Think different: forget the bike, get a chair. A big comfy one.
Build a recumbent frame to go under and ride in style!

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Step 1: Chop Chop

Nibble up your leather

Step 2: Get Framed

This takes time and guesswork. Measure things like your legs, a bit of giggling.
Made up a 2" pine mock up and chopped up some junk bikes... MTB for the rear - and a kids's bike with 18" wheel for the front.

Step 3: Steel Yourself

Actually Julian did this for me. I'm a bit wooden. He copied my pine pattern behind in 2" square section steel. V solid. the clamps are trying to guess the chain runs with Juriaan Bol's chain runners ( he does recumbent bits.

Step 4: Back Up

This has to be very strong.

Step 5: Full Frontal Nerdity

I just guessed rake angle - the human eye is a wonderful thing. In the end I can almost ride it no hands...

Step 6: Chained Up

Yep, it works. Two and half old chains....

Step 7: Screwed

Together, so I can take into two for easy transport.

Step 8: And Screwd Again

No huge precision required. It just has to work, be strong and look pretty on top.

Step 9: Three Point Linkage

So the thing doesn't wobble... and goes together / comes apart quick.

Step 10: Skid Row

Castors are a very very bad idea. But the leather takes a scraping - ask any biker. So here's a bit of scrap oak. The fuel line is a tilt device - it works to some extent but by the time I hear it I'm probably wobbling in a tight corner and in trouble enough.

Step 11: Skid Stops

Can pull them out or replace..

Step 12: Strong Stuff

The 18" was replaced by 20" front end with v-pull brakes. This improves ride height and helps pull up. You have to pay for real comfort, and this saddle is sooooooh heavy.

Step 13: This Is It

Armchair or bike - you decide.

Step 14: Does My Bum Look Big in This?

41" inches wide. For less than a Double-sprung Gel Comfort saddle.

Step 15: Armchair Cyclist

My other bike is an armchair.

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    117 Discussions


    3 years ago

    OMG! How lovely saddle this is!


    9 years ago on Step 15

    What would look kewl, (if it didn't add too much weight) would be to use the side lever, and some of the mechanism from a recliner foot rest, to put down either the "skid" pipes, or wheeled "landing" gear.  Then as youy come to a stop, you could reach over and pull the lever, just as you come to a stop, still upright...

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    7 years ago on Step 15

    Needs a small gas engine.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've never seen anything like this before!
    How much does it weigh? Does it make it hard to start or stop?


    I have always fancied bikes with a sitting down style to them. Makes me feel down to earth, like literally. Is it hard to get going in that thing. I can see attaching training wheels or something and it be perfect for parents to ride along with their kids. Now all you need is a TV screen and popcorn to make it the all in one ride.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I saw that you got the chair on ebay but is there any specific name or was it just a one time deal


    11 years ago on Step 15

    lol, this would be a sweet ride. i'm assuming left/right turns gotta suck due to the weight of the sofa. with the pedals so far up to the handle bars, it would be impossible to move from a stop and maintain a constant speed without tipping over or even 5 minutes without getting exausted.

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Its actually easy to ride - i can do u-turns in the street just like normal bike - the little bits of pipe tell me when i'm just about to bottom out, the only handling issue is weight - its a dog to start on a hill. imagine a recumbent loaded up with touring gear doing a hill start - exactly the same. easy to ride slowly and deft - i did the london world naked bike ride on it - very slow packed riding in among 1000 very vulnerable riders - no problems. when you get speed up its a blast - looks great.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    why don't you put caster wheels in place of the pipe. or better yet TRAINING WHEELS. that would make you extra hardcore.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    wait.... You where naked? And a bunch of other British dude(tte)s? I'd say England's weirder than I thought, but America's the biggest glass house there is.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    or up/down turns.. those are killer... hahah just kidding. but i have an idea to make stopping/staring easier (maybe) if you were to hook up, instead of one of the brakes, a pair of skis (not really skis but more like platforms) to hold the bike up when stopped. so when you pull whatever lever you choose to use for it the platforms will push down and hold the bike level then when you want to go pedal and release the lever


    Well, even though this is rhetorical, I shall respond! Each "section" of the couch would have a frame underneath, so both would peddle and be supported. the rear wheels would probably have to be fixed on a single axle, or only one wheel. And biking with your "fuzzy-bunny" or whatever would be a great incentive to exercise!


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    see couch bike at bike forest. Brent Curry's marvelous sofa bike - side by side just as you envisage....


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I have already planned on doing this with my friends. I just need to find out how to do that without welding, if possible, or an easy way to get it welded.