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Old 05-08-02, 11:23 AM   #1
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I recently aquired my second Greenspeed trike. Only this time I doubled capacity (actually tripled) by getting the tandem. Then added a babyseat. Now I'm trying to get a Burley trailer to accommodate the twins due in Oct. Should be QUITE the road king! Anybody got questions/comments about anything recumbent, let me know, I've had over 30 of them in the last few years. E me at abent4rent.com or here if that works. I am also a dealer so if you have a new 'bent in mind I can save you dough v. buying direct or a wedgie shop.
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Howdy,
I recently aquired my second Greenspeed trike. Only this time I doubled capacity (actually tripled) by getting the tandem. Then added a babyseat. Now I'm trying to get a Burley trailer to accommodate the twins due in Oct. Should be QUITE the road king! Anybody got questions/comments about anything recumbent, let me know, I've had over 30 of them in the last few years. E me at abent4rent.com or here if that works. I am also a dealer so if you have a new 'bent in mind I can save you dough v. buying direct or a wedgie shop.
Welcome, glad you could join us. Just out of curiousity where did you mount the baby seat? Congratulations on your soon to be expected twins.

In the 30 'bents you've owned have you ever built fairing for them? Such as a home made tail box, front fairing or even a full body fairing?
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Hello,
I mounted the babyseat to the rack mounting holes. I did this by making an attachment bracket for the upper mounts. Using 1/2" square steel tubing I cut two notches, bent the tube to a C shape and gas welded the notches closed. Next I brazed a couple of heavy gauge stubby eye hooks into the ends of the C to line-up with the upper rack bolt holes. Once that was dialed-in I splayed the babyseatlower mounts to the width of the outside of the rear wheel drop-outs. I eliminated the original babyseat lower clamps. This is the part that usually clamps around the seatstays of a wedgie frame. They are attached to the babyseat support bars by a single bolt. I used the hole on the babyseat support bar to bolt directly to the rack mount hloe at the drop-out. This do-able because of the 20" rear wheel. Now that I had the babyseat attached at the lower point, I aligned the babyseat with the upper C gizmo mount. The upper babyseat mounts attach via its own C that normally goes to the seat Quickrelease of a wedgie frame. I installed the factory C with its single bolt to the upper end of the babyseat support bars. Then I roughly alligned the set-up to put the baby at a moderate reclined position and marked the ends of the babyseats C. I then hacksawed the extra length off the babyseat C and undid the bolt. I then brazed the little stubby C to my upper bracket gizmo and VIOLA! I had a bracket to hang the babyseat from.
If all that verbage is too twisted to comprehend, let me know and I'll try to get a picture of it to you.
Thanks for the congrats 'bout the twins,
As for fairings, I personally dislike the look of "homemade" and so have only used Zzip fairings. And even then, I've debated wether it was really worth having, as I'm pretty much relegated to "family" type cycling. But they LOOOK cool! I have also never made more than mounting hardware for the same reason. There are enough people making quality 'bents that I can usually find what I want without having to be a "homebuilder". I DO respect the folks that go that route and their creativity and determination. I rode last weekend with some folks in Sacramento that had built their own, including a guy that said his V-Rexish vehicle only cost him about $50!!! WOW, I'm impressed!
But alas, that also doesn't support the cottage industry of recumbents much, so I'm probably destined to buy someone elses creations and ride happy.
Soooo...thanks for the inquirey and for reading this blah, blah blab. Make contact if you're ever in town and we can ride the bike trail.
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