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Old 12-01-2013, 12:39 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Start with a used recumbent trike. Make a body from coropast (pull up the bigger political campaign signs after an election - same material). Make a floor frame from PVC pipe and build the body upward with coroplast. Coroplast sheets can be joined by lacing them together, Drill holes along the edge of the sheet and lace, or join them together with zip ties. A 250w rear electric hub motor wheel with SLA will help the rider get the rig moving.
There is a velomobile on OHPV.org that used this recipe successfully.

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Old 12-01-2013, 01:02 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Here is a link to some basic velomobile builds with coroplast.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:06 PM   #23 (permalink)
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We have this Quad an I am in the process of adding three speed gears to, us old folks could not even get up the hill outside our house. I have also thought about an electric assist, maybe a Battery drill motor with several batteries in parallel, that I could take out and charge at home.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:27 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I like the bench seat. Great for dating.
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Old 12-10-2013, 09:37 PM   #25 (permalink)
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are you absolutely sure it's not classified under some law;
manitoba for example has 5 classifications 2/3 wheelers can fall under.

bicycle
electric bicycle
moped
limited speed motorcycle
motorcycle

might want to look up the highway traffic act for your provence.

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Old 12-11-2013, 01:23 AM   #26 (permalink)
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We are a "Extreme" bike friendly area. The paths we will ride are separate from the roadways. So we will not be on the "Traffic" roads. I wish they would license and Tax all the bikes that ride and block traffic on the normal roads, and or ride on their own dedicated "Bike Lanes" which they pay "0" extra tax for.
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wheelbender6...we are past "dating"! It is sweet though....thanks!
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State and local laws do vary greatly from North Carolina where there are no restrictions on a vehicle traveling under 30 mph to the confusing and draconian bans here in New York where only approved factory built machines are allowed. Homebuilt cars and motorcycles must be approved and registered. I would like to see e-bikes under 20 mph considered bicycles and motorized bikes between 20-30 mph registered for licensed riders 16 yr. and older. This class would require lights and helmets. Minimum seat height for recumbents should be 20 inches. See recumbents.com for many great project articles.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:23 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I know this is not a DIY Velo but nice design with rear steering.



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I think you'll find that "rear steering" and "nice design" are conflicting terms.

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