2016-02-27 (Sa) Simple Recumbent Bike Without Welding

Two steel strips were cut to act as hangers. The intention was to drill a 3/8" hole in the top portion for the clamps mounted on the bike frame. Below that hole a smaller hole would be drilled to hold a heavy-gauge single-hole strap. Two hole straps at all the hardware stores were much thinner metal or they would have been used. After the strips were cut from a long bar the edges were smoothed.

Metal strips with strap and 3/8" rod where their holes would go

After thinking about the likelihood of a single strap and a single mounting hole it seemed probable that the whole arrangement could twist and the bike frame could dislodge. This would not be a problem with two-hole straps. Metal strips were cut from a heavier steel bar which had enough room for two straps on each.

Metal strips with room for two straps

Holes were drilled in the metal strips so the strap mounting holes and the larger hole 3/8" were all on the same line. At first the intention was to mount the straps below the 3/8" but clearance between the pedals and the wheel could be a problem so they were drilled close to one another.

Finished metal plates with holes

To do:
  • Permanently attach upper frame
  • Remove cranks from lower bike
  • Run chain between cranks and wheel
  • Construct idler sprocket
  • Test
  • Strip pink paint
  • Repaint

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2

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2016-02-27 (Sa)


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