DIY recumbent bike....?

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 3 Jun 2015, 9:41pm

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby squeaker » 4 Jun 2015, 11:24am

Handle bar angle on Bacchetta looks horrible - look at the wrist / forearm angle :shock: Isn't the idea to use a 'superman' type position?
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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 4 Jun 2015, 11:26am

He is stopped and holding up the Spruce Bruce...

The far hand looks a bit more natural, but still twisted at the wrist...

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby Brucey » 4 Jun 2015, 2:28pm

I didn't think it was too bad really on the Bacchetta; it might perhaps turn uncomfortable after a few hours but it wasn't immediately bad. The bars can be adjusted to tilt downwards so that the wrists are at a better angle, but this does mean that you may hit them on your knees when starting and stopping more easily.

What you can't easily see in the pics is how wide the bars are on the Bacchetta; your hands arms and elbows are somewhat stuck out in the breeze, as it were. On the plus side there is a lot less tiller action in the steering, which makes it easy to steer, especially when riding it for the first time.

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby squeaker » 4 Jun 2015, 4:43pm

Brucey wrote:What you can't easily see in the pics is how wide the bars are on the Bacchetta; your hands arms and elbows are somewhat stuck out in the breeze, as it were.

That's 'cos yer legs are supposed to go between the grips ;)
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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby stevegreen » 16 Dec 2018, 4:11pm

May I revive this thread?

I would like to know what happened!

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby Brucey » 16 Dec 2018, 5:54pm

what happened? Well my chum has ridden thousands of miles on his bacchetta (enough to wear all kinds of stuff out) and by contrast after a few hundred miles I decided recumbent cycling was quite interesting but not really my cup of tea after all. Habits of a lifetime and all that. I have a load of things that I might yet do to my 'horrible thing' but have yet to do many of them. I occasionally trip over the thing where is languishes and feel that I ought to get on with it, but thus far this sensation hasn't become strong enough for me to actually do those things....

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby stevegreen » 16 Dec 2018, 9:40pm

Fair enough.
I recognise the feeling. I have a recumbent frame, but I also have a very nice diamond frame, made of metal, bike with lots of spokes and not too many gears. I ride the second bike...

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby Brucey » 17 Dec 2018, 1:30am

in fairness I fully intend to give it another go with a few changes such as an improved seat, and I built the thing with the view that I could modify it in various ways (to try stuff out) i.e. fit it with a different fork and a smaller front wheel etc if it turned out to be impractical as it was. Part of the reason for building it was so that I could experiment with riding position, train etc with a view to doing some racing, eventually on a different machine. However other things have put paid to the racing idea and until they are resolved, building/modifying further recumbents is arguably a bit pointless.

Oddly enough I have not long ago been offered a more 'user friendly' recumbent at a reasonable price and I might give that a go; if I don't get on with it I can sell it on easily enough, I am sure.

One thing I would note is that such machines are somewhat bulky, difficult to store/transport etc by comparison with a DF bike. Again one reason for building mine the way I did is that it ought to be easy enough to rework the frame so that it is foldable or separable. By contrast I would not be so happy cutting up and reworking a more expensive machine.

I can thoroughly recommend 'having a go' like I did; it was a very interesting project to do, as far as I took it. Doubtless I'll do more when the mood takes me.

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby rjb » 17 Dec 2018, 8:10am

Crikey is it the 1st April already! :lol:

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Re: DIY recumbent bike....?

Postby stevegreen » 17 Dec 2018, 10:30am

I fancy having a go at the Recycled Recumbents design.

Maybe next year, when I move to a new studio/ workshop...