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Old 09-28-13, 07:38 PM   #1
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Daddy daddy, I want one of those too!

Having been bitten by the recumbent bug, and more or less on my way to selecting the bike for me, an unintended consequence is that both my daughters now want to change their bikes for recumbents. They find them "cool", as does their dad I guess.

So, I am now embarking on the challenge of finding, or building, a smaller version of a recumbent for my girls. If at all possible, I would like to find one, but frankly given the price of recumbents I am thinking that being money conscious is probably a good idea. That said, a cursory search on the web has yielded nothing, so I am speculating that kids' bents are either nonexistent, hard to find, or custom jobs my handy dads...

What about the "conversion kit" from Cruzbike? Would that work on a small bike? Speaking of which, when I say small, this is what I mean: Oldest daughter is 10 years old, 4ft 6.25in (1.38m) tall, with an X-seam of 33.25in (84cm). She currently rides a "mini" road bike, 650c (fujibikes.com/bike/details/ace-650). Then there's my youngest, 8 years old, 4ft 5.75in (1.37m), with an X-seam of 33in (84cm), and rides a 24" mini road bike (fujibikes.com/bike/details/ace-24)

Both of them are very similar in size. The youngest, in particular, might be a good candidate for a recumbent, as she complains of lower back pain after our family rides. I plan to find/build one recumbent to try it out, and see from there. I will not do one for each until they have time to try it, learn it, and are sure they want it.

Your advice and guidance is much appreciated.

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Old 09-28-13, 10:16 PM   #2
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Try atomiczombie.com for plans that cost money they have specials monthly for 6 plans for $36 if you get their newsletter, or go to http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/what...ing%20Projects

they give some older plans and projects there there is alot of info on the recumbents.com site, lots to read. the ez clones look easy to make
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Old 09-29-13, 09:40 AM   #3
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Some links that may be of interest
http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/porter/porterplans1.htm
https://sites.google.com/site/recycl...2-instructions AD Carson's excellent site
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~a...recumbent.html <<multiple links including 2 for wooden low rider recumbents

http://carbonbent.bravehost.com/index.html
http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2009/03...-bike-and-more

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Old 09-29-13, 06:00 PM   #4
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I've seen some pretty small riders on Bike-Es.
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33 inch x seam? They could possibly fit a Stratus. Put 130mm cranks on it.

See here: http://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...d.php?t=100541
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Old 09-30-13, 08:30 AM   #6
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I might suggest you try and find a (few) Catrike Pocket(s). Assuming that the boom will go short enough, add the chain tensioner kit and be able to pull the boom out as they grow. The 'cat forums have a pretty active sales section where good used bikes can be found. I located two roads relatively close by for under 3G.

Edit- it appears that the Pocket can only handle an xseam of 36+ without modification.

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I might suggest you try and find a (few) Catrike Pocket(s). Assuming that the boom will go short enough, add the chain tensioner kit and be able to pull the boom out as they grow. The 'cat forums have a pretty active sales section where good used bikes can be found. I located two roads relatively close by for under 3G.

Edit- it appears that the Pocket can only handle an xseam of 36+ without modification.
They'd need a "Dash".
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Given the low production numbers and the fact that they will likely outgrow them, I would personally rather buy another boom and chain. I don't know that the Pocket's boom could be shortened enough on the boom side though, so it would certainly take some research. The price of the dash new does make it interesting, particularly if the family is of short stature (if you can find one).
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