Recumbent - Earth Cycles Dragonflyer
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05-14-12, 03:26 PM
Anyone know anything about this trike? I came across this Craig's list ad:
"Earth Cycles DRAGONFLYER recumbent 3-wheeler, tadpole style road/city cycle, 16 speeds, internal drum brakes, thumb operated gear shift levers,
egg beater style pedals installed, regular pedals with straps included, two sets of panier bags,
3-water bottle cages, spare tire, side view mirror, frame is purple, excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition."
I'm looking for a recumbent trike to commute with during my pregnancy. And who knows, maybe I'll fall in love, and want to stick with it. But for now I'm looking for something user-friendly, that won't be tippy, and won't lose a lot of value if I want to re-sell it in a year. Most of my work commute is about to be converted to protected bike lane, and most of my non-commute riding is down a MUP to museums and the beach and concerts downtown. Thoughts?
05-14-12, 08:13 PM
As far as I know, the Dragonflyer is a well made trike. I have a couple of Earth Cycles Sunset lowracers and found them to be well made and well thought out.
05-15-12, 03:16 AM
It appears to have rear suspension, that's a plus. Especially riding while pregnant.
05-15-12, 12:14 PM
Sorry about that, ebartom. I appear to have picked that up before you did. I just broke my arm in a fall on the North Branch Trail, and I was looking for a bike to stay riding while I heal, plus use later when I need to commute and just don't feel like doing as much work. It seemed like far too much of a deal to pass up.
I hope you still find a bike for you while you're pregnant! At least know the bike got a good home.
05-15-12, 09:19 PM
Ah, bummer! Well, enjoy it! And if you're healed in a month or two and want to "rent it out" or something, let me know. It's really September, October, November that I'll be worrying the most about balance and such.
05-16-12, 10:53 AM
I will definitely keep it in mind! And I do hope your time goes well thru your term. It's great to see you wanting to stay on the bike.
BTW, I was searching around for info on the bike, and I pulled the specs from the Wayback Machine from the defunct Earth Cycles site. I'll put 'em here in case others are looking for info on the trike.
Adjustable seat angle (38 - 46 degrees) with lumbar support and removable hemp covered SunMate pad
Adjustable handlebar reach
Adjustable crank boom accommodates riders from under 5' to over 6'4"
11.5" seat height
16.5" bottom bracket height
31" track / 40" wheel base
5" ground clearance (clears a sharp 6" curb)
24-speed compact drive train with:
15"-95" gear range
TIG welded 4130 cromoly where excellent strength to weight ratio is needed
Rust proof stainless steel for threaded and/or clamped pieces
Multiple water bottle and pump mounts
Only 41 pounds
Sturmey Archer front hubs/drum brakes
(optional Hayes/Phil Wood upgrade)
Shimano LX cranks
Ultegra bar-end shifters
SPD/Multi use pedals
Sun CR-18 rims
Rear view mirror and safety flag
Safety flag mount integrated into frame
Front and rear light mounts
Three hand built 20" (406mm) wheels with 1.35" Primo Comet 100 psi tires
Specifications subject to change without notice.
Here were the accessories they listed:
Rear cantilever rack
Delta or Headland
(behind-the-seat, load bearing racks are standard) $40 00
American Classic water bottle cages $6 00
Hayes disk brake &
Phil Wood hub upgrade $500 00
Tall seat and/or long boom Available at no extra cost
Full fender set $165 00 installed
Rear fender only
(also included with full fender set) $40 00 installed
For riders over 250 lbs we also recommend:
ACS RL Edge tires $21 00
SUN Rhyno Lite rims $60 00
Extra heavy duty frame No additional charge
1 Slight boom length adjustments may be required.
2 The Hayes disk brake upgrade must be ordered with trike purchase.
Complete at $3395 00
Effective December 1, 1999
05-20-12, 09:18 PM
1.5 miles is so easy on a bike, and really kind of annoying by bus or foot or car (where I would have to park a half mile away anyway).
i'll be sad if / when I have to give up the bike ride!
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