Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Here is the old saddle and the new seat pan.
Here is the new seat with struts supporting the back portion.
Here is how the back part of this conversion will look. The seat can be adjusted for height with the quick release lever as usual at the base of the seat post. The struts supporting the back of the seat have holes drilled through which hairpin type clips are used to adjust the tilt angle.
The next step is to bring the handle bars up higher and farther back for easier reach. Stay tuned...
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
This is my current favorite touring bike--my 11th homebuilt recumbent. It is sort of an Easy Racers Tour Easy clone. It has a 27" rear wheel and a 406 type 20" front and a 2 x 7 derailler transmission. This bike started life as a Centurian road bike my neighbor donated and is very smooth and comfortable. I built a couple of long wheelbase recumbents since this one for other people but I feel like this one represents about the best I can do for now with existing methods and materials I can comfortably work with.
My latest projects have been home built crank forward bikes.
This bike fits into the trunk of my Hyundai Elantra very nicely once I break the frame in two sections and pull the seat and front wheel.
My second effort at home built crank forward involved an old Schwinn LeTour and I laid the seat post farther back and angled the head tube back to about 60 degrees to improve steering response:
Here is a look at the seat pan in construcion and a shot of the finished bike. It is very comfortable but not very fast down hill or into the wind compared to a recumbent but is ideal for short trips to the store etc.