"Chain of Fools" (complete)

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This was the first bike I "built", about 8yrs. ago. So it has some type of sentimental value, to me. The first version had ape hangers (of course). Laid back 25 inch apes. But it gave the bike what's known as the "tiller" effect. To turn you ran out of room, the handle bars got so far away from you. The second version had extended bars. Looked good, but you had to lean so far forward, that in essence it wasn't a recumbent. So now I'm going to (try) do it right. The bars and stem are going to moved back. They'll have a cog and chain going to another cog on a front stem. This will give me normal steering and I'll be able to sit back and ...relax. I'm planning on bringing this to MA Human Powered Vehicle festival in September.





First version


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How it sits now....See what happens when I leave something sitting around to long!
 
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Frame is stripped bare. Might even repaint it. Have matching cogs and bars picked out. New stem will be located right around where the shifter is now. So here we go!

 
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I personally like the "2nd version" :wink: I remember seeing it in Hartford that night...I thought it was so COOL with the seat and long chain :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Can't wait to see what you do with it next :wink:
 
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Thanks Nick. It will look completely different. Bars will be right in front of me With a chain set up going to the front stem. So it will have two LONG chains on it. NEW paint scheme. A 20" front tire will give it a very slight forward rake. Dual set of brakes in rear....Should be a recumbent that looks like a dragster.

I've been doing some testing with the cogs. The ones pictured above are to small. it will put to much torque on the chain. Going to move up to two 30T cogs, should steer a lot easier then the 19T.
 
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Chain of Fools it is!
A machinist neighbor who "picks" for machine parts, occasionally goes to the local recycler. If he finds a bike he'll usually pick it for me (got a lot of nice bikes from him). Sunday he showed up with a NEW girls Huffy MTB, that someone had ran over in the driveway. The only thing damaged was the crank. This was exactly what I was looking for. It had the steering tube I was looking for plus all the bearings....Got an old rusty (dead) scooter last year for free, he should have paid ME to take it, so I cut the head tube and down tube off that. Put the two together, and now have a complete steering set up. Here's a rough mock up of what the bike will look like....I know, I know, it ain't pretty, neither am I, but It should be an EXTREMELY comfortable ride when finished.....Next : Mount gears at the right angle, make chain, weld everything in place.



 

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Re: "Chain of Fools" (Recumbent Re-Do)

It looks good, and chain is cool, but why not an arm and tie rod? Seems a lot less complex with no limit to steering.
 
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yoothgeye said:
It looks good, and chain is cool, but why not an arm and tie rod? Seems a lot less complex with no limit to steering.
If the two gears line up, just right, there will be no limit to the sterring. I'm guessing the front will feel tighter, no play..Besides I got nothing else to do now, and I'd have to change the name to "Tie Rod of Fools", just don't like the way it sounds. :roll:

kingfish254 said:
That is looking cool. I think you need a steering wheel with a suicide knob. :p
:lol: :lol: I don't know if I want to ride a bike, this long, with a steering wheel and a suicide knob. Bikes with wheel bases like this, you gotta get them moving..QUICKLY...Like an airplane. Plane has a stall speed, so don't long bikes.

yoder327 said:
I think it looks great!
Thanks!
 
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Chain of Fools.....SWEET :shock: I'm liking the different wheel sizes, reminds me of my build-off bike a bit :lol: Can't wait to see it done! :D