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Old 11-25-07, 11:50 AM   #1
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Yes 3 wheels



But it folds…
A bit of a useless fold but I guess it would enable you to put it in some cars

My mate is off to his son’s wedding so he lends me his Greenspeed for 4 days and I plan to put a few 100d ks on it before giving it back. I do own 2 recumbents [one long and one short and folding] so I have peddled many 1000ens of ks on them.

First day… 40ks
At the end of the day these are my feelings…
Pros… I love the bar end shifters [None of my many bike have them and I found them great to use]

Cons…
“Hang on Leigh you never finished the Pros”
“Yes I did”
Cons…
At speed [downhill above 50kph] I could feel every bump and road vibration.
It was/is a rough ride at any speed.
Been low I thought would be an advantage but who likes looking up the bumpers of cars to say nothing of the fumes in traffic.
It steered like a Billycart
I found it hard on the flat to stay above 20kph [on my 2 wheel recumbents I have no worries staying over 30]
On hills [sure it is nice to know you can go so slow and not fall over but…] it is slow… much slower then any of my bikes.
The seat is not as comfortable as ones with padding under you [this could be fixed if one owned it]
Brakes worked well… as in stopping one quickly… but screamed like banshees [this could be fixed too] Hard braking in corners didn’t feel safe [but I guess one will get use to this]

I really wanted to like this bike and I thought one day when I’m old and gray [I’m only a boy at 62] I might need one but after one day I think this is unlikely.
But I’ll keep riding it for the next 3 days and report back

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Up the bike path
pver the bridge
pass the Bats
down to the Lake
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Leigh, thanks for the pic's & observations. I've looked at several designs of trikes over the years, but never ridden one, & am unsure how well the width would "fit in" with the roads around here, & after reading your comments on slowness, I don't think a trike is for me at our present location, but I'll be interested to see how you get on after more miles.

Do you read "Velovision" magazine? They have some interesting articles in there. It might be worth approaching them with a write up on your "up-down" conversion.

There was an article in there a while ago from a 99 year old cyclist! So, as a young chap of 62, you've a serious amount of riding to do yet ;-)
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Again a very easy to read report & nice pics Leigh. I've often wondered about the Greenspeeds. Seems to me they need Big Apple tyres to smooth the ride. And the billycart steering...

Suffice to say there not a trike in my foreseeable future. Just gradual slowing down on my folders.
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Jur...
Big Apple's... would be good but... this thing is 16inch wheels and there are not to many tyers this size.... Greenspeed sell 2 types...slick or tred.... both 1-3/8"

I wanted to like this trike but I'm likeing it less and less...

Today I did 80ks on it... and these nothing more to add to yesterdays report but that I feel like I've been in a washer [or spin dryer] all day.
I think that ends the test and
NO Trike for me...
I'll keep riding 2 wheel bikes till I'm 105 and if I can't make it up a hill, I'll walk or crawl
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