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funbun 08-18-04 08:26 AM

Hombuilt Trikes
Any of you homebuilders built trikes before. Are there any plan on da web? Who do you get to do the welding? I don't know how to weld. I want a trike but cost of buy a new one is too much for me. Is homebuilding cheaper than buy a new one?

funbun 08-18-04 10:48 AM

Anybody have experience with Greenspeed tube kits?

tiggeraaron 08-18-04 11:18 AM

I can purchase the metal tubing locally here in Des Moines IA. to build a LWB for about $50.00. This is just standard mild steel ERW tubing. I usually find donor bikes in the range of $5.00 to $20.00 at second hand shops. I do all my own tig/mig welding so I can build a bike for about $200.00. If you can't weld then the price of having someone do it for you is pricey. Some welders charge up around $60.00/hr. Just to give you an idea on how long it takes to weld a bike, my LWB took about 80 hours. That isn't just arc time either, it is all metal prep and welding. A welder will charge time for metal prep unless you do all the prep yourself in which case you would tack weld and then have the welder do all the finish welding. So if you want to save money, learn to weld, it really is worth it in the long run. Besides, it gives you a new skill. Good luck!
Aaron W.

funbun 08-18-04 01:43 PM

Thanks. I found this guy to build a Greenspeen based frameset for $1,400. If I use a lot of the components on my mountain bike I should be able to get this bike for around$1,600 :)

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