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    Wooden recumbents from 2x4s?

    Does anyone here know anything about these plans for a lowracer built from 2x4s? It looks pretty good to me, and weight isn't much of a problem around here (the biggest hills are the bridges over the interstate). I did find one guy who made one, and he seems pretty happy with it. Anyone else know anything about it, or have experience with something similar? Thanks!

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    At the last HPV race, a guy had a trike he'd made completely out of wood. It was a thing of absolute beauty. It was heavy, but handled well and felt nice and solid - just what you'd want. So if you're asking "do wooden bents work ok?" the answer would be a definite YES.

    OTOH, the guy i saw who had made a LWB out of a steel I-beam on ragbrai was having a tough time of it Sucker had to weigh 100 pounds.

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    Actually, I'm asking if anyone knows anything specifically about the plans in the link in my first post. I want to try building a recumbent. I'm a decent woodworker and bike mechanic, so I think I'm up to the task. Also, I have no knowledge of welding and I'm too busy to take a class, so there will be no steel I-beam monsters for me. I'm just looking for a second opinion before I spend the $25 for the plans.

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    If you have the components lying around, that is a couple a DF's looking for work, Why not just spend a few bucks on the plans and go for it. It isnt that much. I install hardwood floors and refinish them for a living. From what I can see, this would be a relatively easy project. Got a miter saw and a screw ***? Your good to go. Whats the worst that can happen? Your out about fifty bucks. If thats the case, the stories you could tell would make up for it. I say, let 'er rip.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swimjim
    I say, let 'er rip.
    Good advice. I'll take some pictures and post them here when I'm finished.

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    $25? If the plans are good, I say go for it.
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