As Toolmonger cyclists probably already know, a recumbent bicycle offers several advantages over the normal upright sort, but they’re generally rather pricey. We’ve recently posted on tube bending, mitering, and welding, and this project requires all those new tools you wish you had an excuse to pick up.
If you’re one of the Toolmongers who can pull designs from a picture, I’ve included one above. For the rest of us who need plans to work from, I found a site by A.D. Carson with good advice and plans on building your own recumbent bike from two unloved upright bikes — and check out these notes if you need a tandem.
At the very least, you can reduce the space occupied in your garage by two bikes down to one. If you want to research your own design, you’ll find lots of options here.
Pictured above is James Neely’s DIY version of Carson’s recumbent plans.
DIY Recumbent Bike [Recycled Recumbent]