Samson "Orange Power" cycle truck

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Hello everybody!
I keep looking for my perfect bike. Recently, due to the fact that my club is taking long trips, I need a cargo bike. Loved as inspiration by Schwinn Cycle Truck. But I have my own brand, which I am trying to bring closer to world domination (in the future) - Nevsky Petrobalt.
One truck from the lineup is already on the road and awaiting final painting.
But I want to make my own truck with the Petrobalt family lines.
So, I'm starting to build an orange super-duper truck that will blow the world to pieces!))
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First, I need to prepare the parts that will stand in the slipway. Dropouts, bottom bracket and head tube. I decided to immediately integrate chain tensioners into the dropouts, it is convenient and you can quickly set the wheel in the desired position.
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Ha ha, so you are the first one :D I had this idea to bring back the prewar style chain tensioners on the dropouts on my build too this year. Well, i am still not resigning from it, but now it is going to be less of a surprise :)
Cool that you've decided to take part in a build-off and good luck with your build!
 

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Man, I can't tell you how sick it is that you are joining our Build Off this year! I am a big fan of your style and already love the old school axle tensioners you are adding.
 
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3.4 kg (~7.75 lbs) is pretty light. Impressed with your welder's skill!
This welder is not me. I turned to Tony Wildwelder for help with welding, he knows how to weld aluminum. The last time I held a welding gun in my hands was 8 years ago.
I designed and prepared all the pipe connections for the weld, and Tony welded them together.
 
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Nice work.
@OneHorsePower would love this! He built a wicked modern cycle truck about 5 build offs ago.
 

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Yes, @kingfish254 , this reminds me of OHP's work for sure! I didn't see the shaping of the aluminum tubing, do you use a tube bender like one would for steel? Most shaping of aluminum tubes I know of is the hydroforming method.

Impressive frame design and execution! And a 3 1/2 lb frame is very light. Your tube diameter and clever use of bracing should provide a nice stiff platform for your cycle truck.
 
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Yes, @kingfish254 , this reminds me of OHP's work for sure! I didn't see the shaping of the aluminum tubing, do you use a tube bender like one would for steel? Most shaping of aluminum tubes I know of is the hydroforming method.

Impressive frame design and execution! And a 3 1/2 lb frame is very light. Your tube diameter and clever use of bracing should provide a nice stiff platform for your cycle truck.

Yes, I used a regular pipe bender with steel rollers. The rollers were slightly larger than necessary, but this did not bother me, the small oval in the cross-section of the pipes makes them even more graceful.
 

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