The sun coaster.
Build it as a pedal drive or electric vehicle.
A bike car designed for cruising the neighborhood or retirement village.
Many request have been received for an adult cycle. is designed with seniors in mind. The right side of the frame is open for easy access, and the seat is chair height. This four wheel cycle can be built as an open roadster or with an easy to remove vinyl top. (No more getting caught in those sudden showers.)
The carrier on the back can be used for shopping bags or fishing gear.
The frame is designed to use parts from two salvage bicycles. The left rear wheel is the drive wheel from a common 20" bicycle. The right rear wheel is the front wheel from the same bike. The 16" front wheels are from the second salvage bike.
With this design a five or seven speed bike car can be constructed at a reasonable cost. The sun Coaster seat is 27" wide and can carry driver and passenger with a total weight of 200 lbs. This recumbent style cycle utilizes readily available common materials whenever possible. Like the BAJA cycle, the frame is reinforced PVC tubing. The model in the picture has a five speed transmission, and hand brakes.
This four wheel bike is an excellent source of exercise for the physically handicapped, and is more stable than an adult tricycle.
To the left is a picture of the Sun Coaster, built as an open roadster. Instructions to build both models are in the plans.
The plans contain in depth instructions as well as many 3-D drawings to assist you. PLUS, a HELP web site is provided with many photographs to show every detail of construction. The estimated cost to build this cycle is $400.00 to $500.00.
The 18 page plans are $18.00 plus $4.00 S&H. order form plans
Sun Coaster Hardware and bike Parts Kit
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The Electric Sun Coaster : The right rear wheel has been replaced with a 48 volt electric hub motor. This conversion required only minor work to the original brackets. The wheel was designed to drive the front wheel of a conventional bike, and also works great on the Sun Coaster. I added a tee to hold the (ignition) switch, and installed the speed controller to the steering wheel. The electronic brain is fastened to the underside of the seat, and the battery pack rests on the rear carrier. (pictures below)
Performance : The conversion adds about 45 lbs., but the bike still pedals easily without electric assistance. The cycle has the ability to start from a dead stop even on a grade. The real advantage is being able climb hills by pedal assistance that would be difficult with out the motor! The power wheel is absolutely silent and will propel the coaster at about 20 MPH on level pavement. This addition to the cycle adds great utility and range, and does not effect the pedal drive system at all .
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