I also do week long rides across Nebraska and Iowa, BRAN and RAGBRAI, and needed to build a special bike that was suited for long days in all kinds of conditions. Although my bike is a bit of a mutant Tribolt, it is still mostly aluminum, but utilizes a donor bike from the seat backwards.
|The donor bike for the variant trike I plan to build|
|An experiment on the wooden prototype which did not work. Back to the original blueprints!|
|Cold winter days, so doing the build inside. This is just a mock up after cutting frame of donor bike.|
|Rod end bearings I bought. Wow, these are bigger than I thought! |