Stage 1, Planning.
I'm wanting to build an upright reverse trike for the local critical mass ride because:
Reverse trike > tall bike > regular bike > no bike
My design so far is to start with an old steel department store mountain bike.
Chop the front end of it off, rotate it so the fork is vertical and weld it back together with some filler and possibly extra bracing because I'm not that good at welding.
Once the fork is vertical so the bike won't automatically lean into every turn I want to add some extensions to the forks allowing me to push the front wheels forward a few inches and creating a platform for cargo (such as a beer keg).
Finally, a pair of 16" poly wheels from Northern Tool as rollers for the front. http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...9574_200199574
If all goes well up to this point, I'll consider purchasing a disc brake for the rear because as you can see there was no brake system designed into the front.
I know that even if (and thats a big if) i can build this to look like my picture it will be unsafe to turn at any speed because it will be ridiculously top heavy and utterly unable to lean into turns. But... it will be awesome. And at the end of the day, doesn't that count for something?
Your comments, critiques, suggestions, words of warning, or other random nonsense are all welcome.