by a friend named Larry. The yellow fiberglass box on the left rear is where
his dog rides to go triking. He custom machined the 36 spoke front hubs
and pressed in precision bearings. Seat is covered with nylon seatbelt webbing
and is 26"/20" for wheel size. Trike frame is a mix of round and
square 1 1/2" mild steel. This trike has a mid drive and I'm not sure
if it has a derailleur or internal gearing in the rear hub.
by Larry. If I remember correctly, it started life as a 2 wheeled bent.
At some point he modified it to turn it into a trike. Has a rear coaster
brake and another seat using seat belt material. Very comfortable to sit
on. 20" wheels all around. He custom machined hub inserts in
the front wheels to take a heavier axle and disc brakes. He uses this trike
on the beach near his cottage and for early season riding.
picture to the right, is the latest modification on it. He painted the wheels
and added a sail to take advantage of the wind coming off the water while riding
at the beach.
below left is the trike with a few mods on it as requested by the new owner. 152mm
cranks, dual discs with rear rim brake, converted back to multi speed, flag holder,
mirror, custom foot support and a mesh seat. Below right is the happy new
owner on his trike. One more bent rider - a good thing :)
- Barrie, ON
by a shop teacher named Roger,
who is a friend of Larry's. Built of mainly square, mild steel with a custom
fiberglass seat built by Larry (I believe). It also has a mid drive and
a 36 V electric motor which is mounted on the left side. The motor freewheels
when not actually driving and the trike has 26"/20" wheels. It
has no speed controller circuit, merely and on/off switch, but it still performs
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Built by Larry for his
wife. He custom machined the 36 hole aluminum front hubs and mounted disk
brakes. The fiberglass seat is hand built along with the aluminum headrest.
The black foam pad on the headrest is the same one commonly used on exercise equipment.
It has a mid drive, internal geared rear hub with coaster brake, and rear
suspension. Built out of steel 1" x 2" box tube with an extendable
boom. The trike uses sintered bronze bushings and high grade 1/2" bolts
for the king pins instead use bike parts. Sold to a club member named Paul,
for his wife.
Some of John's earliest bents built
from recycled bikes. The yellow LWB semi-recumbent was his first one and
the blue and two red ones are later versions. I think the way he set up
his steering system with sprockets and bike chains is very unique as well as the
headtube system that takes up the steering chain's slack. Very cool and
the first ones I've seen like that. I also like the shifter post on the
red SWB. John's website is here.
LWB recumbent was built by John. He has built a fair number of bents of
different sizes and designs, and this was the design he was most satisfied with
before starting to build trikes. It's a little over 6' long with USS and
a steering linkage rod. It has a bicycle rear end and 2" muffler pipe
for the main frame tube. I finally got a chance to ride it and it was a
very different riding experience from an upright. Once I got the hang of
balancing it (and it wasn't difficult at all) and learning how to lean while turning,
it rolled very nicely. It inspired me even more to try to build one of my
trike was built by John for his son. It's a modified flying cross built
out of a bike rear end and 1.5"/2" muffler pipe. John added a
small EMT tube rack on the right side to mount a milk crate on. His son
puts his newspapers in the milk crate and uses the trike to deliver papers (as
pictured). The trike has direct steering and triple brakes on the 20"/26"
wheels. The power train design is sort of unique for a single trike in that
the front chain ring is on the left side, and the chain runs back to dual chain
rings on the mid-drive BB. The power is transmitted though the mid-drive
to the right side chainrings and then back to the rear wheel. I think the
gear range is limited to just the rear derailler. The seat is a custom fiberglass
seat which was designed by his friend Larry, and possibly built by him as well.
The SWB trike is pretty short, very nimble and pretty stable due to a wide
track. The trike is now owned by someone else.
