Successful test ride!

Today I was determined to ride my trike! I even thought I had the day off of work! After regaining my senses, I made sure that all the nuts and bolts were tightened so I wouldn’t have any accidents. During the testing, I noticed that one of the wheels weren’t turning. I did a little tuning up. Then the other wheel started acting up. I tuned it a little and found a big hill to go down to confirm what the trike could do. It was all or nothing today: either the trike would break, or it would ride! I tried pushing it down a decline and it didn’t seem to go to far. When I sat on it, one of the bottom nuts started scraping the ground. I’m glad a gentleman saw me and said my trike tires needed air. He even mentioned I could get air for free from a bike shop that was close by!

After getting the air for the tires, I found a hill (I live in the Bronx, there are hills galore!). I may not have chosen the best hill, but I wanted a place that had a decline with a decent sidewalk. I found one, but it had mini bumps in it. I had 2 test rides and I fell off of the trike both times because the seat kept flexing left and right. The steering is incredible and sharp! The trike picked up speed like you wouldn’t believe.

My theory of adding a bar for the wheel to be stable is confirmed. I thought I would’ve needed longer bars to sustain the wheel. I’m glad I don’t! Now the only thing remaining is making sure the seat is stable when driving!

I may have set a record with exclamation points!

Once I upload the video to Youtube, then I can put it here:

Secrets for drilling!

I actually made 19 holes within an hour with a bad drill! It has nickel cadmium batteries. It takes about 4 hours to charge the drill. I consider it a miracle in my book that I made 19 holes in an hour! The drill usually drills only 8 holes and then quits on me after about a 4 hour charge. That’s more than 2 times the holes!

I have to drill 5 more holes and then assemble the trike again to see if it can support my weight.

On to what the subject of this post is about:

I have found the way to drill consistent holes through aluminum, and it is best to first drill with a small bit through a square tube and make sure that there is a hole on both sides of the tube. Then get a bigger drill bit and drill through the small hole. To make the drilling easier, pour a little cold water over the hole to drill a hole faster. When drilling, try to keep a steady hand, and I did this by looking at the drill bit and making sure it was at a 90 degree angle to the tube. It helps if you can see the second or bottom hole that you’re trying to drill with the bigger drill bit since you can enter the tip of the bit into the hole that was made by the smaller drill bit. This ensures that the holes are aligned for putting a steel rod straight through both holes. I noticed when I put the smaller drill bit with the V at a 45 degree angle that is tilted to the upper right, that the drill bit tended to veer to the left. With that knowledge, I was able to make markings that would allow me to put holes in the dead center of the square tube. I believe if I apply more pressure with the first spin of the drill bit, that would increase the probability of getting a hole dead center as well.

Working on making coroplast frame and recent incidents…

I’m getting excited that I’m getting closer to finishing my trike. There are so many resources that I’m finding that it’s unbelievable!

Here are a few: texasrecumbents.wordpress.com, recumbents.com, coroplast.com, thestuffwebuild.com, and metalsdepot.com.

Who would’ve believed (I couldn’t!) that the websites referencing the above would have the names of the things I was searching for! With that aside, I noticed that people were making coroplast shells (to be protected from the elements) from recumbent trikes that already exist. I haven’t bought or found a recumbent trike that already exists, but I wanted to copy techniques that were used so I can make a shell for mine. I have a 3d modeling program called “Blender” and I came across a snag: I need to somehow allow space for the front wheels to turn, but not leave gaping holes so I can ride in the winter and be protected from the elements.

Right now I’m waiting for an aluminum tube to come in so I can have the front wheel bear sustainable weight so that the wheels don’t break off like last time! So let me tell you what I was told about ordering (I won’t say the company to keep them from embarrassment): I called on a Friday morning (the order was placed on Tuesday) and asked about the shipment coming in since I had it sent to the store. I was asked why didn’t I call on Wednesday. Then I was told I should come into the store if I wanted to place an online order?!?!? I was ultimately told it takes two weeks for a delivery (I ordered online from the company before and the item/s usually come in the same week). I don’t know if the person who answered the phone recognized my voice, or if he wasn’t thinking straight when he gave me those answers. Why would I come to a store to order online? Why did I need to call on Wednesday? I asked if I came into the store and could show their online price was cheaper, could I get it for the online price, and the answer was no. So I wait now till Friday to get ready to work on my trike.

So I plan on transferring my Razor scooter equipment to my trike. And guess what? My charger broke! I’m not sure how, but I opened it up and it looked like something went totally wrong! Something looked like it leaked over all the insides. So it took about 3 weeks to get another charger (1) because I was trying to get it for cheap (2) because I was waiting for funds (3) it took about a week to get it after ordering. So I finally get the charger, and I have the charger with its short length cord plugged into the wall. My wife inadvertently trips over it and the bit that goes into the scooter pops off! The prongs were still connected to the charger’s cord, but the prongs have to go in a certain way. So I tried to guess how to plug it in. I think I charged it incorrectly, but the batteries had juice.

Riding it to work it seemed slower than usual, and I thought it was because I had tinkered with the scooter in the previous weeks and that the chain that I had slackened had to “regroup” itself. So at work I try charging the scooter, and I must’ve put the charger the wrong way because about two blocks up the road, the scooter got tired on me! I found out the chain fell off! So I went back into the school building and fixed the chain. I left off the area that covers the chain in case it fell off again (which did happen). Now riding back it sounds like the scooter got tired from the ordeal. I’m thinking it’s the chain again, but I remember it had that sound when I exhausted the battery on another sojourn. So it rode for some of the ride home. A 20 minute trip became a 45 minute trip! This had me think of putting pedals on the trike for just in case moments like that… (although I still have to see if the trike can ride with a friction based motor)…

Stay tuned…