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SirJoey
08-29-2009, 10:05 AM
While eagerly awaiting the arrival of my copy of "Bike, Scooter, & Chopper",
I'm wondering a couple of things...

It looks like the UC2 is primarily for younger riders, but would it be difficult
to build it large enough for an adult, like say... oh, I dunno... maybe ME? :laugh3:

So far, it doesn't look like anyone else has actually built this thing, but
wouldn't this make a fairly decent vehicle, mainly for the purpose of getting
some upper body exercise? (Not a rhetorical question, BTW.)
:thinking2:


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trikeman
08-29-2009, 11:01 AM
As to the first question, I can't believe someone of your bike building talent is asking it (of course you can, with whatever mods you need to make).

As to the second question, I have been thinking along the same lines. Due to an old abdominal surgery I had over a decade ago I am going under the knife, albiet a laproscopic one, next month to correct what they call a surgical hernia, and will be out of recumbent commission for a while. I also would like to get some upper body workout that riding a recumbent doesn't give me. I have seen the arms on some of the guys on my bike trail that ride handcycles, and I would sure like to have arms and shoulders like that. Maybe ride the leg powered bike one day, and the arm powered one the next. Brad didn't put any gears on the UC2 in the book, but I wonder if it would benefit from some?

trikeman
08-29-2009, 11:19 AM
Speaking of fit, did you notice how fit the pool boy looks in those Warrior pictures? I am sure Kat did lol. That gym membership must be working.

KoolKat
08-29-2009, 11:25 AM
Speaking of fit, did you notice how fit the pool boy looks in those Warrior pictures? I am sure Kat did lol. That gym membership must be working.

Uh-huh. Lookin' good, indeed! Funny how most people think he's in his 20's! :jester:

SirJoey
08-29-2009, 12:59 PM
Speaking of fit, did you notice how fit the pool boy looks in those Warrior pictures?Couldn't HELP but notice! :surprised:

As for the gears, it seems to me that with the pedal-induced steer,
it would be hard to keep pedaling with one arm, while shifting with the other, I dunno.

Good luck on your surgery, BTW, & keep us informed! :rockon:


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trikeman
08-29-2009, 03:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiFy7PhIepE

Not sure how you would steer though.

John Lewis
08-30-2009, 06:25 AM
How about a rowing bike? I've always wanted to try one. They look like you'd get a good upper body workout. Perhaps an Irish Mail?

John Lewis

wiretie
10-26-2009, 12:09 PM
Would it be possible to rig up some kind of foot shifter like maybe a large disc with a peg with a tiny spool for the wire in the center? or maybe rig a gripshifter to a pedal?

greenevegiebeast
10-27-2009, 07:30 AM
I,M working on a hybrid between the spincycle and the UC2, as yet to be named( though one of my freinds calls it seucide). It will have remivable 20in rear wheels, and hdcasters bolted on. My bigest concern is the center of gravity. In hand spin mode you might need a seat belt.

Pezz
01-07-2010, 12:38 AM
I have contemplated building a UC2 for me, as I had a little accident with a train when I was a kid and lost both legs, back in 1976.

I ride motorcycles with no problem but as I am getting a little older want to work on my upper body strength and respiratory system.

The UC2 would be an easy build and to begin on, but i also like this sucker with one of Matt Schumakers Electric drives for when the hills get too much.

http://rodamax.com/fs_files/user_img/Alaris%20Medianas/DSC00248_2.jpg

Hand-cycles are pretty trick :punk:

jimFPU
01-07-2010, 09:03 AM
How do they steer? I still have use of my legs, and could see this modded to a FWD low racer. I'm just wondering about steering...

Radical Brad
01-07-2010, 11:03 AM
Slick machine!

The trike has "mid" steering, and self centers due to the caster angle and position of the pivot point...

http://rodamax.com/Rodamax.com/Home.html

I was actually thinking of a similar design for a foot pedaled ultra lowracer trike. It would have a small steering damper to reduce pedal induced wobble.

Brad

Pezz
01-19-2010, 01:46 AM
Slick machine!

The trike has "mid" steering, and self centers due to the caster angle and position of the pivot point...

http://rodamax.com/Rodamax.com/Home.html

I was actually thinking of a similar design for a foot pedaled ultra lowracer trike. It would have a small steering damper to reduce pedal induced wobble.

Brad

I would like to see that Brad :)

I thought of a 2 wheeled hand cycle with an electric helper hub motor on the rear.

Trike would be much easier to handle to start with

Pezz
03-01-2010, 01:58 AM
So Brad

Have you had any developments on this?

I am still very keen to build a low hand cycle. This has a simpler design.

http://www.topendwheelchair.com/images/products/ForceLarge.jpg

Once I finish the CB400/4 to XR400/4 trail bike for a fund Raiser, that takes place on the 3rd April then I will have some time.

Pezz
03-07-2010, 07:06 PM
This looks nice too,

http://pezz.smugmug.com/Other/Handcycle/photogalleryB10-Medium/804709522_9wuxU-O.jpg