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    Effing sweet dude. I've wanted to do the same thing with my neglected Uni but never got around to it.
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    i think hotbike made that piece of ****.

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    Yesterday- June 14, 2009
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    I have a uni that I been thinking about making into a mini penny farthing, OR something like you have too. maybe even use swivel wheels for the fun of it.
    too many projects, not enough time.

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    i've been scouring various forums for motorising ideas so since i stumbled upon this i'll throw some of mine up. some are still projects though


    my main bike. ignore the fairing. that's an on the side project. this is the most up to date pic of this bike i have and the fairing was on it at the time for taking some measurements.

    some others

    same idea but about 3" longer for a taller brother. i'm trying to make one for each of my siblings and their s.o.'s


    wcc stretch. made a second one for one of my nephews.


    wanting to move up to a 24x4 wheel on this, so it's on hold 'til i can buy it.


    one that i made for a nephew that's rusting away chained to a fence. almost wish i could take it back.


    the one i'm looking at trying to motorise. i believe tartosuc is on this forum also. i like his battery rack idea and i have so much ground clearance on this i figure that idea would work for me.
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    Sick sick sick bikes Philphine.
    I especially love the first one.

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    thanks, i have to admit though the basic idea for the first one came from a bike i saw in the atomic zombie bike gallery. gotta give credit where it's due.

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    mid-60's Murray-built SpaceLiner knock-off frame, NOS Royce Union tank, Mercury chainguard, Varsity stem, chrome banana pan and suspension-sissy bar.
    I built this as an entry for RatRodBikes.com 's Space Bike Build-Off. It was actually assembled in less than 12 hours, including a last minute run to home de pot for some supplies.


    very nice.

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    thanks!
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    I initially built this bike about 4 years ago...I never finished it because my focus shifted to vintage VW beetles.

    But a friend wants this bike, so I'm now going to finish it this week.

    It feels good to get back out in the garage again


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    that is the sickness
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    one more



    this one is actually older than all but one of the other's in my first post. the first long bike i made for my tallest brother. i messed up some things, plus it sat too low for him. so i took it back and have finally gotten about right, somewhat at least.

    i think i've about got it to where it's rideable for me (i'm about 6" shorter than him), so it may become my stretch limo.

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    I like it.

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    I have a few home-built projects. My first attempt at a home built was a tadpole trike design. Despite my smile, the trike had too much flex and wanted to twist on turns. It ended up having a close encounter with a sawsall:



    My second build was a short wheel base recumbent that started out life as a Roadmaster mountain bike. Little hacking and welding and ended up with a nice riding bike although a little on the heavy side.


    Next up is a front wheel drive trike, in the raw, so to speak. It was kind a fun ride but the front wheel drive setup was hard to get used to.



    I ride a Tour Easy and decided to build a TE clone for my wife. I ended up cutting up a Fuji and a French Jeunet road bike and welding them together to create my wife's "comfy cruiser"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesl View Post
    something like this is on my "try" list. been doing a (really) slow parts collection and lurking on recumbent forums to try and work out the idea.

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    Here's what I'd like to build

    If I had fabrication skills and tools this is what I'd build.
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    Jamesl...I been thinking of trying a trike...why do you think it had the flex, ?not enough braciing, frame too small of tubing?

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    Floyd Jamesl...I been thinking of trying a trike..why do you think it had the flex, ?not enough braciing, frame too small of tubing
    The tubing was too small -- I tried to get creative to keep weight down and it just wasn't rigid enough for my wide side.

    Lots of info around on trike building. I think it's a worthwhile project if you can weld. www.bentrideronline.com has a home builders forum that pretty active. Another great resource is the
    Fleet Trikes website.

    something like this is on my "try" list.
    Building a short wheelbase recumbent from an existing bike is a great first project -- a LOT simpler than a trike. I built that red frame in an after noon -- the first time around. Of course, I cut it up and redid it about four times before I was satisfied with the ride.

    One nice thing about building with cheap department store bike frames is the thick-wall, mild steel tubing. It's great stuff for welding with a little hobby Mig welder. Very forgiving.
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    Thought it might be fun to build something different for me that is. The seat was bought for 10gbp which is the only part I bought. The seat is fully reclining, has the ability to have the lumber region altered,swivels 360, head rest, but I thought that the fitted armrests were a bit o.t.t. so I took them off.
    One or two alterations to do with regard to chain angle and ofcourse starting up without the wobble.Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesl View Post
    . My first attempt at a home built was a delta trike design. Despite my smile, the trike had too much flex and wanted to twist on turns.




    Next up is a front wheel drive trike, in the raw, so to speak. I was kind a fun ride but the front wheel drive setup was hard to get used to:

    Great jobs! But just for your info - #1 is tadpole (2 front~1 rear wheel) while #3 is delta (2 back~1 front wheel).

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    Thanks. Brain fade. I knew that.

    I've edited my original post.
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    Murray Meteor Flite, just added new tires and rims, banana seat and sissy bar, apes, BMX stem, bent the forks from an old Monarch, and a faux paint job......Very "simple" build! Here are some before and after pics.






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    Larry I like the front "rack" and fender do-dad the Murray had. But I also like the finished product. That's a KOTA bike for sure.
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    its done!


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    looks good.

    i've stalled on my full on chopper project. can't talk myself into buying the 24x4 wheel/tire i need for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KOTA View Post
    Murray Meteor Flite, just added new tires and rims, banana seat and sissy bar, apes, BMX stem, bent the forks from an old Monarch, and a faux paint job......Very "simple" build! Here are some before and after pics.

    KOTA, I you still have that rack, I'd like to talk. I would like one for a Hawthorne I'm gonna gift.

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