I'm working on 2 different cargo bikes right now ... and showing some of the other Recumbents that I've made.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Heel Strike, Warrior Flag4
The front portion of my main frame tube was parallel to the ground. From the top of the tube to the ground was 12". I found that I was have periodic heel strikes with my size 10 (EU 43) clipless sandals. I decided to cut from the bottom up the joint where the two tubes are spliced together ... leaving the top weld in place. The hacksaw removed some metal, then I lifted up the tube so the bottom opening was about 3/16" wide. That isn't very much, but it resulted in about a 1-1/2" rise to the top of the front tube. I then brace this with some metal chips, and welded it all back together. This has pretty much eliminated heel strike. Other than a short, high, bump (speed bumps).
This is that seam where I cut up from the bottom.
Here you can see that the front section of the main tube rises slightly.
The tip of the flag pole is in the same plane as the left front wheel. Yes, I pulled the support brace in another 7/8".
It seems I can never have enough Recumbents ... made 2 Bentech LWB's, 2 Bentech SWB, 1 Toureasy clone, a LWB lowracer, 1 Mach2, 1 Mach3, 1 BMX SWB, bought a Sun EZ-Speedster, made a DeltaWolf trike, a LongJohn cargo bike, a cargo trike, and a AZ Warrior trike. I LIKE USS! See some of my bikes below ...
Due to the intermediate jackshaft, this flies as fast as a 26" rear wheel. (co-designed with S&B Recumbents - no longer in business)
Bought the Bentech plans, made the jigs, and made this from a Huffy Mtn bike & a muffler pipe. I extended the maintube 2" behind the front wheel. It handled nicely and became the bike I rode most because of ease of transport and visibility in traffic. (Bentech no longer in business)
My Wife loved her LWB Bentech ... as you can see by the smile on her face!
TourEasy Clone (found plans on internet). Early on, Gardner Martin did sell plans. Later, he went to selling completed bikes only. Used this bike for about 14 years. Recently I've been pulling parts off of it to use in other projects.
SWB Fully Suspended Mongoose BMX - this was the first "Fully Suspended" type recumbent that I built .. by adding the front boom onto the BMX bike and changing the seat. Needed a stiffer spring suspension in the rear ... everytime it flexed, the bike changed gear due to the change in chain length. That was kind of disconcerting ...
Sun EZ Speedster CX
This is a much maligned SWB recumbent. I love it! And have had many enjoyable years riding this easy steering bike.
Venice Beach Trike
Jack Baker (S&B Recumbents) made this for my wife, a couple years before he died. She needed something more stabile than a 2-wheeler. Despite the high CG, she has yet to fall over on it.
Another Bentech design SWB
I was building this for a guy, and actually rode it. But he changed his mind, and it is still in the shop.
AZ Delta Trike
I was going to build this racing trike for myself ... but the wife gave it to a grandson. So I put 20" wheels on it instead of 26". The grandsons fight over this racing delta trike. I really like the square tube building concept. Easier to align things.
Modified Delta Trike
Totally changed the rear configuration so the rider sits higher ... and mounted a rear luggage rack that I made
Long-John Cargo Bike
Built from plans on Toms Cargo Bikes website ... still need to hook up the steering and go ride it. ...
Dutch Cargo trike
Great way to go grocery shopping!
built based on A.D. Carson plans
AZ Warrior trike
Love riding this now! (Plans from Atomic Zombie). 26" rear wheel, 11-34 MEGARANGE 8-speed cassette on the rear, 22-32-44 cranks on the front.