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Unread postAuthor: jor2daje » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:09 pm

I recently bought a cheap harbor freight welder just to try my hand at welding and I have built a welding cart, and this tricycle. The tricycle was based on this, but i didnt have any square tubing so I just used old bicycle parts, a shopping cart, and a school chair. Its basically a tricycle with shopping cart wheels for the back wheels.

Its a blast to ride but occasionally difficult to control, so I thought I'd ask advice of you guys because everyone on this site is very mechanically inclined. I was thinking some sort of brake system to stop the caster wheels from being able to cast. This way you could ride it like a normal trike in straight lines but still do 360s whenever. Any input is appreciated

ps any tips for a welding newb would also be appreciated.
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I built the handle bars out of the school chairs legs and some pieces of bike handle bars. I did it this way because my old bars kept bending, and my knees kept hitting them
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Re: My trike

Unread postAuthor: boyntonstu » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:12 pm

jor2daje wrote:I recently bought a cheap harbor freight welder just to try my hand at welding and I have built a welding cart, and this tricycle. The tricycle was based on this, but i didnt have any square tubing so I just used old bicycle parts, a shopping cart, and a school chair. Its basically a tricycle with shopping cart wheels for the back wheels.

Its a blast to ride but occasionally difficult to control, so I thought I'd ask advice of you guys because everyone on this site is very mechanically inclined. I was thinking some sort of brake system to stop the caster wheels from being able to cast. This way you could ride it like a normal trike in straight lines but still do 360s whenever. Any input is appreciated

ps any tips for a welding newb would also be appreciated.



Here's mine:

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Unread postAuthor: Mr.Sandman » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:21 pm

hmm i think i see a trike phase coming after this slingshot phase. Nice job though. Ever try to wheelie in it?
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Unread postAuthor: jor2daje » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:25 pm

Dang boyntonstu thats awesome, Im thinking of making something similar to that for my next project only the two wheels will be in the front, and it will use a small gas engine to drive the single rear wheel.
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Unread postAuthor: smiley_666 » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:00 am

put the castors on more of an angle, that way your body weight will help straighten up the rear wheels
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