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  • Hacksmith Industries
    Hacksmith Industries  Ай бұрын +214

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    • Kat R.
      Kat R. 13 күн бұрын

      Idea - Build a motorbike, but the rear wheel is flexible too and reacts to how you steer the front wheel (like the Redbull Soapbox race cars where the front and back parts are joined by a coupling, so the rear moves in reaction to the front part).

    • i don't know name
      i don't know name 18 күн бұрын

      no the asian should not get the 100 money he didnt ride the bick

    • Julian Thompson
      Julian Thompson 20 күн бұрын

      hey guys do you guys think you can make a fallout proect? i think a pipboy or even power armor would be really cool :)

    • D-RAPTOR
      D-RAPTOR 21 күн бұрын

      Hacksmith for the Next Video Can You Please Make a Water Powered Car

    • Quinten Ekkebus
      Quinten Ekkebus 27 күн бұрын

      hey hacksmith i have a idea for a build can you make a grabpack from poppy playtime. Thxs

  • Wes
    Wes Ай бұрын +3340

    Props to Toby, big brain moves right there

    • TBUK
      TBUK 4 күн бұрын

      They were thinking like an engineer. Often the best solution is the simplest one.

    • NeoArmstrong
      NeoArmstrong 11 күн бұрын

      ​@Mauricio Ruiz Serrano so If I sit on a bike with no chain and pedal then move the bike 50 meters away from the starting point, can I say "I ride a bicycle"?

    • The TitanT_T
      The TitanT_T Ай бұрын

      @Boredaf the challenge was drive 10m on the bike they didn't specifically said backward

    • Isaac Crane
      Isaac Crane Ай бұрын

      Work Smarter. Not harder

  • SaltyPpancakes
    SaltyPpancakes Ай бұрын +398

    This video and the last felt very fluid, more so than some of the earlier videos. Some before felt a little bit corporate, like very strictly scripted and stuff, and I like the more personal feel in these videos! In the same video on James taking a break, they mentioned how they began to feel less personal and more like a company. This video makes it feel like some changes are taking place, and it was very fun to watch! It looked like everyone involved had a lot of fun making it! I really hope this continues, and both James and the rest of the team can continue doing what they love without it becoming a burden.💜

    • NoiseMakerX
      NoiseMakerX 26 күн бұрын

      Part of it may be that it wasn't a very expensive nor time consuming project, so a lot less pressure during the process.

    • Toaster having a bath
      Toaster having a bath Ай бұрын +6

      yeah i kinda just stopped watching for a while because it became alot less... them.

    • Grinchy
      Grinchy Ай бұрын +4

      When they realized it YOUTube and not COMPANYtube

  • Rennis Tora
    Rennis Tora Ай бұрын +106

    I was legit waiting, to see if someone would try to sit on it backwards, arms behind them 😂
    And Toby feels like future Hacksmith Intern material for that big brain move.

    • L33TVR
      L33TVR 19 күн бұрын

      with you on the backwards

  • Ryan Rex
    Ryan Rex Ай бұрын +6

    It's been so fun seeing you from your start as an international intern at Hacksmith to a full fledged member to someone whom I actively look forward to seeing. I'm glad you've remained with Hacksmith. I'd follow you elsewhere, but as a Canadian I'm forever hopeful you'll continue to find success with Hacksmith industries.

  • Klyborg
    Klyborg Ай бұрын +354

    Toby killed this video. Would love to see more of him as a host

  • Geri Economides
    Geri Economides 21 күн бұрын +6

    I love how you call the students "unsuspecting victims"🤣it's true cause they had no idea what they were getting themselves into! I love these videos! Keep up the incredible work!

  • Andy Fair
    Andy Fair Ай бұрын +1971

    What if you combined this with Destin's reverse steering bike?

    • Whoeverhitme
      Whoeverhitme 11 күн бұрын

      I was thinking the same thing lol

    • Ethcat1
      Ethcat1 Ай бұрын

      Controls inverted successfully

    • BB Bikes
      BB Bikes Ай бұрын

      It looks hard enough already!!

