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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 07-12-13, 08:09 AM   #1
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Trike full suspension or not?

I am an uberclyde who barely fits within the weight limit of the sturdiest trikes. Specifically, I am looking at purchasing an ICE Adventure HD. However, I am not certain whether I should be looking at the suspension model or not. There are no dealers nearby, so I cannot just go for a test drive.

I have tried out one without suspension on city streets and it was OK. However, it was only a quick 30 minute test drive, so perhaps that opinion would change if I have to ride on bumpy roads for hours.

I hve no previous experience with trikes (but plenty with upright bikes). My riding is exclusively on paved roads, though not necessarily well maintained roads. Does a full suspension trike benefit me here?

My previous experience with suspension has been quite negative - it just bottoms out and I end up with no suspension anyway Of course I have never actually bothered to have the suspension adjusted - perhaps systems actually built for my weight can actually handle me.

My only goal is comfort - I do not care about speed.

So... suspension or not? What do you recommend?
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Old 07-12-13, 08:16 AM   #2
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is fattter tires air down a bit an option?
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I'm rebuilding my trike and haven't been on it in 6 years or so, but I wouldn't have even thought about putting any suspension on it. Looks like the ice is a tadpole, is the suspension strong enough to keep from bottoming out with you in it? Most suspensions dont handle 300lbs without bottoming out, but you will have an extra wheel to reduce weight. Will pulses transfered from hitting road seems or ruts bother you? The only real trouble I had with my tadpole was cornering. I tended to feel safer with three wheels and I did roll my trike once. If the suspension would help cornering at all it would be a good idea, but I couldn't tell you if it would help there. The suspension will zap some of your peddaling effort if speed is a concern.
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Will pulses transfered from hitting road seems or ruts bother you?
I guess that is the real question and I do not know the answer to it. From what I have read, you feel the road a lot more on a trike. However, since I have no real trike riding experience, I have no idea how much I would actually notice it.
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It's only slightly more and its usually when you hit two ruts at once. The real difference is where you feel it. It's more along the outside of your body parts. Parts near the seat frame, shoulders, hips maybe an elbow if it happens to be on the frame. You can also get a very slight roller coaster dip feel every once in a while (for me that was a plus). It bothered me less than an upright, but others will tell you its worse. They feel like they have less control over it because there are three wheels and it is much harder to see where the wheel hits the ground. Sounds to me like you want a comfy ride, so with only the loss of a little speed it would probably be worth the trade off.

I would ask about cornering and remember it is not an upright and doesn't lean very much, so quick 90's are right out. On my flip I was following a sidewalk and it did a 90, at the same time it was a bit elevated and my outside wheel went over the sidewalk as I was turning. Next thing I knew the trike was on top of me and my pinky was pointed in the wrong direction. The pinky still bent so I pulled it back into socket, smiled at the guy who was half laughing at me and continued on.
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Not to chase you away from here but these people can help you a lot

the first link is there main page
second link is the trike section

http://www.bentrideronline.com/index.php

http://www.bentrideronline.com/messa...splay.php?f=13

hope I don't get in trouble for the links
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