This seemed like the most logical forum to ask a few questions about designing/building a reverse trike type bicycle. I saw a contraption called the "Turf Trike" www.turftrike.com and decided that although I don't play golf, I love the upright reverse trike look. I want to design something similar to use for light cargo duty and just something different to ride around the local MUP's on. I have a few things I'm trying to work out:
• Where does one find bicycle wheels that have drum brakes buit into them? The TT uses drum brakes and this seems easier than trying to use rim brakes and cheaper than trying to use discs. (on the front wheels) Size doesn't matter becasue I'm going to start with the wheels and design backwards toward a donor bikes back half/drivetrain.
• I'm having trouble visualizing a simple but functional steering mechanism. I don't want to over engineer this but it seems most reverse trike and tadpole manufacterers don't like to post pictures of the steering mechanisms.
• How wide would 2 wheels that do not lean need to be mounted to be stable?
• If anyone has pictures or links to reverse trike's that might be helpful I'd appreciate it. I have done some searching and checked out some of the cargo reverse trikes but many of them are much larger than what I need.