Bicycle-Powered Treehouse Elevator of the Day: Yes, This Exists

It's fun and functional.

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Ethan Schlussler

How do you reach a treehouse 30 feet above your head?

For Ethan Schlussler of Ohio, the only way was to climb up and down a ladder — that is, until he invented an ingenious bicycle treehouse elevator. Watch him go: 

Curious about the logistics? Schlusser told MAKE, "It was originally a 20-something speed bicycle, but first gear wasn’t slow enough, so I cut the large sprocket off the front, and welded it on the rear to get a lower gear. I also had to do away with the de-railers and make a new chain tensioner." 

(h/t Colossal

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