Clayton Boyer Clock Designs
Galileo’s Bicycle is a wooden kinetic sculpture with no function other than making people smile. With its plethora of synchronously moving parts, the Galileo’s Bicycle is the center of attention whenever anyone enters my shop. Almost to a person, the first thing they say is “I want one of those.” (and then they ask if I have kits – which I do not).
This sculpture measures about 32” across and 33” in height, and is extremely easy and straightforward to construct.
The Galileo’s Bicycle has two modes. The mode you see running in my video is Mode #2 which gives more movement to the sculpture, but runs for a shorter time – about a half hour in this case. Mode #1 will run for nearly three times that long, but the movements throughout the sculpture are slightly subdued and truncated. Switching from one mode to the other is quite simple and explained in the instructions that come with the plan.
See "Galileo's Bicycle" in action below on the YouTube video player or by clicking this link: Galileo's Bicycle
Don't miss Jeff-O's Instructables on the building of his Galileo's Bicycle! Lots of very helpful step-by-step instructions, comments and tips.
You can also see other builders' interpretations of my design by visiting my Galileo's Bicycle Flickr pool here: Galileo's Flickr Pool
Galileo's Bicycle plans are available in THREE different formats. Please choose only one option:
New! Instant Auto-Download
The auto-download contains BOTH pdf and dxf plans for Galileo's Bicycle:
Hand builders will use the pdf file.
Electronic builders will use the complete dxf and the dxf cutting files.
You do not need a Paypal account to purchase this plan--just use the "pay with credit or debit" option when you get the payment page. The price of the auto-download plan is $42.00:
The price of the paper plan delivered by mail is $47.00 plus shipping. If you would like to purchase Galileo's Bicycle paper plans by mail (our usual method), click here:
dxf Format delivered via eMail
If you would like to purchase electronic plans in dxf format and receive them via email, you must:
1. Have a CAD program that can read dxf's.
2. Have a valid email address that can receive a 5 MB attachment. Add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list so we don't end up in your spam filter.
If you prefer the dxf/email option, you will not receive a paper copy by regular mail. Plans purchased with the dxf option will be delivered to your inbox as an email attachment after payment is received, usually within 24 hours. The price of the dxf plan delivered via email is $42.00. To purchase dxf plans via email for Galileo's Bicycle, click below: