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Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:44 pm
by Freddyflatfoot
19 posts? You should have enough!
If you ahve photo bucket account, or similar, then you will find it easy to share your pics.

Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:19 pm
by Lloyd
Here are some photos of my new machine... Optima Orca

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Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:53 pm
by Freddyflatfoot
Interesting looking bike!
Looks a bit high?
I've just spent the afternoon lowering my seat by 3", to get my toosh closer to the ground.
The high BB looks like it would be good for aero though. Maybe we can catch up on of the VicHPV rides!

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:17 pm
by Lloyd
Freddy I went out on the VicHPV ride yesterday from St Kilda so might see you there sometime?? What do you ride? Yes my bent is quite high but its great in traffic. Think I would be a bit worried on a low racer or trike riding on the streets. Just waiting to get some panniers for my bike then im going to start overnight trips around VIC.

Posted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:48 pm
by Freddyflatfoot
Lloyd, I have a self built SWB, and two self built trikes.
I mostly commute on my trikes, as I find that their carrying capacity and stability makes them ideal for commuting. I never really feel vulnerable riding in traffic, but then I guess Ballarat's traffic is not quite as hectic. Having said that, I have ridden my trike in Melbourne CBD.
I don't often get to Melb for the VicHOV rides, as I don't ride on Sundays. Occasionally I'll organise a ride in Ballarat, or join one of the long W/E rides.

Re: Show off your 'bent here.

Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:00 pm
by papa
Built in June of '04, I affectionately call this one my 'beater'... 'cause I ride it everywhere. As shown, it weighs about 11.2 kg. Paint is Dupli-Color "Ice", hand rubbed, then shot with clear coat.

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Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:05 pm
by Low Racer
Very nice Papa. Clean weld and the dazzling paint work. Looks very similar to the Rans X Stream. Are you following RAAM? Team Rans is doing very well.

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Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:00 pm
by Mulger bill
That welding is art. ART I tells yer!

Shaun

Re: Show off your 'bent here.

Posted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:11 am
by papa
Appreciate the comments. Because the cluster was so compact and rigid, I used TIG, followed by stress relieving w/propane.

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Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:16 am
by Kalgrm
Not bad - for a beater ... ;)

Nice one.

Cheers,
Graeme

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Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:08 pm
by John Lewis
Beautiful workmanship papa. I only wish I had haalf your skill.

John Lewis

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Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:09 pm
by papa
Two day, super easy build over Father's Day weekend, w/grandson keeping me busy on the torch. I cheated.. All I did was build forward from an existing rear axle from a 'granny's trike'. I used an existing 38mm down tube w/attached head tube from a BMX, then simply lengthened the DT with extra 38mm x 1.65mm tubing to create the main tube. Then just added a "Y" at the rear axle and brazed on a BB shell. Even with steel hubs, 3 pounds of basket framing on the rear, steel stem and handle bars (which are temporary), it still weighs only 19 kg. Seat height is abut 450mm - tiller is 152mm - trail is set at about 25mm - handling is 'sweet'. It is currently setup as an SS, but plan to re-lace the LH wheel w/i-Motion 3 or 9 speed hub. Keep it simple.

I had considered lowering the seat, but stopped short at dining room chair height (because it would necessitate additional tiller, which I'd rather not do) - grandson wants it lower... go figure!

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Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:35 pm
by Leigh_caines
Looks great pappa
I'm with the boy.... lower seat and underseat stearing [shut up Leigh no one ask you :wink:

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Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 8:54 pm
by John Lewis
Nice build there papa. Does it have some form of diff or just drive from one side. I can see that if it only drives on the left then indeed that makes it really easy to add a hub gear.

John Lewis

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Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:23 am
by papa
Thanks guys

Leigh_caines wrote:I'm with the boy.... lower seat and underseat stearing
I probably would've mounted the seat lower, but I screwed-up early in the build. I initially tacked on the main tube for a trial fit, and made a mental note to shorten it a few inches, but got disrupted. Needless to say, the BB shell ended up too far rearward, forcing me to use more tiller than I originally planned.

I'm not fond of remote steering - particularly USS. It adds additional weight, complexity, and makes mounting and dismounting more awkward than I like.

John Lewis wrote:Nice build there papa. Does it have some form of diff or just drive from one side. I can see that if it only drives on the left then indeed that makes it really easy to add a hub gear.

John Lewis
Yes, just drives the LH wheel. The axle originally had 24" wheels w/Shimano 3-speed IG hub so I had intended to re-lace a 20" rim with the 3 spd, but spoke count was different (28 Vs. 36). Time left me with no choice but to go ahead and mount the single speed 20 inch wheels and try it - surprisingly, it is quite frisky and since the terrain here is reasonably flat, I pondered just leaving it as an SS.

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Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:50 pm
by vonhazza
Hi all my wife and I have treated ourselves to an early xmas present, 2 new Anura trikes that can be joined together to form a tandem.
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this photo is of me & Steve pedal power 44 on our new trikes. he has an MRX & me on an Anura both from MR Components.
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Posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:57 pm
by }SkOrPn--7
Nice chrissy presents there Steve and those babies look real neat and tidy builds congrats and enjoy your new toys I'm real jealous. :D

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Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:46 am
by PEDALPOWER44
Great photo's Steve

That was a great ride on those wonderful machines that day.

Thanks for sharing.

Steve

(PP44) :D

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Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:28 pm
by Joeblake
The three fifths of the collection, with the newest arrival centre stage.

2x Greenspeeds, 1x Indi 500 Bush Bandit

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The other 'bent, inside out of the sun.


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Greenspeed SWB USS

Joe

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Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:33 pm
by hartleymartin
Leigh_caines wrote:Image


This is interesting - Is this one based off a folding bicycle? I have a spare folder frame around.... Hmmm....