Meet the 'Wheel-less' bike: 'The Q's' next zany take on the bicycle

YouTuber "The Q" is at it again with his latest reimaging of the conventional bicycle. This time, however, he's added angle tank tracks.
Christopher McFadden
Screenshot of the "Wheel-less Bike" from "The Q's" video.

The Q/YouTube 

YouTuber "The Q," aka Engineer Sergii Gordieiev, is at it again with another interesting take on the concept of a bicycle. Gordielev has dedicated years to inventing innovative bicycle designs that challenge our perception of everyday objects. His skill and determination demonstrate that even the most ordinary items can be transformed into something extraordinary.

Famed for his square-wheeled bicycle, the world's smallest bike, and split, semi-circular wheeled bike, his new project is even crazier. Featuring elongated ellipse "wheels," his new project defies all logic at first glance.

Bicycle or tank-bike?

Effectively caterpillar-like tracks, the bike's propulsion system consists of wheel belts mounted at absurd angles to a conventional bicycle frame. Appropriately dubbed the "Wheel-less Bike," it is an interesting take on what it means to be a bicycle.

The bike tracks are powered by the rider using the pedals, which, in turn, drive the contraption forward, just like a conventional bike. But, as interesting as this concept is, it will not exactly break any speed records.

To build the wheelless bike, "The Q" found a bike frame sans the wheels. Instead of installing the conventional circular wheels, he used linear metal members with chains mounted on the rim, and a rubber tread around the chains, like the wheel belt seen on tanks. To have the pedals work this belt, The Q added another gear to the bike frame, connecting the pedals to the top of the rear ‘wheel.’ They were fixed at two points to secure the wheels in place, allowing them to hold their angular mounting position as he rode the bicycle.

After completing the build, "The Q" then takes his new contraption for a test drive. While forward motion seems fairly effortless, he soon runs into a few problems given the inherent design flaws of the machine. For example, it appears that Gordelev may have had difficulty steering the bike. This would obviously be a serious problem for the bike to be used as an alternative to conventional bikes.

The bike can't steer

Thinking of other problems, the bike would probably also struggle over particularly rough terrain or other common obstacles that cyclists encounter on a daily basis. Potholes, cattle grids, etc, are some prime examples.

However, none of that really matters as this is just a bit of fun. It is highly unlikely that "The Q," intended for his experimental tank-bike to ever be more than a fun project.

So, what do you think of the "Wheel-less Bike?" Would you ever ride one?

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