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    Fat Tad Clone.

    If I'm not mistaken, the Greenspeed X7 (and maybe other Greenspeeds, I've only ridden the X7) uses elastic shock cord to lace up the back of the seat, for exactly that reason. Just based on my test ride, it did seem to make a difference - not nearly as much as a dedicated front suspension...
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    Fat Tad Clone.

    That's fascinating. It does add unsuspended weight, and not being terribly experienced with shocks I kind of wonder about what the failure modes look like. Given that the two shocks form a narrow pivot point, it seems like it might feel a bit tippy side-to-side for the rider, compared to...
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    Fat Tad Clone.

    Yep. I've test-ridden a Scorpion - really plush ride, but even with the anti-roll bar there is noticeable dive when cornering. The HP approach does have the benefit of being pretty customizable, since you can change up the resiliency and order of the elastomers/spacers inside each shock...
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    Beefing up a Warrior build?

    Thanks for the advice - sounds like 14 gauge and gussets are the simplest way to go, though the idea of the rectangular profile still intrigues me. Maybe that'll be the Mark II version. My wife is lobbying for a sociable for the same event, so some sort of Kyoto/Loderunner mashup is probably...
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    Beefing up a Warrior build?

    Background: I already have a trike I love that I use for regular riding, but I want to create a fat tire tadpole I can use as a base vehicle for mobile sculptures - basically an "art trike". This will be something that will generally be used on the flat, and not at higher speeds - honestly, 15...
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    Opinions Wanted... AZ Subscription Based Mega Plan Site!

    Good to hear. Though if and when you do go that route, it might make sense to go with one of the Creative Commons licenses rather than just simple public domain - encouraging people to keep sharing any changes and new stuff they might come up with.
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    Opinions Wanted... AZ Subscription Based Mega Plan Site!

    I don't think DIY is dead at all; I think it's just shifting to (for lack of a better term) social building. At least around here, there are a variety of "maker spaces" that thrive on people working together to teach each other new skills. Sometimes they take those skills and build something...
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    Fat Tire Recumbent Trike.

    AZUB also makes a fat tire tadpole, for anyone looking for even more inspiration: https://azub.eu/recumbent-bikes-and-trikes/trikes/26-wheels/fat/ Looking at one of the close ups, I think they are using a 150mm hub with a 15mm through axle on the front wheels...
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