Today we've finaly done some testing of the trike we started building a year ago. The goal was to check the handling and durability of some parts.
The one who was manufacturing the front wheel fittings (steering knuckles) made an errror. Its result is 2cm longer wheelbase and 2cm shorter trail. We needed to know how this affects the handling and if it's necessary to have it rebuilt. I wasn't very pleased with the nhandling, my father was more optimistic.
Anyway we bent that part on the right wheel so when fixing this they will fix the earlier mistake too.
All the parts will get some paint and we will sand and paint the frame. By that the trike will be usabel and all the accessories will be done later: fenders (fiberglass), tailbox (wood and fiberglass), lights (LEDs and Luxeons) etc.
The wheels were not fitted to the frame permanently, so we transported to the testing place in car. It still fits into Škoda Octavia:
Today I passed the final bachelor exam so I no longer have an excuse for not updating my web.
I promised some photos of finished trike, so here are they:
Here are those promised photos. They're from the "Recumbent weekend" action, May 22nd. Once per year the Azub bike and one Czech travel agency make a two days action for about 40 people. Everyone has a chance to try different bents for half a day during a small trip.
The camerea was not working properly, so I don't have the pictures I wanted.
Lukáš was preparing for K24 amatheur marathon, where we lent him our trike, and this Saturday was his first chance to ride it more than just around a house. He tried if it can go under the semitrailer: