10 speed to recumbent project

Discussion in 'Motorized Recumbents' started by eltatertoto, May 12, 2008.

  1. eltatertoto

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  2. eltatertoto

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    to anyone who cares, i just cut up the yellow bike with my saws all.
     
  3. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    this is what happened when i went to sit down lol!!!:shock::grin:
     

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  4. Pretty cool Tater!
     
  5. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    thanks large!
     
  6. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    Tater, since both frames have the side pull brakes, perhaps you could try doubling up the back ones. Replace the bolt with a piece of allthread, and have a brake mounted on each side of the frame tube. Just a thought.
     
  7. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    good idea, thanks van!, i am making a few changes to the plans though. for instance, instead of killing myself trying to finding a 20 inch wheel with a 6 inch stem im just gonna attach a 20 inch wheel, or posibly a 16. (all the newer bikes have 5 inch stems.) and insted of hunting down a 5 thousand foot stem for the bars, im gonna use some old ape hangers. these things are easy to change, if they dont work out.
     
  8. eltatertoto

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    i thought is get your guy's opinon. i think this is a bit too cramped. i know it can get longer, and should with the cranks, but i think its a little too.... level. lol what to yall think? oh what do ya think of the fender? lol i took lotts a pics, cause it was dark. thats me on the bike, i had to hold my leg up lol thats why i look stupid
     

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  9. Zev0

    Zev0 Member

    Way to go Tater. But I'm sorry, that just does not look like a recumbent to me.
     
  10. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    not really. lol but, its no weight on my ankles. so im happy. the next part is the easy part. i hate it when i spend all day doing somthing, then when i look it it its like, that should have taken 5 minutes lol
     
  11. Alaskavan

    Alaskavan Guest

    When you get the bottom bracket on there, it will be longer, at least the length of the crank. You need to get a backrest on there too (got any more of those sissy bars sitting around?). When you are pedaling, you will be pushing against the seat back, instead of against gravity as we do on conventional bikes. Bear in mind that it is a totally different riding position, so it will of course feel weird for a while. If I were you, I'd proceed with the build per the instructions, but leave options (and your mind) open for ideas that you may incorporate to improve the thing once you have it working. In the long run, you may want to raise the bottom bracket above the level of the seat. I think there may be possible improvements in the chain line if that's done.
     
  12. eltatertoto

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    van, i was actually thinking of doing just that, but i want to get it all set up 1st, cause i already drilled one hole, and i dont want my bike to look like swiss cheese lol. plus with this setup, i could do a happytime in the future...i think instead of using an idler, ill use 2 derailurs (i have one from a previous bike plus the cut up one) that way, i just use 4 metal screws. plus that leaves me open to make changes, seeing as theyre spring loaded. what do you guys think of that?
     
  13. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    this may sound stupid, but im thinking of using my old executive desk chair lol (the ones that tilt back) but i might go with the plywood thing, and then get some kitchen chair tie on cushions, and staple them on. oh, and i still have the sissy bar, but thats a little small for me...
     
  14. Well I'm using a tractor seat on MOOP so..... :grin:
     
  15. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    lol large. oh, i was thinking... i think i might just steal your idea rather than use a skateboard wheel... (idler pully deal)
     
  16. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    this is where im at so far. but i gotta move the peddels back at least 6 inches. when i went to sit, the family jews were rubbing on the handlebar stem lol
     

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  17. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    All I can say is- please, for the love of all that is good and holy- videotape every moment of the test riding phase and post it no matter what.
     
  18. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    oh, ya mean a worlds funniest home videos sorta deal? lol i predict the use of ducttape during that vid, cause ill need both hands lol
     
  19. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    That's axactly what I mean...but maybe have someone else tape it. I realy, really want an off bike perspective.
     
  20. eltatertoto

    eltatertoto Guest

    lol, i got 2 cams, 1 with a broken scrreen (gotts ta record in genera direction ya cant see nothin) so ill put my good cam up on the tripod, and hold the crappy one. but right now im about to punch sothin, cause i am getting rel frusterated with this chain..... ( already shortened the cranks so i dont hurt myself.)
     
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