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Thread: Help Please

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    Default Help Please

    I have a question. Ok so my idea is to build a four wheeled bike. but I dont know what kind of metal to use for the frame. So i was wondering would emt conduit be strong enough? and is it easy to weld? Thanks

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    It welds easy enough, but not structural by any stretch..

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    Sweet idea

    Post pics if you do make it.

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    Chromemolly (spelling?)tubing strong light wieght.
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    Please keep in mind that conduit is galvanized. Not so healthy to breathe those fumes. You'd probably be happier using real structural tubing.

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    Thumbs up four wheeled bike

    i agree cpetraukas. i hate welding galvanized but i do. 3/4 squre tubeing would work good.
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    When you say bike, are you meaning bicycle or motorcycle, such as a minibike? SSS

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    I mean bike like Bicycle but I am going to have them interchangeable with an electric motor. So what would be a good type of metal/whatever?

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    if you build it proporly like with gussets and such it should be fine with that conduit, use flux-core tho. I built a mini chopper a few years back like that and it workes ausome
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    If you have access to a metal supplier, I'd go with some regular thin walled tubing stock. Maybe 3/4" or 1", just depending on what/where it was needed. I realize EMT is available at most hardware stores and home supplies, but it would be worth the extra effort to get the proper material. That way you aren't risking Fume Fever from the zinc, and it is a whole lot easier to paint it when you are done. Now I'm curious about what this thing is going to look like and how it will handle. I've never seen a four wheeled bicycle before. Is it going to be a solo rider or double? SSS
    Last edited by SkidSteerSteve; 04-19-2007 at 11:27 PM.

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