The only thing new about me is this forum. The rest is pretty worn. Started riding bikes in about 1947. My first was a Hawthorne. Heavy. The next one came along about 1968. Built from a bike I fished out of the dumpster and one I found abandoned in a rental garage. It was a 3 speed and I rode it for about 9 years. Making ridable bikes from throwaways became habit forming and I don't know how many I've done now but it's a bunch. I made my first recumbent from junked cheap bicycles. About 7 of them I think. It is front wheel drive and done without welding. The prototype can be seen on the Abita Springs Bicycle Festival 2003 page. It evolved into a nice looking and riding bicycle then to a trike. I am currently working on a crank forward 20" now. Again no welding. I have ridden the prototype but I am sorry to say that I had to order special handle bars. You don't know how much that pains me. I won't be able to say it was make entirely from junked bikes. My interest in bicycles is pretty much utility,I don't do road bikes or ride for exercise. I ride to the beer store. I take it back I did do a road bike. It made a nice shop stool.
From southeast Louisiana where SUV's rule and anyone on foot or on a bicycle is fair game.