The SK8nHOPPER Concept
Imagine my balancing Chariot as the L-shaped 'escapement':
Click on the above photo^, then look closely, and you can see a man's 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:
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 Skike roller skates 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 (has a TAIL FIN!), and is able to come to a quick stop, even when loaded with four adults.
< A 1000 watt scooter hub motor/wheel, with hydraulic disc brakes.
Skike one-way roller skates could do the trick for going fast downhill, and steering with a tailfin! The main 'hydraulic' braking would be with the Chariot's fulcrum wheels.
This latest Chariot design folds-up, to become a flatbed trailer and carry all of the gear at highway speeds!
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!