    • BB Bikes
      BB Bikes Ай бұрын

      God no

    • J Smith
      J Smith Ай бұрын


  • IZ
    IZ Ай бұрын +14

    as a mountainbiker that knows how to ride backwards (without the ability to pedal but nontheless) i have a couple of tips to do it better:
    1: Resist the automatic thing where you start bending over the bars and try to rather sit more upright as you normally would when going forward.
    2: Generally try to steer as little as possible as steering will acumulate more and more when you arent used to riding backward and will lead you to fall after seconds.

  • Mustafa Al-Ameen
    Mustafa Al-Ameen Ай бұрын +114

    Fun fact, if you turn the steering wheel backwards you would defeat the castor angle and make it correct its way in the backwards direction instead of front direction, it’s the same as in a car where it self corrects after a u-turn but it would drift to a side in reverse.

    • Bill Miller
      Bill Miller Ай бұрын +2

      @Charles Holtforster Right. The caster angle is a function of the steering post as the forks are almost straight. The post angle is significantly more than the forks themselves.

    • Charles Holtforster
      Charles Holtforster Ай бұрын +7

      We tried spinning the handlebars 180°. That didn't work. It was arguably a bit better, but it was still effectively as difficult.
      Reversing the caster angle might work, but that would be a bit more involved than spinning it backwards.

    • Steamrick
      Steamrick Ай бұрын +1

      It's still have the steering angled in the wrong direction, making it inherently unstable

    • 00bean00
      00bean00 Ай бұрын +4

      You could also try sitting in reverse... On the bar

    • dvs620
      dvs620 Ай бұрын +9

      You’re assuming that the tire doesn’t hit the down tube and the cables are long enough to turn the wheel around.

  • recruitbadger93
    recruitbadger93 Ай бұрын +2

    Im so glad their putting more time and effort into their videos, its paying off

  • Joe Evans-Beckett
    Joe Evans-Beckett Ай бұрын +185

    I really like Toby’s presenting style- I’d really like to see more of him

  • gaming seagull
    gaming seagull Ай бұрын +1

    Yess more of these fun little projects please. I love watching them

  • Play Button With 1 Video-READ MY BIO

    8:25 He’s the type of guy to use a ball of paper in a paper airplane contest!

    • John Mad Labs
      John Mad Labs Ай бұрын

      @Kevin Luo except non-engineers would still call it a paper ball

    • Captain Bucko
      Captain Bucko Ай бұрын +2

      @Attila Gábor Kökényesi Environment Student

    • Kevin Luo
      Kevin Luo Ай бұрын +8

      Except paper balls don't fly that far. Darts are much more aerodynamic

    • Attila Gábor Kökényesi
      Attila Gábor Kökényesi Ай бұрын +36

      He did it the engineer way

    • sharkbytecomputer
      sharkbytecomputer Ай бұрын +26

      and still finish better then most of the others that participate

  • Alex Coopman
    Alex Coopman Ай бұрын +15

    I love how this was a video about a "simple" bike, but you guys were able to make it entertaining. Thank you for always having fun and in turn making your videos fun to watch!

  • mofman1
    mofman1 Ай бұрын +5

    I would love more videos like this from the Hacksmith team, little comparatively low effort projects where the team gets to goof around with the public, and we as the fans get to know you have stuff cooking.

  • Octolet
    Octolet Ай бұрын

    A self-riding bike might be pretty cool to see, especially if it compensates for leaning by steering like you mentioned in the video.

  • Preston Brown
    Preston Brown Ай бұрын +2

    Great low-cost video. I would be more than happy to watch more videos like this. A+.

  • FromTheHeartWoodMK
    FromTheHeartWoodMK Ай бұрын

    I would love to see you guys tackle making Corvo's fold-able blade from the Dishonored video game series. My gut instinct says it's going to be very difficult, nigh impossible, but you did also build a lightsaber, so there's that!

  • Neff SoS
    Neff SoS Ай бұрын +47

    From a 6-legged mega mech to a literal 1-minute build with spray paint and stickers. Loving the unexpected variety in projects as of late!

