First attempt to build my own Streetfox

Joined
Aug 5, 2012
Messages
6
Location
Belgium
Hello,
This is my first attempt to build my own recumbent trike.
Dreaming of a recumbent for years, I purchased a six pack many years ago. Now that I am retired I started the adventure. I bought a stick welder, 6 meters of square tube, and started to cut some scrap bikes into pieces.
This picture dated from October last year. I drove about 300 km.
Currently I am dismantling the bike in order to clean up the ugly welds, to improve some chain management and to prepare everything for the paint job.
I will post some new photos when all is done.
Jan

 

SirJoey

Super Moderator
Joined
Feb 8, 2008
Messages
4,462
Location
My cozy little nook in the corner!
Love it! Even rockin' the fenders!
Nice touch with the smiley tennis ball bumper, too! :)
Lookin' forward to seeing pics of the "refined" version!
***
 
Joined
Aug 5, 2012
Messages
6
Location
Belgium
And this is my little red fox.
Brush painted in red with black elements. Equipped with brand new inner and outer cables for brakes and gears. As in the picture she weights 29.4 kg. Track is about 73 cm, wheelbase 113 cm. I have a 3 x 8 speed installed from my former mountain bike. I love to ride this bike.

Please notice the little red fox. My wife loves Jaguar with the little statue of the cat on the hood (no I do not own such a car, I drive an Opel Astra Sports Tourer). I felt obliged to do something similar.
 
Joined
Aug 5, 2012
Messages
6
Location
Belgium
Thank you all for the compliments.
Although, the merit is mainly for Brad, for the magnificent construction plan of the trike and for Twinkle who added the straight crossbar.
Thank you for this great bike.
 
Joined
Feb 7, 2008
Messages
1,968
Location
Nottinghamshire England
Nice trike , are they cleated pedals ?

If not are you aware of this ? Leg suck

ride safely !
 
Joined
Feb 20, 2013
Messages
172
Location
Axedale, Victoria, Australia
Website
axerail.coffeecup.com
The reason I fitted cleat pedals to my Warrior was not specifically for leg suck. It hadn't happened to me but I did see it happen to someone else while I was following. It was while barrelling down a 5% grade - free gravity power. Fortunately, his leg was not broken in the event although I half expected it.
When I decided I needed cleats it was because I became conscious of very frequent foot repositioning. I don't know why it hadn't been noticed much earlier. Maybe it was a change of shoes? One of those great "fixed" experiences. Recommended for recumbent trike riding.
 
Joined
Aug 5, 2012
Messages
6
Location
Belgium
These are ordinary pedals, not cleated. I want to be able to ride my bike with 'normal' shoes.
I am thinking of making heel straps with knotted paracord.
 

SirJoey

Super Moderator
Joined
Feb 8, 2008
Messages
4,462
Location
My cozy little nook in the corner!
I am thinking of making heel straps with knotted paracord.
That's a good idea! I'd love to see some pics if you do!
I have plenty of paracord on hand, left over from my paracord hobby days.

I've ridden recumbent trikes for years without toe clips, & so far (knock on wood),
I've never had an issue with slipping off the pedals, but I've always been aware of the danger! :eek:
I just never wanted to "clip in".

***
 
Top