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Old 10-19-08, 05:42 PM   #1
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Almost finished, needs tweaking to get all the gears operational then ..Ugh...painting. Thanks for looking.
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Looks good, Mudd. I would, however, like to make a suggestion if I may. Consider moving the headtube rearward (until the pedal just clears the front tire), then shorten your 'tiller' some. (see modified image below) This will accomplish 2 very important improvements;

1. It will improve the weight distribution by moving the CoM (center of mass) further forward - resulting in improved low speed maneuvering and balancing.

2. it will shorten "TILLER" length - this will reduce the 'side-to-side' awkwardness during steering inputs, which will also enhance low speed maneuvering and balancing. (6 to 8" is about optimum.)
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Old 10-19-08, 08:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for the feedback PaPa! It's cool how you made the modifications. I knew that down the road I was going to consider shortening it. Can you use your program to see what it might look like with a remote pivot- indirect steering(oss)? Thanks in advance!
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Can you use your program to see what it might look like with a remote pivot- indirect steering(oss)? Thanks in advance!
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Yes, but why screw-up the bike's simplicity by adding more weight and complexity? Not to mention that if you have any slop in the pivots, the bike will be miserable to balance and navigate.
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It didn't take long to get it shortened up. It now looks like the modified picture.Thanks for the suggestion. Rides and maneuvers well.
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Old 10-21-08, 11:07 AM   #6
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I like it. I have made a few so appreciate what you have gone through to get where you are.
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