Bike-Powered Elevator to the Treehouse

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.


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.”


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.


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



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