A warrior build

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My first trike, my first recumbent, the first welding project I've tackled in...30 years? My Covid project.
It's also been many years since I've posted on a forum, so...uhh... pix...well here's a link to the google photos album ;)


'Broadsword' is an inside joke.

I went with 14ga tubing, and I had a big chunk of 3/16 steel plate, so all of the flat stock parts are extra solid. My welding started out pretty dicey, but I got the hang of it again after a bit. Rarely made a stack of dimes, but at least I got past the 'pile of split peas' stage in my re-learning. Using an old lincoln Wolfpack 100 wire feed flux core unit, so I had to learn how to gain control of the splatterfest it likes to create.
Some fun times:
Built the bottom bracket assembly. Backwards (doh!)
Built it a second time. ALSO BACKWARDS. 😣
3rd time was the ticket.
Thought (too much, in all probability) about the axle shim. Ordered some 20mm OD 2mm wall tubing to make nice shims (5/8 grade 8 bolt is 15.8mm). When it came in I discovered that factory tolerances differ. Who knew right? Said 20mm tubing would not insert into a Sun Ringle Demon hub...until I inserted the tubing onto a 5/8" drill bit, taped it down solidly, and spun it for a bit into some 120grit sanding screen in my hand. Machining things is NOT my normal trade.
Seat is a variation of the original plan. Used 2"polyethelene foam (closed cell, very stiff) and cut the contours into it. Then covered that with 1" neoprene, which is so soft it's almost runny, and also closed cell so the seat doesn't soak up rain. Then covered that with some thin polyester fabric to protect the neoprene from tears.
Anyway, she weighs in currently at 60lbs exactly. My first test ride tells me I have a bunch of minor tweaks to brakes & such as expected, and a whole bunch of leg strength to regain 🤣
Thinking this unit is a great candidate for a motor...
 
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We feel your pain, probably isn't a single one of us that has not done all of these things (and more) but perseverance (as you have discovered) is key to getting an enjoyable ride-able trike at the end of it. :)
Congrats on creating a working trike. :D
E-Assist is brilliant but you have to watch out that it doesn't end up doing all the work while your leg-muscles wither-away (don't ask how I know). ;)
 
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No pictures are showing for me. Could be it wants me to sign in to google or it could be the myriad of privacy options I run.
 
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No pictures are showing for me. Could be it wants me to sign in to google or it could be the myriad of privacy options I run.
No it is not you [ this time ;)] there are no visible pictures :(
 
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Pix...well poop. Let me try another way...
 
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Ty, it was an experiment that seems to have worked out. After a few rides my neck & legs get exhausted, but my back feels great!
 
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If you right click image and copy ' Copy image location ' when you paste that into the mountain symbol above you can get this ?
 
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