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    Lading gear recumbant??

    I am intrigued my the recumbent tadpole such as WindCheeta and Greenspeed, etc. All who ride them call it a blast!


    However, there may be an easier way to achieve some of the advantages of 3 wheels without quite going that far. Have you ever seen a fixed or lowerable 'landing gear' added onto a 2 wheeler? I see in my mind, roller blade wheels that are near or aft of the rear wheel of a 30 or 45 degree recumbant. Advantages, low and zero speed stability and hill climbing.


    What do you think?

    Any recumbant riders in my area?

    BoyntonStu

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    You're going to have to say what area you are in if you want to know if there is anyone around the same vicinity.
    I yam what i yam-popeye the sailor

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    Hi,

    By stating my name as BoyntonStu I have told folks within 50 miles of Boynton Beach, Florida where I am located.


    Sorry if I didn't make it clearer.

    BoyntonStu

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    Originally posted by boyntonstu
    Have you ever seen a fixed or lowerable 'landing gear' added onto a 2 wheeler?
    If I'm following correctly, aren't these called "training wheels"? We recumbent riders have to deal with a lot of looks from people, but training wheels are definitely beyond my personal limit.

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    Gotta back Lost Marble up on that one (great nick btw). Landing Gear by any other name still sounds like training wheels. While they may indeed prevent me from falling down, I don't think that I could stretch my pride so far as to hang a set off my bent.
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    Training wheels!

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    Training wheels, NOT!

    I'm talking about a 12-14" width RETRACTABLE (very lightweight) wheels that are in use for under walking speed and at rest. They would be also useful as a kickstand.

    Feet on the pedals, light changes, off you go and raise 'em.

    Training wheels?


    Any bent builders or riders willing to experiment in my area?


    BoyntonStu

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    Yo

    I know what your talkin about bro
    http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/wisi...andinggear.htm
    I found some pics of some fully faired recumbent racers that have retractable landing gear. Its a good Idea, and it works

    Pep
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    Pep.

    Thanks, you the man!

    My initial design has 2 wheels and is designed as a 'bridge' between a trike and a recumbant. I feel that 2 landing gear wheels are beter for going uphill but I may be wrong.

    Do you have any other information about landing gears or people who may be interested in experimenting/talking about them?

    Where are you?

    BoyntonStu

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    Originally posted by boyntonstu
    Pep.

    Thanks, you the man!

    My initial design has 2 wheels and is designed as a 'bridge' between a trike and a recumbant. I feel that 2 landing gear wheels are beter for going uphill but I may be wrong.

    Do you have any other information about landing gears or people who may be interested in experimenting/talking about them?

    Where are you?

    BoyntonStu
    I dont know if i would deploy ths things while going uphill....but I could see you using them at a stop light. lol A freind of mine asked me about 6 mounths ago to draw up some ideas for some landing gear for a fully enclosed streamliner, he wanted it to work like one of those knives that the blade pops straight out then when you hit the switch again the blade goes back in...lol wr still working on that.....its kind of heavy....
    -Regards
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    Heavy is nevvy!

    Light is might!

    I am thinking this way:

    2 lightweight struts with roller blade wheels.

    The struts hinge down to the ground.

    The trick is to make them stay down.


    My idea is to introduce a 'stop' when you want them down, and let them harmlessly 'wave' when you are underway. Or, you could also raise them up with lever #2.

    Wanna talk?

    BoyntonStu

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    If you leave them hanging you will get picked on by all the other bent riders and you wont be alowed to play any reindeer games. You have to make it look clean & and factory finish. Anyone can tape a stick on a bike.

    Do it with Excellenc and nobody can mock yu bro!
    Last edited by Pepper; 06-20-02 at 06:38 AM.
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