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    Took Delivery on Rhoades Car Today

    The 4 wheel bike that drives like a car.

    Actually, I got it yesterday.
    http://www.rhoadescar.com/4w1p-j.jpg

    When I took it out of the box
    (crate) I was sh*tting bricks
    since unbeknown to me at
    the time the factory had pretty
    much LOCKED down the drum
    brakes on the two back wheels.

    I peddled it (with great labor)
    down to a local bike shop and
    they spent 35 minutes on it
    and adjusted them so I can
    ride it.

    First impressions. Don't buy one!

    For about 800 bucks less
    you could buy a nice NEW
    Wizwheels trike that will do
    maybe 25 mph.

    But that being said, and me
    having paid for it, I must say
    it is a kick. I did 15 miles on
    it this afternoon and didn't suffer
    too much, but a 5% grade will
    slow you down into lower gears.

    Top speed today was about 15
    mph, but that was going down
    a bit of a hill. I am just today
    learning how to shift the 36 gears,
    but averaged about 12 mph on
    my 15 mile ride.

    I had an EXTRA large ring (46t)
    put on the one piece crank in
    front. The front derailer has a 39
    tooth ring, and 5 smaller ones.
    Same on the back derailleur.

    I am gonna do a 25 miler later this
    week and will have a chance
    to try the lower gears.

    This is not a bike. It is a peddle car,
    but one benefit, I can build one hell of
    a truck bed (out of light wood)
    on the back end of the thing.

    The 'cool' factor of riding it is
    off the chart. Men, women,
    children and animals were
    amazed to see it cruising down
    the street. And I ride a bent
    and people usually gawk at that.

    One guy in an SUV in the opposite
    lane was rubber necking as I rode
    by and he had to lock his brakes and
    skid about 25 feet to keep from rear
    ending a guy in front of him.

    All in all, I am glad I got the thing.
    It is VERY visible unlike a low strung
    trike and I have installed EXCELLENT
    lights front and rear, but compared
    to my bents it is a slow boat.

    Top speed on my bents is about 30 mph
    down a grade, or 25 mph down a gentle
    1 or 2% grade.

    Like I said tho, it is a hoot to
    ride. And for marketing and
    such it will work fine for a 15
    or 20 mile radius, and that
    covers just about anything I
    need to do. And I have two
    recumbent bikes for riding
    with friends or for speed.

    When I get my 'legs' on the thing,
    I may take it into LA and back.
    A 60 mile trip. But I am gonna
    wait for the weather to cool
    off a bit first.

    My Rhoades car has 36 speeds,
    positraction drive in both rear
    wheels, dual drum brakes, and
    a custom steering wheel. A rear
    view mirror, and decent lights
    front and rear.

    But like I said. I wouldn't
    recommend one if you are
    interested in speed. You can
    sure haul one hell of a lot of
    stuff on the back of this thing
    tho. And I am gonna make
    a go of it for a car free/lite
    lifestyle in my suburban
    community.
    Ned Goudy, Glendora, CA USA
    Lightning Thunderbolt, Easy Racer EZ1, Rhoades Car
    http://www.rhoadescar.com/4w1p-j.jpg

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    Wow...a saddle with arm rests! That looks like too much fun, Ned. Congrats!
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    Congrats on your new purchase and your attempt at a car free lifestyle. Have fun with the onlookers.
    Born Again Bicyclist! I found my Faith.

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    Wow, Ned - Congratulations! I've never even seen one of those before (lump me in with the gawkers). That is neat! It may not be too fast up hills, but I bet you can build some momentum going down.

    I wonder what a titanium one would weigh?

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    Thanks for the initial road (Rhoades?) test.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Hmmmmmm..........for a bike (car?) as heavy as the Rhoades is I can't
    believe you honestly expected anything speedy to arrive. You must have
    known this bike was ment for pure utility duty and that was all. Do you
    really think that it would be safe to ride "at speed"???

    A trip of 60 mi on the Rhoades will be a labor of love......if you complete it.

    I own a Worksman PAV3 trike which is just about as heavy the the Rhoades
    and find that if you take it for the pure utility machine that it was designed
    as it is a swell machine. I don't ask it to do what it can't as you are mate.

    So take the Rhoades for what it is and enjoy the eye candy stares you
    get from folk's as you ride by.

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    Half the battle was learning to
    shift the 36 gears. I rode it
    15 miles yesterday and wil
    do a total of about 20 today
    and I can honestly say I am
    getting the hang of shifting
    the beast and it ain't bad.

    I can easily do 15 mph down
    a 1% grade and 10 or 12 up
    a 1% grade. And as a symbol
    of living car free, it more than
    gets the job done on the street.

    People can't get enough of this thing!
    Ned Goudy, Glendora, CA USA
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    I love the looks of that vehicle! Can it do a four-wheel drift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim
    I love the looks of that vehicle! Can it do a four-wheel drift?
    If by that, you mean can I peddle
    and ride it with my hands off the
    Steering wheel, then YES! It is
    very well balanced AND aligned.
    I have done that a couple of times,
    although it isn't recommended.

    I am getting addicted to this thing.

    Doing a 30 miler on Saturday. I will
    check back then with another rundown.
    Ned Goudy, Glendora, CA USA
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    well, gawsh, what will they think of next?
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    How much does it weigh?

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    75 lbs. But I had it doing
    about 17 or 18 miles an hour
    tonight and about 13 on a minor
    positive grade for about a mile.

    I am getting my legs on this thing
    and it will meet my needs I am sure.
    But like I said, my legs are gonna be
    giant oaks by the time I am done! :O)
    Ned Goudy, Glendora, CA USA
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