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    Ken Rogers racing tricycle conversion kit, complete...

    SOLD

    I am selling some property and vintage bicycle storage space is becoming extremely limited. With that in mind, this little used Ken Rogers trike conversion kit is up for grabs. Have a look at the kit installed on my Falcon San Remo, for better information and lots of pictures.

    Please keep in mind that only the tricycle kit is for sale. The Falcon has already been sold.

    $100.00 complete plus shipping...

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    This would be cool...PM sent (although I think shipping will take me out of the game )
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    lol <---- does that look like someone drowning to anyone else?

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    I would be interested in knowing shipping too. 17011
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    What is the appeal in riding a machine like this? It's an honest question.
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    What is the appeal in riding a machine like this? It's an honest question.
    I dunno. There is just something different about it. Something that looks kind of fun...not like I am racing anyone anyhow. So I might as well try something...anything...everything I can...why not...
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    lol <---- does that look like someone drowning to anyone else?

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    disability is a good reason
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    Equipped with studded tires for winter riding might also be kind of sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    What is the appeal in riding a machine like this? It's an honest question.

    Its just funky!
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    But...no rear brakes?
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    What is the appeal in riding a machine like this? It's an honest question.


    noglider's question is a very good one, in my opinion, but might open my personal can of worms, for all to see. That said, allow me to answer, by extending the question to all vintage bicycles.

    What is the appeal in riding an old Legnano...



    or an old Victoria roadster...



    or a BMX (no pics due to complete lack of interest) or just about what ever? I, most certainly cannot answer for others, but for me, I simply like old road bicycles. And certainly not because they offer great ride quality and/or "user friendliness" opportunity. I find, build and ride vintage road bicycles because they are different and cool to look at!

    I am not a accomplished rider and I do not succumb to the "steel is real" hype, for the briefest moment in time. There is no way, on God's earth, that my sixties something Legnano Premio can compete, in any arena, with the New School bicycles, those with modern components and stunning frame set design/function. If riding was the only reason I picked a bike, I would not waste one second of my time with a vintage machine.



    That said...

    I like vintage bicycles. I like to go out for spins on something different, from what others are riding. I like the look of vintage bicycles. I like to find them and restore/refurbish them...



    But when I seek ride and user quality, I will jump on my Cyclops, or my Waterford, or my Giant Crossrip. These bicycles do what they do and one heck of a lot better than any sixties Legnano ever could!



    Though I have never owned a carbon fiber road bicycle, I have swung a leg over one or two, only to be immediately impressed with the ride quality, user friendliness, lightness and responsiveness. Perhaps, one day, even today since I just got a pretty big wack of cash for some just sold property, I might just go out and buy a brand new road bicycle, sporting a CF frame and fitted with modern components.

    Please keep in mind that the above is my opinion and nothing more. However, why is it that those people, who compete in the Tour de France, are not doing so on vintage road bicycles?

    Once again, my thanks to noglider for such an astute question. Why did I acquire, build and ride the trike..? The short answer is...

    I thought it to be very cool to view, and still do. I thought it would be fun to ride, and still do (it did take some experimentation to set the bike up and get used to riding it, though).

    Perhaps one should now ask that, if the bike is so much to my liking, why sell it? Simply due to storage limitations, and nothing more. I am getting old and felt the need to get away from owning and maintaining too much property. So, I sold The Old Shed, along with my city house. These days, I intend to live at my summer cottage on beside Loon Lake and then travel during the winter to another place my wife and I call home - Jamaica.

    In closing, can anyone help me understand why anyone, other than a child, want to own and ride a BMX? I just don't get it, but who knows, I just might one day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
    Equipped with studded tires for winter riding might also be kind of sweet.
    That was my first thought, too! That could be really, really fun.
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    It's a neat conversion and we all appreciate that. I think what @noglider meant was what's the point? It looks awkward to corner with. I'd be afraid of highsiding it through a turn! For lower speed, city or errand running it'd be great. Regardless, glws!
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    It is just cool funky and unusual. What is the point of having a Harley or Honda trike?


    here is a purpose built one. There was a thread on these a few years ago, and I believe there is a few clubs that still race them but mostly in England. I would love to have one, but it brings up the same issues as a tandem, where do I put it and how do I get it in and out of my flat?

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    I've never had the pleasure to ride one. The co-owner of the shop I worked at back in the day had a Bob Jackson trike that she rode occasionally. It was way too small for me, so I never rode it, but I did get an earful. I was also fortunate to do a CR list Jersey shore ride a few years back that included two trikes. They jokingly reenacted a Ben Hur battle scene at one point, resulting in a snapped rear spoke. Neither rider fell, they just lurched to a stop and were all tangled up. Curtis from Via Bicycle was the aggressor, fortunately he had the skills and tools to quickly true the wheel well enough to finish the ride and get the rig home.

