The rowing bike is a bike on four wheels that can powered by rowing the handle bars. Melissa Draper wants this for the kids in the school to get exercise and have fun while doing so.
We need to get the bike to row itself forward and be able to steer. The gear box is slipping we either fix it or redesign it. The steering needs to be tightened.
Bike has to move forward, and be able to steer.
Our concept 2 is to redesign the entire bike using the pros and cons of the current bike as a basis for building a new one so that we can more easily make improvements without major and time consuming modifications to the current bike. This style would be similar to a steam engine with a ratcheting wheel at the rear axle for safety. This design would drastically decrease the room for error on this bike by turning a complicated, non-working design, into a simplistic working design.
Our concept 3 involves a one directional ratchet design. This will be attached to the existing bike frame and axel. This will allow for the user to still have the ability to row the bike like the original design. This design though is simpler and more time and cost effective. There are overall less parts that will have to be designed. The existing bike may have to be modified in order to house this new assembly.
We selected concept design 1.
The decision of choosing a option to run with for the redesign was a tricky one. There were many components that had to be considered. Some of these included the simplicity and ease of operations that would have to be accounted for while doing this. One of the major things that we considered here is availability of time. We are all hoping to be engineers one day, which means that we all have complex schedules that do not line up very well, so we had to understand that a lot of the tedious work here will have to be done remotely, but at the same time as a group we will all have to work together to get this project done on time. Which is why we chose to redesign the existing gear box. By doing this the team feels that we will have a cost and time effective manner to meet the project deadline. We already have broken down the problems of the bike in its current state have have designed a attack plan.