"The Suessian Pedal Tractor"

Ricky the Fish



The Suessian Pedal Tractor is a three-person mutant tricycle that was built for kinetic sculpture racing. It does not have tires on the rear wheels. It has shoes. I built it mostly out of recycled steel, scrap from my shop, and old bicycle parts. There are two seats, side-by-side in between the big wheels, each rider has a set of bicycle pedals. The front rider pedals and steers. It weighs about 250 pounds.

I started it in the beginning of June 2008 with the goal of having it done by the Prescott Valley Kinetic Sculpture Race on September 13th. I got it done before August 22nd, so it went to Burning Man 2008, too.

Here are photos and descriptions of the process of building it.

I started by taking apart some old bicycles I had laying around my shop yard.


This is the central part of the vehicle. I added about 7 additional feet to the length of a bicycle frame.

The big rear wheels are 6 feet tall and have 16 spokes each. They each weigh about 55 pounds. They mount onto a 1" diameter solid steel axle. Shoes go on the metal "feet."
The pedals will drive a very small sprocket so the pedal tractor is geared down enough that it will be easy to pedal it around.
The seats are on and the front wheel, too.

A canopy, umbrella, and some paint are added. Oh, yeah, the shoes, too!

The pedal tractor at Burning Man 2008. That's me up front and Janabanana and Pleasure in the back.

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