Design of Urban Transit Rowing Bike

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Tracy, Zebediah B.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Mechanical Engineering
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The objective of this project was to create a human-powered vehicle as a mode of urban transport that doubles as a complete exercise system. The project was constrained in scope by the requirement of affordability, under $1,000. This was accomplished through reducing complexity by utilizing a cable and pulley drive train, simplified tilting linkage and electric power assist in place of variable gears. This project successfully demonstrates that rowing can be the basis for effective human powered urban transport.