I have been sketching and thinking of a home build for quite a while. Maybe I will get round to it one day! I work on N + 1 as the ideal number of bikes/trikes but don't have the budget to feed my desire.
I have started riding Audax on the trike, very comfy but slow and solitary whilst riding. I fancy something suspened with two wheels rather than three. I know Audax isn't a race but I can't help wanting to be quicker.
Let me know if you start your build Paul, would be interested in bouncing ideas around.
at the moment i am thinking getting a broken DF for the mechanicals and building a high light recumebent frame to hold them, based on the sculptures of K Snelson
im thinking of using garden center bamboo for the compression members and 60 lbs fishing line from boys for the tensile members
Had to Google Snelton - I think I can envisage what you mean. perhaps like a Moulton bike but not just struts but with members in tension as well.
Audax - is a cycling sport in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit.
I am contemplating something from carbon fibre.
I haven't bought it locally, just online.
East Coast Fibreglass suppplies for resin.
Easy Composites for cloth.
Have yet to really get to grips with it. I suspect that the only thing is learn by doing.
Sorry for the delay, been rather busy.
Two possible alternatives - 1) polyurethane foam core then vacuum bagged CF over that. Downside would be additional weight of foam, I have yet to work out what that will be. Also might be difficult to get a good finish without a lot of sanding and filling.
2) Shape a plug from mdf (I am a woodworker so have the gear for that) and take a mould from that. Lay up the frame in two halves and then join. A lot more work but probably a more professional finish.
Still some thinking and designing to be done.