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    Improving my rubbish Spoke Tension meter ?

    I don't have a spoke tensionometer so I'm only going on how I think they work rather than any reality. Correct me if I'm wrong but the spoke is trapped between the three bolts and the middle one is on a spring which tries to bend the spoke which gives a reading. The more it bends the less the...
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    How do I weld to 14mm bolts together ?

    A good point about letting it cool whilst clamped.
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    Improving my rubbish Spoke Tension meter ?

    Don't you need to make it over-read rather than under-read? ie a true reading of 50 needs to show 100 or so? You're right in wanting to slacken spring tension, but that would make it read more by suckering it into thinking the spoke is more tensioned than it is.
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    How do I weld to 14mm bolts together ?

    As Danny says. The problem is keeping the work straight and will need much clamping and unclamping as you rotate it.
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    Front brakes tadpole trike

    It says those are reasons. It doesn't say they are the ONLY reasons and even if it did we often repurpose items from one intended use to another and this is no different. The Warrior does indeed have three discs. It doesn't say in the plans how they should be configured. They do obviously...
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    VK3CKC's eLecTricks Trike Design and Build.

    Other than it'll probably be heavy at 5mm there's no reason I can see it won't work. It's probably thick enough at 5mm to overcome the inherent lack of strength flat strip would normally exhibit. I was thinking about kingpins recently myself and thought that the two tube solution was quite...
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    Front brakes tadpole trike

    You need one of these:- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Twin-Pull-Bike-Cycle-Brake-Lever-L-one-hand-double-dual-special-needs-disabled-L/261541936362?hash=item3ce51d3cea:g:ZsUAAOSwRLZT0Rb3 They come in left or right hand. Or one of these:-...
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    Any down side to using 1" tube?

    In many places around the world there's freecycle.org. I've had many a free piece of junk or even better from there.
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    Any down side to using 1" tube?

    That stainless work is excellent. It looks great without paint.
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    Any down side to using 1" tube?

    Round tube has a higher resistance to both flex and torsional twisting than square for any given weight. Rectangular has less resistance to twist but greater resistance to flex than round or square. Commercial makers take one of two routes. They make them as well as possible which usually...
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    Any down side to using 1" tube?

    Can you get 2"x1"? I've used 40mm x 20mm x 1.5mm for many chassis so 2"x1" 16swg would be fine unless for a very heavy rider.
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    Any down side to using 1" tube?

    Square or rectangular tube gets it's strength primarily from the length of the sides. In maim beam use for a recumbent that would be the vertical face that resists the most load. For some areas inch square will do. For main chassis beams it will not unless, as said, for an unusually light rider.
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    So what's next?

    With differently planned metalwork that could use a 26" wheel and barely have to raise the seat if at all.
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    Golden rules of tidying ?

    I have one golden rule:- It doesn't matter how long you've had it laying around unused. It will be wanted within 2 weeks of throwing it out!
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    Horizontal bicycle plans - a question

    I'd suggest the Timberwolf then. The taller rear wheels will provide better ground clearance than 20" and the small cargo area would be perfect for the batteries and electrics. Your other best option may be the Streetfox but built slightly higher for off-roading by welding the front axle higher...
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