Recumbent cycle: "blue sky" design query
However, I feel that I "ought" to cycle more, for shopping trips and the like. I quite like the idea of switching to a recumbent, but they are expensive (current available funds: zero).
So, I'm playing with the idea of rebuilding my mountain bike into a recumbent (and learning how to weld on the fly?).
In the sketch below;
- The black section is the back of the old bike, turned upside down.
- The blue section is the front of the donor bike.
- The red part would need fabricating somehow.
Would the bike, as I have sketched it, in principle, work?
I'm bothered about stability, especially at take-off and landing. Am I worrying unnecessarily? I have access to a second donor cycle. Is there any mileage thinking about "doubling up" the blue section, to make a trike? Not massively wide, but I could add luggage space, or an extra rear-facing chair-style seat.
Brakes: before I cut up the bikes, am I right in thinking that I just remove the cables and levers from the handle-bars and add them to the under-seat steering?
Gears: the donor bike is a mountain bike, but I never used all the gears anyway. This area is pretty flat - can I get away without any gears?
Coasting: although the back of the donor bike ends up upside-down, it is still turning the same way, so I can still coast OK.
I'm sure I've missed something obvious...
Anyway, even though I've not decided to do this for certain, I'd appreciate any comments or thoughts.