Time: 4 Weeks
The stroller’s four-stroke, 125-cubic-centimeter engine was meant for a motorbike. But Furze planned to stand, not sit, so he couldn’t use the built-in pedals. Instead, he positioned the controls within reach of his hands. Two motorbike levers beneath the stroller’s handlebar manipulate the brake and accelerator. Four buttons on a crossbar, meanwhile, allow Furze to quickly shift gears and turn the engine off and on.
He can make minor steering adjustments, although not full turns, by twisting a handlebar linked to two bicycle brake cables. Each cable runs through the carriage’s frame and tugs at one side of the pram’s single front wheel.
Furze welded a quarter-inch-thick steel plate to the frame’s base to give his stroller a lower center of gravity and more stability at high speeds. Yet he won’t be using the pram to commute to plumbing jobs around town. “A little [stretch of] bumpy road, and it would throw you off,” he says.
Furze cut and bent several aluminum panels into the shape of a stroller canopy. He planned to drape cloth around them in a play for realism, but in the end he stuck with rough, unadorned metal. “It looks a bit more Mad Max,” he says.
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