I think this is going to work!

I was trying to assemble the trike and noticed that I was having difficulty doing so. I said to myself that I should pause and take pictures and find the best way of assembling the trike. I also have stopped trying to finish the trike in one day. Today I worked on the trike for about 105 minutes; around 30-35 minutes the first “session” then around 70 the second “session”. I’m working on a foldable table, so that goes to show anything can be used to make this trike!

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The picture above shows the backend of the trike. The next version will have just two bars horizontally and one vertical bar. This version has 4 because I didn’t want to waste money on more tubes.

 

The pictures above from left to right show my process: I use my fold up table for work. I had to put a lot of square tubes under to give height to the trike so I could use a c clamp vertically (seen in second and third pics). I have the brass looking c clamp hold the correct position of the bars with a bar in between to keep the right 1 inch distance. I then put a piece of wood under the middle square tube so that the silver c clamp could hold the other piece I wanted to drill holes into. The process worked!

A quick note- the 3 square tubes that the brass c clamp is holding can be placed on the table first to make it easier to clamp them together.

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The rebuild

A lot has happened in 11 days!

  • I have to change hubs for one of the 16″ wheels (work in progress)
  • I have to change how the 16″ wheels are held (still thinking on how to perform task)
  • I tried to roll the trike down a hill and it did 1 revolution
  • I was able to pedal the trike for one revolution
  • I got 2 4′ square steel tubes
  • I found a computer desk with square aluminum tubes!
  • I stripped the trike apart

I am going to replicate the XYZ spaceframe for the rectangular portion of the trike. I was planning out how the trike should look last night.

I’m thinking the crankset is going to be vertical and I’m going to attach the crankset to a piece of wood and then to the vertical square tubes.

Pics to come!

Crankset on, but I’m not off and triking

So I met a new buddy online (drie wiel- via youtube) who’s helping me to figure out the pedals. He gave me an idea for keeping the crankset or bottom bracket of the bike attached to my trike. I carried out the idea (which is shown below). I tried to pedal the trike, but it does up to about a 1/2 of a revolution before it feels like I’m trying to push a ton of bricks with my right foot. I’m thinking I need to make the main frame stronger. I’m going to have to buy a 2″ aluminum frame and build again…

Pics are below of the bottom bracket being held by u- clamps and the trike that won’t move…