If you’ve ever looked at a bike and thought “Man, I wish this thing had a bunch of freakin’ legs instead of wheels”, then you’re probably just as awesome as the people behind YouTube channel The Q.
Taking inspiration from Dutch designer Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests (kinetic sculptures which move with the wind), this bicycle’s rear consists of four metal legs powered by the bike’s pedals:
It took seven months to develop this walking hybrid of a bike and three entire days just to assemble the structure. In total, 400 custom sections were measured, cut, and welded to create the back portion of the walking oddity.
After making the initial CAD model in Maya, they started cutting and welding rods together. Once finished, the individual legs were filed, assembled, and tested before being grouped together.
Keeping the four legs suspended is a custom-built frame. To power the legs, a unique back pedal has to be attached to the frame to support the new mechanism.
After assembling the bike’s new prosthetics, all that’s left to do is remove that horriblly round rear wheel, replace it with the legs, and slap on the pedal chain.
It won’t win you any races, but the walking bicycle will definitely get the attention of anyone who passes your way. If you’re wondering why The Q didn’t turn both bike wheels into legs, it’s because pedaling would be too difficult, although, with muscular legs like yours, that’s arguable.
To see more of The Q’s crazy awesome builds, check out their YouTube channel!