If you have bicycle parts, additional spare parts from other motor vehicles or a car, simple tools, any craftsman can create your own economical and safe bicycle snowmobile.
In 2005, home-made vehicles were allowed to register. But only with the conditions that the transport meets state standards. Self-created transport passes certification if it meets all technical requirements. If some indicator of technical characteristics is violated, then home-made vehicles will not be registered in the traffic police.
For home-made equipment, there are limitations that can improve its quality, reliability of use, increase the service life. There are restrictions on the size of vehicles. There are requirements for the steering system, engine operation, light devices.
Requirements for home-made equipment do not limit the freedom of the designer’s creativity, but set as their goal:
- compliance with the rules of the road, safety, labor protection;
- environmental Protection.
Bike is a good transport for sports and walking. But here’s the bad news – in winter, cycling turns into overcoming obstacles. On the path of the cyclist there are snowdrifts, ice, a slippery road. This article will tell you how to get out of a difficult situation, or simply put, to make a bike ride yourself.
How to make a do-it-yourself snowmobile bike
For a long time, cyclists ponder how to remake a bicycle into a snowmobile so that it can be used as intended in the summer again. So that the bike has the opportunity to transform into a snowmobile and vice versa. To make it is up to everyone.
Do-it-yourself design has the following advantages:
- mechanical drive with wheels from large automobile cameras will not get stuck in snowdrifts:
- the control in front of the structure will make it easy to control the bike;
- low price for components of a homemade device will save money.
What can I take from a bike
To make a snowmobile bike at home, you will need almost all the details of the bike – a frame, fork, seat. It is best to make a snowmobile from a mountain or other bicycle, in which the frame is made of titanium, aluminum, stainless steel – light and durable, having several speeds. As an engine, it is better to install a power unit from a motorcycle on a snowmobile because it is light, but has great power and good speed.
The chainsaw engine has great power, so it is widely used in various alterations, including when a bicycle is remade into a snowmobile. The engine mounted on the bike rides a distance of up to 15 km and does not use much fuel.
A home-made design with a chainsaw engine has these advantages:
- good adaptation to different weather conditions;
- low fuel consumption in ICE;
- easy maintenance and engine maintenance – all that is required is the use of high-quality gasoline and regular gearbox lubrication.
Cameras from KAMAZ
On a slippery or covered with loose snow road, the assembled bicycle snowmobile will skid. To increase the grip of the wheels with the road, it is better to use large diameter cameras. Cameras from KAMAZ are suitable for a home-made device – this will ensure good stability of the snowmobile bike. The rubber from the truck is wide, less falls into the snow. It is better to buy cameras in special stores or special equipment sales markets.
Before starting work, calculations of all design parameters are done, draw a diagram of a snowmobile on a sheet of paper, prepare all the details and tools:
- wide ski up to 80 cm long;
- two metal small pipes with a cross section of 50 mm;
- a small piece of the channel;
- a metal plate measuring 25×50 mm, thickness 4-5 mm;
- cameras from the KAMAZ car;
- wrenches of different sizes;
- electric drill;
- apparatus for welding.
Assembling the front of the snowmobile
Getting started is best done by replacing the front wheel with ski to reduce friction with snow. It is not difficult to make skis with your own hands.
To improve the quality of work of the structure, it is recommended to make skis made of duralumin or chipboard.
- For this, plywood is taken in an amount of 4 pieces with a thickness of 5 mm. Pieces of plywood are glued together and fixed to the steering base.
- Then, a spring made of high-strength steel is well fixed to the structure. Instead of a homemade ski, an old skateboard is also used, as well as obsolete factory skis.
- The next step is to dismantle the front wheel of the bike. Then fix a piece of the channel in the center to the prepared ski – this is done with four bolts M8 or M10.
- Then cut off two pieces of the pipe of the same size, fix them on the fork of the bicycle – one pipe for each arc of the bicycle. In order for the structure to be strong, it is better to fix the pipes on the bicycle fork with clamps or clamps – use at least two fasteners for each arc of the fork.
- The pipes must be fixed symmetrically with respect to each other. To make the structure durable, stiffness is added. To do this, drill through holes in the middle of the tubes, which are pulled together by bolts.
- Tubes mounted on the arcs of the bicycle fork are trimmed to be 20-30 cm longer than the bottom of the bicycle.
- Mounted ski with bracket. To do this, symmetrical holes are drilled on both sides of the channel. At the edges of the fork tubes, holes are made the same size as in the channel – at least 11-13 mm. The structural element is connected with long bolts M10-M12.
- To strengthen the frame at the places where parts are connected, a transverse pipe is welded to the bottom of the steering wheel. A hinge of ski is required to be attached to the transverse pipe.
- Using a washer, sleeve, steel stud, two nuts, assemble the swivel joint.
After all the operations have been completed, the ski is already mounted on the bicycle – it moves vertically, which means that the descent or ascent is performed at any angle like in a bicycle.
Drive part operation
Work begins with the dismantling of the rear wheel. Then wheels made by oneself are installed. The installation of wheels with low pressure is recommended – they are elastic, have a small mass, do not press on the ground. Wheels with large cameras have good qualities – increased cross-country ability and efficiency. If car chambers are filled with polystyrene foam, this will save them from sticking snow, dirt, ice. The design of the chassis and rear-wheel drive is simple, does not cause difficulties in the independent manufacture of the vehicle.
Unlike conventional snowmobiles, the shaft in a homemade snowmobile is an integral part. Both rear wheels are driving. Their disadvantage is that they have low maneuverability. But it is smoothed out by other technical characteristics.
There are several principles for making tires yourself:
- Two alloy wheels, tightly in contact with each other, are mounted on the sleeve, put on the camera. Fix it with a conveyor belt.
- The disk is mounted on the sleeve, jumpers are attached to it, to which the side rings are welded.
- Two discs are mounted on the hub according to the principle of wheels in a scooter.
The safety and quality of movement will depend on the parameters of the power traction of the vehicle. Snowmobiles have a speed not exceeding 50 km / h – this is a good speed for this type of structure. Such a device weighs a little, the motor power is high – it will easily overcome snow obstacles, not slip on an icy road. The design can be modified to carry passengers.
The installation of the engine on a snowmobile is carried out on the arcs of the bicycle behind the seat. This principle allows you to avoid burns, so its location will not interfere with the legs.
It is not forbidden to install the motor in the center of the frame, but subject to the presence of the upper skin. Masters advise to put the motor with the switching foot in the middle of the frame, and the engine that switches the speeds should be placed behind.
It is better to fix the engine with two welded plates and a channel on the bicycle frame, so that the sprocket on the motor is above the rear wheel drive sprocket. To properly weld the drive parts, it is best to calculate everything in place. The final step in mounting the drive is to install the circuit. After it, a gas tank is attached, which is installed closer to the motor. All engine control parts are assembled in the design. For a comfortable ride on a makeshift vehicle, a durable seat is installed.
The assembly conditions are as follows:
- secure the driver’s seat closer to the center of the structure above the front axle so that the center of gravity is located in the center of the structure;
- install the drive shaft near the motor to reduce the loss of energy that is transmitted to the shaft;
- install the shock absorber under the seat, fix the support on the bicycle arch – it will serve as a support;
- if the bike is made as a freight transport, it is better to install additional ski between the two wheels;
- set the tires in low pressure in order to avoid the rapid failure of parts, high fuel consumption.