SWB trike by John. This one is built out of 1 1/2" and 2" muffler
pipe as well, with a steel box tube rear swing arm. While the rear swing
arm can pivot, John designed it so that he could experiment with castor angles
to determine which angle he preferred best. Once the correct angle was achieved,
the swing arm could be bolted in place and become rigid again. It has direct
steering, a mid drive but gearing is limited to the rear derailler. The
custom fiberglass seat is from a mould built by Larry, and I'm not sure if John
or Larry actually built the seat, which is very comfortable. John wasn't
happy with the amount of flex in the boom assembly, so he's currently reworking
it and then taking it to be powder coated. I'll add a picture of the modified
trike when it is completed. John also uses this trike to go beach and off-road
The main frame for this
trike was built by Larry. It's made out of 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" box
tube steel. The boom extends for X-seam adjustment. John took it and
added the steering and accessories for his wife. The paint job is a very
nice metallic candy apple red powder coat. It has rear suspension and internally
geared rear hub (7 speed I believe). The seat is a custom made fiberglass
one made from Larry's seat mould with high density foam glued to it and John's
wife's name engraved in it. It has 48 spoke 20" aero rims with hollow
14mm axles, a 26" aero rear wheel and rear suspension. This trike also
uses bronze bushings and high grade bolts for king pins. It looks even nicer
in real life than it does in the pictures :)
Another one of Larry's trikes built
out of 1" x 2" mild steel tube. It has Larry's custom machined
aluminum front hubs, extendable boom, and bushing & 1/2" bolt king pins.
It has a custom fiberglass seat made by Larry, and it is very comfortable,
even though it is relatively narrow. It has rear suspension and two plastic
tubes mounted on the back of the seat rear for carrying accessories like tire
pump, repair kit, etc.
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- Lisle, ON
modified flying cross trike built by John. It has a very nice candy
apple blue powder coat paint job. The custom fiberglass seat is from one
of Larry's moulds and John put engraved silver flames on the closed foam seat
cushion. It is made from 1 1/2" and 2" muffler pipe and has an
extendable boom. This trike has the shock mounted to the seat instead of
using a swing arm for suspension. This trike is now in the possession of
Craig, its happy new owner :)
SOLD - Angus,
trike (by Larry) is comprised of 2" x 1/16" and 1½" x 1/16"
mild steel round tubing for the main frame with 1½" x ½"
x 1/16" rectangular tubing for the rear swing arm. The swing arm is
stiff and tested over 4 years with guys (Wayne and his friends) that are use to
putting BMX bikes through a heavy workout. Wayne has all Deore components
including disc brakes (the only way to go) with a mid-idler and 8 speed rear cassette.
Wayne rides the trike
at Wasaga beach on the road and beach. The trike is softly sprung with makes
for a very soft ride. Nice for cruising, but can really motor. He
was developing a shimmy at just over 70kph, so Larry added some caster, dampened
the steering and reset the toe-in. It was out a bit but not bad for 2 years
of heavy riding. Larry mentioned to Wayne that he might want to keep the
trike to a reasonable speed :) Remember any bike or trike can be dangerous
at any speed. Wear safety gear and be careful.
is ready for another summer at the beach. Oh and Wayne "he is in his
late 40's". Say hi to him if you see him at the beach and a bunch more
trike riders in the Georgian Triangle.
- Montreal, PQ
Beach Raider is another of Larry's trikes, and is built of 2½" x 1/16"
round steel tubing for the main frame with 1.5" x 1/16" for the swing
arm. It has three 20" wheels with 2" tires and rear suspension.
The front wheels are 5 spoke polypropylene with a 3 spoke AL alloy rear wheel.
The front hubs were modified with aluminum inserts which are machined to
except disk brakes, and 12mm bearings with high tensile bolts for the axles. The
trike is set up with 12 speeds for hill climbing and beach cruising. The
trike handles really well considering the poly wheels which have a fair amount
flex. The swing arm and wheels take the shock out of bumps which makes for a smooth
ride. The trike has steering arms welded to the axles trailing back and
kept in toe by a 5/16" stainless steel rod and 5/16" female rod ends.
It also has sintered king pin bushings and high strength steel king pins.
just finished building carbon fiber front fendersfor the Raider, a CF stubby rear
fender and is working on a CF seat for it as well.