  • Lockedsoul956
    Lockedsoul956 Ай бұрын

    love a simple fun video that isnt super crazy hard on you guys and still just as fun to watch :)

  • Mar Mic
    Mar Mic Ай бұрын

    Simple build, still awesome content 😊 Keep on rocking guys ❤

  • Tarkheros
    Tarkheros Ай бұрын

    Would be interesting to see the effect of inverted steering on this bike.

  • Jared
    Jared Ай бұрын

    Maybe not the highest budget for your videos, however definitely one of my favourites! Love to see more like this!

  • Trail Atlas
    Trail Atlas Ай бұрын

    I seemed to have unknowingly trained for this most of my life. I used to ride a lot of MTB street and would ride everywhere backwards, my nickname was "Backwards Ben" 🤣
    There are a few key tricks to riding backwards.
    1 - Don't look down at your front wheel, look at the horizon.
    2 - Make micro-adjustments to your steering, big sweeping turns are difficult to recover from.
    3 - Speed is your friend, it's much easier to control with a bit of pace.
    4 - Practice, a lot of it!

  • NMRIH is a great Source mod - blessed by Cory's lip

    This channel grinding content for 10 years is respectable, props for dedication & consistency

  • Emilie Thut
    Emilie Thut Ай бұрын

    This looks so much fun :) I'd love to try it out!

  • ferdi uysal
    ferdi uysal Ай бұрын

    This channel needs more this kind of videos. Simple but still engineering

  • Jonathan Lewis
    Jonathan Lewis Ай бұрын +1

    I love how we went from a giant Spider Mech to a spray-painted bike with the sprockets flipped, this is the kinda simple stuff I missed 👍

  • Jesse Howard
    Jesse Howard Ай бұрын

    I love the simplicity of this build! Takes me back to the early days of this Chanel.

  • DogeCray189
    DogeCray189 Ай бұрын

    I'm happy to see James is kinda back and I hope he is doing better and I hope he feels better you guys have inspired me so much ☺️

  • The Lords
    The Lords Ай бұрын +526

    Now we need a car that can only drive side to side or horizontally

    • Tagraff
      Tagraff 14 күн бұрын

      But if you're going high speed and slap a brake...the car would be rolling sideway as there aren't any extruded weight to prevent that.

    • Devil
      Devil 29 күн бұрын

      A normal car drives horizontally

    • Micah Dowd
      Micah Dowd Ай бұрын +3

      As opposed to our standard cars, which drive vertically

    • Nicolas
      Nicolas Ай бұрын

      @wrs900 ???

    • The Lords
      The Lords Ай бұрын +2

      @Robert Bernard here's an even better idea, the sideways car is steered by claw machine controls

  • DragonBugg
    DragonBugg Ай бұрын

    I love all the videos you guys produce, awesome content. BUT, this is probably the best cost to entertainment value you've made, I love it! Does this make up for the 6-legged walker build? Haha

  • Nzeru Socia
    Nzeru Socia Ай бұрын +1

    Love the new form of content! It's pretty refreshing and very fluid!

  • Dr H Quinzel
    Dr H Quinzel Ай бұрын

    So simple and such great content, thanks for the video, was a helluva good time watching everyone try

  • Dinat Nsni
    Dinat Nsni Ай бұрын

    The fact that they make dreams come true is dope kudos to them

  • Cooper Quinn-Litteral
    Cooper Quinn-Litteral Ай бұрын

    let's keep this guy he is so entertaining.

  • Tardismatrix673
    Tardismatrix673 Ай бұрын +101

    Even though this may not be a super "build-focused" project, still just as entertaining and educational!

    • Ian Taakalla
      Ian Taakalla Ай бұрын

      The Hacksmith has had a few educational stuff in the past even when this thing picked up, so it is still in line

  • Dr. Low
    Dr. Low Ай бұрын +1

    Hey Hacksmith, I was doing BMX in the past a lot, and there is a thing with riding backwards. Most of the time you do a 180° or something and use your momentum to drive backwards or ride straight up and then backwards down a quarter pipe. Shure you have to pedal backwards to not instantly stop. The point is, you can learn this, and it's actually way easier than you might think with just a bit of practice. A friend of mine had a free coaster rear hub which disengages when you go backwards for easier longer backwards riding. He was so good at it, sometimes he rode a mountain down backwards 🤣

  • TheGreeNinja13
    TheGreeNinja13 Ай бұрын

    One of the best videos in a long time. You don't always have to think bigger on the projects. New Hacksmith motto, "No Mechs" like Edna's "No Capes".

