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video Recumbent Bike

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.


Don't forget to RATE, COMMENT and SUBSCRIBE (to my youtube channel as well)!

Jodie1233 years ago
Awesome what an inspiration Im going to build one to and will post it when done.
Lets Go Jodie ... GO...
The road is calling you / us.
Good luck and God bless you and your work
Greetings in the moment from Hong Kong
Harry
You GO Jodie123!!!
atfearnside4 years ago
How did he manage to weld/braze strong enough bonds between his various bottom brackets and his various frames, with only "some wrenches, a hacksaw and a propane torch"? Can one braze strong enough joints with a propane torch? My mental holdup in building my own has been just that--I don't have a welder, don't have good friends with one, and don't have a prayer of buying one any time soon. If I could do this with just a propane torch... WHOO HOO!
Most bike frames are silver soldered or brazed, propane is just the job.
Check this out. It worked for me. www.instructables.com/id/Golfcart--Welder/
It was U-bolted and clamped together. Not the sturdiest nor lightest of builds...
also gotta say--the remote steering using sprockets and chain was a huge lightbulb for me... awesome!
www.bikeforums.com had some interesting discussions on the topic of brazing with (it turns out) MAPP gas-fuel hardware-store hand torches. The conclusion of both the hobbyist and the more dedicated framebuilder in the thread was that MAPP gas+handheld was adequate for brazing on little things like bosses for a drink cage, but impractical for things like brazing BB to seat tube, etc. I do take inspiration from your dude, definitely... he just made it happen, rather than being stumped by a lack of this or that. I've just skipped away from a garage sale with a bunch more super cheap chunks for my bike... it's happening! Also, check out www.ihpva.org for all kind o' stuff on folks' recumbents. TY for responding!
i need to build one, but around my house i would need some shock absorbers, dirt roads.
AWESOME I WANT ONE SOO BAD
rippa7003 years ago
Brilliant - when I get some time......
triciab12123 years ago
that's awesome. I think it's very asthetic. i want one :)
zack2473 years ago
that is... really awesome.

im taking a welding class at my school next year, and of course, after school is over theres a whole summer...
Frivolous Engineering (author)  zack2473 years ago
Thanx!
Layout4 years ago
Blowing my own trumpet but it seems a little overdone.

With exactly the same parts you can do something more aesthetic; see my previous instructable for comparison (www.instructables.com/id/Rec-liner-long-wheel-base-recumbent/)
Rec-liner 002.jpg
Frivolous Engineering (author)  Layout4 years ago
That's a great bike and 'ible!   Very Cool!

Feel free to add more construction links, People!

Not overdone, just done differently, Layout. 

Fewer tools than you, including the internet...Aesthetics where the last of the builder's concerns.

Mind you, he did add a welding helmet to the front of the bike.
Tomboys4 years ago
I love bikes like that.
That was really cool.  I've seen those type of bikes around and have always wanted to try one out.  I think I would crash into everything though!
He said that the turning radius wasn't as good as regular bikes, and that you quickly got into the habit of driving defensively.
LUCCHINA4 years ago
Very Cool ;-)
Frivolous Engineering (author)  LUCCHINA4 years ago
Thanx!
Nextraker4 years ago
Looks like fun!!! I'd like to try that!
Just keep your eyes peeled for scrap bike frames!
wibrle4 years ago
 That is awesome! Bike modding at it's best. :D
Frivolous Engineering (author)  wibrle4 years ago
:-)
 That is pretty awesome!  Thanks for sharing.
You're welcome.
greeenpro4 years ago
That's nifty!
I thought so, too!
gagfilms4 years ago
Wow! That was really cool!
sorinescu4 years ago
sweet!
mikeasaurus4 years ago
recumbent bikes are neat, but this belongs in the forum.