Meet AZ Krew bike builder from Kansas and his Double Bubble pedicab

By Atomic-Zombie-Extreme-Machines

Name: Pastor Kurt Beard
Atomic Zombie forum name: Pastor Kurt
Stats: Married, 14-21 (!)

Location: Gardner, Kansas
Occupation: Telephone man / Pastor

How did you find Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines? Surfing
In what year did you join the Atomic Zombie Builders Forum? 2009

How would you describe your bike building ability when you first joined? Newbie, no previous experience
How would you describe your welding ability when you first joined? Some previous experience
Had you built your own bikes before joining the AZ Krew? No
Why did you join the Atomic Zombie builders community? To get ideas and share my creations

What is your favorite type of bike project to build? Tall
Why is this your favorite type of bike? I love the attention

Which projects have you completed? Tandems, tall, trailers, fun/crazy
Which type of project(s) are you currently working on? Tandems, trailers, fun/crazy
What welding method(s) do you use? MIG (Metal Inert Gas)

List up to five challenges you faced while working on your projects. Courage, breaking out of a comfort zone that I am no good, learning to smile, learning to laugh, being blinded by smiles

How did you overcome these challenges? Taking a deep breath, realizing that I am a good person, this was fun, so was this one, putting on sunglasses

What does it mean to you to be a member of the AZ Krew? Fun
Advice and/or words of wisdom? Don’t put you fingers on hot metal

More interesting stuff about you: I would love to see how to build a bike repair stand. The ones that I have built are just that, previous ones that I have built. I have collected bikes from the different town around Gardner, I repair them and give them out to charities also around here. I have been showing some of the bikes that we have built and are planning on signing up for the different parades.

Most of the time I enjoy seeing the smiles that appear out of nowhere when some one decides to love a bike again. You can also see it in the bikes themselves. They run a little faster, jump a little higher and just prance a little higher. We have set up an Adoption Program where people can adopt a bike and give it a good home. Since Susan and I adopted our three children and we know how much love we have received, we wanted to share this with others. It’s kind of neat. God Bless, Pastor Kurt.

That pretty little lady pictured above is my daughter “Madison”.  She is riding in “Double Bubble” a pedicab that I built.  I’m the good looking guy doing the grunt labor.  We have been offering $10.00 bikes on Craigslist through my church “Journey for Life Ministry” and have been overwhelmed with people wanting to get back out on the road riding again.

We are rebuilding our web site and are going to show pictures of all the people that have adopted our bikes and giving them a better home which also brings smiles to their faces.  I enjoy your newsletters and your books. I got both of the bike books and they sit in a prominent place next to the seat in the library, where I have plenty of time to view the pictures.

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Building a DeltaWolf Recumbent Speed Trike –

AZ Krew Guru, Columbus, GA

I was able to mount the brackets for the brakes, then realized I needed spacers to keep them from rubbing the top so I have to wait on setting up the brakes until I can go to the store and get some. The first chain-ring/ washer combination did not work, it was missing a tooth which caused the chain to jump off. I was able to make another one that works well.

In the process of getting the chain management straight I some how managed to freeze up the freewheel, I will have to take it apart to see if I can fix it, if not I will have to find another one. no pics at this time, maybe tomorrow.

OK, I have finished the chain management part of the build. Instead of using a pulley I used an old chain-ring and a washer ground to fit then welded to the inside. I drilled out the center of the washer so the flange bearing will fit. I made the goose-neck a little different than the plans, I am thinking that I could run the cables through the hole at the top of the goose-neck.

I kind of like the profile of the goose-neck. I still need to make and mount the brackets for the brakes and the elbow guards then touch up some welds. The weather is starting to get bad so I will have to work on it some other time.

I haven’t had much time to work on the trike since my last post. I celebrated my 17 year anniversary, SWMBO wanted new chairs for the den and I had to go with her to move them. Anyway here are a couple of pictures of the rear end with the freewheel and disc brakes attached to the axles with the brackets I made.

I was able to get the rear end welded to the seat tube, every thing came out square. I also welded the front tube in place you can see in the picture that I clamped a guide tube to the rear end and used that to ensure that it was in line.

I cut and notched the front tube and positioned the fork in preparation to welding. I got lucky with the forks, I picked them and a 48 spoke 20 inch rim up for $15 if you look close you can see that it already has the studs for the front brake.

I was going to put the front brake on because I wanted more than the one brake called for in the plans. I had only bought one disc brake initially, I got lucky at my LBS where one of the customers there had a pair of Avid B5’s that he wasn’t using and he knows that I build my own and am always looking for parts at a good price, he sold them to me for $20 .

Now I need a new front fork. I built the freewheel adapter out of a left side BB insert and a long 5/8 inch socket that I cut the end off of then I drilled and tapped holes for set screws. I didn’t want to weld anything to the axle so everything will have a removable bracket of some kind. I was also able to make a bracket for one of the disc brakes. no pictures, I will take some tomorrow.

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