Got the brakes on!

I’m glad that I have gotten this far! The joy of being so close to completion is incredible! I thought I would be able to use the brake from the scooter that I have, but it seems the part that holds the tire is not designed for bikes, but for the scooter. That means I had to get calipers. I thought I was sold a lemon after coming home and seeing that it didn’t match the wheel and didn’t look like it was a match. After some tinkering, I saw that I was able to get the calipers to hold the wheel when I used the brake handle with the wire attached to the caliper (pics below). I am amazed at how easy something can be when research is done!

I was able to figure out how to put all of the scooter parts onto my trike (area for motor, batteries, and controller). Regrettably I opened the motor to see if I could take the shaft off of it and I heard a popping sound as if I opened up a can or bottle of soda. That seemed to have messed with the magnetization of the motor. I was able to get it working again but while trying to fix, the inner magnets were being chipped to pieces! My final try at getting something onto the shaft led to the motor not working. (I found some round magnets from a shower curtain that I’m going to try to see if that helps with the magnetization).

Below are some pics:

 

I can’t wait for the next model! I may just chop off the front of a bike and attach square tubes to it with self tapping screws. Stay tuned for that!

PS. I am first working on getting a working motor onto the back to see how it handles with a motor. Once I have that confirmed, I may put this one up for sale and work on the next model.

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So close to completion!

Here are some pics of the prototype (please note that the next model would contain wood only for the seat, and 16 inch wheels).

Once I have the brakes and electric motor on, I plan on doing a material count to see all the materials necessary for the build, and also posting a ride on the trike. The one thing I do know now is that it is very beneficial to get donor bikes as the parts can be taken from them, I’m thinking even the brakes (it’s only a theory now since I had to buy brake calipers to try and use the Razor Scooter brake handle and wire). I wasn’t concerned about the brakes as I thought I would be able to stop with my feet, but I’ve experienced why there are brakes on bikes and people don’t stop their bikes like the Flintstones! It is possible to stop the trike with feet only, but it is only ideal if the trike is going straight. I had to pat the ground with my foot instead of doing a hard brake with my heels (that would cause an injury to the ankles and other parts if done continually and with high speeds).

I bought some brake calipers yesterday and have figured out how it should hook up to the Razor’s brake handle and wire. The wire has like a metal coating over it that makes it difficult to just pull out the wire and wrap around the caliper. If I would’ve known that, I would’ve just bought a donor bike!

Till next time…