Easy Rider meets Blade Runner
Timaru boys build ride-on mowerJOHN BISSET
How much would you pay for a homemade ride-on mower?
Necessity was certainly the mother of invention for Timaru's Cory and Josh Lines.
The boys, responsible for mowing the lawns at their Fairview home, were tired of nagging their dad for a ride-on mower so decided to build one themselves.
"It takes around two hours to mow the lawns and Dad wouldn't buy a ride-on," Cory, 17, said. He and brother Josh, 13, took turns at mowing the front and back lawns, till they came up with a plan to build their own.
Their mother's triathlon bike, which the lads reckon wasn't used enough, was pulled from the shed along with their dad's old lawnmower. After brainstorming various options for the project, the pair, armed with a welder and some Kiwi ingenuity, removed the mower's handles. Mum's bike was the next victim, having its front wheel detached and the forks welded to the mower's chassis.
The throttle cable and handle were rerouted and mounted on the bike's crossbar. An hour later the pedal powered ride-on with 21 forward gears was ready for testing.
"It went really well in a straight line, but it was fairly bad on corners and kept falling over," Cory explained.
The bike had exceptionally good forward speed depending on how hard it was pedalled. However, without suitable turning ability the boys decided to list it on Trade Me for a $1 reserve, with the following description:
"Cross bred ride on. Has 21 forward gears, no reverse. Has some steering issues but is good on the straight. Would be ideal gift for someone that has always wanted a ride on. As is where is."
The auction is attracting humorous comments, such as "Love it, my husband was looking for a cheap ride-on mower for me as I have a bad knee. I had the best laugh I've had in ages!"
Another wondered if it came with a manual as his mate was a little slow at working things out.
The boys hope the funds raised from its sale will go towards a new ride-on. "The auction has attracted a lot of attention but there are not many bids as yet," Cory said.
When asked if the boys would ever get a new mower, their dad, Neville, replied "maybe", but the bids would have to be higher than the present $3.50.
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