Sometimes not being able to find something you want can actually be a good thing, a motivation. When darrenhall couldn’t get any substantial results from scouring google on how to build a bow or slingshot from bicycle parts, he decided to roll up his sleeves and build his own. A fine project he can make a claim for on any day.
There are some things you see and you just want to have a go at. And if it is something that can be useful too then why not. In this case, useful could mean anything from close range spear fishing or for hunting small game such as rabbits and squirrels. This super easy hunting weapon made from bicycle parts only requires a couple of everyday tools and with the right guide, you can be done in no time.
Here’s darrenhall’s own thoughts on the bow, and a list of materials used to make this:
- Rigid frame.
- Good power output.
- No knock required on arrows.
- Longer draw than a standard bow.
- So very! light.
Simple to build:
- Cheap – cost £2.50 for proper catapult rubber preferred by the Chinese apparently (big following of catapults).
- Pimp this up and she would be awesome – I kinda like her dirty and visceral though.
- Easily shoot 20 meters.
- Would work well for short range hunting of small game or fish.
- Ammo carried on the frame.
Ok – normally I would break the construction down but this build has been developed and put together so I didn’t want to take things apart again, but the build is pretty much self explanatory by just looking at the photos really.
So – take your scrap wheel and strip it down to it’s constituent parts – clean up the body/frame – strip down the spindle and remove the bearings etc..
Take a saw and cut the rim/wheel in half between two holes – cool cos you get a spare frame to pimp up if you like the performance of the first build rather than breaking it down or adding things on. Clean up the corners and round off any sharp edges.
This rim is a 29inch so for position of the eyelets I will assume you are using the same size.
Now all we’ve got to do is…
If you want more firepower (from the draw) and something more than aluminium from a bicycle, Darren has shared more on this DIY build and the possibilities with upgrades, that you can see this through the link below.
Let us know if you’re able to build off this and what your challenges (if any) and experience were.