Today, my youngest assistant, Seth Robert and I took the Tanktrike out to the big playground near our home and gave it a thorough test ride. We took the most broken up sidewalk route there without incident, rode standing and sitting down, single and tandem and I feel very satisfied and a little tired. We took it home on the road and it handled very well.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The newest version of the Tanktrike front end. Some custom fit square aluminum tubing and some scrap salvaged from a junked wheelchair will brace the new aluminum I-beam main tube extension. I am getting excited because I expect to have the frame reassembled shortly.
Friday, July 25, 2014
This trike is a front wheel drive, rear wheel steer trike. It is made from parts from two different "Big Wheel" style trikes. The front end was restored after almost being consumed by rust. It was left laying out after being covered in salt water during Hurricane Sandy. The frame length is adjustable to allow it to comfortably fit kids of various sizes. I teach in a school with special education high school students, some of whom have issues that prevent them from ever riding a regular bike. I think in this picture, it is set up for a person around 5' 10". I will probably shorten the extra tubing that sticks out the back and reconnect the brake. I'm not worried about the brake as it will rarely be used anywhere but in the gym and it's fairly slow. Cutting the extra tubing would make it a tad lighter.
Monday, May 5, 2014
The rumor is has that spring has arrived! It must be mad bike scientist season!. Picked up a new project on Saturday. a front wheel drive/steer recumbent tandem. Another one of a kind vehicle. I have also picked up new materials for the tank trike and looking forward to picking up the build on that.
Monday, August 19, 2013
The Tanktrike Lives. Dusk on the last day of our trip, Ian test rode it with a unpadded wooden seat form on it. Brakes work, chain stayed on, steered ok.
Next steps: finish seat, tweak steering, create rear rack/fender,