Bike-Powered Elevator to the Treehouse

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Treehouses are an important part of many children’s childhood. Quite frankly, even adults enjoy building and hanging out in the treehouse – something about it brings out your creativity and sense of play. Maybe that’s why Idaho-based designer Ethan Schlussler, who built a 30-feet high treehouse, came up with the idea of a bicycle-powered treehouse elevator.

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The elevator is made from an old bike. As Ethan explains, “It was originally a 20-something speed bicycle, but first gear wasn’t slow enough, so I cut the large sprocket off the front, and welded it on the rear to get a lower gear. I also had to do away with the de-railers and make a new chain tensioner.”

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How does it work? You simply pedal to lift the bike up. The mechanism works with two cables that spool around the wheels and go over a pulley at the top. Two other cables at the front and rear go over and through the treehouse and come together at the counterweight.

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When the bicycle is on the top, the counterweight holds the bicycle steadily up on the treehouse.

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