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Built for the Girder Frame Secretary's ChallengeBicycle

Built by Chris Warrell in September 2012

Built for the Secretary's Challenge to build a model using part No. 113 the Girder Frame, this bicycle uses two of these for the frame.  The style of bike is a hybrid between a BMX with its stretched out frame shape, and a mountain bike with front suspension.  The "chain" is a standard elastic band, cut in two, threaded through the frame and then knotted together.

April 2014

A bike rack, in a combination of Meccano and cardboard, has been added.  It was built for an Open University degree course in Technology.  The module (Design Thinking: Creativity in the 21st Century) had a number of assignments; one of these was to come up with a design problem.  The chosen idea was for a bike rack for a train carriage, and a prototype 3D model of the proposal had to be made.

The scale of the bike worked out at around 1:8.5 so the rest of the model was to the same scale.  The bike rack should be at an angle of 45° to the side of the train, but was built at 90° for simplicity.  The large yellow plate represents a section of train floor, the length of the plate being the width of the train carriage.  It's actually too wide; it should be closer to 12" wide.


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Meccano and cardboard bike rack, with cardboard train seat.

Meccano and cardboard bike rack, with cardboard train seat



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