Pedal power problems…

I’m having trouble aligning the crankset with the sprocket on the back wheel. Once that’s completed, I’ll have a working trike for the people! It’s the People’s Trike! The problem at first was that it was hard to pedal! I felt like I was going to pull a hamstring muscle! I had to loosen the pieces that hold the pedals and chain ring. The force of pedaling causes a shift of the crankset.

In the picture right below, I thought I would use U bolts to hold the crankset to the trike. It doesn’t hold steady with my pedaling strength. I tried to use self tapping screws (#14) to hold the crank arm? as well. It seems something needs to hold the crank arm on the sides as well to keep it from shifting.

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The picture below shows how I’m ensuring that the bike chain is fed to the chain ring and back wheel sprocket correctly (via PVC pipes). The back wheel “feed” is shown right below. Those two blue tubes are the key to keeping the crankset aligned.

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Pictures of the chain feed from the middle to the back.

 

I’m getting there!

Here are pics of the trike in its totality.

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