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The SK8nHOPPER Concept

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A FOLDABLE  Chariot design

 

 



This vehicle operates similar to how a clock escapement mechanism works.  
Imagine my balancing Chariot as the L-shaped 'escapement':
     

Click on the above photo^, then look closely, and you can see a man's smiling face sitting in the back of this vehicle.  He is balancing me out up front, as I lean over a padded stomach cradle, and elbow rests! 

 

 

A child easily transports her friend along the boardwalk of Santa Barbara. 

 Many more photos of this Pedalhopper^ design in action, and stages of assembly:

 http://darinselby.1hwy.com/butwaittheresmore1.html

 

This Sk8nHopper concept would demonstrate how we can move a large amount of cargo weight, with only a fraction of the energy expenditure.  

How is this so?  Because, when the driver hops, he gets to balance on high-pressure, 100psi wheels with electric motor hubs.  

The friction of the driver's feet are momentarily taken off the road. 

Only a quarter of the energy is being expended.  That is, when compared to our present-day, inefficient four wheeled vehicle technology.  

This design is stable, easy to steer (could incorporate a TAIL FIN!), and is able to come to a quick stop, even when loaded with four adults.  

electric scooter hub motor brushless gear hub motor   < 2 - 1000 watt scooter hub motor/wheels, with hydraulic disc brakes will be used for this next design.  I've also wanted to further evolve this next vehicle by adding INLINE SKATES to the driver!  So, after much research, I've discovered a brand named called 'Skikes', which will work very nicely. 

 

SKIKES  one-way inline skates with "Reverse Lock", could do the trick for pulling the Chariot along, then coasting, when going fast downhill.   The 'Reverse Lock' is a mechanism makes the wheel only roll forward, making it easier to pull.  Then,with every hop...precise steering could be done with a tailfin!  The main 'hydraulic' braking would be with the Chariot's fulcrum wheels.

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The above sketch shows a 'Foldable Chariot', which will fold up into a flatbed trailer, to be pulled behind a vehicle, carrying all of the gear.  
 
So, when the driver hops, leaving the road's surface, this next balanced vehicle will essentially get steered by an 'airplane rudder'! 
 
 
 
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Kee-Lite aluminum connectors are used with 1.5" dia aluminum conduit, which can be cold-bent with a simple pipe bender into the desired curved arches.  They are about $10 each, and worth every penny for having a STRONG vehicle that will handle up to 1000 lbs of people or cargo!  Another advantage is being able to easily disassemble joints, to make changes in the design. 

This Harbor Freight pipe bender ^ is the ticket for making nice, uniform bends with the 1.5" and 2" dia aluminum conduit.  The secret to make perfect arches is to suspend it from overhead!  That way, when bending the pipe, GRAVITY works in our favor to keep the arch from getting skewed!

 

  • So, I want to stop 'swimming against the stream', so to speak and go where the roads suit my wheels (and the weather suits my sandled toes), to work with like-minded people at changing people's transportation and livingry methods for the better!  

  • I am passionate about not only making human-powered transportation vehicles available for families, but make them into exquisite designs that function just like a car, but are pedal-powered/hybrid solar electric!

  • For instance, here is a pedal-powered SURREY, which could have electric hub motors, with up to 300 watts of flexible solar panels become the added canopy roof!

 Imagine tooling around town at a brisk 25 mph, connecting with people and sharing some good enthusiasm!

 Also, imagine this vehicle custom-covered with 'windsurfer sail material', which encloses a vehicle completely, and is fitted with zipper doors in this custom-designed canopy.

 

  • Four of these wind-surfer sails would be sewn together to make a beautiful waterproof canopy enclosure, complete with zipper doors, that become roll-up sides with built-in rain gutters!
  • Add two electric motor 16" scooter back wheels with 20" 100psi BMX bike tires (they work very well together!) to smooth out any hill, and bring the overall rolling resistance down to virtually nil.