I stumbled upon the idea of constructing
recumbent frames of ordinary 2 x 4 lumber quite by accident. I had designed a carbon fiber frame. I greatly dislike
working with epoxy. I did not want to have to rebuild the frame if the geometry was faulty. I decided to
slap together a static wooden mock up to test seating position and such. While building the static mock up, a method
for mounting an active crank and front fork occurred to me. Much better!, as now I could perform dynamic tests on the
geometry. The mock up handled very well indeed! I stood back and looked at the 2 x 4 test bike. It had taken
only a few hours to construct; required no welding; was easily stong enough ( I later perfomed static load tests); and didn't
weigh that much more than the projected weight of the carbon fiber version.
I sell plans for a Low Racer (26"/20")pictured
above. At present I am including with the purchase of the Low Racer plans, a planset for the modification of the
Low Racer to a 26"/ 26". A drawing of the 26"/ 26" Modification is featured below.