  • Kat R.
    Kat R. 13 күн бұрын

    8:47 love the big-brain move there, dude totally earned the $100 😂
    12:30 Interesting to learn from Jennifer that gently does it is a good idea!

  • EosTyrwinn
    EosTyrwinn Ай бұрын

    I think there is a way to fix the steering. The reason a bike's steering normally is self correcting is because of the angle of the front fork. Because of the angle, the point where the wheel contacts the ground is behind the steering axis. You might be able to make it steer in reverse if you angled the front fork backwards instead of forwards. That would require building a whole bike frame to accommodate that though and you still might have issues from it being rear wheel steering but it might work.

  • Josh Rath
    Josh Rath Ай бұрын

    Now this is the Hacksmith I like. Simple but highly entertaining. Keep it up!

  • Paul Watson 84
    Paul Watson 84 Ай бұрын +16

    Really like the ending. Just trying to ride it on your own in what looks like a car park whilst singing the rocky theme to yourself. This is the kind of video I will always enjoy.
    The big budget polished stuff was cool. But honestly, this back to basics, super geeky and seeing your guys passion for engineering and hacking is what I'm here for.
    Keep up the great work you guys.

    • Iam Noone
      Iam Noone Ай бұрын

      This above comment deserves way more votes!

  • Joshua Parker
    Joshua Parker Ай бұрын

    This was an awesome idea with a great execution! thanks for making the video! A crazy idea that I thought of is to make a medieval suit of armor with some type of cool feature in it. Maybe have a sword that electrocutes whatever it touches?

  • Dyson Parkes
    Dyson Parkes Ай бұрын

    I'd love to see one where you adapt a bike so the pedals power the front wheel, and the handlebars turn the rear wheel. Essentially a forklift-steer bicycle.
    Also, great to see so many students genuinely getting amongst it. I agree, that did seem more fun than calculus.

  • James Pike
    James Pike 7 күн бұрын

    A little bit of drag on the front brake once you get some speed (just a tiny bit, not enough to lock it up) would probably result in increased front wheel stability.

  • Banana
    Banana Ай бұрын

    That was very fun to watch!
    And I wonder what would happen, if you brought this into a skatepark with bmx riders.
    They are used to going reverse (fakie) on their bikes :D

  • Hey I'm a Maker
    Hey I'm a Maker Ай бұрын

    I'd give it a good pedal to go backwards and then attempt to coast it the rest of the way.
    I think standing up and putting more weight over the front wheel also helps adjust your balance point.

  • BlueFoxPunch
    BlueFoxPunch Ай бұрын +138

    Cheap, simple.. and yet *so entertaining*

  • Connor Isenberg
    Connor Isenberg 11 күн бұрын

    It’d be interesting to see BMX riders attempt this! I’ve seen people ride their bikes backwards around an entire skatepark.

  • Dan Olver
    Dan Olver Ай бұрын

    Not sure what's going on at Hacksmith, but love the videos and the business! Simple project but still with a whole lotta heart!

  • Vins
    Vins Ай бұрын

    One of the big factors for it being soo hard it's the fact that you can't see where you are going, which instinctively makes you anxious.

  • NightFreeze9128
    NightFreeze9128 Ай бұрын +24

    toby is an absolute legend

  • AussieWaz
    AussieWaz Ай бұрын

    Simple yet entertaining, well done keep it up.

  • Kelly Mckee
    Kelly Mckee Ай бұрын

    Feel like you had the right idea with steering it back and forth constantly but would have to make much smaller adjustments while maintaining a good center of gravity throughout. Was definitely fun to watch tho, love ur sense of humor

  • Jonathan Godfrey
    Jonathan Godfrey Ай бұрын

    Great video! First one I have watched all the way through in years. More like this please!

