sprocketless drive, sans chain?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Thufir, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Thufir

    Thufir New Member

    Is there such a thing as a gas engine kit which doesn't use a chain and sprocket, but instead uses rubber "rollers" which contact with the rim? Sorta like a brake, but with the reverse result.

  2. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    I believe you are talking about a friction drive setup?

    If so, there is a friction drive sub forum on the site here, with a ton of information!
  3. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

    I think there were a few attemps at as friction drive rubbing only the rim . I have seen an electric one, myself. It was " pitiful !"
    Friction drive roller on the tire is a better idea & has been around forever.
  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    There was a member here named Retmachinist, I believe. He frequents the other MB forum, and had installed a lawnmower engine which rubs the rear tire's sidewall for friction drive. It looked pretty fast on the youtube video.:detective:

    Google him.
  5. Thufir

    Thufir New Member

    Excellent! The problem with Google is that unless you know what search for, you won't get the desired results. ^%^#%&@, I spent a long time looking for that, all I needed was the term 'friction drive'. Thanks! :)
  6. Thufir

    Thufir New Member

    that's counterintuitive, wouldn't the flat surface of the rim be preferable to the squishyness of a tire?
  7. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    well, a rim-driven friction driver would require two fairly small drive rollers as opposed to one larger roller... there's a LOT less mechanical going on with a single roller, and powering the single roller is a lot more direct than two on the sides