Free metal ideas

This is more of a reference just for me in case I can’t find it on my computer!

I just watched a Tedx talk with Manuel Forjaz about being a millionaire. His concept of becoming a millionaire is interesting, and he gives good examples. He also mentioned getting free resources. I don’t mind paying a few dollars to keep costs at a minimum with making the trike. $20 or up to $50 if I can get all that I need.

Here are some ideas of how I can get my hands on some free metal for the trike:

–furniture (ie. bed frames)

-metal from bikes

-metal tables

-gym equipment

-display stands

-clothes rails

-storage racking

Metal tables seem like a good idea since I think I should be able to find square tubes from metal tables.


Tricks for trike work

Below is a picture of a ~7 inch steel rod with a hex nut and duct tape (the hex nut is used to measure the distance of the hub’s lip over the steel rod). Duct tape is very versatile and I plan on using duct tape and transparent tape as a sort of bearing. I put this rod through the hub of the bike wheel to imitate a bike’s axle with all of its pieces (like ball bearing, nut, washer, etc.). I want to ensure that my steel rod is able to support my weight, and therefore testing is needed. The steel rod is geared towards wheels that may be taken from scrap bikes to be used on the trike project.20160417_202237This is the drill (Genesis) that has been a great help! It’s 12 volts! 20160417_145439This is the hole that was put in the square tube by the drill. My trick is to put cold water on the area that I’m going to put a hole through. I believe the holes were placed through the square tube in under a minute! I even was able to drill those 1/2 inch self tapping screws with ease!20160417_145408

Fully functional trike…

The trike is technically “fully functional” albeit the trike is not fast! I now have to figure out how to make the trike able to sustain my weight and move fast. I enjoy the design of the trike, but I may have to replicate the diamond shape that is prevalent in bikes in order to distribute my weight better. Maybe I need to have the seat reclined to take some weight off…


Here’s the video for the wheel spinning safely:

I reference 110lbs. I am in the ballpark of weighing 180lbs. I have to see if I can get a test rider that’s lighter than me and see…

Stay tuned.