Meridian long wheel base recumbent build blog

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AZ Krew Guru

Longview, TX

After a few more days, here’s what I have so far. I already had the handlebars, gooseneck, and bottom bracket from the last project – that’s how I seemingly went through some time warp in 2 days. As of now, no brakes or chain, but I did coast down the street today.

It doesn’t turn like it should, but I think I figured that part out – the linkage rod to the front forks is in the wrong place. I’ll fix that, then start with the gearing. Oh, and brakes. I have linear pull for the rear, and I have an old center pull caliper that I want to put on the front. We’ll see if it works or not.

But, it rolls, coasts and steers!

Alright folks, I’ve resurrected this thread from page 4 because I have made progress, and more importantly, pictures!

It took me a bit to find a 20″ fork and wheel, that’s why its been so long since a post. But, I remembered a pile of rusty bike parts at my dad’s house, and was able to get stuff. The front wheel I ended up using was ugly, so i disassembled it, painted hub and spokes, and re-laced it last night.

So, I have a rolling frame! Well, kinda. I need to assemble all the bearings, and true up the front wheel, and find a proper back wheel for it. The one in the pics is off my mountain bike, but it looks good! Now, some of the welds aren’t ground down yet, so no snickering.

I took some liberties. I figure the rear triangle off a standard mountain bike works fine, so I re-used one. Also, my down tube on the front is off another mountain bike, complete with the little screws to hold a water bottle. I figure it’s too far to grab from the seat, but more water is always nice.

It’s been way too long since I’ve made any sparks fly, and the itch has gotten to me again. I haven’t posted on here in a long while, but for those who haven’t been around.  I am a veteran Zombie with a Streetfighter, a Spincycle, and a cool chopper under my belt (and half a pedal car thing, but we’ll get into that later).

I have time, tools, and materials, and I’m thinking a Meridian recumbent. The half-built pedal car (very similar to Danner’s) has been on hold, but I suppose I could start back on it.

But, I think I want to build a Meridian. The only thing slowing me is the front end; I don’t have a 20″ wheel or fork. got lots of 26’s. I’m sure it’s been done. Is there any reason why I wouldn’t want to use a bigger front wheel?

I currently have 3 great donor bikes to cut up, as well as a pile of parts. I guess I’ll start in on measurements.

Yes, yes, I know, pictures to come.

DeltaWolf Recumbent Speed Trike and Marauder Recumbent Lowracer

“Here’s a photo of my 93 year young neighbor trying out the Wolf. Also a photo of the Marauder. I had the hub discs for the Wolf laser cut. You need to add that as an option!

They are absolutely perfect, and cost me $4.35 each. I won’t even pick up the drill for that amount!! 🙂  Thanks for all the great ideas.  Cheers, Roger Dalke”

Awesome bikes, Roger. Great to see the young man enjoying the ride. That’s great!

Human powered trikes come in two varieties – two wheels at the back (delta), and two wheels up front (tadpole). The general opinion is that tadpole trikes are made for speed and comfort while delta trikes are great for load carrying, pulling trailers, and sending granny off to the shopping mall. But, not anymore!

The radical DeltaWolf Recumbent Speed Trike breaks all the rules that have held delta trikes back for so many years. This trike is ultra low, very laid back, designed for comfort and speed, and has full-sized 26 inch rear wheels thanks to unique, yet easy-to-make rear hub axles.

The DeltaWolf Recumbent Speed Trike is also designed to be easy to build using only a welder and an angle grinder, and requiring only a single part to be machined (plans also show alternative to this machined part). The rest of the trike is made using a few feet of square tubing and standard bicycle parts that can be purchased new or salvaged from scrap bicycles. Even the unique rear wheel hubs are made using nothing more than a hand drill, and a few washer shaped steel discs.

The Marauder Recumbent Lowracer is a lean and mean racing machine guaranteed to make you feel as though you are piloting a human powered jetfighter! The Marauder is a chameleon, with the ability to adapt to the cycle track, as well as the urban landscape. Because of the long wheelbase and smooth suspension, the Marauder offers a very smooth and well-behaved ride on practically any style of terrain.

The Marauder Recumbent Lowracer is a great way to get an intense workout and show off your building skills. Because the design is based on common bicycle parts, you won’t crash your budget, and can be riding it in a few weekends. There is plenty of room for modifications, and the Marauder makes a great platform for experimenting with aerodynamic fairings or electric power.

Every step of the build is detailed using high resolution photos, complete explanations of how each part of the vehicle works, and tips on how to customize the design. Even if you have never taken a hacksaw to a bicycle, you will be able to follow along and complete the build.