Woody was conceived even before 2020, but that is when the first actions began, and real progress began in June 2023. Below is an attempt at chronological order
Two Rad Minis were procured. These were selected for
- 20" heavy duty dual wall wide rims
- Dual geared hub motors Bafang 750W
- Front suspension forks
The RAD Minis were ordered in Spring 2020, as it seemed a pandemic would be a good time to work on this in earnest. But alas, life intervened. They were delivered in June 2020. We rode them a couple times, they had good acceleration, but were a bit squirrely due to the short wheel base and high rider position. Also, we learned the stock tires made lots of noise!
To address issues with parts of the frame breaking I decided to make the head tubes my self, and thus had to buy a lathe! I found a nice Atlas/Craftsman from 1969 actually NOS, still strapped to the small palette on which it was originally shipped!
Various sketches were done, as two passenger and as four passenger , with various design approaches considered. in June 2023 I decided to act, this bike ain't gonna build itself! Below is the finalized sketch going into the build
This is a pic of the donor bike, a pair of 2020 Rad Minis, 750W 48V