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Old 10-15-11, 10:05 PM   #1
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Converting adjustable boom recumbent to a trike?

I love my BikeE and my vintage Workmans trike and I have been thinking about a way to create a ride with the advantages of both. I already own a vintage counterpoint Presto, photo attached, and was trying to figure a way to install a beam running across it with two forks without having ready access to a welder. I would like to know dimensions of tadpole trikes out there already. How far the front wheels are from the rear.
If anyone have any ideas or can share a link from inspiration it would be greatly appreciated. I will post progress reports.
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Old 10-15-11, 11:38 PM   #2
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I love my BikeE and my vintage Workmans trike and I have been thinking about a way to create a ride with the advantages of both. I already own a vintage counterpoint Presto, photo attached, and was trying to figure a way to install a beam running across it with two forks without having ready access to a welder. I would like to know dimensions of tadpole trikes out there already. How far the front wheels are from the rear.
If anyone have any ideas or can share a link from inspiration it would be greatly appreciated. I will post progress reports.
Counterpoint made a trike version of the Presto, with a cross beam holding a pair of forks. It was a fairly elaborate piece of fabrication, though, not something I would attempt without very good machining and welding skills.

Also, a trike like this is very high off the ground (a friend had one). This is a pretty unstable configuration since the center of gravity is so high. Most factory-built recumbent trikes are quite low for stability.
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Old 10-21-11, 01:19 PM   #3
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Jeff has a good point on the 'center of gravity' . Sitting that high on a trike would be a danger in any corner. Maybe a good idea in the mind but not in reality. And it would not be possible in my estimation without the welding and some engineering skills.
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