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I made and rode recumbent bikes and trikes for 20 years. Rather than build from someone else's designs, I designed my own. These are some I built. The White/grey one I built about 17 years ago from scrap I found, it would have been around my sixth or seventh build from memory. The only things I bought for it were the front hubs and spokes, the rear rim and spokes, tyres, tubes and steel for the frame. I rode this fellow practically everyday for about 15 years. I was younger and stronger then so I fitted a modified cassette just behind the front crossmember fitted with a modified front deraileur. This compensated for the 20" wheels and gave the trike four ranges, two very low and two very High. It was fitted with underseat steering which got a little skittish over 50 kph. Tie rods ends were made in my workshop from small bits of angle iron. This was a great ride, quite fast, very comfortable and my little dogs loved it, couldn't go without them, first Toby and then Dennis. Eventually the drive train wore out and so instead of fixing it, I hung it up in my workshop and built a two Wheeler.

I never got the two wheeler to the paint stage, I fell off trying to ride it around my small back yard badly gashing my leg and smashing my head on a concrete pot. With this, my wife convinced me to build another trike. The two wheeler was parked around the back of my workshop where it sat rusting away for quite a while.

Next I made a trike using Deore parts from my MTB, including hydraulic disks. Placement of the front crossbar is critical, too far forward and it's impossible to get out of, too far back results in rear wheel slip on loose surface upgrades when pedalling hard. I made this one with the bar too far back, so making it easy to get out of but resulting in rear wheel slip, so I retired this this one.

The last one I made had 9 position adjustable suspension, hydraulic disks, Deore cycle parts, 20" wheels at front, 700c wheel at back and two degree camber and caster. I threaded the tie rod with left and right threads, to ease toe in adjustments. The seat back was 3mm ally and shaped to follow the line of my back. I fitted this trike with tank steering, which is a lot better than USS at any speed.. It had 6mm tie rod ends linking steering joints, chain idlers were turned up from Delrin and fitted with ball bearings. The frame was a departure from previous designs, resulting in a little weight loss. All up it weighed 19kgs. I placed the crossbar a fair way forward, resulting in Good rear wheel grip but it made life difficult to get out off. One had to apply brakes, rock the body back and forward until enough inertia was built up to get out of it. Eventually I came up with a better plan: slam on the brakes and the momentum threw you forward and out of the seat.

All up I made 12 recumbents, three two wheelers and 9 trikes. Trikes are a blast to ride, seriously comfortable and quite fast. Two wheelers are seriously fast, recumbents were banned from competing against diamond frames back around 1930, the ban is still in place.

Eventually I took the white/grey one down from the roof, cut it up and discarded it, same with the trike with the wheel slip and then the two wheeler. I still have the final build trike, but never ride it as my hips are now shot.
 

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Recumbents are not something you see everyday, certainly not in this part of the world - probably a bit more common in city areas?

I've never ridden one but as someone keen on cycling in days of yore, often wonder about the claims that they are more comfortable and natural than upright bicycles.
 
Sitting in a recumbent is like sitting in a lounge chair, whereas sitting on a diamond frame is like sitting on a misshapen plank of wood.
:wtf:Cant wait to see these recumbent's take off in the Tour de France! All those Pro World Cycling teams have been doing it wrong for centuries!:laughing:
 
This may be an over-simplification, but as far as hobbies go, I think that motorcyclists in general tend to be more likely to think "outside of the box". I belong to an antique motorcycle club and during our "garage hopping" rides get to see what the other riders are up to. The skill sets you come across are mind-boggling. It doesn't hurt that most own a decent assortment of tools, a garage to hunker down in, are good with their hands, and not afraid to make (inexpensive) mistakes. Beer usually plays a part in the some of the decision making.

To pass the time (long winters here), I enjoy working with aluminum, simple electronics, and trying to teach myself guitar. Throw them all in one pot and this is what I've come out with. Some electric guitar expression pedals. The circuits (schematics are on the net) are clones of popular big name pedals. Best part is that they literally use only a few dollars worth of electronics.

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Well, you won't see it will you? Remember, recumbents are banned as I said in my post. That aside, a recumbent would not do well in this event anyway as hills put recumbents at a disadvantage. Here's some info on recumbents and the ban. https://bikeroute.com/NationalBicycleGreenwayNews/2013/06/30/best-history-of-the-recumbent-why-its-faster-how-it-came-to-be-banned/#:~:text=The banning of recumbents from,cyclists will be eternally grateful.
Toglhot, you really should lighten up a bit; you're far too serious!
 
The post was meant as an alternative hobby of mine, similar to my carb conversion build, or PMA conversion. I would imagine you'd get a lot more interest if you post it under a title more suited to your alternative hobby, and more importantly, under your own name, you won't get much traffic under mine!
But, by all means, post 'your' alternative hobby here.
 
Toglhot, you really should lighten up a bit; you're far too serious!
Now how do you get too serious out of my post, simply a statement of fact and pointing anyone interested to an article about recumbents being banned. Just so you don't think I'm being too serious again, how's this::laughing::laughing::laughing:

Now I think about it, I think your taking me too seriously. I'll add the little laughing man after all my posts from now on, so as not to be taken too seriously.
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The post was meant as an alternative hobby of mine, similar to my carb conversion build, or PMA conversion. I would imagine you'd get a lot more interest if you post it under a title more suited to your alternative hobby, and more importantly, under your own name, you won't get much traffic under mine!
But, by all means, post 'your' alternative hobby here.

Change the heading to, "Alternative hobby of mine" and get the moderator to remove all other posts that are not yours..........
 
Sorry if I'm missing something here but isn't the thread titled 'Alternative hobby'. Whilst you posted yours why should others post theirs?
Apologies - that should have read 'why should'nt others post theirs?' If folk want to post comments about your particular interest all well and good but I suspect it would also be interesting to see what others get up to?
 
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