Okay, I built the long-wheelbase (63.5 inches) wooden recumbent bike designed by James Robinson of San Angelo, TX. I did this because when I rode recumbent bicycles in 2001, I found the long-wheelbase recumbent with underseat steering by far the most comfortable of the three recumbents I rode. And I'm living in poverty so building a recumbent was more reasonable than paying the dealer 1500 dollars for the long-wheel-base recumbent.
I don't have a camera because mine was stolen when I was living in Massachusetts during the autumn of 2000. However, a correspondent said she'd send me one next week. If she does, then I'll take photos of my bike.
This is my first recumbent bike. It took me 20 to 25 hours of riding it on level ground to get the "feel" for it. Now I can quite comfortably move on it except when climbing hills.
The following link describes some problems I had with getting the bike working well:
These problems are associated with my using parts from discarded mountain bikes and a freebie road bike for the working mechanical components. So far, the only new part I've used is one road bike chain. I needed about two and a half chains to make the recumbent, as it's a rear-wheel drive.
I don't enjoy working as a bike mechanic. I only enjoy riding. So I am hoping this weekend solves the last serious problem. I look forward to riding the bike as opposed to building it, adjusting it, etc.
This past week I started following the century training schedule listed here: http://www.kintera.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=54755
So far my longest is the twelve mile ride.
If anybody else in central PA is interesting in training for a century ride, by all means contact me.