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Twice as Odd: Duowheels

Posted January 21, 2009 5:01 PM by dstrohl

This turned up in our Reader's Galleries with not much explanation:

"Found this on another website and have absolutely no idea. The person who submitted it thought it was from the 1920's but I think it might be even earlier."

Yeah, us neither. We've covered monowheels (and, as one reader pointed out, motorized unicycles) before, but neither Dan nor I have seen this before, nor do we know what website the poster's referring to. Bet it was entertaining in the mud, though - that looks a lot like a racetrack in the background, eh?

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01/22/2009 6:24 AM

This looks contemporary ?

Or for the hi-tec hamster within you...

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01/22/2009 4:32 PM

Love the red hamster cage, where do I get one?

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01/23/2009 3:39 AM

Seems like you can mail Evento for details, though they may just be an event organizer ( you could try going fast and 'doing a runner' with one !). For those less inclined to stability, there's always Hydrozorbing

...make me think of The Prisoner ;

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01/22/2009 11:05 PM

I like those old design, it looks beautifull and is functional.

Too bad the monowheel gives the kid a deformed face

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01/23/2009 1:31 AM

I think he's chewing tobacco.

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01/23/2009 2:14 AM

Maybe he got a smack from the Photographer "Sit still!"

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01/23/2009 3:41 AM

Don't tell him, but I think there's a couple of ants in vermins head .

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01/23/2009 8:35 AM

I would love to find a couple of those huge bearings, I could make my own big wheel.

I will have to do some research on that motorized ball, if I can find some better photos making my own would be easy.

So many projects so little time....

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01/23/2009 3:31 PM

What I like see about the top photo is when they brake, and lock it up atl going even just 15 MPH. . . . . happy tumbling

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01/23/2009 5:49 PM

I was wondering about the same thing. Is there any footage of them braking? Especially the V8. The kinetic energy stored in the driver and engine would be released with nasty results for the driver and others for that matter. Maybe I am missing some thing.

Could there be a fly wheel that takes up the kinetic energy? They would not build and drive such wonderful looking contraptions if they had not solved that problem. How is it done to over come this obvious problem?

Just asking, in total ignorance, Ky.

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01/23/2009 6:18 PM

Could there be a fly wheel that takes up the kinetic energy?

then comes as your riding along minding your own business unbeknowst to you, your building up and storaging the gyroscopic forces, and then comes a sharp corner in the road and it doesnt turn but your can turn the opposite way and the only way to turn is to turn 270 degrees. . . . . oh wait, you happen to remember you have an anchor next to you, no not your wife "because your also pulling your boat" . . . . .

my imagination is getting carried away. . . . . .

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01/23/2009 6:30 PM

gyroscopic forces

That was the word/force I was looking for. Thanks Mate, Ky.

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01/22/2009 2:52 PM

Fantastic links, Bricktop !

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01/23/2009 7:28 AM

Thanks for the very enlightening breakfast reading!

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01/23/2009 8:55 AM

OOPS, try and ignor this already posted link, I really need more coffee...

I found a reference to the photo and a lot of other totally fun information at:

http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/MUSEUM/TRANSPORT/diwheel/diwheel.htm#pop

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01/23/2009 8:57 AM

Didn't I do that in post #2?

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01/23/2009 8:59 AM

yes indeed you did, like I said I need more coffee, I thought that page looked familiar...

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