Sometime ago I wrote an article regarding my trike that I had built from scratch .
It was a bolt together frame and built from various parts of bikes that I recycled.
It has rear suspension for comfort when riding over the roughest roads.This was cut from a mountain bike with an aluminum frame.I used the seat post as my seat back support.A pipe was bolted to the lower bar that originally past forward to the fork tube.The pedals were from an old Fugi 10 speed.The pedal tube was from a noname bike with 12 speeds.That was bolted to the pipe that ran from front to back,passing under the seat.I rebuilt an English 3speed hub to except a deraileur sprocket on the hub using the original 3spd sprocket as an adapter to mount the multi spd sprocket on the rear wheel.The result is a rear hub that is a full 10×3=30spds all on the rear wheel.#more sprockets on the pedals is a full 90spds.I re-spoked the fragile rear whell with a wide rim of 26inch size.Later it may be a 29inch for better travel characteristics.
You may ask why so many gears?I intend to tour this summer with no problems climbing hills or keeping pace on downhills.
Tune in again and I will be working to find a way to add a jackshaft to further the ease of pedaling along.I was thinking about a possible sail setup that would make a tailwind useful.Many states here in the USA do not allow electric power units on bicycles/Trikes.The multiple power units would make the trip a little more pleasant without police lights pulling behind me.I know of no law using the wind on the highways.(as long as it is not a hazard).
I also have placed a solar cell atop the trike for the charging of batteries and it will make a great shade provider. on sunny days as well as on overly sunny days.
During the night when I might get hung up to ride a little after dark,I have a 12volt Bicycle Generator in the ready to engage position.The voltage controller that came with the solarcell works to charge from both Gennie and solar cell with a cutout relay from RadioShack. Central Tractor Stores sell a book on Wind and solar cells for children that explains the procedures.
Running lights are from a auto parts store.They run down the left and right sides of the frame,seat frame and end up on both sides of the frame in front of the axle.
My headlights are converted bullseye minilights for a car.The conversion is 12volt quartz halogen mini spot bulbs from a haardware store.2 more mini lites are superbrite LEDs in mini flashight conversions.(original insides removed and heftier electronics installed.Finally a small rechargable 12volt light installed behind the semi-reclined seat.Seat is lightweight sheet aluminum covered with hi density foam and then with a type of breatable cordura..It looks good and works for me.
Steering is direct and tilts into corners by tilting the axle.I havent flipped it yet.
I am currently working on converting a bike trailer into a small lightweight untility trailer.I am for the moment a little delayed in my work on bicycles.While The local hospital was saving my life after I had a stint with severe ilness hittting me.Someone broke in and stoled all my bicycle tools.
Wrenches I have had for the past 40years orso.My grandfathers antique wrenches,My dads and his brothers tools that I have always used.They took only my tools.It is like someone who thought it would stop my love of this hobby.If you are blocked in your process then lokk for the way.Over,under,around or though.It will be awhile till I can budget the replacement of those tools that I once uced in my bike shop.Till then I guess theres time to think what the next idea is..
See You soon dear friends.