Bicycle Powered Tree House Elevator

Bicycle Powered Tree House Elevator

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I have built a tree house (though it is not finished yet) that is nearly 30 feet up a tree. I got tired of climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day, so I made a bicycle powered elevator to solve this problem. Don’t you wish you had one? :p I welcome any questions or comments.

Also, I was under the impression that this was obvious, but I have been proven very much wrong: IT’S A DOG, NOT A BEAR.

There seem to be a few frequently asked questions, so I will answer them here in hopes that people will read this before asking questions, or misinforming other people with incorrect idea.

1) How do you get off at the top? Very simple: I step off the bicycle, and onto the treehouse. Since this video was made, I have cut a section out of the (temporary) railing to make this easier.

2) What happens if you forget to anchor the bike at the bottom? It would go flying back to the top, but I can’t imagine how I could possible forget to do that, because it would be pretty obvious when getting off that something was wrong. But even if I did manage to do that, there will always be a ladder of some sort for backup.

3) What if you fall/is that safe? Of course it’s not “safe”, but neither is walking across the street. That said, almost every part of the system is many times stronger than necessary, and there is no single part that would make it free fall if it broke. And even if it did fall, I would most likely survive; it’s only 28 feet (at most).

4) Can you give us a tour of the tree house? Yes, as soon as it is finished.

5) Can you do a tutorial? I could, but I think that would not be necessary. If you are capable of building this for yourself, you can probably figure out how it works mostly from looking at it. And if you are not that capable, you probably shouldn’t be trying to build something like this…

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Jesi June says:

Some people are saying that the animal viewed around 0:15 is a dog, but it looks more like a bear to me. Please identify this animal.

Razos 82 says:

brilliant idea!!

Terblian Rianatsu says:

Animal 0:16 which one?

Naudikus Lewis says:

why does almost everybody hate this video because I really really really really really love it this video I hope you make more because this video is awesome

Killenzie04 -the girl says:

No way this is so cool

Dakota Ryan says:

do you realize that in the video at 0.16 seconds there is a bear at the top left corner

Sunil Keshari says:

ॐ vedic chants

slingoking says:

I see one thousand roads to paralysis here.

The Four Waffle Lords says:

Simply amazing.

Elvis Presley says:

Would be pretty cool to watch someone fall off and die though

Lias Smedja says:

did anyone see the bear at 17

uppon2 says:

The cat tested it out first for safety.

Nobody Home says:

Ouch ! that's some " Melvin " if you don't set that chain just right .

Unole Alisgia says:

This is a really cool idea! Do you have plans available, and how would one get them?

Old Account says:

Attach electromagnetic generator to tree house wheel and make free power 🙂

Mommyx3 says:

Saw this on tree house masters, so cool.

HunterCivilianPlays says:

Hey wait you're that person on Treehouse Masters aren't you? Pete came and checked out the treehouse, right? And was scared of the lift.

Sajid Rafique says:

Thats a Gr8 idea. Your next job is to power the elevator with an electric motor .

legomanZach910 says:

how does it work

Geoff Speedie says:

5) Can you do a tutorial? I could, but I think that would not be necessary. If you are capable of building this for yourself, you can probably figure out how it works mostly from looking at it. And if you are not that capable, you probably shouldn't be trying to build something like this…

Not true at all man. kinda insensitive.maybe someone just wants YOUR take on it. maybe they dont know what exactly to look up or confused by the millions of options out there to do such a task. and just because someone doesn't know how to use a hammer doesn't mean they cant build a house. So don't discount people who may not be the EXPERT that you are… lol sheesh.

Radke32 says:

I don't get it, why does the bicycle have a front wheel, or rear wheel for that matter, considering it's gears ave pulleys lifting and lowering the bike?

Crimson Chaos says:

OMG, THAT'S AWESOME!

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