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Old 04-16-2008, 12:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Looking good!

Are you going to go with a hard/padded seat, or the mesh design?

EDIT - also, it looks like you went with less rake in your steerer tube than some of the other examples in the link you posted up at the top of the thread. (Or maybe it's just the photo angle)

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Old 04-16-2008, 01:23 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Looks good

And don't worry, chain will add a bunch of weight 35 pounds is a good goal though
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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thanks.

I think I am going to try the mesh seat type, unless I see an easier way for another design.

The steer tube angle does look funny due to the photo angle. I didn't try to change it on purpose anyway . I just went out and checked it to the drawing and it seems to be about the same.

Yeah 2.5 normal chains will be heavy.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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just thought I'd post an old picture I found of the Trak that gave it's life for the recumbent build.
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:25 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Looks nice. I have been planning on doing something like that myself. I am going to start with a mini one for my six year old. I have a three year old as well so we should get several years out of it.

Maybe someone can help me. I saw a trike on some website that was really simple, with two steering wheels in the back, and the pedal part just flipped around. It was kind of homebuilt looking. But I can't find it anymore? I want to build a copy. If anyone knows what I am talking about, please post a link

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Old 04-19-2008, 12:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks peter,

I can't help you with that trike, I don't believe I've seen that one. Sounds
interesting though.

As far as bent building progress...
I just bought some brake cables and a new tube for the front wheel. i also found my old chain breaker tool so i can start putting a long chain together this weekend. Looks like I need to start fabricating the seat. Seems I can't do too much more without a seating position. The brake cables need a finished handlebar assembly and the handlebars need a seat to select the proper lengths. I'm thinking about mounting the shifters to the top tube in front of the seat somewhere instead of on the handlebars. That will keep the cable mess to a minimum.
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I had a chance to bend up the 1/2" emt frame rails for the seat and the 3/4" cross braces today. The benders worked great . Just need to weld them together now.
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I finished welding the seat frame and the cross shaped brace that clamps the seat to the top rail. I also pieced a chain together and installed deraillers. I bought a tube for the front tire and installed it. I hope to pick up shifter cables tonight.
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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wow, thats looking realy nice!

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