That Trike...

Discussion in 'Motorized Tandems, Trikes and Recumbent Bicycles' started by Trey, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Trey

    Trey $50 Cruiser

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    Hello to all you trike-likers!

    Found this on Craigslist for $35. The intention was to slap on a 2 smoker and let an older friend of mine have something to ride.

    Well... This is what I got.
     

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    Trey $50 Cruiser

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    It pedals easily, and that custom rim was free! ;) (better seen in pic 2, first post)
     

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    Trey $50 Cruiser

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    Sorta what I expected drive-train wise...


    It's built well enough to pedal, but not motorize.

    Ever seen wheels attached like that? Fancy.

    My buddy still needs it motorized, so short of replacing it, I guess we'll look into making it right.

    As always your learned opinions are encouraged, and thanks!

    Trey
     

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    curtisfox Active Member

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    That's a garden tractor differential cant get any better rear end then that. They both drive forward. You could find some garden wheels take the hubs out,make some spoke flanges weld to them on. Atomic Zombie has the how to,to layout the holes on the flanges.
    Kind of Kool bike..............Curt
     
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    fasteddy Active Member

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    Silverbear made wheel flanges like large washers with the spoke holes drilled in them and I welded them to some hub centers that Curtis had salvaged from a couple of lawn mower wheels. You can buy the hubs by themselves new for around $8.

    It went very easily.

    Steve.
     
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    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    You got your $35.00 worth there. I think I'd put a moped fork on it and make the changes to the rear hubs as mentioned, give it a motor and ride!
    SB
     
  8. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods New Member

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    That's a 3 speed hub just before the reducer, isn't it?

    I kinda like that bike. There's some interesting work there. That fork is kinda funky, though. Right at first I though it was made out of 2x4s.
     
  9. 2door

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    Hey, if nothing else it looks like the builder got the sprockets and chain aligned. :)

    What about getting rid of those axle flange things and go with 'rag joints'
    I had a trike that had one drive wheel and one free wheel. I tried to drive them both but it ended up like driving a car with a 'locked differential' It didn't corner very good so I went back to driving one wheel.
    That lawn tractor differential should take care of that for you.

    Tom
     
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    Trey $50 Cruiser

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    In the interest of full disclosure; A friend of mine found the ad for this trike, picked it up and delivered it for me. Thanks BA!

    The first thing I said when I saw it was "Two by four forks... huh." but when I got close it was, "At least they got the chain aligned."

    It will need a little touch up welding to be as sound as I feel ok with. The welder I take it to may disagree, I tend to overdo it. Wheels and tires, cable and lever, saddle (He wants a lounge chair!) and what ever else to make it fit the guy. Plus all the other stuff. Looks like a project.

    My buddy who this build is for, is a long time Harley rider who doesn't own a motorcycle anymore. I've been taking pictures of members bikes with my cel phone and showing them to him, and he's into it. Plus he likes my bike because sediment bowls are kewl!

    I thank you all for the comments and guidance. I will do some reading, talking with my friend etc, and then I'll have some specific questions.

    Recommendations for a low cost fork-set would be helpful, he's gotta budget that.

    Trey
     
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    Regular mountain bike fork would work, check the head tube length as it looks like it may be a girls frame to start with and they are 1" longer..................Curt
     
  12. silverbear

    silverbear The Boy Who Never Grew Up

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    You asked for suggestions for a low cost fork set. I like moped forks for several reasons. One, they stretch the bike out a bit, giving a longer footprint. They make for a more comfortable ride and the suspension should help cornering a little. A used fork is priced right. If you go that route, check the diameter of the head tube which is probably 1". Fork and head tube need to match, although you can get an adapter to use a 1" fork in a 1 1'8 head tube. Also check the length of the head tube and look for a fork that is long enough. A little too long you can make up with shims. I've used Tomos, Hercules, light Harley Davidson and Suzuki K-10 forks. I'll never go back to rigid forks. I also like it that the moped forks are usually set up with ears for mounting a substantial headlight. Yes, you can mount a 26" wheel in a moped fork.
    SB
     
  13. Intrepid Wheelwoman

    Intrepid Wheelwoman New Member

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    What an interesting trike. At $35.00 it has to be the bargain of the week. :)
     

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