View Full Version : Update on handcycle rear suspension

05-24-2014, 03:55 PM
i have know joined the back suspension to my hand cycle and wondered if you would like to see the progress
http://s26.postimg.org/dmdy3slc9/IMG_20140521_00469.jpgthe next picture is of the new rear end just before it was fittedhttp://s26.postimg.org/pcrvl6e4p/IMG_20140521_00470.jpgjust glad to see it back together againhttp://s26.postimg.org/er80967t5/IMG_20140521_00475.jpgif your wondering why there are two welders out our mig died so old faithfull came back out http://s26.postimg.org/7ciogslxl/IMG_20140521_00477.jpgsince this picture was taken i have dropped the height of the spring by about an inch to drop the ride height and taken the bounce out of it. I have also added a disc brake to the rear wheel,i have know nearly finished rebuilding it and hope to take it out for a shakedown monday weather permitting.the replacement relay for the mig is due thursday (hopefully it works)

05-24-2014, 04:31 PM
Lovely job.

Thanks for sharing.

05-25-2014, 06:44 AM
Would be great to see a pic of you on the finished machine, then we get to see how it all fits and works!
Looks like an interesting creation!
Steve G

05-25-2014, 06:54 AM
What a smashing creation, hat's off to you!! :-)

All we need now is a movie of you riding it.



Radical Brad
05-25-2014, 11:47 AM
Neat ride!
It will move along nicely with that hubmotor adding to the effort.


05-25-2014, 03:12 PM
will be taking finished pictures tomorrow and maybe a video with someone riding it(possibly me)

05-25-2014, 07:03 PM

My Niece and her boyfriend is somewhat disabled and have tried some handcycles. But, as with velomobiles, they seem to be very hightech and ridicously expensive. Your work is truly inspiring and I'll put a DIY electric assist handcycle on the list immediately!


05-29-2014, 03:04 PM
I was asked to take some pictures so you could see the trike with the suspension fully back together.http://s26.postimg.org/iuy1lpua1/IMG_20140528_00478.jpghttp://s26.postimg.org/yhpaz3821/IMG_20140528_00479.jpgin the last picture i look really fed up its because my son and i decided to go on a bike ride to wheatly about 9ish miles away from home and after ex amount of miles the heavens opened so we thought in for a penny and decided to finish the journey get the bird seed and return home across shotover which would of been fine but i put the weight over my power wheel and had real problems up the hill from wheatley into oxford,the journey there took about 45 minutes ,but the journey back took 3and a half hours this picture was taken half way http://s26.postimg.org/rsirj2mq1/IMG_20140528_00481.jpgit turns out i need to make a trailer to shift the weight of things i carry but i will get up that hill ,we did make a video of of some of the journey as soon as we can get it of his phone i will upload it , all in all it was a wet but fun day and i think the trike will last for a few years exspecially after i fix the few niggles that came up with it

05-29-2014, 05:04 PM
Nice one Mark

regards emma

05-30-2014, 02:51 AM

Looks good , what problems did you get with the weight at the rear ?

On the Kett the front end goes very light and then skips across the road to the left as I peddle [ only the right wheel is driven ]

05-30-2014, 03:18 PM
I put a box on the back to hide my batteries and controller in and also to be able to carry a small amount of shopping but tried to put 20kg of budgie seed right above the power wheel and the motor wouldn't run properly, I thought that the batteries had died until I got home and removed the weight , it started to run properly. I do get a bit of wheel slip on gravel and on mud/grass but thanks to this forum and a lot of reading I decided to put a front power wheel on the left hand side to solve this problem, so far its worked. know all I've got to do is finish my trailer it should solve the weigh issue

05-30-2014, 03:44 PM
I am imagining a 6 foot budgie now!

05-30-2014, 03:52 PM
no but about 40 of them in the aviary

05-30-2014, 05:18 PM
Hi Mark,

Wow 40 budgies, that's wonderful :-)
Any chance of a pic or two?
I had them as a kid (A Blue, a Greyish one and a Green) but you tend not to see them any more, like tortoises, they are a banned export/import I assume.
An old chap near where I lived as a boy had an aviary and about 30 of them, it was wonderful to go in and let them feed from your hand. Lovely little birds.
Are you a budgie breeder?



05-30-2014, 05:54 PM
I had one. Cheeky budgie. It's favourite record was 'Indiana Wants Me'