View Full Version : Hi, Building a Tomahawk, help please

01-10-2011, 06:40 PM

Just got the book for christmas and couldnt wait to build my first recumbent so i have started on a tomahawk. The frame is about half way there, back end all complete, just finished welding up the front forks tonight and hoping to have a rolling frame by the end of the week. I have most of the parts but i am struggling to find suitable chain idler pulleys ? any help sourcing something would be greatly appreciated.
Great forum, only had time to skim over some of it as i am in the garage building most nights....:)


Odd Man Out
01-10-2011, 10:00 PM
These are the best -- sure they cost but you indeed get what you pay for, no messing around with trial and error -- these puppies are proven:

P.S. Welcome to the addiction -- we zombies feed on pictures.


01-11-2011, 12:05 AM
I'm probably not going to be of much help. I got mine here Idler Pulleys on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290373037331&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT#ht_1071wt_754) Unfortunately it looks like he only ships to the USA. You might want to contact him and see if he'll ship to Scotland. Even if the shipping was double it would be a good deal for 8 pulleys.

01-11-2011, 02:49 AM

Thanks for the help the Ebay pulleys certainly are cheap and i will contact the guy and see if he will post to the UK but it has given me another idea for a source i will try yacht supplies.
I will get some pictures up of my build soon.


01-11-2011, 12:48 PM
I bought about the same pulley from Tractor supply ats for a drive belt on a lawn mower.

01-21-2011, 05:57 AM
Have you looked at Chain-Reaction in the UK?


01-21-2011, 08:59 AM
I bought some at Terratrikes.com. They have some with 13T or so, they don't seem that durable, but they are not noisy at all. Since you need 4 of them, I think they have the best price :)

Here: http://www.terratrike.com/shop/accessories/idlers/prod_87.html

01-21-2011, 09:03 AM
Oh, I just read that you are in Scotland... I don't know if they can ship it. Oh well, I hope it helps :)

01-22-2011, 07:20 AM
Thanks for the suggestions the chainreaction roller looks pretty small in diameter any idea if these will do ? also wondering how wide they will be stacked together as i will need 2 side by side ?
The US rollers look great but shipping is always a problem and duty/import tax !! the UK doesnt seem to cater very well for recumbents i was wondering if anyone had found any good suppliers in Europe as they are more popular over there...

Odd Man Out
01-22-2011, 09:22 AM
i was wondering if anyone had found any good suppliers in Europe as they are more popular over there...

Here's three:

01-22-2011, 09:58 AM
I found the "chainreaction" roller posted on the forum somewhere so somebody here has used one????

01-22-2011, 10:03 AM
The UK doesnt seem to cater very well for recumbents i was wondering if anyone had found any good suppliers in Europe as they are more popular over there...

I have found this, but there is a way around it......DON`T MENTION IT`S FOR A RECUMBENT! lol

As many Zombies have found, cheaper alternatives exist when you look for parts for tractors/trailers/upright bikes

I used to find this when I had a passion for air weapons. Most of the fittings for the air filling were standard, but if you purchased anything from a gun shop it would be three times the price of a "Clarkes"

01-22-2011, 11:56 AM
Thanks alot for all the help. Those european sites are full of great stuff, one has pulley wheels at a good price as well. I was thinking of trying my local lawnmower repair shop today but it slipped my mind and i had tried a local chandler but they didnt have anything suitable, i have asked my machine shop at work to machine me up something, they were quiet when i asked but now they have solid work for the next month or so, so it looks like i have to buy something to get on the road soon.

Thanks again for all the help much appreciated.