Two-speed electric bicycles are still up-and-coming, but this DIY version posted by Jeff Foxworthy has truly taken the Internet by storm. While some are marveling at this “redneck” innovation, others are simply cracking up at the thought of riding around on a bike powered by a drill. Would you take it for a spin?
Normally, electric bikes are powered by a hub motor. Two-speed hubs are expected to become a staple in the “e-bike” world—for their convenience and versatility.
But as Foxworthy’s post shows, with enough ingenuity, you don’t need a fancy motor to build an e-bike. All you need are patience and something with a motor. In this instance, a power drill, a wooden panel and some nuts & bolts are the required materials to get your bike moving. Best of all, it even goes in reverse. However, a backup battery would probably be recommended here, if you don’t want to end up pedaling your way home.
As shown above, a wood panel is attached to the rear of the bike, and a power drill is mounted on top. It appears it may be plugged into an exterior-power source kept below. From there, the bike chain is looped around the drill-bit extension—you’re pretty much good to go.
Facebook commenters have been arguing over the efficiency and logistics of using a power drill to propel a bicycle—with many noting the load of a bicycle would probably wear out the drill fairly fast.
Clearly, power drills were not meant to be used as bicycle motors, but all ideas have to start somewhere. Even if you won’t get very far on it, you have to admit—it is a pretty clever little invention. While this design is far from that of your typical e-bike, it’s certainly got some potential.