I’ve been slowly hacking away at my digger project. Knowing I wanted rearsets complicated matters even more. I spent ALOT of time on Ergonomics when I build a bike. A cool looking bike is worthless if it isn’t comfortable.
We spent a few nights tacking up some round stock, mocking in possible peg locations, until the bike felt just right.
Tevan helped out a bit, so I snuck in a pic.
Once we had the location, then I had to figure out my rearset controls. Most people run forwards controls, or even mid controls now, but I’ve always liked my speed chops to feel like a sportbike when I am on it. This limits the available aftermarket controls drastically, and seeing the price of aftermarket rearsets, I decided to tackle a set myself. This way, I could control the appearance and function 100%, without any compromise. Something about repetition of form, while keeping function – designer words to make me sound smart…
So I came up with a sketch or 2, and started machining out some parts.
Countersunk mounts will fit nicely on the frame, avoiding issue with chain clearance, and allow for flush fit hardware. Slick huh?
Some layout fluid, and a quick couple of lines gave me an idea of how my control levers would work. These will go nicely with my wheels and girder. Off to the milling machine.