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!


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.


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…