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Cambiker71

My First trike, front wheel drive, rear wheel steer, a building story

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My first build story...

In the beginning it all started with a few lengths of metal...

https://www.flickr.com/gp/11151990@N05/fg9e79

Plus a good ebay find of scrap bikes...

https://www.flickr.com/gp/11151990@N05/67iF6i

A bit of measuring, cutting, grinding plus a bit of welding...

https://www.flickr.com/gp/11151990@N05/M3Nd47

And we have the first incarnation and the start of a trike...

https://www.flickr.com/gp/11151990@N05/m9743r
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  1. Cambiker71's Avatar
    A few more progress pics...




    Some new bits for the steering...



    And we have a first (rather wobbly) without proper steering ride!

    http://vid285.photobucket.com/albums...201-WA0004.mp4
    http://vid285.photobucket.com/albums...201-WA0005.mp4
  2. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Time to add some steering...
    Right hand side



    Left hand side



    both sides (with an awful temporary seat too!)


    My youngest daughter tried it out and reckons it's great (not the mechanics kneeling mat as a seat base ha ha)



    So then we tried it out and due to it being rather long it wouldn't fit through our local cycle route gateways designed to stop idiots on motorbikes from using them!

    So...

    Off with its head!!
  3. Cambiker71's Avatar
    And a new front begins...




    A bit of Christmas enthusiasm...



    And we carry on, you can see how the steering works here too...

  4. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Completely changed the seating arrangement..



    Which also folds down..


  5. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Assembled with seat covered too..




  6. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Seat removes easily allowing the frame to fold down meaning it will fit into my Subaru Legacy estate.



    Bear in mind that this was the full size of my workshop, all this has been built in this small covered alleyway between our house and coal shed.

    We don't need coal these days so the coal shed is now my tool shed.

    My new homebuilt work/tool shed



    And if i remove the rear wheels it stands nicely to one side

  7. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Another roadtest by my budding testrider...

    http://vid285.photobucket.com/albums...t/MOV_1620.mp4

    Steering works, we now have a MUCH better turning circle

    http://vid285.photobucket.com/albums...t/MOV_1621.mp4

    Can't keep her way from it...


  8. Cambiker71's Avatar
    So after waiting a week or so for the paint to dry, we took it for a ride around the cycleways of Fineshade woods near here where it worked faultlessly, it's great fun and way better than I thought it would come out too...




    The final touch, decals from our resident builder guru Twinkle...

  9. Twinkle's Avatar
    well done


    regards emma
  10. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Busy again, remade the seat, it's now much more comfortable



  11. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Out and about again today, got stuck in the mud again, but at least the wide frame means it doesn't then transfer directly to my face! Even my mother had a go and reckons it's fun too!
    Must remember not to ride off road as much when the ground is wet!!

    Anyway some pics and a video.....



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  13. dunelt_1954's Avatar
    Thanks for posting the trike in action. I was doubtful about rear wheel steering, but it looks like you have it working very well! We were teased with spring like temperatures here in the central U.S. in February, now it is below freezing again, good weather to laze inside and contemplate one's next project, or view other builder's successes, like yours. Nice to see both mother and daughter enjoying the machine.
  14. Cambiker71's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dunelt_1954
    Thanks for posting the trike in action. I was doubtful about rear wheel steering, but it looks like you have it working very well! We were teased with spring like temperatures here in the central U.S. in February, now it is below freezing again, good weather to laze inside and contemplate one's next project, or view other builder's successes, like yours. Nice to see both mother and daughter enjoying the machine.
    Thanks, It's not designed to go really fast so it does exactly as expected, there's no hills around here so it's easy to keep in control of speed too.
    Love riding it, got a few nice comments from people whilst out and about too!
  15. Lukas54's Avatar
    Hello Dear Friend,

    Why don't we see the images and instead there is one of the advertising squares for Photobucket?

    Could you send me the photos of the making of your bike, I would like to try to make one?

    Thank you