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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-20-11, 04:42 PM   #1
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Trikes?

Is there a trike out there for Athenas with bad knees? With a low step through? Something with a coaster brake would be SO nice, but that might be asking too much....
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Old 05-20-11, 05:02 PM   #2
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this one has good reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/TerraTrike-Rov...932467&sr=1-14
the two wheels in front is a much more stable design than two wheels in back.
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There are many different kinds of trikes in the biking world. Do you mean one like this?



That one is made by Sun.

Or, do you mean a bit more sporty trike, the tadpoles and deltas. For example, the relatively easy on and off new Rambler (a tadpole), from TerraTrike:

TerraTrike also makes the Rover, as mentioned by the previous poster.

Or, an easy on and off Delta, from Greenspeed, called the Anura:

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Hmm I hadn't really thought of recumbent. What are those like to ride?
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Old 05-20-11, 05:37 PM   #5
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Here's the thing. My best friend in the whole world (not just BFF on facebook or whatever, seriously, the gal who I would want to raise my kids if I die) was just diagnosed as having a fried thyroid after YEARS of feeling tired and all the other symptoms that go with that. Including the weight gain. So, she gets her meds, starts feeling better. Thinks maybe she wants to get a trike because her knees are starting to hurt and she hasn't been on a bike since she was ten. She goes down to the LBS to look at the only readily available trike (the trek trike) and the ....(insert choice word here) ... sales kid tells her she is too fat for it and sends her home very upset. No trying to be diplomatic, no suggestions that there are other options. Just nasty.

My hubby has some cerebral palsy and found a trike that could be adapted to fit. He started out Clydesdale and now trikes to work 3/4 seasons of the year. But after that bad experience I wanted to find some online options for her to check out and prove it was just the wrong trike and a jerk of a sales guy.

She was really excited to start biking or triking and one doorknob sale guy just wrecked it. (if I knew how to insert angry face, I would).

I know it isn't my place to push her into activity, but I also don't want to let one horrible person keep her from doing what she was interested in.
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The TerraTrike Rover mentioned above fits people up to 400 pounds. It is on the lower end of the price range for recumbent trikes, in general recumbents tend to be pricey. http://www.terratrike.com/rover.php



I have taken rides on trikes like the Rover tadpole, on the delta I also pictured, and on those big three wheel bikes that people tend to think of as for the elderly. The hardest to ride was the "elder" cycle. Not near as stable in turns as the recumbent trikes. The recumbent trikes are easy and fun and stable.

The Sun adult trikes look to have a 250 pound weight limit. http://www.sunbicycles.com/products.php?cl1=ADULT+TRIKE

I couldn't find weight limits on the Trek site for it's adult trike. http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ure/pure_trike

I have been reading a lot about trikes because my plan is when I reach my goal weight I am going to buy a tricked out tadpole.

Oh, and here are some angry faces for the jerk of a sales guy.

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Jerk... The sales twit. Good on you for trying to lift your friend's spirits and find solutions.

I have bad knees and a back and ride a recumbent trike. A Trice Q, which can be a little tricky to get into and out of, but it's not a deal breaker, but something like the Rover might be more in line for her needs as far as bents go. Even with my knees, I can cover miles on my trike. Rides of 35 to 38 miles are not uncommon and I'm planning a tour next week *fingers crossed*. I love the stability that allows me to pedal up hills in my lowest granny gear where even with legs spinning like mad in high cadence, I'd fall over with a two wheeler.

I hope your friend doesn't let the idiot stop her.
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Is there a trike out there for Athenas with bad knees? With a low step through? Something with a coaster brake would be SO nice, but that might be asking too much....
Yes, there is the perfect trike for you. The Worksman PAV with a 3 speed gears. This trike is a semi-recumbent which means the seat is chair high so you step over and sit down.

http://www.worksmancycles.com/shopsi...html/pav3.html

One point that I will offer is........Don't buy any trike that doesn't have at least a 3 speed hub!! The gearing will make it easier to pedal with less strain on you knees.
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