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Old 11-18-12, 07:53 PM   #1
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N+1 Catrike Trail

Yes, I succumbed to the Catrike winter promotion and got myself a Trail like my wife's except in the new Lava Red:









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Old 11-18-12, 07:59 PM   #2
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Very nice looking trike Craig, looks like a well built and engineered machine to me. Disks and quality components it looks like in the pics. Is that a TruVative crankset? A ride report is now mandatory you know!

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Old 11-18-12, 08:14 PM   #3
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Very red and very clean.
Take off the chainguard and the trike will be lighter, faster and more intimidating to others.
Are you familiar with Hostel Shoppe? One of the great online retailers who have lots of the stuff that you need for 'bent bikes and trikes.
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Old 11-18-12, 08:46 PM   #4
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Hot. It's hot.



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Very nice looking trike Craig, looks like a well built and engineered machine to me. Disks and quality components it looks like in the pics. Is that a TruVative crankset? A ride report is now mandatory you know!

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It is a solid little thing, for sure. Avid BB7 discs, SRAM X7 shifters and rear derailleur, and yes, a TruVative Touro crankset. We went out for a little 11 mile spin yesterday afternoon and had a lot of fun. It's definitely not going to burn up any roads, but there's so many other aspects of riding it that more than compensate for lack of speed. Including sitting clipped in at stoplights, waiting for the green. It really feels kind of weird doing it. Like you have no business being out in the fresh air while on your lounge chair. Muscle use is a little different, too, and will take a few rides to get used to and start building endurance. We did this same route last weekend, with my wife on her Trail and me on my mountain bike, and being that short, it felt like nothing at all to me. Yesterday, I was ready for a break by the time we finished. Kind of humbling. It made me really appreciate my wife's effort, since she hadn't been out riding anything at all for over 2 years.

Lacking any better ride report, here's a link to an account of my comparison test-ride between this and its more expensive sibling, the Catrike Expedition.
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Old 11-19-12, 10:18 AM   #6
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Very red and very clean.
Take off the chainguard and the trike will be lighter, faster and more intimidating to others.
Are you familiar with Hostel Shoppe? One of the great online retailers who have lots of the stuff that you need for 'bent bikes and trikes.
So is the chain guard an embarrassment like a dork disc is? I wouldn't mind a little bit of weight taken off the front end.

I've spent a lot of time on HS's website, as well as Utah Trikes. Both are great resources.
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Old 11-20-12, 08:19 PM   #7
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Walking my V-Rex through the crowded streets of downtown Indy during the Super Bowl activities, I was afraid the exposed teeth of the big ring was going to bite the leg of an innocent bystander.
Chainguard would have come in handy then.
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Think JanMM has come up with a valid point. Not just for other people around but For you aswell. That chainring would be better at keeping me out of the bike shed than the Bikes hanging on the rafters that before I put them up I always put them into the big chainring.

A greasy chain across the scalp may hurt but doesn't draw blood.
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Think JanMM has come up with a valid point. Not just for other people around but For you aswell.
The best way to cover the big ring is with your chain.
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Walking my V-Rex through the crowded streets of downtown Indy during the Super Bowl activities, I was afraid the exposed teeth of the big ring was going to bite the leg of an innocent bystander.
Chainguard would have come in handy then.
There not only for innocent bystanders. Before I got one and installed it on my wife's trike, I couldn't tell you how many times we have been stabbed in the back of the legs while walking her trike. The one I got for her, from eBay, hardly weighted enough to worry about, especially when the trike weighs 30 pounds.
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+1 on chainguards. Particularly if you already have one.
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Yeah, I wasn't seriously considering taking it off - I just wanted to know how Fredly I was going to appear. Judging by some of the other "accessories" I see trikes tricked out with, I don't think they hold to the same aesthetic that roadies do.
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Old 11-26-12, 08:36 PM   #13
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Yes! That is a good looking bike. I am sure you will be happy with it. And, it will always be a nice change from its diamond frame siblings... Variety is the spice...
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