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Old 02-12-12, 04:48 PM   #1
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Barn Job "stang" reccumbent

this post is provided mainly for member "3alarmer". hope youre watching, you asked for it. the recumbent ive been planning for is nearly finished. as you can see its design owes a lot to a great many other builders; ami designs, fleet trike, atomic zombie, goobertech,johns trike, delorenzi, ihpva and a host of other designer/builders. the rear part of the trike is from a english made raliagh. the main tube, you might recognize as one of the bottom reenforcing members from a 2004 ford mustang. the front axel is made from salavaged round tubing and reflects the kind of work done by that u-tube nut located somewhere in the norteast usa. front spindles are after the work of fleet trike and are fairly easy to build. 27" wheel in the rear and 700c's in front. the crank is a "marriage" of an almost worthless crank assembly i bought from bicycle kitchen and the orginal sprockets of the raliagh. chain came from "yah-mart" and the idlers are old rollerskate wheels turned on the lathe. the rear idler shaft is the raliagh crank shaft machined to fit. the front idler is supported by a barn job shop fabricated shaft. closes inspecition should reveal that this is four washers welded to some scrap with a 5/16 bolt. steerings arms are made from an old kids bicycle handle bars and two craftsmen 7/8 sockets. the bicycle was old not the kids. salvaged brake handle from the flea market is mounted but not yet attached to brakes. 'cause i havent figuered that part out yet. the saddle/seat is a mixture of my ideas and those of recycle recumbent builder. it is also a mixture of materials;schedule 40 plastic pipe fittings and sheet alluminum. it too is not quite finished; need a cover and im not sure what thats going to be. so you can see that its not done yet and i should get back to work. micheal
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Old 02-13-12, 07:05 AM   #2
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Was there supposed to be a pic with that post? It sounds a bit on the HEAVY side.
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OP, your post is difficult to read.
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I sure hope we get to see a picture of this concoction. Somehow I get the feeling it will be right at home pulling a small plow.
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This post is provided mainly for member "3alarmer". I hope you're watching; you asked for it.

The recumbent I've been planning is nearly finished. As you can see its design owes a lot to a great many other builders; ami designs, fleet trike, atomic zombie, goobertech, johns trike, delorenzi, ihpva and a host of other designer/builders.

The rear part of the trike is from a English-made Raleigh. The main tube, you might recognize as one of the bottom reinforcing members from a 2004 Ford Mustang.

The front axle is made from salvaged round tubing and reflects the kind of work done by that youtube nut located somewhere in the northeast USA. The front spindles are after the work of fleet trike and are fairly easy to build. It has a 27" wheel in the rear and 700c's in front.

The crank is a "marriage" of an almost-worthless crank assembly i bought from Bicycle Kitchen and the orginal sprockets of the Raleigh. The chain came from "yah-mart" and the idlers are old rollerskate wheels turned on the lathe. The rear idler shaft is the Raleigh crank shaft machined to fit. The front idler is supported by a barn-job shop-fabricated shaft. Close inspection reveals that this is four washers welded to some scrap with a 5/16 bolt. Steerings arms are made from an old kid's bicycle handle bars and two craftsmen 7/8 sockets. The bicycle was old not the kid.

I salvaged a brake handle from the flea market. It is mounted but not yet attached to brakes. because I haven't figured that part out yet. The saddle/seat is a mixture of my ideas and those of recycle recumbent builder. It is also a mixture of materials, schedule 40 plastic pipe fittings and sheet aluminum. It too is not quite finished, it needs a cover and I'm not sure what that's going to be.

So you can see that it's not done yet and I should get back to work.

Micheal
Sounds like quite a project Michael. Can't wait for the pictures.
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Old 02-14-12, 03:56 PM   #6
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third attempt to post something civil. artkansas thanks for cleaning up the post. i was testing the waters here as the last time i made postings i ran into a lot of e-trolls. it seems that things have not changed that much. as i posted it posting is for 3alarmer who ask me to let him know how it went with recumbent build. micheal
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If your intended audience is one person, it would be better to send him a PM. This forum is public and there's no telling how many folks will read it. To all of them (including me) your post is cryptic to say the least.
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what sounds HEAVY? Would that be sheet alluminum, schedule 40, or maybe raliaugh bycycle? muicheal
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you have knowledge about pulling plows? i think you are at the wrong site. here at barn job we dont pull plows we try to build quality motorcycles, race cars and the odd and different bycycle on a low budget and for the heck of it.
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not wanting to be "cryptic" i say if you cannt say something nice or at least usesful, please remain silent.
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Schedule 40 PVC isn't exactly light. But mostly it was this that made me think it was heavy:

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the main tube, you might recognize as one of the bottom reenforcing members from a 2004 ford mustang.
Sounds a lot more substantial than 1.5x.035 Cromo. Without pics I can only envision a piece of square-beam from an old Mustang frame.
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yeah, get a pic up mate, sounds intriguing !!
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not wanting to be "cryptic" i say if you cannt say something nice or at least usesful, please remain silent.
not gonna happen , man. This is a public forum and you posted some nonsense about a homemade 'bent (without pictures that were referred to) with parts from an '04 Mustang and intended it to be read by 1 member. You reap what you sow.
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schedule 40 "isn't exactly" "HEAVY". and you make my point if you dont know and cannt say anything helpful or useful then remain silent. micheal
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it seems ive come across a bunch of farmers with talk about "pulling plows", "reap" and "sow". and you too make my point about e-trolles and if you dont know and cannt offer useful advise or be helpful then you ought to remain silent. its true that its a public forum and i dont care if you read over my shoulder but its just nonsense to be rude, or demeaning.
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If you post a thread talking about ingredients for a new recipe and people start commenting on what you listed, then you get all in a tizzy about those comments...what would you expect? It sounds to me like this whole thread is one that has no perspective at all...especially since you have yet to post a picture of what you're talking about. In short, provide a clear context so everyone doesn't have to guess...which is all that is happening here. Nobody is really trying to give you a hard time. Not even me.
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I did say something helpful. In post #7, I told you that if you're sending to an audience of one, then send him a private message. I'm not reading over your shoulder; you put it on my computer. Sure I could ignore it, but I'm not required to despite your assertion to the contrary. Here's another helpful remark: 3alarmer seems to spend a lot of his time in Classic & Vintage, but no time here. If you want him to see a forum post, try posting in a place he's likely to see it.

Schedule 40 is not very sturdy. You have to over-build to support any weight; and even then it can break at inopportune times. I know because I tried making fairing frames from the stuff. If you wish you can take that as a helpful warning.
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