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Homebuilt Recumbents: The Building of Reynolds Wishbone #35

In October of 1999, I ordered a handcrafted recumbent from Reynolds Weld Lab of George Reynolds’ design which ultimately became Reynolds Wishbone #35. While George welded up the frame, I procured and built up the rest of the components.

George then shipped me the recumbent frame without paint as I requested, and I did the final prep work including “smoothing” out his welds using Bondo. Then I had a local automotive body shop paint it Porsche Guards Red. Finally, I modified other items like the seat assembly and assembled everything together.

I did ditch the green AstroTurf that George had included as seat padding and replaced it with black foam. The AstroTurf was an innovative idea with the rationale of it being airy while providing shock absorption, but it simply did not look right on such a sleek bicycle.

bare fork, braze ons, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
bare frame, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
gussets, water bottle braze ons, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
brake bosses, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
steering assembly, AstroTurf seat, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
AstroTurf seat bottom, seat back, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
steering assembly, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
seat back and seat stays, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
Bondo, bare frame, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
red fork, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
red frame, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
drilling out seat assembly, Reynolds Wishbone recumbent
building 26 inch wheel, Velocity rims, on Minoura truing stand
red Reynolds Wishbone recumbent, assembled