Adding to my [work]stands

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.

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What is this trike’s riding weight

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.

Workstand Tweaks

My pre-trike-arrival workstand [I built it without know the actual trike dimensions] has been a jewel in setting up the trike and doing chain related work. It is the handiest of tools. I’ve made a few minor adjustments for improved CT700 fit.
First, the stand as built is a perfect fit in length and width. I notched the 2 front cups to allow seat frame to not keep the cruciform from sitting at the cup bottom. I lowered the cup front to preclude decal marring.

I also notched the rear cup, shortened it 7/8″ for stay clearence [after I chanced the rear boom connection–now screw-in] and shaved the right side of the tube cap for chain clearance. For safety, I placed a board [black rubber covering to be added] to sit my tool box on as a stand counter-weight. The stand holds the trike as it was built without the counter-weight. Thus, to preclude tippiness, I’m using a counter- weight. I am VERY pleased with this stand. I spoke with my LBS mechanic. He welcomes my stand when I take the trike in for service. All is GOOD!

Workstand validated

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.

My VK2 on Its New [borrowed] Workstand

A workstand, waiting for a trike–in the meantime…

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.

A workstand, waiting for a trike

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].