This missing post from last week has a good shot of the front end: pre-hacksaw. The front end, slimmed down somewhat, has the alloy wheels with new spindles, and a even lighter steering setup with ht. adjustment.
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,
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Back on Track? This is the latest version of the rear end. The custom seat design is yet to be completed.
This is the latest version of the rear end with the new FSA bottom bracket and the Xtracycle frame extension. Tomorrow, I will have the drive train complete and a field test ready tanktrike. The custom seat design is yet to be completed. I think it's time to take some measurements.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
The front end now has 20"alloy wheels, an even lighter steerer setup, and brand new spindles. I have the new rear wheel with shifter etc. I also have a pile of materials for doing a cool seat. including the black banana seat with a sissy bar. My brother is coming in next week and I want to have this beast ready!
This project has just had the 40% of the damn thing junked! The parts shown and a rear wheel are basically all that is left.
The silver and blue frame in this picture will supply the new back half, though I might save the bottom bracket, crankset and rear brakeset. I'm fairly sure this next step will solve the major problems and a least make it ridable. This is assuming the new frame fits! Wish me luck. I'm waiting once again for delivery of Tanktrike parts.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
My efforts to solve the bottom bracket ht. issue by adding the section of frame from the Mixte frame were a failure. The change introduced way to much flex in the frame and I can't figure a way to fix it. I'm probably going to find a larger rear suspension frame and use that instead of two frame sections bolted together. I haven't been able to find a cheap frame of the type that matches the setup from the pivot point and has the bottm bracket in the right place.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This has turned into a much bigger project than I ever imaged! I replaced the whole rear end with a kids suspension bike frame with a 6 speed cluster and a proper brake setup. Then I decided the whole thing now rode way too close to the ground. I replaced the spindles to be able to install the 20" custom wheels off the old trike. This gave us a lot more ground clearance and hopefully easier rolling. I need to install the new tie-rods, and provide a shifter and brake lever. Hopefully, we will have our first test ride this weekend!