Transportation

Electric recumbent scooter

April 13, 2019

  This is the first stand up scooter I made into a recumbent. It was a hoot to ride for about 4 miles, then the battery would drain and soon you were forced to walk the rig home.

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Little burningman trike

April 12, 2019

  The second time I went to Burningman I brought my older brother. I brought the big trike and made this little sail trike adding a 2hp Briggs and Stratton edger motor for back-up power. I pounded on a roughed-up tube onto the drive axle for front wheel food activated friction drive. I made a…

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High mileage trike #2

April 12, 2019

This was my second attempt at making my dream 150+ mpg one passenger vehicle. I started out with a rear engine design but opted to try a front engine placement for better cooling and balancing.   Later I tried to make it a rat rod type vehicle, but eventually abandoned the idea all together. Fast…

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Rear steer recumbent bike

April 12, 2019

When I was eighteen I read an article in Popular Mechanics of a rear steer bike. It looked like a good idea for saving weight with the shorter chain. I spent 4 years designing and redesigning this bike. Once it was built it took me 2 hours to get both feet on the pedals. Once…

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My first recumbent bike

April 12, 2019

To the best of my memory, this was the first recumbent I built back in 1975. I made it in my metal class when I was 16. I never did get a picture of it, and I never finished it, but it was to be a two position bike either riding upright or reclined.

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Burningman trike

April 12, 2019

My first motorized trike was made for my first Burningman experience back in 2000.  I used a 3 hp Briggs and Stratton motor with belt drive. This went to a 12″ pulley which drove a 13 tooth sprocket to my rear 6 speed cluster. It could easily carry 3 people, and it topped out at…

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MWB recumbent

April 12, 2019

Itching to have a test ride. Of all the recumbent bikes I’ve made, this was my favorite and most used. I later added a 3 speed wheel with drum brakes up front, then added pontoons for a kinetic race, which never happened. A minute after this image was taken everything went South. The pontoons flipped…

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MWB recumbent bike

April 12, 2019

This was my fourth recumbent build. I built it for my neighbor kid who thoroughly enjoyed it.  

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Aluminum SWB recumbent bike

April 12, 2019

This recumbent weighed in at 25 pounds. The main boom was made using 2″ aluminum tubing. To eliminate stress on the aluminum frame I placed the seat mounds directly over the steering tube and rear wheel stays. The crank length was adjustable, but often the hose clamps used to secure the crank tube would fail…

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Micro push bike

April 12, 2019

This prototype was my version of a modern micro Hobby Horse. It was intended for short trips to the bus stop, train station or subway. Unfortunately the seat put undue pressure on one’s prostate area. A later version would have included a poly suspension on the rear arm, also having the steering tube and rear…

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