Date of Degree Completion
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Dr. Craig Johnson PE, Professor
Second Committee Member
Roger Beardsley PE, Associate Professor
Third Committee Member
Charles Pringle EIT, Associate Professor
Fourth Committee Member
Matt Burvee, Engineering Technician
The world of extreme sports and more specifically the world of snow sports is changing by the minute. At the forefront of these new changes is the snow bike. The bike allows you to ride the mountain like you were riding a mountain-bike on skies, but it comes with challenges. The biggest of them being portability. The bike is restricted to certain types of lifts within the mountain and that restricts the user of its potential. This report will show that it is possible to “fold” both the frame and the handlebars to make the bike portable and therefore opening the user to new opportunities. This report shows with the use of the proper material, in this case steel, welded and fabricated correctly can withstand the forces and impacts the bike might encounter. As such, this essay will provide conclusive and positive results to both its physical and theoretical tests. The prototype will be ridden at Stevens pass resort to test its actual resistance to a drop from about 3.5 meters into snow. The frame and the handlebars will also be tested for any deformation, and stresses such as compression, tension and shear. The bike is expected to respond mostly as the original, with some minor extra shaking due to the pins responsible for the attachments.
SOUSA, TIAGO, "Portable Snow-Bike" (2017). All Undergraduate Projects. 64.