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11-19-2013, 06:41 AM
Hey folks,

Joined the site in 2009. Started first recumbent build last Saturday. Life tends to get in the way of these kinds of projects, I'll spare you the details.

My build: cross between the HighRoller and the Voyageur, hence the project name V-Roller.
SWB 'bent, 26"-20", rear suspension, underseat steering, round tubing.

So far I've got the main boom and the rear suspension triangle together, the back seat support and the seat itself. I haven't welded in many moons and was never very good to begin with, so my initial welds got me wondering if I shouldn't change my pseudo to "Gawdawfulwelds". But I have progressed since and I firmly believe that there is hope. Pictures below:

Some of the junk I'll be using:


Fishmouth, looking pretty:


Ugly tack:

Rear suspension and seat support in place:



Another angle:


Cool crocodile skin vinyl (they can do anything with genetic engineering these days):
They had it in silver and white too.

Today's challenge: the front forks and head tube. I'm going with a 70 angle, as this seems to be commonly recommended and looks reasonable. Just have to determine how far back from the crank to put it. I'm starting with the measure in the HighRoller plans from the back of the boom to the head tube; I'll adapt from there, depending on the gazillion variables that will pop up.

Wish me luck!


11-19-2013, 07:57 AM
Hi from China!
Sounds like you are having fun--looks good so far. Just make sure the peddles miss the front wheel--that's a MUST---even better if your feet miss the front wheel, as even though you don't fall off, the wheel tries to take your shoes off, and usually wins!
Apart from suspension, you will finish up with something similar to my LWB in the gallery, and it should be a good all-round bike-you will enjoy riding it. It started life with two 26" wheels, and got improved to 26/ 20 very quickly. (both are in the gallery)
Steve G

11-19-2013, 09:18 AM
Hi Ticktock,
Thanks for the input. Yeah, heel scrub, very aware of that problem. Trawling this site for four years has opened my eyes to a lot of concepts I never imagined before. I just spent a couple of hours putting a hole in the boom for the head tube. I went with about 26" from the back end of the boom to the head tube (in the HighRoller plans it's 30"). I set it all up very precariously, even managed to sit on it for a minute while holding up the pedals, stretching out my leg, marking off the spot and praying not to fall off. They could call me the Acrobatc Zombie, though I doubt I'm the first.

Take it easy.

11-19-2013, 11:11 AM
Just really clicked what you are doing--you are heading for a Spirit with suspension , or a High Roller with 20 inch front end. A bit different to mine, but should still be a fun bike, as every one that has a Spirit seems to like it. There is a bit of a learning curve with these beasties, but its not that hard really. You need a couple of hundred miles to really settle in, but the first half dozen starts are the worst. Just hang in and keep starting, and soon its better than the old upwong you used to ride. The only thing I miss after selling the old MTB is you can't do tricks on a recumbent! Wheelies, funny turns on either wheel etc. but that's the price for comfort.
Steve G