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Eamespunk Recumbent Trike


Wow! This bent-wood 'bent is beautiful! Click through for a build log - english translation is here.

Hardshell Bicycle Trunk

vista lights and vista strobeHere are some pictures of a hard shell trunk I made for my all-weather commuter bike out of an industrial dual compartment mop bucket.

Originally published at Bike-Recumbent.com.

Short Wheelbase Recumbent Bike

This is a short wheelbase fully suspended recumbent bike I built about 10 years ago. It worked quite well, but ultimately I decided I liked my Tour Easy better.

Originally published at Bike-Recumbent.com

A Visual Aid for Bike Design

short wheel base drawingA visual aid for designing recumbent bikes.


Originally published at Bike-Recumbent.com

Front Wheel Drive Moving Bottom Bracket Experiments

front wheel drive bikeSome random experiments with front wheel drive bikes.

Originally published at Bike-Recumbent.com

Cheap Hydration System for a Recumbent Bicycle.

cheap hydration systemWhen I changed the handlebars on my Tour Easy for a "T" bar arrangement I needed to find a new place for my water bottles. I took a look at some of the Camelback type systems available but balked at their prices. In the past I'd used homemade "hydration" systems made from soda bottles and plastic tubing so I decided to try it again. This time, however, I added two features that really worked out well.

More after the cut, previously published at Bike-Recumbent.com - Jake

Home Depot Bike Headlight

Home Depot Bike LightsHow to make high power bicycle headlights with materials from your local home center.

This is an article from a few years back that was up at Bike-Recumbent.com, I'm consolidating everything from there over to here.

Nearly five years after I built them I am still using these headlights with the original bulbs. The 50 watt beam is awesome, oncoming cars always dim their brights when I flash it and it provides plenty of light for the 45 MPH downhill on my way home from work.

 - Jake

Steampunk Scooter in Japan

James writes from Hirakata, Japan:

Hey!  Big fan of the site and of anything and everything steampunk...Funny thing is, there are so many people who are straight-up steampunk without even knowing that such a cult underground exists.  For example, when i was a teenager, I modified a 13inch TV i had from the 80's to fit inside of a 1930's TV box that I found in an abandoned, half burned down factory near where I lived. [I did the same thing! -JvS]

Well, the same thing occurs throughout the world, I've found.  I live in a small town in Japan in a very rural area.  Upon exiting the supermarket the other day, I came across this steampunk masterpiece!  I waited for an hour for the presumed Japanese steampunker to come out with his goth gear on and his mohawk, but low and behold, an 85 year old man comes out, grabs his lighter from his scooter, and lights up.  I went over to him to complement him on his work, and with barely audible Japanese since he had no teeth at all and had very badly fitting dentures, started to explain how he put it together in the heaviest Japanese countryside accent I have ever heard.  Classic!

James is spot on, Steampunk is not a new thing but an expression of something that has been with us all along.  What's different is that people's dissatisfaction with what they are offered in the marketplace has more and more of them turning to DIY to make their own wonderful things and the advent of the 'net gives them immediate access to how to information and each other.

Thanks James!

Velokraft No Com - WANT!

Velokraft No Com Lowrider

WISIL HPVers is one of the best sites on the net for information about recumbent bicycles.  I've recently managed to get sir CodPeace of The BostoDelphia Blog interested in them and he sent this link to a review of a bike that I must have.

This bike was conceptualized in 2003 by a host of individuals as a breakaway from the current crop of recumbent bikes which were all compromised in some way or another to provide added comfort or perceived safety. This is truly a racing recumbent, using the latest in splitter plate design philosophy, and constructed from carbon fiber and Kevlar using a bladder in female mold process. This bike does not suffer the same issue with flex that the M5 carbon lowracer has, it's incredibly stiff. The NoCom weighs about 24lbs as shown, which is incredibly light considering the use of heavier components like a disk wheel and disk brakes.

The Brass Lion - Steampunk Recumbent

You'll recall I posted a picture of my recumbent bike last week and that one of things I wondered aloud was how one would go about steampunkifying a bike?  Well Eric and Alan - a.k.a. Steuben's Wheelmen - sent me a whole passel of new photos that show exactly how one would go about this process!

Don't miss the video!

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