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PUGZCAT
recumbent enthusiast

Canada
277 Posts

Posted - 06/20/2012 :  13:18:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

It had it's own thread 6 months ago.



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Steven Challenge
recumbent enthusiast

Netherlands
142 Posts

Posted - 06/22/2012 :  13:32:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I didn't realise that, I've found the thread by the way.
Back to the recumbent quadcycle. The model T would be a bad choice, what about the model A?
I've copy/pasted with Google Sketchup a quick draft.

How's that for starters? I'm going to change the tires for BMX tires, remove the fenders and try to fiddle some structure inside the quadcycle. I made a twin seater because otherwise I couldn't keep the shape of the model A without making it more narrow. And it would be twice the fun.
This design would be purely hypothetical... for now.
(for the moderators: should I carry on in this thread, or make a new one?)
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PUGZCAT
recumbent enthusiast

Canada
277 Posts

Posted - 06/26/2012 :  14:07:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://greenhummerproject.org/

Every day is Critical Mass with this thing.

Or for a slightly different twist check out Bicycle Forest "pimp your rhodes car".
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Blue Ridge Biker
Starting Member

USA
15 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2012 :  09:10:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Challenge

I didn't realise that, I've found the thread by the way.
Back to the recumbent quadcycle. The model T would be a bad choice, what about the model A?
...


I wouldn't rule out T's so quickly...



I've thought about doing a "track style" T in electric, but I'm finding out batteries have their own problems.
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jimincolorado
Starting Member

USA
27 Posts

Posted - 06/27/2012 :  13:12:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This T looks pretty aero:
http://image.streetrodderweb.com/f/15286481/0902sr_14_z+2008_speed_week_bonneville_salt_flats+1927_ford_model_t.jpg

Jim
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Steven Challenge
recumbent enthusiast

Netherlands
142 Posts

Posted - 06/28/2012 :  05:10:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


This one looks like what I'm going for. Problem is that the front is a little bit to narrow to house 2 sets of legs and pedals. I'm going to fix that with a bit wider front.
As for material, I can't weld aluminium myself, so I would have to let someone else do that, or choose an alternative material. I've worked with wood before (made 2 plywood bicycles) so for now, the option is wood. Lightweight, strong and easy to work with.
It also gives the quadcycle a vintage look.
I want the quad to be as versatile as possible. I want to ride alone with minimum bagage, but also I want to be able to transport kids or grocceries. The old Fords used to have a coupe, sedan and pickup version. I want those three options as a modulair system. With an easy connection being able to attach a kid seat or a pickup trunk. I've seen cars that have a seat hidden inside the trunk. I don't know how you call them.
As for gears, I'm thinking about each rider get their own set of derailleur gears. Both rear axles are connected and drive a third sprocket. A single chain goes from there to the back. A diferential should devide the power equaly to the rear wheels.
The structure that holds the wheels would have to be aluminium, not wood.
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jimincolorado
Starting Member

USA
27 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2012 :  11:49:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another idea, this time a trike!
http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk/mmc/carrange/pedalcar/pedalcar.html


Jim
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Steven Challenge
recumbent enthusiast

Netherlands
142 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2012 :  12:11:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've seen that before. It looks awesome! And, with the right material and a few airodynamic ajustments, it could be a decent recumbent trike. Frankly, I like the "vintage" look better than the futuristic look of a modern full faired recumbent.
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