Trike Progress Update October 3rd

First trike night after our Hawaii vacation! I'd say it's good to be back, but I'd be lying. :P

We started 3 stub axles tonight. Not shown is the first one I made - you've seen plenty of photos of that one, but I'll actually be remaking that one the same as these three. The tabs on these are slightly thinner material, it might be 3/8" or 7/16". This welded SO much more easily than the 1/2" I used for the first one, and it's narrower too. These weigh a lot less than the first one!

I also preheated these babies with a blowtorch before welding, which may have helped a little with the weld penetration. It's getting colder in the garage!

I'll weld a washer over the fillet so the hubs will have a flat spot to snuggle up to, then drill and tap the axle tube.

I'm a little unsure of the penetration of one of the welds - I may grind it down a bit and weld a bit more on that one, after a longer preheat.

Once I sort through 14 GIGS of photos and video, I'll post some media here from the trip.
To say it was memorable is a slap in the face at how life-changingly awesome it was. However I try to describe it, the words seem woefully inadequate.

Zoe and I are seriously planning on moving to the big island in 10 years (that's the goal anyway).
The weather reports were like a broken record - high of 85, low of 75, partly cloudy, chance of rain in the evening. It only rained a few times, as we were on the dry side in Kailua-Kona.
The food was brilliant - fresh fruit (you've never had papaya and bananas that tasted so good). I didn't even like papaya until I ate one in Hawaii, and I might never again eat those flavorless yellow sticks masquerading as bananas that we get here in Wisconsin.
Snorkelling with dolphins, sea turtles, manta rays and hundreds of other kinds of fish.
Watching the sun set over golden beaches, and from the summit of Mauna Kea, flanked by the domes of observatories.
Stargazing under a sky so dark you can see the galactic plane.
Seeing the glow and smoke of lava at Kilauea.
Strolling through the rainforest to see the 422ft waterfall at Akaka falls.
Realising that one can be completely relaxed, to the point that my life-long motor tics disappeared for 12 whole days.

Alright, enough gushing over Hawaii. I'll get some photos up in the next few days.

OH! And I found some custom bikes while we were there! A little body shop on the side of the highway had an old Porsche, a classic Beetle, and some lowrider bikes. A devilish head tube alignment would make them almost unrideable, but they were pretty cool nonetheless.