I soon found out, to do it this way you end up with a front wheel drive front wheel steer configuration. Less than ideal but if this were ideal I would have a functioning welder so that point really is moot. I built this in an afternoon with the sole intention of having a funky bike to ride so I apologize for the lack of build photos. I wasn't going to do an instructable but Luke over at makezine.com asked me to, so this is a brief rundown of what it took to build my recumbent.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- 2 Cresent Wrenches
- Angle grinder with a cut off wheel (or hacksaw)
- Drill and Bits
- Allen Wrenches
- Hammers (lots of hammers)
Step 2: Chop Shop
The only prep I did to the "Y" frame bike was to gut the bottom bracket and exchange the fork for the one from the mountain bike.
Step 3: Marriage
Here I spread, ground, bent, tweaked and beat the fork so that it would fit over the rear triangle of the donor bike.
Once I set the angle and successfully tightened things down I attached the seat post to some pieces of an old Schwinn saddle to anchor it to the neck of the other bike. (Picture 2) This works two fold; it allows the front to rotate freely and it uses the seat post which lets me adjust the distance from the pedals to the seat. (Sneaky huh?)