Another rear suspension
trike built by Larry for a friend of ours named Simon. One of the first
ones he built, I believe. It's built out of round steel tubing (2"
IIRC) and uses 1½" x ½" mild steel for the swing arm.
It has a custom made fiberglass seat by Larry and a mid drive at the pivot
point. It has a 7 speed internally geared hub and an aero 26" wheel.
Larry took the 20" AL 3 spoked front rims and machined the hubs to
accept precision bearings. Nice looking trike, I think, low, smooth, very
slick and very fast.
Another creation of
Larry's. He built this to try a trike that is more suited to fitting
children and even smaller adults. Click the pictures for more details.
SOLD - Wasaga Beach,
is the Beachraider II by Larry. It uses his standard swing arm design and
1½" x 1/16" square steel tube for the frame. The king
pin bushings are custom machined high density plastic with his standard custom
machined Al front hubs and precision ½" bearings. Larry built
a carbon fiber seat with an integrated rear fender and the trike is about 10 lbs
lighter than the original raider. It has 20" wheels al around, 14 speeds
and compact road style rim brakes. Front boom adjusts for rider size and
Larry broke with tradition and made this trike a single chain instead of his usual
dual-chain with a swing-arm pivot idler.
Update: The trike had a run in with a
broken trike rack and then the road. As a consequence the seat was badly
damaged and the fenders were scratched up bad. Larry repaired and extended
the rear fender and I mounted it with a lower rear section to provide a little
more spray protection. Also, the fenders were refinished, along with
the fender mounts, and a new seat frame was fabricated, with a new cover and seat
supports. The seat is adjustable in seat back angle as well as two positions
to move it 1" closer or further away from the crossmember to facilitate sitting
on it. Some other minor tune-ups, and it's back on the road, good as new.
- Barrie, ON
creation by Larry. This is a bent he built quite some time ago, but he didn't
really like riding it, so he salvaged the usable parts and it sat in his garage
until I bugged him enough that he gave it to me to try out. It's made out
of 3" muffler pipe with a 20" front fork, and a custom fiberglass seat
with lumbar support. I stuck an old 20" and 26" wheel with a 9
speed cassette on the bent just to see what it would look like. I think
it's pretty comfortable but I'll have a better idea when I get it fully mocked
up and assembled. I just need to add the groupo and make a quick boom/BB
piece, and we're off to the races.
a little over 2 years, the bike has finally been completely refurbished and repainted
and ready to roll :) Bike page is here.
is a bent that is modelled after the Python.
My friend built it and eventually wants to build one of similar style but
as a lean-steer delta trike in he style of the one built by Greg
Kolodziejzyk. Click the picture for details.
trike by Larry. This is the newest trike for his wife, called the Storm.
It's lower, shorter, lighter and has a simplified frame, a la Catrike style.
It's made from 1 1/4" x 1/16" mild steel box, with 1 1/2 x 1/2"
rectangle steel tube for the chain stays. 1" mild steel tubing is used
for the seat frame and the mesh is from catamaran trampolines, I believe. It
has brand new, but basic level components, custom machined M475 disc hubs, 152mm
42/32/22 cranks and 20" wheels all around. Very firm, very stable and
very comfortable trike. It's fitted out with inexpensive disc brakes on
all three wheels (but only shown with front discs).
is a new trailer Larry built to help carry their dog around with them. The
stainless trailer hitch mounts on the swingarm of just about all his trikes, and
the two wheeled trailer's hitch is a rod end to provide pitch and roll. The
container is a simple plastic tub and it's mounted to a 1" steel tubular
frame. Very light, narrow and a low CG.
newest trike. Mild steel rectangular tube frame, triple 451 wheels, triple
discs, mesh seat and front suspension. Click picture for more details.
