David Bruce's custom hand made Front Wheel Drive recumbent Tricycle!
Hello, welcome to David Bruce Trikes webpage. This site showcases our hand crafted Front Wheel Drive Recumbent Tricycle! The FWD trike design features a compact driveline with a center frame mounted internal differential and dual independent front suspension damping system. Modular construction allows for quick separation of the front and rear frames for easy transportation in smaller vehicles. The modular design also allows future upgrades and modifications to enhance the enjoyment of your FWD tricycle!
We have linked pages detailing the history of DB Trikes from the early days of biking and first build in the 1990's inspired by newsletters and articles from the IHPVA to the trials and tribulations of building a custom FWD prototype recumbent tricycle! Our "race trike" shown from March 2015 event below:
Above picture taken during the Clean Air Ride hosted on the Withlacoochee State Trail in Inverness, Fl. More details about this one off build is available by clicking the DBT4 Race link above or picture!
Above picture shows me on the DBT4 Sport blue prototype leading the recumbent group during the Riverside ride in Cocoa, Florida sometime in 2014.
We were invited to submit a trike build article for the Human Power News publication about our FWD concept trike in late May 2014 and the "My HPV" article was published in their November 2014 release. I used to be a member of the IHPVA and loved getting the newsletters in the mail years ago! Please visit the top page links for more information on the FWD tricycle concept, early HPV prototypes, our fun ride events and build videos plus detailed images of the FWD recumbent tricycle prototypes!
Jan 2016 Update: We have not been doing much lately due to various reasons! I spent more time and money to tweak the race trike, but as always: work, personal things and life events get in the way of regular rides. We are still here and have some goals for the coming year. I'm in the process of redoing the shop environment in hopes of starting FWD builds again!
Feb 2016 Update: For Sale, the original Red DBT3 prototype! $1200 firm!! As a test mule / prototype it does haves some quirks, but I rode this for two years and did a lot of events and local rides before redesigning the FWD concept to the DBT4 frame. Loads of pictures and detailed specs here: DBT3
July 2016 Update: My modification to replace the differential did not work, the ratchet style freewheel drive was too notchy and was causing a lot of torque steer even at low speed and power. At the same time i converted the direct steer over to more familiar center joystick steering. More photos on the race trike build blog page!
Sad news with the passing of Stuart Scott. I was interviewed by him in the early 1990's when he worked at WESH TV 2 in Orlando. I was riding my early recumbent trike around town and was asked to explain what I was riding! Every time I saw him on TV it made me smile! We'll miss him.
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