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  1. MiscDotGeek

    Adjustable swb

    Yep the eyeball method actually works for these bikes/trikes. As for having better tooling... well where's the fun in that!? :p In all seriousness though, flap disks changed my world too. They're cheap, and amazing!
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    Ed's 'StreetRunner' Quad Build

    You can buy little tubing benders for brake lines, and they are very easy to use. It's even easy to put on your own ends if you have the flaring tool. A trip to a local junk yard might yield some ideas for attaching to the frame and also give ideas for mounting the hard line where it joins the...
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    Ed's 'StreetRunner' Quad Build

    Well then I stand corrected. I suppose I should have posed my comment as a question, because I definitely meant it that way. There's a lot I do not know, and in fact now I have some research to do!
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    Ed's 'StreetRunner' Quad Build

    Wow, coming right along! The only thing that caught my eye was the mention of copper hydraulic tubes. Shouldn't those be steel? Given how soft copper tubing is, I'd be leery of using it in a hydraulic application of any sort.
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    Yes it's a wonderful feeling to have it working so I can ride it around. I have missed riding so much, it's been a decade since I last rode! I did also find that I forgot to put a lock nut on the steering headset! Minor issue to fix ;)
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    Adjustable swb

    I look forward to seeing your build unfold! I am now "done" with mine, so I need to tear apart my workshop and clean it. It's got a lot of metal shaving all over the bench and the floor, and no semblance of organization anymore. Part of the problem is that it's quite small. But, that means less...
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    Spent some time this afternoon getting the jackshaft situation sorted out. The very area where the weld broke is the same joint where the wobble is introduced. I was able to use percussive persuasion to straighten it out. Once it was straight, I removed the jackshaft from the bike, took it to...
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    Tilting Tadpole. how does the front mechanical assembly work?

    I would think it would be like a standard A-arm suspension on a car, except the pivot points for the suspension arms meet in the middle and the ball joints at the wheel end have more range than typical.
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    Took it for a spin today and ran a couple of errands. All was well, even had some nice conversations and answered a lot of questions when I parked it outside the local market! Unfortunately the jack shaft gave way again, and so it needs to be fixed. But, it's fixable and I can figure it out...
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    Ed, what happens?

    Great pics Ed! That thing sure is looking good. And your pictures made me home sick a bit. I grew up in the Coachella Valley, not far from Apple Valley/Victorville. I miss the desert. The PNW is great, but the desert will always enchant me.
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    Very cool Metal working Youtube Channel

    Hey guys and gals, I ran across this build and ended up binge watching all 11 episodes! This guy builds an articulating dump truck powered by a 13hp Harbor Freight engine, and it's epic. Lots of salvaged parts and outside the box thinking. He also talks a lot about tools and techniques. I...
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    Sourcing rims

    The stress comes not from going straight, but from turning. When a bike leans into a turn, the wheel still experiences all forces in its centerline. When the same wheel is used in a trike, it experiences lateral forces in a turn that it would never experience on a bicycle. I am wary of this on...
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    Drypod 2

    About failure: Embrace it, learn from it, and keep moving forward. I make a point on my own blog to talk about my failures and my successes for this very reason. There's far too much stuff online that looks like "I did this thing and it worked on the first try!" because they leave out all the...
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    Sourcing rims

    It's all about budget. If you can spend money on double walled rims made to be bomb-proof, then you can. And they cost about $100 each: https://www.velocityusa.com/product/rims/cliff-hanger-559 If you're on a budget like I am, then you use junkyard parts, but go "fat tire" to take some of the...
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    I agree- it needs fenders, and it's going to get them. Unfortunately the air quality today is listed as "Hazardous" and so I'm staying inside and trying not to breathe, let alone go for a ride or even work on my trike. Even so, my lungs hurt. Ugh. Stupid fires.
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    About testing in rainy conditions- I'll have plenty of opportunity. My locale gets an average of 69 inches of rainfall a year! I did manage to find enough leftover coroplast to make fenders, so that'll be a project for this weekend.
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    I did a video walkaround if anyone wants to have a look:
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    I recall my first recumbent (a Meridian) was so very comfortable, I really enjoyed it. I'm excited to have another. My goal is to ride 2 miles a day at the start, working up to 5 miles a day soon and eventually 10!
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    I've reached a stopping point that I am happy with, and I can call it "Done", at least for now. The rest will be fixing any issues (like the jackshaft) and adding all the lighting etc. I went for a 1.6 mile ride today- the longest yet! And it did GREAT. I'm still getting used to it being a...
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    AZ Inspired Trike Build (The Tri-Meridian) is Complete!

    It'll be white, the same color as the coroplast. It's being sealed with packing tape, which doesn't take paint too well. This box is also probably temporary, as it hasn't really turned out the way I'd like. More pictures later this week.
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