This past weekend I went to visit my son David and his family for a few days. They live in Plano, Tx. One of the reasons for the visit was to build a new seat for an old junk EZ-3 recumbent trike I had bought. The old EZ-3 needs a new brake system and some past owner had turned the 20/16 wheels into 26/20 which really messed up the gearing. To difficult for this old man to peddle.
David said we could build a new bike from the Atomic Zombie plans I had purchased faster than we could fix the old EZ-3, and have a better bike.
After estimating time (16 hours) and money ($100.00) I said OK. After 50 hours each and more than $100.00 and many, many trips to the hardware store we now have PoGo. PoGo is what we nicknamed our first build of a homemade recumbent bike that has somewhat of a tendency to bounce up and down because of the rear suspension and the flex in the main tube. POGO was build from the plans for a recumbent called Voyageur from Atomic Zombie Extreme Machines.
AZ plans are similar, gather up a few old 10 speed bikes, cut them up and use the parts to make a new unique bike. I’ve had a desire to make a few long distance bike trips and the Voyageur plans seemed to fit the general criteria of a bike that would be comfortable, fast and stable on the road. We’ll see. Tomorrow I start my first training session on PoGo.
The EZ-3 recumbent was an easy ride, sit down on it and peddle. A two wheel version of a recumbent seems to be much different. The EZ-3 could go slow without a problem. Just go slow and sit there. Going up a hill, you could stop and rest and just sit there. PoGo does not like to go slow. If you go slow, it falls over and you just sit there.
I guess I have a learning curve on PoGo. Learning how to make a recumbent go slow. Or do like when I was a kid and just go fast all the time.
My first coasting test ride ended with a crash. As I laid in the middle of the street with PoGo on top of one of my legs an old man passed on an upright watching and shaking his head. Some people just don’t understand the challenge of doing something you know nothing about. As he road passed me I said “anyone can do that”. He just road on shaking his head.
My son, David worked very hard with me on this project and I cherish the time that I had with him and his family. This was a father, son and grandson project.
Here is a few pictures of PoGo. I’ll follow-up with more information about PoGo later with how we did it with mechanical and technical information and lots of pictures.