Monday, January 16, 2012

Florida - new Warrior recumbent tadpole trike

"Hi Brad and Kat. Here's a pic of my new Blue Bullet Warrior.

Thanks again for the great plans. This bike rides just as good as a store brand, actually better because I know who made it.

Keep up the great job you two do."

Mr. Frugle, AZ forum

Build blog: Mr. Frugle started his build December, 2011.

This is his post in the Builders Forum announcing that he recumbent trike is done:

"Hi guys finally finished my Warrior.

I'll post a few pics one of the pics is of the speed-o-meter mount I added to the front pulley.

I think someone in the Warrior forum was asking for ideas on where to mount a speedo. It works well, easy to see and not in the way.

I've got about 45 hours of labor $375 to $400 dollars invested. The biggest expense was the wheels, tires, and disc brakes ($220 without shipping) and three free old doner bikes two of which I was able to ride.

It's unreal what people throw out. It was 28F this morning so I thought my shake down run wasn't going to happen, but in Florida if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes.

Anyway, it warmed up to 70F by lunch so I took it to the local bike trail and put 20 miles on it. WOW! Kool ride. Just a few little adjustments, and I'll take another ride Monday. Happy peddling."

That's an awesome looking Warrior, congrats!

Build your own Warrior recumbent trike

Warrior Racing Trike takes performance and looks to all new heights. With triple disc brakes, under seat steering, and a general racing attitude, the Warrior would easily pass for an expensive production import. Built using inexpensive bicycle components and steel tubing, the Warrior weighs in at only 43 pounds, and has perfect handling and braking characteristics. There is not one single machined part on the entire trike, and everything can be built using only a basic welder, hand drill, and angle grinder!

The Warrior Racing Trike uses commonly available 20mm hubs, so there are no hard to find or overly expensive components needed. The frame is completely made of square steel tubing,and everything else on the Warrior Trike can be found at bicycle shops or hacked from scrap bicycles. The building process is designed to allow anyone with a Do-It-Yourself desire to finish his or her own version of the Warrior Trike without requiring previous bike building experience or specialized tools and skills.

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