  • Nik
    Nik 27 күн бұрын

    Toby is the embodiment of the phrase "Work smarter not harder"

  • Nash
    Nash Ай бұрын

    3:06 looks so clean, props to however you managed to pull that off

  • Baileh
    Baileh Ай бұрын +1

    What if the handlebars somehow moved the back wheel instead of the front? Would that make it more rideable?

  • 28Pogolotl
    28Pogolotl Ай бұрын +639

    I hope James is doing better

  • KomiMedia
    KomiMedia Ай бұрын +2

    Love how it went from "Giant Spider Mech That Could Have Made Us go Bankrupt" to "hehe backwards bike"

  • Pura Pura
    Pura Pura Ай бұрын

    Definitely love this more personal type of video as opposed to the more coporate feel, keep it up!

  • XirisAB
    XirisAB Ай бұрын +1

    IDK what the host's name was for this video, but you did great bud. Felt natural and fun. you took a simple cheap and fun concept and made it a great piece of content. Well done hacksmith!

  • GamerLudwig
    GamerLudwig Ай бұрын

    It was really fun to hear the crowd cheer at the end
    great idea to have some smart kids try to figure it out

  • Finn Schulz
    Finn Schulz Ай бұрын

    I really like seeing a video with something not completely over engineered (although I like that too) an this channel. Idk why but gives me the same amount of joy..

  • Draco Fenix
    Draco Fenix Ай бұрын +15

    1:50 the stability that the bike has going forward is because of the "caster angle". If its positive, like in a bike, it self-stabilices the wheel. If its negative, like in a shopping cart, it makes it wanna flop around.
    The extreme version of this would be... The Citröen 2cv!
    The strange suspension of that car has a caster angle of almost 90°!. So when its going backwards, its surprisingly easy to flip over the whole car if you're not careful!
    ... Don't ask me how i know ...

  • Tryhardtechy
    Tryhardtechy Ай бұрын

    i have an idea similar to this for you guys to try out. a skateboard with the trucks turned 90 degrees. if anyone could manage to ride that 10M i would be thoroughly impressed.

  • \/ IΞ G /-\ R D
    \/ IΞ G /-\ R D Ай бұрын +4

    I wonder if it would be ridable if combined with the inverted steering bike.

  • David
    David Ай бұрын

    I have my phone language set as Spanish as I'm learning the language. Wasn't expecting this video's audio to be translated to Spanish though when it started! Sounded pretty natural - is this something that Hacksmith is doing with their content now?
    Anyway, as for the video, it was fascinating. Keep up the good work. Have enjoyed Hacksmith videos for years. It's great that James is getting the help he needs, but also that he's got the support of such a great team!

  • DontCryOverSpiltMilk
    DontCryOverSpiltMilk Ай бұрын

    I would be really interested to see if any freestyle BMX riders would be able to ride it. The Fakie in BMX is just like riding backwards in that you have to compensate for the instability but unless you have a special hub you need to pedal backwards. So someone who knows how to Fakie is only half way. They would still need to convert to pedaling forward.

  • CoolMan1
    CoolMan1 Ай бұрын +1

    That's so strange and so cool at the same time! I definitely wouldn't try that though.

  • Sri Harsha Chilakapati
    Sri Harsha Chilakapati Ай бұрын +106

    I would love to see how Mike Boyd would do this. Please reach out to him!

  • Travis Chalmers
    Travis Chalmers Ай бұрын

    A refreshingly inexpensive video! Great job guys

  • Brandon Ryusei Iizuka Rivas
    Brandon Ryusei Iizuka Rivas Ай бұрын

    Great video, loved it! ...but as a former bike mechanic I just gotta say that the rattlecan paintjob and sticker bombing just makes it look so incredibly stolen lmaooo. Keep up the great work over there y'all! Still loving every video.

  • Rob Davis
    Rob Davis Ай бұрын

    This guy is a great host. I hope he gets more videos in the future.

  • NetherSlayer
    NetherSlayer Ай бұрын +1

    Sometimes, it's the little things that everyone can get involved in that are just so much fun

  • Rammicus
    Rammicus Ай бұрын

    Just wondering if you guys ever tried riding the bike while you yourself were turned around on it, so you were facing the back wheel, reaching behind yourself to hold the handlebars. I feel like that could possibly make the bike easier to ride, though it might go against the spirit of the challenge.

  • aymeric arnaud
    aymeric arnaud Ай бұрын +76

    He looks and sounds a bit like if he was Tom Scott's son 😄

    • Ian Taakalla
      Ian Taakalla Ай бұрын +2

      It certainly explains why he is the best presenter of those who can present.

    • sup
      sup Ай бұрын +7

      Yes his gestures and tone while speaking is similar to Tom except he pauses between sentences more(went through the entire video after this comment)

  • LBricks
    LBricks Ай бұрын +1

    This is the kind of good video that has minimal costs. Good thinking Hacksmith team.

  • Zonko Kongo
    Zonko Kongo Ай бұрын

    1:55 I think the main reason going backwards is harder is actually the steering wheel being in the front, not the tilted steering tube.

  • Casey Moffett
    Casey Moffett Ай бұрын

    Another thing that would help is if you locked the hydraulics as its one more motion factor that impacts the feedback on a bike. Most hybrid bikes let you lock them out for more power and control.

  • Digital-B
    Digital-B Ай бұрын

    Great example of a HackSmith video that didn't have to be $$$ to be fun/good!

  • Liam Brinton
    Liam Brinton Ай бұрын +2

    Im curious if this combined with the inverted steering would be easier.
    somehow i think the 2 inverses together may help but it may just make it even harder.

    BILLYSPROCKET88 Ай бұрын +7

    I would be curious to see a BMX rider on this thing. One that can ride backwards of course.

  • ReetheTurtle
    ReetheTurtle Ай бұрын +5

    I wonder if combining the backwards and the reverse steering of the other video would help

  • K
    K Ай бұрын +1

    That's a darn good video idea lol. Simple to execute, vexing, and community engaging.

  • Nicholas Crow
    Nicholas Crow Ай бұрын

    I would like to see a bmxer try this, I reckon someone who has a good fakie would pick it up pretty quick, remember Matty Cranmer not only rode the backwards steering bike, but managed to do a hop barspin on it!

  • MrGoesBoom
    MrGoesBoom Ай бұрын

    Such a simple switch, but it makes the simple bike so much more difficult. Nice

  • Alanna Reiter
    Alanna Reiter Ай бұрын

    I wonder if it is rideable doing a wheelie? That might correct the steering issue, but you'd need great balance

  • Niklas Koskinen
    Niklas Koskinen Ай бұрын +13

    I feel like what this technically boils down to, is riding a unicycle, while also reversing a trailer.

  • DarcytheDevious
    DarcytheDevious 29 күн бұрын

    I’ve seen you guys build things like lightsabers and Marvel weapons, which is pretty cool. I would love to see if you guys could make real working B1 Battle Droids… or just 1 B1 Battle Droid. That’d be really cool!!

  • John Jones
    John Jones Ай бұрын

    I’m glad more of the team is getting on camera and I hope James’s mental health is improving

  • Jatmundar
    Jatmundar Ай бұрын

    You should reverse the steering on the bike as well. That would be interesting.

  • Demetrius Demarcus
    Demetrius Demarcus Ай бұрын +2

    I would move to Canadá just to hang out with these people. They’re the best

  • BustedLip
    BustedLip Ай бұрын

    I love going backwards on a bike. I'd love to try this

  • SUAS Media
    SUAS Media Ай бұрын +31

    Replace the saddle with some handle bars and fit a seat where the bars are and make it rear steer see how difficult that would be

  • Jon
    Jon Ай бұрын

    Last week's video building a $200,000 spider mech over a year, this week's video modifying a $40 used bike to pedal backwards over 10 minutes. I'm getting engineering whiplash 😂

  • Bike Mauri
    Bike Mauri Ай бұрын

    I wonder if a opposite steering system would make it easier, like when you steer to the left it actually steers to the right

  • Germie's Coaster Yard
    Germie's Coaster Yard Ай бұрын

    I want to see this paired with the bike that steers in the opposite direction 😂