Hydraulic drive for trike.? Answered
I am in the (long term) process of rebuilding my tricycle recumbent bike (a tadpole configuration). At present it has the usual long chain driving the rear wheel.
I would like to do away with the long chain for several reasons and am toying with the idea of using a hydraulic drive.
Cylinders at front and rear with the front driven by my feet and the rear driving a standard pedal set with the normal short chain/gear set - in face the rear frame of a standard bike with the hydraulics rams in place of my legs..
I can't find anywhere that this has been done and this worries me as generally what can be done is done.
In metal weight would be a problem but I hope to be able to machine the rams in plastic tubing giving me a light energy transfer from front to back.
Hopefully it will be electric assist as well but that is another matter.
Any comments would be welcome before I commit to building it so I can see why this is such a bad idea.