steam bicycle

Discussion in 'Motorized Bicycle General Discussion' started by Elixys, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Elixys

    Elixys New Member

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  2. WildAlaskan

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    thats freaking awesome i was facinated by steam power for some time tell i figured out i didnt have the tools or supplies to build what my mind envisioned

    there are so many ideas so many applications i just wish i had a machine shop and time
     
  3. WildAlaskan

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    my favorite boiler is the sentinel boiler
     
  4. Goat Herder

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    That bike is a awesome piece of history.
     
  5. Black_Moons

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    Awsome bike, Very quite it seems too. Though maybe its just because he was using a jacket mounted mic.
     
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  7. WildAlaskan

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    steam engines use external combustin so they tend to be alot quieter
     
  8. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

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    My house is heated with a 1920 type boiler... I recognize a lot of that stuff on the bike.
     
  9. Allen_Wrench

    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    Today, I didn't see a steam bike, but this post reminded me and I have to tell somebody what I saw. Driving home, going east on Troy Rd. I was behind a rustbucket of a pickup truck with what looked like an odd assortment of metal tanks and pipes and junk, and a woodburning stove up by the cab THAT WAS SMOKING! While they are driving.

    Did I see a steam powered truck? A woodburning truck maybe? Is the heater core shot and this is how they heat the cab in the winter? How many reasons can there be for somebody burning something in a woodstove in the bed of a truck while they are driving? Dang, people out here are so weird.
     
  10. BarelyAWake

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    Perhaps it was Allen, but odds are if ya didn't see billows of white steam it mighta been a wood gas setup, somewhat commonplace in Europe during WWII due to fuel shortages & rationing. Wood gas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  11. Allen_Wrench

    Allen_Wrench Resident Mad Scientist

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    @BarelyAWake: Holy Crud, that bottom photo got me thinking. There is a slim (and remote) possibility that I could be dealing with a redneck genius who built himself a wood gas powered pickup truck. This keeps getting weirder. I guess it's one way to tackle high gas prices.
     
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    hmmmmmmm this starts the gears in the head turning hmmmmm
     
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    that was the king of all motorized bicycles. without that bike, there wouldn't even be this page! XD
     
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    i love the concept of steam power cause it is so simple and a boiler can be designed to run on anything that combusts solid fuel , liquid fuel and gas fuels there are so many ways to convert heat into power
     
  15. fishguts

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    It's not as simple as you think.
     
  16. WildAlaskan

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    bro its not that complicated either i have designed steam motors before the are simple in concept really

    picture a truck old ford or chevy wih a boiler under the hood with flash boiler to get off the line in under a minute using the radiator as a condenser and mounting the steam engine where the transmission would normaly go hooking into the old drive train

    or how about a car with a motor mounted to the rear axil or maybe even a second one on the front axil or go crazy and have a radial engine attatched to each wheel

    or check this concept out a military vehechle that is e.m. proof and can run off any type of liquid fuel solid fuel or gas fuel using a hybrid bioler capible of runninmg on these different types of fuel it would be em proof cause it doesnt use electronics to create combustion having more than one enbine and one type of bioler mean sif say your main bioler breaks down u could use the flash boiler to continue to power the motor if a motor breaks u could use the second one for power

    hmm sounds like a heavy ass reliable machine

    steam engine dont require transmissions cause they have massive torq thoughout the rpm ranges


    i do not proffess to be a steam geniouse or anything but i was facinated by steam cars and trucks for a while even more than motor bikes and im a motor bike junkie

    steam boats steam cars steam bike steam generater im not even getting into turbine power either

    sure the concpet is simple but making a safe bioler that requires the least amount of mainenance is the only real problem to get this technology back into the mainstream
     
  17. fishguts

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    Steam theory and the basic components of a steam powered system are not all that complicated, but getting it all to work efficiently enough to put it into production is.

    It's been nearly a century since a steam powered car was on the market and it was at best marginally successful, limited in convenience, range and speed. Even with all the research going on today you rarely see anything get beyond the experimental stage. There are various web sites dedicated to this very topic with plenty of engineers and such who know a lot more about this than you or I and still, there's nothing in production.

    I'm currently building a steam powered bike. My build thread is in the beach cruiser section: "Something new and kinda sorta 100 years old looking". It's not rocket science, but it's fairly involved.
     
  18. mikewayne

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    thats awesome search buddy... but that was a very old technique probably a 100 year old or more than that.... yes should really think of a alternative for fuel.... this would work out.... hope that it should be provided with adequate water supply!!!dance1
     

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