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I am building a recumbent trike like the one in the picture (which happened to be my inspiration once I saw it on the gallery of northerntool.com). I will be using 2.5 inch fence post for the frame, a mountain bike, a chair/desk from my school, and various other parts. I plan to make an instructable once I'm done (don't worry, I'll take pics). The pipes won't be bent, but rather welded at angles. The back wheels will be 10" pneumatics. I have a pretty solid idea in my mind of how I'm going to do it, but it won't materialize until I get off my lazy butt (I've been mulling this project over for a few weeks now) and make the sparks fly. Oh yeah, almost forgot. This is green because it will make me feel more inclined to use human powered transportation.

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gearhead1951Best Answer (author)2009-06-24

one very innovative site is atomiczombie, and rqriley has a lot to offer as well!!

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gusrod1948 (author)2010-04-24

I would definitely NOT recommend 2-1/2 inch fence post tubing! I built a prototype trike using 1.25 inch chain link fence railing and it turned out to be GREAT fun to ride but way too heavy for riding more than a very few miles. It came out right at 100 pounds! I overbuilt the frame because I didn't know just how strong it would be but it was far stronger than I expected. I weigh 170 lbs but it easily carried a 200+ lb grandson of mine. I plan on building another trike this summer and will go with a much lighter frame. Good luck on yours.

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The Lightning Stalker (author)2009-09-07

That looks very uncomfortable.

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I built it (similar, not a carbon copy) and it was... uncomfortable. And slow. In other words, it went back into the scrap steel pile for me to reincarnate it.

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jtobako (author)2009-04-26

There's a simplified version here. It looks like you would be driving a soapbox car backwards-'power slide' isn't just the name, it would be your driving style!

Best I could say is to look at the pics at mmjmobile.com and see what you can copy.

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thecheese429 (author)jtobako2009-04-27

Yeah, I've been looking at the designs for awhile, and I'm not trying to copy any one of the designs, but come up with a slightly different one (of course it'll be different, I have no solid dimensions)

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rickharris (author)2009-04-25

Search for recumbent bikes and or Human powered vehicles HPV there are lots of build sites. front wheel drive and rear wheel steering are perhaps not the best options. yes I do have a recumbent I built 20 years ago.

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