Bicycle Basics for Kinetic Sculptors
This is a class I teach at the Artisan's Asylum, artisansasylum.com. To see when the next session is running check the classes page at their website.
Bicycles and bicycle parts are cheap and readily available. Learn to use all the bearings and drive train components to make your art move. This course will provide you with the bicycle basics to be able to build a soap box derby car, kinetic sculpture machine, or other art that moves with the mechanical parts from bicycles. This can be as simple as incorporating a pivot or crank into a sculpture or as complicated as turning a pile of parts like this:
Into an amazing Kinetic Sculpture Racing machine like this:
The two sessions in this course will cover bearing systems, headsets, bottom brackets, and hubs, as well as power transmission with chains, gearing, freewheels, shifters. The instructor will demonstrate assembly and disassembly of various bicycle components that may be useful in making your art move. Explanations of what parts need specialty tools and where common tools could be used in a pinch. The instructor will also discuss the pros and cons of each component in uses outside of standard bicycles and how each part will perform outside of normal bicycle usage.