Gallery: Donald’s Homebuilt Recumbent

This is my home made recumbent that I use for errands, exercise and pleasure riding. Its laid-back position with a fully supported back and head rest make it a very comfortable commuter. Its frame is Graphite fabric and Epoxy. The crank set and detailers were salvaged from a Trek 1200 and the seat is from Actionbent. The handle bar riser, luggage rack and seat mounts and braces are homebuilt. It was built as a prototype for limited production but I am not sure that I want to start a business now that I am retired. The seat and handle bars adjust from about 30 degrees to 60 degrees and the seat can be adjusted for riders from 5 foot to 6 foot 6 inches tall. The luggage rack is 13 inches wide to accommodate a 3-ring binder and a lap top or a couple of grocery bags. The back of the seat is covered in red reflective tape and I have attached flashing head and tail lights to the helmet to place them up high were they are easily seen both day and night. I can nod at drivers to get their attention and point the light were I need it.

This bike has been a great “People Magnet” adding immensely to the fun of riding. I think the bike’s sweeping curves and unusual shape attract a lot of attention. Almost every time I ride it someone wants to know were I bought it or after I tell them that I built it how it was built. (I carved a piece of Styrofoam to shape and covered it with Graphite fabric and Epoxy.) There is great interest in biking due to high gas prices and obesity but many Baby Boomers have had problems with upright bikes and so are interested in recumbents.

I also ride a Gary Fisher mountain bike off road when I am at my cabin and have a 1989 Nishiki road bike that I used to ride to work every day but now I seldom ride it. My next project is a similar folding recumbent with a 26 inch rear wheel for lower rolling resistance and a better ride. —Donald

7 Responses to “Gallery: Donald’s Homebuilt Recumbent”

  • andy parmentier says:

    flash gordon

  • Iain says:

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Alexander López says:

    Absolutely amazing! DIY taken to the next level. Space-age design, great painting, sweet ride… congratulations, my friend! You have a really good recumbent bike!

  • John Hoyt says:

    You are a very talented fellow!


  • Peter Glick says:

    I was looking at the photo and noticed a part that you used and wonder where you found it. I have a Vision Recumbent and the chain guides are same as you used except yours has a little metal L-shaped piece that keeps the chain from jumping off. My guides are worn out and I can’t find them anywhere. Could you enlighten me about buying those?
    Peter Glick

  • Donald Moore says:

    I bought the roller from for $10.
    Thanks Donald Moore
    Long Beach, Ca

  • Alan says:

    Nice bike, Alan.

    How much does it weigh? How do you like riding it?

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