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    Home-built

    When you see the sketch I have made you'll all s******.
    Anyway, I want a recumbant so I can go as fast as possible when traveling, the area is fairly flat here (+-12m for 50 miles), so suspension is not much of an issue. After having a heart attack at the prices of recumbants I sat with a clinical eye looking at an old upright I have in the garage, I just wanted to know what problems this design will encounter, and any flaws you can see.



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    Anyone?

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    cool

    You really need to go to bentrider online however. This site doesn't see much recumbent activity. The WISIL site is also a must for any homebuilding projects.
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    "When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking." - Arthur Conan Doyle

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    So what are you waiting for? get building! And post some pics of it!
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    Thanks guys, I'm just sorting out some stuff in the garage, there doesn't appear to be anywhere that deal/builds these around here, so I'm relying on you guys for guidance
    Will post piccys when I start.

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    Good luck!
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    And no giving me guidance such as "Your frame should be bannana shaped" so that I go round in circles

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    Anyone know of some decent wheels for around 30-40 ($60-$80), as these look a little worse for wear after sitting in the garage (18" chromed steel, a bit rusty)

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    Right, one dremel with a wire brush attachment and an afternoon waxing have sorted the wheels out, im thinging of stretching the design furthur though, and having my head 3-5" behind the front wheel, lying flat about 3" up from the shell, the wheels will be encased seperately to improve aero and stop me grinding my face . Problem is - forward visability; is a 1.25" thick wheel going to impair it that much, or should I revert back to the head over front wheel approach? (I would host pic, but the comp. with it on has just gone pop so it needs rmaing)

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    That reverse front fork could be unstable at higher speeds. Anyone who has scooted around the supermarket on a shopping cart would be familiar with "high speed wobbles". There is a tadpole trike called the Sidewinder that shares this reverse-fork configuration in its rear steering wheel.
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    "So what are you waiting for? get building! And post some pics of it!"

    having read a bunch about recumbent bike design, i would get planning instead of getting building, if this was my design.

    if you mean it as a rear-steer design (rider on his back, feet forward) then your design will be no good. balancing and steering won't work out.

    if it's meant to be a head-first recumbent... for one thing, be sure you don't have your knees banging the ground! for two... i've read that the ((rider head-first, belly-down)) design is something that's been tried, though not very many times. thus far, nobody's made a head-first recumbent bike that's very good. you should only try it if you're willing to accept that there's almost no chance of it working well on the first try, and a fair chance that your head-first bike will never be as good as a feet-first recumbent.

    the fastest head-first bike happens to be one where the rider faces backwards and is able to see forward only with a mirror. i don't think anybody would even consider using it outside the context of a 1-bike-at-a-time drag race

    here's a site that will let you know what kind of rear-wheel-steer bikes are known to be miserable failures and which kinds work.
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    Front wheel steer - if im sat behind the front wheel I'm gonna have the front fork normally orientated - so I don't have to extend the frame too much.
    Not really bothered if its worse, its different and its cheap
    Like I said, I'll put up another MsPaint masterpiece when I fix the other Comp. Thanks for your help guys, you're really useful
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    Not bad, not bad alt all. I'm in the process of building one too. I must have a "thousand" drawing doodles.
    I have a bad back (Spinal Stenosis) complete with lag screws and bars.

    Got an idea and I just get the missing peices wherever I can find them, garage sales, hardware stores, Home Depot, and a little known helper. Alumiloy... It's expensive, but worth ever penny.

    Good luck

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    Wish I had any "pennies" whatsoever, anyhow, will be free to start work in a few months (exams, then freedom before uni), will get some photo's of the piece of junk I start with, and the bigger pile of junk I end up with.

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