Our Unique Tire Swings Revealed (Part 2 of 3)
(Missed part 1? Get caught up here: Tire Swing Challenge Part 1 of 3)
After agreeing to our Tire Swing Challenge, Matt, Don, and I quickly hit the drawing boards. Our unique tire swings have to be functional and fun while staying within a $40.00 budget. After narrowing our ideas, Don, Matt and I are each convinced that our own designs will lead us to tire swing kingdom. (and a FREE lunch!) Our tire swing design concepts are detailed below.
Unique Tire Swings
Don McNeilly’s “Tire Sling”: Don plans to remove both tire beads and shoulders, essentially leaving him with the tread as a large rubber band. He then plans to pinch the top of the band together and add a simple handle for the rider. Above the handle, Don should be able to easily attach a tether to the top of the pinch utilizing its loop. Don’s biggest challenge will be removing the shoulders and beads without exposing any sharp inner belts. As long as he leaves a small amount of shoulder, this shouldn’t be an issue. He has named his tire swing “Don’s Tire Sling”. (estimated cost: under $20)
Travis Comfort’s “Comfort Lounger”: I have decided to shoot for a comfortable version of a tire swing. For my swing, I will make partial cuts along the shoulders of my tire so that about 1/2 of the tread can be drooped into the center of the tire. With some crummy sewing skills, I hope to manipulate my tire swing into a soft, comfortable “J” shape. I will leave the tire beads in place so that I have two easy locations to attach the tether. My swing has two challenges: 1.) How to shape the seat so that it is secure and comfortable and, 2.) Will my tires beads be strong enough that they won’t buckle under 200lbs of load… (estimated cost: under $20)
Matt Johnson’s “Tire Fighter”: Matt decided to design a take off of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 Fighter. He plans to keep his tire relatively intact and hung flat. He’ll then add wings and a nose cone to help define his fighter. Matt will add three eye bolts to triangulate a balanced center tether point. Matt’s biggest challenge will be his accessories. While considering safety, he will need to figure out how he will make them and how they will be attached. (estimated cost: $30.00)
With each of our unique tire swings detailed we are now depending on our fabrication skills to put them all together. Keep an eye out for part 3 of our tire swing challenge. Part 3 will cover our tire swing builds.
Update [8/12/2013] See part 3 of 3 now! : How to Make a Tire Swing