Part 4: the seat
I placed a recumbent seat on the frame to see how the driver
will sit while having his back supported. It gave me a new insight
in the situation. Apparently the seat can be more reclined that
first thought. Which makes the total height less. But it also makes
that the legs feel more at ease when the feet are placed
Now that gives new questions.
- Can you place the legs on the ground quickly enough? Well
...we had no problems while testing the funbike and there the feet
are totally above the front wheel. So ...i guess it will
- Can you keep the heavy scooter upright in that reclined
position? I tested that and foudn out it is not a problem at all.
Ok, i didn't place the scooter at a angle of 20 °, but that would
be a problem too when sitting upright. All you need to do is to use
the brake. If you forget to use the brake you push yourself
backwards. And pushing backwards in anything that is recumbent on
two wheels is not that easy to do properly. Most beginners fall
trying to do that. So ...i would advise to do those things when the
"door" is opened.
- The most ideal placement of the handle bars is more backwards.
Will it be possible to keep the handle bar inside the body? I guess
yes. Reason: i plan to make the handle bar more narrow. Due to the
fact that the handle bar is more backwards, it creates a bigger arm
of moment. So ...to keep the same amount of moment i can reduce the
width of the handle bars. I know from riding recumbent bikes
that it might make the steering a bit more nervous. It will be a
good test to find the best position that can turn inside the body
and still give a steady steering.