The Driftwood Bike
Frame Materials: Driftwood (5' long) and ¾" plywood
Weight as pictured:
What was I thinking?:
I wanted a Beach Cruiser Recumbent from Beach material.
How Does it ride?:
It is stable and well behaved from 2-18 mph. It's a dog on hills.
What may change later on this bike?:
Could staple fabric to wheel stays to make cool built in panniers (saddle bags).
Could build a pouch behind the seat back for storage.
What would I do differently on another attempt?:
I might make the seat back a little more laid back for to take rider weight off the seat.
What lessons were learned?:
It worked surprisingly well. Driftwood and Rustic logs make pretty cool recumbent back bones. I screwed a straight board to the log for reference while shaping the BB area, head hole and Wheel-stay attachment areas.
Bike design and execution are actually very forgiving if your expectations are low enough. For wood construction. Cheapo one piece (Ashtubula) crank sets work well since the metal axel holds the cones that hold the bearings that compress the cups inward into the wood.
What are the keeper developments?:
One piece bb/crank sets for wood frames, Plywood wheel stays,
Single speed w/ coaster brake for simplicity and ease/forgiveness of construction, Rustic log frames.
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