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Building a Recumbent

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by Night Train, 1 May 2008.

  1. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Always one to save money when I haven't got it I have been thinking of building a recumbent. Has anyone here done this before?

    I am still thinking about a cargo vehicle that I can use for work so it will probably be along the lines of an AVD Stablemate. However, despite having some engineering background I only have a wood workshop and some heavy engineering tools. I am sure that I could build one that weighs 400kg but that would be pointless.

    Are there any specific parts that I would have to buy? I am figuring I will need brakes, gear sets, pedal and chainset, general cycle components, etc. Are there wheels that would be easy to convert to single side mounting or are they specials?

    If there is anyone in the Manchester or North West area who is happy for me to measure up their recumbent so I can get some dimensions that would be really helpful.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. byegad

    byegad Guru

    NE England
    Visit the BHPC site for details on how to build a 'bent.
  3. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Thanks for that pointer, saved in my favorites now.
  4. If you can make it over to York we have 15 or so recumbents you may try.
  5. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Thanks Mickle, I am sure I can get over there at some point. I've been several times but have only driven around droping off and picking up, I've never managed to park yet.
    Where am I looking for?
  6. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Found this on building a recumbent.
  7. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member


    A good base for all things recumbent!
  8. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Thank you Cunobelin, looks a very extensive site.
  9. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    I like the look of this recumbent, if only because it doesn't require any welding :rolleyes:
  10. Hilldodger

    Hilldodger Über Member

    sunny Leicester
    Building a recumbent is easy and we've built loads at Cyclemagic.

    Basically, you weld loads of stuff together and then angle grind off anything that doesn't look like a recumbent.

    Hope that helps:biggrin:

    Seriously, try and ride as many as you can before you start building and expect to make several alterations until you're happy.
  11. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    I want to collect the essential bits first. Chain rings and pedals, front wheels, rear wheel(s) and then start mocking up in wood.

    Once I have the form worked out I can then look at the structural requirements and see if I can do it all in wood or if I start looking for nice bits of tube.
  12. Wood! He said wood! Pssshht! Fnaar!
  13. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Nothing wrong with wood. Wood is good.
  14. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    Oh Mickle,

    Hows about a funky wooden motor cycle?;)
  15. Night Train

    Night Train Guest