kid's trike built by Larry. Same kind of style as his latest designs, but
shrunk down to kid size. Built to see if it will help a girl compete in
kid triathalons because she has balance difficulties. More details by clicking
new homebuilt trike, built by a new Georgian Bents member named Mike. It
has 20" fronts, 24" rear and 24 speeds. Built out of 1" x
.064" box tube brazed together, and feels like it weighs under 40 lbs. Not
quite finished yet, but a nice riding little trike on it's inaugural 20km break-in
trike built by Larry for his friend Wayne. This is Wayne's new ride as he
sold his previous trike. Full details here.
friend of mine, named Bert, builds kite buggies, races on ice with bikes, and
also decided to try his hand at building a Python
variant of his own. Details can be seen by clicking the picture.
got an email in Nov 05 from a home builder in the States and he showed me his
variation on my twin rail design. He used the chain stays from an old mountain
bike for the boom with a lower third leg. By undoing the three bolts, the
boom comes right off. Very handy I think and it inspired me to try a folding
boom version for myself. Click the picture for his site.
Another email arrived in Nov 05 from
a young feller' from Australia named Bill. He had seen the pythons I built
as well as the Python site and decided to build one of his own. He managed
to incorporate training wheels to help him learn. My attempts at the training
wheels were not as successful as his.
trike by Larry called the Sidewinder. 1 1/4" steel box tube, mesh seat,
triple 20" wheels and adjustable boom. Click the picture to go to the
very interesting FWD rear steered delta trike that was brought to the ice races
on Feb 5th/06. It not only was rear wheel steered, but it also tilted
into the corners. The builder was a gentleman that I hadn't met before and
if I remember correctly, he suffered some flats and was unable to race much. Hopefully
he shows up at another event with either this trike or other creations.
nice little trike from a homebuilder in Toronto.
is the Tub 26 built by Larry. The "tub" refers to tubular steel
vs square, which he also uses, and the "26" refers to trpile 26"
wheels. It's smooth and fast and despite teh front wheel diameters, it has
no problem turning around on a street using the same amount of space a trike with
smaller tires might take. More details here.
young feller from Vermont sent
me a picture of his trike he calls the "Chimera". It is the rear
end and crank set off two bikes, mated to the front wheels off of a lawn tractor,
and tied together with a wooden backbone. The seat looks like it was donated
by the same lawn tractor that provided the wheels.
is a homebuilt velomobile owner by Bob Beechy, who is a member of the Brantford,
ON HPTA. The body is a combination of carbon fiber and fibreglass and
was built by Reg Rodaro,
a long time veteran of recumbent, streamliner and velomobile fabrication. Bob
Beechy added the trike chassis and bike parts to the velomobile body.
fine little trike by Larry. This one is dubbed the "Tub 20". Again,
the naming comes from the tubing and wheel diameter. It also has one of
his simple little trailer tow bars made out of tubular steel as well as a little
Rubbermaid trailer with 16" plastic wheels. More details will likely
come up on his site
co-worker of mine named Jim was very interested in bents and ended up getting
his hands on this Funcycle clone. I forget the exact name of it, but supposedly
a company was actually manufacturing these in Canada (Ontario?) somewhere. I
gave him a hand doing a few mods to it. He added dual sidepull brakes on
the rear wheels, and a 5 speed 20 inch front wheel, and a derailleur mounting
tab. The frame seemed to be a little bent and the trike looked like it had
some rough usage before Jim bought it, but he was using it regularly to commute
Prior to buying
the Funcycle, be built a no-weld, swing boom, front wheel drive bent converted
from an old mountain bike. It is/was in the same style as the Cruz
Bike. He was riding it back and forth to work too. Hopefully if
Jim sees this, he'll shoot me an email and send some updated pictures of his FWD
and his Funcycle.
This is Roger's
5th(that I know of) trike. It's a tubular steel frame with triple 26"
wheels and front mechanical disc brakes. Mesh seat and a cool idea that
I want to try, is he built in a hoop around the rear wheel for a trailer hitch.
A mister Wolverton sent me a couple
pictures of the trike he just finished. He said it was partially based on
Cross, but I think his looks much slicker than mine. Especially once
faired. I'll try to get some details about the trike body and post it later.