- Jan 22, 2017
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Thanks. Glad that I'm felling better about this project too. I know it's probably not going to be done by the 15th, heck, it might not even be functional, but I'm not stressing out about it. I'm just going at whatever pace I can, and as long as I'm happy with the end result, I don't care when it gets done. I'm just happy to be finally making some progress on it at last!Glad to see you've got your motivation back.
I think a banana seat and a leaned back seat post would be a nice touch and slide you back on the trike a bit. Looking good!After the debacle with the sandblaster, I decided to switch gears and work on the tank next. I needed to mock up the trike again (seriously, how many times have I disassembled/reassembled this trike?) so I could figure out how much clearance I had with the springer fork. I used the 20 inch wheel up front since all my 24 inch wheels are disassembled.
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I also found yesterday that I didn't have any wood with the right dimensions for the tank, and while Dad might have some scraps I can use, it looks like I'll possibly be shopping for materials today.
I did mock it up with a banana seat a while back. I think it'd look alright with a banana seat, might even improve the seating position, but I can't say I like the sissy bar cutting through the box in the back. I might still consider it, though. Right now, the question is whether I'm going to build it up like my "good enough" render shows, or if I'm going to wait and build it up the way I ultimately want when I can afford it.I think a banana seat and a leaned back seat post would be a nice touch and slide you back on the trike a bit. Looking good!
Thanks! Yeah, the deadline's a pipe dream at this point. I like the idea of just building the trike the way I ultimately want instead of just settling for "good enough," but I really don't want to be sitting on a pile of parts indefinitely while I save up the funds. I know that letting a project sit until it can be done "right" may not bug most folks here, but nearly all my bikes have been piles of parts and half-baked ideas ever since I got into this hobby 3 years ago, with only one bike project ever being "finished." I like the idea of just getting this trike built with the parts I already bought so I can ride it around while I save up to redo it. Plus, it might help me figure out more ideas for how I'd want to do it up next time.I love those renderings and graphics. You’ve got a great vision for what you want. I say heck with the deadline & build the trike you want no matter how long it takes. I feel like I rushed my own builds and I know I’ll see every corner I cut until perpetuity!
Thanks. I totally get planning ahead on a project you intend to put a lot of investment into before you begin to work on it. That's why I sketch out my ideas and trace photos of what parts I have in Photoshop. I also do the same thing in Lego Digital Designer for my custom Lego projects; bricks are expensive! For me, personally, I just find that sometimes I don't know how something will look until I can see it in 3 dimensions. I can put all my ideas down on paper, and that helps a lot, but sometimes what looks good on paper doesn't look good in practice.I totally get that. The creative mind is never done, always learning, adapting and evolving, but rarely satisfied. When they are, the results are the best. I have a ten year old guitar project on another site...obstacles happened, new skills gained and ideas changed...but for an idea or thing I’m emotionally invested in, I’d rather think something through and plan for ten years and do it right once rather than stray from my vision for the sake of convenience.
Your tank design is solid option for the fair lady or anyone wanting to build a woody bike. You could sandwich different woods...ad cutouts etc...and there are tons of step throughs. You definitely have the design chops. Prototype one & sell plans to fund the bike!