv

showcased on: youtube’s the Q channel

  • amazing

    raka says:
  • Too many moving parts to repair, too heavy for an everyday ride to the office, occupies too much space for a bike parking, slows you down, and most importantly VERY NICE!

    Tung cab says:
  • now the other wheel.

    Jan Bosscher says:
  • This might be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
    A ton of human thought and effort to create something for no other purpose that to be mechanically beautiful.
    Cheers for increasing the gap between us and the animals just a bit more!

    Allen says:
  • It is so funny like tarantula walking in the back!

    masha says:
  • Just because you can … doesn’t mean you should! Interesting feat of engineering … nothing more.

    LEONARDO SIDERI says:
  • Wow! What a blast. Provocative and stimulating. Hmmm… what else?

    James says:
  • Brilliantly, brilliantly creative.

    Jane says:
  • Why this would even be featured is beyond me. Nothing new here or there than taking an already great invention, the bicycle, and making something worse out of it. This isn’t even an engineering marvel; to be that it would have to be able to make the bicycle better. This is just stupid people applauding another stupid person. Design boom you have just put another scar on your reputation.

    Jack says:
  • Yes, poetic. Would be great to see so much effort and genius put through to solve real problems. Most people in the world lack access to potable water. Most people in the world lack access to basics like a blood test. Absolutely nobody needs a spider bike.

    Dumb says:
  • Could be handy for crossing certain terrain that a normal bicycle wheel can’t?

    Tom says:
  • So funny to see people with too little imagination and not get this.
    This is so funky, opens up a whole new vista to try things. I bet you he could make it climb walls next, explore Mars, whatever.

    mackenzie collins says:

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