    Appeal is definitely funkiness. They are supposed to be a total pis*er to ride. They do have enhanced stability in some situations. They are challenging to ride at speed, especially cornering, where you need to lean to the _outside_ of the turn to keep from flipping. British rigs supposedly can be extra-tricky on US roads, since the drive side is setup for driving on the left, with the road crowned on the opposite side.

    That's what I think I know about trikes. Hopefully Steve M., who has ridden them extensively and who was so maliciously attacked by Curtis, will pipe in with some useful experience-based info.

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    Fuggedaboutit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    What is the appeal in riding a machine like this? It's an honest question.
    The on going human desire for new experiences, hard if maybe dumb challenges, and to be different..

    similar questions

    Why ride fixie off the track?

    Why do C1 vs K1? (kayaking reference)

    Why telemark?

    Why invent the snowboard

    why invent 15 types of skateboard like device

    etc.

    Some of it is just craziness....but that craziness drives some innovation and a lot of bruises, bumps, broken bones
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    great answers, randy and everyone. im glad i asked. love the summery pictures, randy. you dont really have that much summer in Thunder Bay, do you?
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    great answers, randy and everyone. im glad i asked. love the summery pictures, randy. you dont really have that much summer in Thunder Bay, do you?
    Absolutely - Summer came on Saturday this year!-)

    The pictures are taken in the front yard at my summer cottage. Summers are short and that is one of the main reasons that I am able to find so many little used vintage racing bicycles.

    Sorry to not get to emails regarding this trike kit, in a timely manner. My grand kids swamp the cottage all summer, plus I just sold some property and, between the two, I don't get to my emails as quickly as I should. The last kid goes back this weekend coming, and I will get back on track then. Sorry for delays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    What is the appeal in riding a machine like this? It's an honest question.
    1-I can get it powdercoated to match my bike.
    2-Less likely to get stolen (people will confuse it for the industrial or old-folk bikes)
    3-Bike camping, my wife can ride with zero load.
    4-People will think I'm disabled and throw money....
    5-Riding after Yuengling may actually be possible.

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    reason

    Here is a great reason...

    My wife was injured exiting her vehicle under sniper fire in Iraq.

    I am a Vintage guy She is a Vintage Gal but she cannot ride any of my bikes Like the couple I built for her before she came back... so this kit makes a lot of sense
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    Quote Originally Posted by kc0yef View Post
    Here is a great reason...

    My wife was injured exiting her vehicle under sniper fire in Iraq.

    I am a Vintage guy She is a Vintage Gal but she cannot ride any of my bikes Like the couple I built for her before she came back... so this kit makes a lot of sense
    I am very sorry to hear about her injury!

    But I'm not sure this trike conversion makes a bicycle easier to ride, certainly not at any speed. These racing tricycles are very unstable.

    Check out this video of a Ken Rogers racing tricycle coming down a bit of a hill....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt4_PHCInk8

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    Think Tandem with a recumbent front and trike rear
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    Quote Originally Posted by kc0yef View Post
    Think Tandem with a recumbent front and trike rear
    I'd suggest a Counterpoint Opus or one of the copies (Hase Pino, Bilenky Viewpoint, Dennis Bushnell, Performer Family Tandem, etc). There's a Counterpoint Opus group on Facebook, through which I'm sure you can find someone local to you who owns one and will let you try it out; they are much more common in Washington than elsewhere. You're welcome to try mine, but it's in NJ.

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    World Tricycle Championships 2008! Me want one! Looks like ridiculous fun. I won't even make fun of the name of the town...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k-o2-1IA4A
    Fuggedaboutit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
    But...no rear brakes?
    No kidding... yikes!

    Perhaps dual hub drums were more of a hassle set-up and disc wasn't even around then. Some of the trikes relied on just a front wheel brake but a combination set-up consisting both cantilever operated by one hand lever and the other hand lever used for a center pull brake. Odd stuff.

    Anyhow, a neat and interesting for sale thread. Cheer's

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcb View Post
    World Tricycle Championships 2008! Me want one! Looks like ridiculous fun. I won't even make fun of the name of the town...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k-o2-1IA4A
    It does look sort of fun...

    On another note, a racing trike with tri-bars? My eyes!! My eyes!! Who would do that to their trike? Then the dude with the tri-bars has a conniption fit... What's up with that?
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