Recumbent Bicycle: A DIY, Low-Cost Project

Here's how to recycle the frame and parts from older bikes to make a recumbent bicycle that's far cheaper than, and just as successful as, commercial models.



Recumbent bicycle
Enjoy longer, more comfortable rides with a recumbent bicycle, and save your back from the usual discomfort of riding a standard bike.
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Riding a recumbent bicycle
You'll love the riding position and large seat back of this DIY recumbent bicycle.
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By putting the back end of a child's bicycle on the front of an adult bike, you can avoid the long chain to the rear wheel that is common on commercial recumbent bikes.
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Three speeds and a drum brake might be simple, but they work like a dream.
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The padded back from an old chair paired with the seat from an exercise bicycle make a sturdy, comfortable recumbent bicycle seat.
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