Need a big table cloth for this

  carver 10:41 28 Sep 2012

The world's tallest Ferris wheel is to be created in New York and would you really want to go on it on a windy day Ferris wheel I just thought it sounded funny when the article said it had been unveiled by the city's mayor and the picture of a rather large cloth covering it sprung into my mind.

  Forum Editor 10:46 28 Sep 2012


I think I'll let it run for a couple of years before chancing a ride. Being suspended 190 metres in the air on what looks like a big bicycle wheel isn't my first choice when it comes to finding a fun thing to do.

  woodchip 10:52 28 Sep 2012

Not my kind of thing. I want to pee when watching a Plane go over a high Cliff on TV

  chub_tor 17:25 28 Sep 2012

Now that's another good reason to go to New York! I love Ferris wheels and although the enclosed London Eye type are nice I prefer the old ones where you sit in the open air with a swinging seat. The higher the better for me - but as for roller coasters most of them scare me to death - the pace of water flumes is more to my liking.

  morddwyd 19:54 28 Sep 2012

I wouldn't want to go on it, but I look forward to the inevitable National Geographic programme about it.

Given the extremes of New York weather the engineering challenges will be tremendous.

Quite apart from some pretty strong winds, the temperature extremes will cause some significant expansion and contraction.

  Aitchbee 11:48 29 Sep 2012

It would be like being 'stuck-in-a-lift' with 40 other people for half-an-hour...that sounds like fun!

  chub_tor 11:50 29 Sep 2012

Aitchbee Yes but what a great way for meeting people and making new friends.....

  Aitchbee 11:57 29 Sep 2012

I never thought of that.

  carver 13:20 29 Sep 2012

Sorry but that thing does not sound like some thing I would like to be stuck in, imagine being in a car that has only just filled up and moved to the next car for filling and there is a problem.

How long would you be in it before you got back to the starting point,

  Forum Editor 14:22 29 Sep 2012


The drive mechanism for these big wheels is extremely simple. The London eye wheel is driven by hydraulic motors which turn ordinary lorry tyres that run above and below the wheel's rim at the bottom; you can see them quite clearly when you're waiting to board.

The wheel is driven by friction - both sets of tyres are in contact with the rim. The upper set runs in one direction and the lower set runs in the opposite direction. It all works perfectly, it's just a question of changing the tyres at appropriate intervals. The one component that takes a considerable load is the bearing on the central hub - the whole weight of the wheel and its passengers is taken by that bearing.

  woodchip 16:52 29 Sep 2012

What about if it gets a puncture????? Woooo

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