This is not a typical instructable that has a list of parts, dimensions and build instructions. It’s more of an Inspire-able.
I had a long conversation with the builder of a recumbent bike. He’s passionate about biking and recumbents. He built his bike using only basic hand tools: some wrenches, a hack-saw and a propane torch.
Almost all the parts were salvaged and cost him nothing. Just a couple of bike frames, bike hardware and rails from a bed frame. For the seat he used an inner tube, two bike handles, and some rad hose, covered with a piece of tarp.
Building a recumbent bicycle from salvaged bike parts involves using what you can find, and building it to fit YOUR body. Therefore each bike is a unique, one-of-a-kind creation: a mobile sculpture that surprises the eye and awakens the child in all of us.
At the end of our conversation he asked me one question: When was I going to build one?
Later, I thought to myself: why build just one? Why not pass along some of his ideas and maybe inspire a whole bunch of folks to build them?
If you decide to build one, please come back to this instrucable and share your experiences and post photos of your build.