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Old 03-29-13, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hiking Trip

I have been looking at least a little bit now, and so far I am still having trouble finding quite what I was hoping for. Forgive me if this is a repeat, or is already covered someplace that I haven't found yet.

I have an idea for a little hiking expedition (stay with me, folks =), and I'd prefer to do the second half (downhill) on wheels. I have a bit of brain damage (literally, not figuratively) in the kinesthetic as well as a couple other areas, including balance. The hike I have in mind is uphill on a regular national forest trail, then down the back way on an old forest service/logging road. So, what I find myself looking for is:

- 3-wheeled (I am thinking of these neat beach cruisers we rented once at Cannon Beach, but so long as it solves the balance issue I am not particular)
- Collapsible (the first 4.5 miles of this trip are not ridable - need to be able to carry the bikes up the mountain)
- Rentable (this may end up being enjoyable enough that I want to invest in something more permanent, but...)

So, for the rentable part, I am in the Seattle area. Does anyone have any suggestions or starting points?

Much appreciated...
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Old 03-30-13, 09:26 AM   #2
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Well, I can offer a suggestion, although likely a not very practical one I'm afraid. But, I know of a (sort of) folding bike product that's intended to do basically what you're describing:

Bergmoench - Hiking Uphill - Wheeling Downhill!






Problem is it's a very niche product made in Germany and I suspect it's highly unlikely you'd find one over in the USA to even buy, much less rent... Also, it has only two wheels not three, but it does have a rather novel design where you sort-of stand/kneel on it and glide like a scooter, so who knows if it's harder or easier to ride than a bike and if it could work for you. Check out the link and watch the videos and see what ya think. Looks like fun!

Good luck.
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Old 03-30-13, 07:50 PM   #3
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There are few folding tricyles. The only one I can think of that would be suitable for hauling uphill would be the Carryme from Pacific Cycles. The smaller wheels would have some problem if the path was not well made, but could of course be easily negotiated past any bad bits as long as there aren't too many of those.

Other foldable trycycles would approach 15kg. I think Diblasi makes a 20" one.
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Old 03-30-13, 07:51 PM   #4
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There are few folding tricyles. The only one I can think of that would be suitable for hauling uphill would be the CarryAll from Pacific Cycles. The smaller wheels would have some problem if the path was not well made, but could of course be easily negotiated past any bad bits as long as there aren't too many of those.

Other foldable tricycles would approach 15kg. I think Diblasi makes a 20" one.

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Old 04-02-13, 01:40 PM   #5
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electric Diblasi ?? (Dilbalsi do a 20") 16" is ex production ??

or electric Carry me??

What about dismantling a light weight ss coupled rigid bike and add proper suspension stabilisers ?

Tandem?
Dreamslide??
scooter??
Contact mission cycles (uk) for other random ideas.
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