Recumbent - Slow motion tumble
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05-04-09, 05:37 PM
I own a tapole trike (3 1/2 yrs.) and you might think this vehicle is quite a stable platform. Well, for the second time, I managed another tumble on our side in the middle of the street. This time was in slow motion though, I made too tight a turn, going slowly but lifting the outer wheel and not being able to recover quickly enough. Over we went. Once I got my feet free, I started checking the trike over for damage, then realizing a line of three cars waiting for me to get off the road. Sadly the pictures show I've bent something, not sure what yet, LBS has it. Going to call in a couple days, hope its not too bad.
Truly bad news. Hope you 2 have a quick recovery!
Likewise hope all gets "back to normal"...looks like there is some adjustment in the steering in case something is bent, they can get you going again, ?soon? keep on keepin on...
05-06-09, 06:45 AM
Based on the front view, something around the right side knuckle is the problem. If you follow the virtual kingpin angle on the left, you see there is very little tire scrub. On the right, the contact patch is moved inward a noticeable distance, leading me to believe the frame and wheel are mostly okay and that the problem is either the axle pin or the flat plates holding the ball ends.
05-07-09, 05:27 PM
LBS just called, they've been able to straighten the wheel using (the screw couplings, not sure the term for these) see photo 3. That repaired and a few unrelated items, I'll be on the road again soon
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