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    Re: Atomic Zombie's velomobile

    Blast from the Past!!!
    Hi again.
    Just remember the pedals will almost certainly go into reverse with the wheels---pedals are harder than skin!
    Steve G,
    (back in Australia)
  2. Re: getting ready for my first parade on Saturday.

    Hi,
    Firstbthing to do is sit down with a big bit of paper and a sharp pencil--then make a list of all the bits you need to buy--especially the NEW stuff that you would have to use on a bike made to...
  3. Re: 36 holes minimum front tadpole wheels - fact or myth

    Hi All'
    I have used 36 holes on the rear of all my deltas, and 32 on the front of some bikes and trikes--so far--only two broken spokes on one rear wheel, (36 hole) which thus becomes a 34 spoke...
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    Re: Urgent repairs needed - how ???????

    Hi Paul,
    Just looked in while I had a couple of spare minute on line--- my guess is that you are right --your peddling did most of it!!!
    Factor that into the repairs.
    I think there would be more...
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    Re: stand up electric trike

    Pleased to see two things here--
    one--its front wheel drive---it won't completely tip over backwards under power.
    Two--the batteries (appear) to be in front of you, helping to avoid the above...
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    Re: Steering for cargo trike?

    You are right, the whole front end turned with the handle bars.
    Guess its OK until one wheel hits a bump, then you get bump induced steering in mega proportions!
    You could use the warrior front end...
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    Re: What do you put in yourTrailer?

    Hi,
    I known I am of topic, as its a not question about trailers, but I am sure I will be tolerated(?)
    Petone, seeing as you have a front and a rear load carrying bike, which do you prefer, and why?...
  8. Re: rear fork tube warped like computer stress simulation.

    Hi,
    Simply adding gussets at the bends should be enough. This is not a problem I have heard of on this forum before. (some one else may know better)
    What thickness tube are you using, and (hate to...
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    Re: Looks like another project on the horizon

    Hi,
    If I was going to build another Tandem (no plans at the moment), then I would go for the quad, almost exact copy of Emma's photo. Much safer than trying to sort out the balance problem which...
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    Re: Looks like another project on the horizon

    Hi,
    I may be misinterpreting your ideas, but heres a couple of comments--if they don't apply, just ignore them.
    If you use the Voyager type frame from the cranks back, one each side, then add a...
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    Re: building new wheels more like wide tires

    Mr Idaho,
    Unless you have a lot of weight AND plan on high speed cornering, your 36 holes should up OK . If 20 inch, they will hold up .
    I often had two passengers on the back of my trike (thats...
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    Re: From theory to practice

    Hi,
    Its a lot easier get a good frame with square tube as opposed to round. Every joint is a problem in round, especially for a first build with limited welding experience.
    Won't say it can't be...
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    Re: UtahGuy's Voyager(ish)

    Almost certainly is Alloy framed! Giant do not make a steel frame with that size tubes. I had a similar bike before I woke up and built a Recumbent!
    Steve G,
    Beijing
  14. Re: Custom tadpole bike build, but have a couple questions

    Hi
    No problem with cables high one side and low the other (or back and front, if you want it that way)--its the only way with two identical calipers. Matching left / right sets are available, but...
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    Re: From theory to practice

    Well,
    In theory, that's a good way to get started in on the practical work!!
    Lets hope the theory works in practice!

    Serious (if possible) --you are off to a good start--have fun, and do share...
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    Re: Ha! Ha! Fooled me good and proper.

    Trailers and towing!!! We all must have a stupid story about that.
    My most hilarious (stupid) mistake was making a quick decision to move an engineless Mercedes from the front of the shed, up the...
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    Re: Hello

    Welcome from China!!
    More accurately, an Ozzie in China. There are a few guys that have had the same question as you. You will get answer from some of these "experienced people", hope.
    At 150...
  18. Re: Pillow block bearing size vs rear frame end length

    Hi,
    Should be no problem--Just make sure that the axle is far enough away from the cross tube to allow clearance on the discs!
    Steve G,
    Beijing
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    Re: Delta trike USS different approach?

    Mridaho,
    Unless I misread your "rough" (its not that bad) sketch, the linkage is correct! Depends in the handle bar connections, which are not too clear in the sketch, but the idea will work....
  20. Re: Custom tadpole bike build, but have a couple questions

    Hi,
    If you pick a range of plans, not just Tadpoles, you will have more info than you ever need to make anything! The six pack really is the way to go, because, especially in youe case, they will...
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    Re: Hi from Illinois

    Hi From China!!
    Best advice now is that you get yourself a six pack of Brads plans. I know you don't want to build six bikes (yet) but they information is so useful that it will save you far more...
  22. Re: Custom tadpole bike build, but have a couple questions

    HI,
    Your fear of lacing wheels is unfounded!!!!
    It is not hard---after the first one(or two) Usually that means two goes at the same wheel.
    If you are using the complete front fork to hold the...
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    Re: Ha! Ha! Fooled me good and proper.

    Basic rule is that 1.75 is not 1 3/4 when it comes to bike tyres.
    A decimal size must be replaced with a decimal size, not a fractional size, and vice versa.
    Don't know who dreamed up that sizing...
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    Re: A Warrior / Thunderbolt hybrid build.

    HI,
    Nice work.
    As to the return chain--don't bother with a pulley--just use a plastic hose guide/ cover the chain.
    Steve G
    Beijing
  25. Re: Bought wrong tubing 1/8 wall instead of 1/16 wall

    Yes you could use it---BUT it would be heavy--too heavy .
    It would be easier to weld.
    It won't bend!
    But it would be too heavy. I had to use 2mm here in China because I could not get 1.5mm---it...
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