Originally Posted by keraba
I think the important thing to realize about building a frame is that the actual welding part takes about five minutes compared to the jig-building, measuring, cutting, filing, polishing, cleaning, etc. You get the picture.
That goes for PAINTING a bike as well!
All the "grunt work" of disassembling the bike, stripping the old paint, cleaning, primering, fixing all the little pits & dings, sanding...and more sanding, cleaning, sanding, masking, primering, and did I mention sanding? Might take DAYS.
Then BOOM, it's color, clear, DONE! Might take the better part of 2 hours.
BTW, Good on ya there, Fan of Scrooge, for building a recumbent. I really like my Tour Easy (Worlds Fastest Bicycle, says so on the sticker) with the Cobra seat. It mimics my first (and only) foray into "framebuilding". (pic attached) And it's a stink of alot FASTER than that old Schwinn!
But they're BOTH comfortable to ride.
If your knees are good, you might look into buiding a tadpole trike, like a Greenspeed. They used to sell plans too. They sit very low, so may be hard to get on or off of, but once seated, you'll never find a more comfortable pedaling device that isn't stuck in a mirrored room! And you don't ever have to take your feet off the pedals until you get where you are going. Great fun!
Just a thought for your 2nd build project.