Does anybody know this bike?

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I'm sorry if this isn't the right place on the forum.
I have found photos of a wooden recumbent on Pinterest, which were linked to this forum, but the link does not work anymore. Does anybody know the builder, or has extra photos? I am particularly interested in the dimensions of the main chassis beam.

 
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Ok first off...

There was an older Forum only recently vacated and the picture is there , try this link :-

https://web.archive.org/web/20150414181055/https://forum.atomiczombie.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=3784&catid=popimages&orderby=views

It does have a few dimensions ?


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Frame constructed from 1/2" plywood, "chain stays" are 3/4" oak, and seat supports are 3/4" plywood. Almost 9' long and weighs a bit over 50 lbs.

At a guess the front wheel will be 20" and the rear either 24" or more likely 26"

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Stormbird, thanks for your help. Too bad I can not find more info about Dancy, maybe old posts in which the bike was mentioned. I would like to know the width and height of the frame. Any tips are appreciated!
 
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Well there are plenty of clues ? i.e

the width can be worked out by using the width of the rear wheel axle and deducting chain stay width + a doubler at frame end + maybe a small spacer , as main frame is 1/2" plywood that will be either 2 or 3 or more likely 4 thicknesses ?

height of frame ? not sure what you mean by this.

Do you realise it will not be a very nice bike to ride ?

To long having the turning circle of a battleship

To much tiller making it difficult to start off and do any sharp turns

Probably to little trail...

There are better bikes out there.

Have you tried a simple Google search ? wooden recumbent plans

Also it is not a no-weld option , there are lots of custom brackets attaching metal bits to wooden bits..
 
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Thanks stormbird. I am aware this bike is not a great one. I just wanted to know how the main chassis boom reacts under stress. Since I want to build a wooden recumbent as well and I dont know how big the chassis should be. The difference is that I will base my plans on Brad's.
 
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Paul,

I want to replicate the plans of the Marauder as much as possible. I really like the low look of it, and I am looking for a high speed bike, which it should be. That is a very long bike, so the strength of the frame is important. I am sure a 2x4 would hold, but it is as heavy as a battleship, to use your words ;) My running plan for now is to have 2 sheets of high quality birch ply of 9 mm (3/8") thick, with a 4 cm (1,5") hardfoam core, finished with glasfiber and epoxy. I don't think I need a chassisbeam of 4" if I use the ply and hardfoam, but 1,5" as by the original plans is to narrow for sure. I am now thinking of 2,75" height, but I can not back it up with any calculations since I do not have that knowledge.
However, I am looking at a lot of different plans of wooden recumbents, aspecially for the fixings of the wheels, BB, steering etc. I have read some info about trail etc, but since I use the measurements of the Marauder, that should be ok. I will send you a PM for the plans.
Why wood? I like working with it. I like the sawdust. My hobby is making wooden toys. My workshop is filled with woodworking tools. I can not weld, although I am sure I can learn. And, I just want to try. Maybe I will fail, but I will learn from it.
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DR. Bob: This whole forum is about "Maybe I will fail". The other side of the coin is "Maybe I won't". You will never know until you give it a go. Sure, it may be 3 steps forward, followed by 2 steps backward at times, but so is life.

Give it a go. You'll be better for having tried it - but be prepared to not stop at just one.
 
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