DeltaWolf Recumbent Trike
Barnett Williams Style Seat
After several months of riding my DeltaWolf without a paint job, it is finally finished. I have changed the angle of the headtube from the first build, went through several seats including the Atomic Zombie Style seat, the anATOMic Seat that I liked very much but finally settled on the Barnett Williams Style seat. The Barnett Williams Style seat has smoothed out the ride on this un-suspended DeltaWolf and made it very comfortable to ride for long periods of time. Even on the rough country roads that I ride in East Texas, it is an easy ride.
If any homebrew bike is ever finished, the DeltaWolf is now painted, has a seat that I am happy with and this part of the journey is finished.
Next will be a velo body for the DeltaWolf. At this point I am thinking it will be a Dacron skin on frame, at least that will be my first try.
Here it is in it’s Halloween costume, safety orange and black. This has been a fun project and I hope to have many years of enjoyment with it. Maybe even a US tour. I still am looking for a single tract bike to try out also. Something like an Atomic Zombie Spirit or a Recycled Recumbent Mark II Clone.
With the new 34 tooth low gear and Barnett Williams style seat this trike is a dream to ride. The hills just come and go while I sit and enjoy my surroundings.
My son was the main crew member of this project. He did all the welding and I appreciate all his help as well at the time we spent together. Thanks David.
Finally, getting ready to paint.
I’ve been riding my DeltaWold for several months without a paint job because I anticipated doing some more welding on the frame. This past week I got with my son, David, and he welded an additional 11 inches to the main tube under the seat. That extended to main tube to better accommodate a Barnett Williams style seat, move the seat forward and get my elbows out of the rear wheels and the shifters out of my chest.. We also installed a Megarange with a 34T gear to get me over the hills. This put me at about 18 gear inches. As soon as I decide on new cranks and BB I’ll order a 20T for the chainring. This will put me at about 14.6 gear inches. Hopefully, this will be enough for me to carry 50 lbs of camping and fishing gear and get me over the mountains albeit a little slow. This approach gave the gear range I needed without adding the weight of a mid-drive or affecting the high gears.
I’ve only put about 10 miles on the trike since the changes before tearing it down for a paint job. What a difference, I now spin up the hills with no problems and still have something left for the downhill.
First coat of safety orange. Can you see me now?
Progress is a little slow for the last few days because I have a new project that has been taking some of my time. This is my new Ferguson TO 30 built between 1951 and 1954. Someone covered up the plate that has the serial number with an electronic control box and I’m having trouble reading the serial number on the motor.
The old TO 30 runs great. I mowed with it for 4 hours yesterday. No power steering, wore me out, but the tractor was still running strong.
Pat Eaton is in the process of finishing a very nice velomobile built on the AtomicZombie TimberWolf frame. I’ve enjoyed watching this project unfold on the AtomicZombie Forum. Pat has added electric assist and has a very sweet ride that he uses to commute to work. Here is another entry to the AtomicZombie Forum about his latest upgrades.
Did I say 1940 something. Maybe the builder was just out for a test ride before it was finished. Check it out.
What? No Lights!
I don’t remember where the saying “Stop and smell the roses” came from but I do remember the meaning. You can find roses along the way in many forms. Today I was reading Kent’s Bike Blog and found a rose. One of Kent Peterson’s writings. This is a short story and will delay your day for only a short time. I invite you to read Made With Extra Love.
Editor: I may have had the wrong link to this story. It should be correct now.
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