In addition to what I call my CatStand, I added a small stand that lifts the rear wheel off the ground to allow the wheel to spin freely [my LBS does not mind me taking in my recumbent for work]. I used PVC pipe and have yet to paint the metal insert. I guess I’ll call this my CatLift.
The scale shows 51.98 lbs. less the strap weight .46 lbs, equals 51.52 lbs. The riding weight includes a filled 3-liter bladder, spare tubes, batteries, lights, etc. I have wedge bags to add and likely a sports drink bladder. I estimate a riding weight of 50 to 55 lbs. This is 5 to 10 lbs less than my RANS Stratus XP.The collage above show the straps I use to suspend the trike. Upper left–rear lift strap wraps around the frame, just in front of the rear tire [see lower center photograph]; Upper right–front lift strap wraps around the frame, just in front of the cruciform.
Amazing, without the trike, the stand I made December 26 accepts the trike with no adjustments. I will lower the front a bit, although I do not have to. I am please withe the results.
Let’s have a multi- functional-workstand. I envisioned that in addition to holding my Catrike 700, this stand could also hold my Velokraft VK2. So, back to Lowes to get a few joints and end caps. I had enough pipe left over from my initial design. The VK2 now can now longer fall from my Park Tools work stand.
Inspired by the trike work stands of others in the my post below, I spent today setting up my workstand to hold my Catrike 700 [when it finally arrives]. Shucks, I have to order it first, and I cannot do that until mid January ’08–but, I digress–back to this story.
I wanted mobility. I have that with this base. I took the base from a photographer’s portrait chair that I seldom use. To it, I added locking casters. I wanted my stand to use black pipes, but the store where I purchased the part only had the 2″ cross and 2″ elbow in white. This yields an interesting contrast.
I used a combination of 2″ and 1 1/2″ pipes for the stand. I used spacing that should work for the 700 dimensions. In terms of mobility, the stand can be easily disassembled into 4 components: the base; the front support; the rear support; and a pipe that triangulates the rear.
Here is a collage (click to enlarge) that gives various views of the stand.What’s the cost–Lowe’s ~ $70 [pipes, fittings, casters, pins, and cement].