This is the trike I've been working on now for several (about 3, actually) years. It's not finished by any stretch of the imagination, but it works. There are some changes coming: A heftier transmission jackshaft; A sturdier rear frame which will accommodate 26" MTB wheels and tires (studded tires for the winter); A square upper tube (which will permit the seat to slide forward further, for shorter riders); Double push-pull adjustable-length tube steering; Lots of LED lighting; and, Incorporation of the handlebar mount with the seat mount.
|Wheels:||Two 27x1-1/4 in the rear, and a single 20" in the front.|
|Gears:||Gears: 126 different ratios|
|Seat:||Designed for an EZ-1.|
|Frame:||Frame design: modified (heavily) Tour Easy|
|Weight:||Weight: Kinda heavy (but with all those gears, who cares, right?|
|Steepest grade climbed (so far):||Steepest grade climbed (so far): 8% (1/2 mile|
|Heaviest load carried:||Heaviest load carried: 150lb (not including 185lb rider|
So, those are just the abbreviated specifications. What matters most is that riding this contraption makes me happy.
This photo is a two-wheel recumbent that I built for a friend, about a year before I started working on the trike.
This recumbent is number 4 (I've built a total of five two-wheelers, so far), that I've built (Woah! You should have seen the very first one - and if you ever see the third one - the black & blue one with a homemade seat, give me a call - You see, the guy ridin' it, well he's a thief!)
Take note of those tires. Those are called Armadillos and they have kevlar belts in them. The owner of this recumbent was plagued with flats before I installed these tires. I mean, he could ride through a park and if there was a thorn anywhere in the place, he would find it, and it would flatten his tires. This past year (2007), he's been on the Armadillos and hasn't had a flat once.