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Rear-Wheel-Steering Recumbent Bike Prototype Testing

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Published on Aug 26, 2009

Part of our Cal Poly senior project. This is the prototype for a bike that will compete in the 2010 Human Powered Vehicle competition in 2010.
http://www.asme.org/Events/Contests/H...

Many of the features are adjustable, including the head tube angle (the angle of the hinge), the wheelbase by multiple dropouts for the front and rear wheels, the control sensitivity by the lever-arm linkages, and the seat position.

Partial credit for this design goes to Dennis Renner, for giving us the initial idea of a rear-wheel-steered recumbent.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMA7CT...

Before this one, we constructed a proof of concept bike, with no pedals, and a different steering mechanism.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBR-rP...

By adjusting the head tube angle on our prototype, we discovered that a forward angle gives us better stability at high speeds.

See footage of our final bike on this channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/moynihanigan

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