The wheel-less wonder: A deeper dive into the ‘Bike on Tracks’

When most people think of bicycles, a familiar image springs to mind: two circular wheels, a frame connecting them, and pedals to power the motion. This has been the accepted norm since the early 19th century. However, every so often, an innovator emerges to question these established norms, propelling the concept of cycling into uncharted territories. Enter YouTube engineer ‘The Q’, or more precisely, Sergii Gordieiev.

Renowned for his insatiable curiosity surrounding the mechanics and physics of wheels, Sergii took the bicycle blueprint and gave it an audacious twist. Instead of the conventional round wheels we’ve come to know, he introduced a bicycle christened the “Bike on Tracks”. This unique contraption is outfitted with treaded tracks, reminiscent of those seen on military tanks.

But the divergence from conventional design doesn’t end there. In most bikes, the wheel turns when pedaled. However, with the “Bike on Tracks”, there’s no turning of the wheel. Rather, the chain links to a flywheel and the tracks move as the rider pedals, giving the bicycle its forward motion. The implications of this design shift are profound and come with both advantages and challenges.

Visually, the bicycle is a marvel. The tracks, positioned at dramatic angles, are undeniably an eye-catcher. However, there’s a trade-off. This design reduces the speed of the bicycle, making it slower than its conventional counterparts. Additionally, the tracks generate more noise when the bike is in motion. Yet, there’s an upside: the design offers greater stability compared to the round wheels.

A gear connects the pedals to the apex of the rear tread.
A gear connects the pedals to the apex of the rear tread.

The operational mechanism of this innovative bicycle closely mirrors that of a tank. The rotating belts or tracks propel the bike forward. To enhance the functionality and stability of this design, The Q introduced an extra gear. This gear connects the pedals to the highest point of the rear wheel. Moreover, the tracks are anchored firmly at two distinct points, ensuring their angular position remains consistent during rides.

Bike on Tracks riding on a smooth road.
Fans on YouTube have questioned the bike’s turning and surface abilities, but The Q emphasizes it’s all ‘just for fun’.

Unsurprisingly, the “Bike on Tracks” became a hot topic in the digital space, especially on YouTube where fans passionately debated its features. Some suggested design modifications, such as introducing bogies to the tracks for adapting better to uneven terrains. Others pondered over the bicycle’s maneuverability, especially its turning capabilities. But amidst the speculation and feedback, a point of consensus emerged: the bike’s sheer inventiveness was commendable. For those questioning its real-world applications, The Q’s video description offers a clear answer. The “Bike on Tracks” wasn’t crafted to solve a particular problem; it was birthed from sheer creative exuberance.

'Bike on Tracks' is a head-turner on the streets.
While it lacks traditional wheels, the ‘Bike on Tracks’ is a head-turner on the streets.

In the grand tapestry of technological advancements, the “Bike on Tracks” stands as a testament to human ingenuity. It exemplifies that the journey of creation, even when it diverges from the conventional path, is often as significant as the final product.

Source: The Q

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