Inspiration for this project came from the following pages:
The $18 Recumbent Bicycle
Build your own recumbent bike, the camel bike
Why? Because I wanted a recumbent, but I'm too cheap to buy one, and I'm too lazy to build a traditional one. It may be ugly, but it's the most comfortable bike I've ridden!
Step 1: Principles and Tools of the Project
1) Buy nothing new if available materials suffice.
2) No torches.
3) No special tools.
The good news is that by following these principles, I purchased nothing expressly for this project, and I saved my MAPP gas for more serious projects. On the other hand, aesthetics and perhaps safety are sub-optimal.
The tools I used:
- power drill (not necessary, but it prevents tendonitis)
- metal snips
- wood saw
Obviously, by discarding my principles and using better tools, one can make a much better bike. I dare not suggest that anyone exactly follow my instructions; I offer this Instructable merely to give others some ideas.
Step 2: Choose Donor Bikes
The frameset donor should be female. Ideally, it should be large--at least designed for 26" wheels. I used an old road bike frameset that had been sitting around unused for about 15 years.
The drive donor should be no larger than the frameset donor. It may be smaller, at it is in this example. I used a kid's BMX-style bike.