Filipino ingenuity

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 02-17-2010 07:47 AM 13647 views 6 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just wanted to share this with you guys. The Ifugaos of Banawe build, ride and race these scooters made of wood up North in the Philippines. Toys for the big boys!!!! Check out this site. They should do a scooter design- custom build face off! LOL

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#1 posted 02-17-2010 07:53 AM

Masama siguro gasgas mo nyan sa tuhod pag ikaw ay nahulog.

Mukhang masaya yan ah.

Very cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-17-2010 07:59 AM

Punta tayo sa Banawe Gary… We got to try this!!!! Hahahahaha I’m just wondering how they bring it back up hill. I plan to get one to display at my studio. I’ll use aircraft cables and suspend it from the rafters. Ayos ba Gary???

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 08:41 AM

That really is quite ingenious. From the looks of their physique, they run the scooter up the hill manually. I visited the Philippines in the late 70’s and did the tourist thing. One of the stops was going up a narrow mountain stream as the local men paddled fiercely up against the rushing waters and managed to get the canoe up to the rest stop. They were not slackers, as there were no motors, cables or other devices to assist them in getting the boats up this very hilly stream. To this day I don’t even know why one would paddle upstream like this, except to impress the moneyed tourist.

Now they need to design a version where they can push the stick to make the back wheel rotate, like that of the pedal of a spinning wheel. With enough revolutions, it may go up low sloped hills.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 02-17-2010 08:50 AM

That’s pretty cool.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 02-17-2010 08:56 AM

Great idea on that pedal spinning wheel Meilie. This is probably where you went to in the 70’s

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#6 posted 02-17-2010 09:00 AM

The Philippines version of NASCAR, eh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-17-2010 09:51 AM

I like there is even a fueltank on the last one

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#8 posted 02-17-2010 10:13 AM


-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#9 posted 02-17-2010 11:56 AM

What! no leathers! I would hate to think what it would be like wipe out on one of these! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 12:24 PM

Looks like fun to build and fun to ride (downhill anyway).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-17-2010 01:20 PM

Fun ride.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#12 posted 02-17-2010 01:36 PM

Looks scary to me… But all scooters are scary things. These guys are brave, and I say ditto on the protective gear.

Unfortunately, the only filipino related thing I can really say is “more pork adobo”... ;)

Thanks for sharing. Definitely cool projects.

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#13 posted 02-17-2010 03:40 PM

Cool! I’m assuming the foot pedal is some kind of brake? One more thing why is the guy in the last pic sitting at a gas pump?

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#14 posted 02-17-2010 03:51 PM

Definitely a gas saver!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#15 posted 02-17-2010 04:05 PM

More kids in America should have to use one of these to get to school on. The obesity problem would soon be drastically reduced!

-- Dennis, WV

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