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Old 07-08-07, 07:05 PM   #1
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Schwinn 2007 Town and Country Trike

Been looking for a trike for a while now... Just noticed that Schwinn has one that is really pretty reasonbly priced...
It has 26 inch wheels which I like and a 3 speed Sturmy Archer hub... I am not familure with the other hardware on it...
Does anyone have one of these or info on it ?...Or a better suggestion ?
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That sort of trike is astoundingly heavy. They are useful for riding very slow on a level road. I don't think it would be possible for most folks to get one up a hill.

In the USA, there has never been a market for "light" trikes (heck, in the UK, they make "racing" trikes). So, for the folks who buy trikes as "shopping" bikes, it might be better to just get a fat tired 24 speed beach cruiser and attach a trailer. Almost as stable, and half the weight.
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Old 07-08-07, 09:39 PM   #3
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Of course, there are recumbent trikes on the market, too. Sun sells an EZ-series trike. http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/recumbents/ez3/ez3.htm
Are you sure a bike of some sort is not what you really want?
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Would really like a trike... Long story short my wife is disabeled and has balanve problems... I was thinging with a trike she might get interested in biking (short trips) and get some excercise etc.. The bike weight thing is not good though..
Anyone have any names of the European trike makers ?... Don't seem to show up with google...
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Take a look at Hostelshoppe.com. They sell recumbent bikes and trikes from US, Europe, Australia.
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Of course, there are recumbent trikes on the market, too. Sun sells an EZ-series trike. http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/recumbents/ez3/ez3.htm
Are you sure a bike of some sort is not what you really want?
That site is bike pr0n. Particularly the cruisers... nice.
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My wife has balance problems as well and rides a recumbent trike.

She initially had an upright trike and it wasn't the best solution, rankly. Too heavy and unstable at a reasonable speed as well as uncomfortable.


Look at the Sun EZ-3 trikes!


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Also look at Worksman cycles. They make a semi-recumbent trike
called the "PAV" (Personal Activity Vehicle) as well as other trikes
in their Recreational line. (Worksman is an American company)

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Thanks guys... A recumbent is out I think... Nice looking bikes but they are way too low to the ground and difficult to see,,, I kind of like to look the drivers (car) in the eye if you know what I meam..
I looked at Workmans trikes and they really look nice... They also look hevy.. Shipping to the left for one is pretty expensive also... This would be used primarily on surfaced bike paths but there are a lot of underpasses to climb out of.. It is beginning to appear the idea of a trike may not be so practical....
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The Sun EZ-3 shown in the photos looks like it weighs about half of what the Schwinn or Worksman trikes weigh. I think that the Sun may be available with 16 speeds or 24 speeds, etc., versus just three speeds for the typical "factory floor" type trike.

The "factory floor" type of trike requires a very strong rider just to move 10 mph on a level road. And, that is not who usually buys them, unfortunately.

I read an article about guys who race "trikes" in the UK. These are very light (20 pounds or 25 pounds) and set up for racing. The article made the point that a fast trike will handle in a very different way than a two wheel bike. The author made clear that a new rider should not assume that a trike is "easy" to ride. A new rider should find a safe place to practice cornering at speed.

The Sun brand has dealers in most larger cities, especially in the warmer states. Take one for a test ride, and post to let us know what you think.
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Thanks for taking the time to reply... The Sun does look like a nice bike... Just sits way to low for me.. Around here cars have trouble seeing bikes let alone something that low to the ground.. Something about being in that position and that low to the ground in traffic scares the you know what out of me :-)..
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I looked at Workmans trikes and they really look nice... They also look hevy.. Shipping to the left for one is pretty expensive also... This would be used primarily on surfaced bike paths but there are a lot of underpasses to climb out of.. It is beginning to appear the idea of a trike may not be so practical....
Please.........look at the Worksman PAV w/3 speed again . This trike is a SEMI-recumbent
which means the seat is chair high off the pavement which makes everything very easy
to do. I own one and am semi-handicapped so I know what this trike can & can not do.
The PAV would be perfect for a bike path.

If the freight is a concern let me pass this tip along that worksman shared with me when
I bought mine. Have it delivered to a business rather than your home. Home freight
was $580 while business freight was $185. A local car deal agreed to allow the drop
off and I came a picked it up.

http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...html/pav3.html
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Thank you for the info on the Workman..
A couple of questions if I may... Our bike paths are not level.. A few slight up's and downs but at most of the maiin streets they drop rapidly to go under the street and then there is a sharp climb on the other side... In your opinion could a woman with perhaps a little training be able to peddal one of these up the inclines ???... On my regular bike I usually drop down 2 or 3 gears coming out of these..
She is not in that great of shape at the moment... I ride almost every day (Clydsdale trying shed weight) and I am sure if I could get her started even just a little at first it would do her a world of good as it has done me...
Are these things stable ?.. I read every so often that they aren't as stable as you would think.. She wouldn't be doing anything tricky with it that is for sure.. I don't see any problem with stability myself...
Great tip on the shipping... Sure is a differance in the priice that way.... I bet my LBS might even let me use them as a drop if I make a deal to let them take care of it...
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Houston has some of the worst (and most hostile) drivers around. Many will try to come as close to a bike as they can, just to send a message. But, for some reason, most are much more careful when they see an UNUSUAL bike. When I tow a trailer, cars move six feet to the left, instead of their customary six inches.

I think the Sun qualifies as "unusual". It is the sort of bike that folks slow down to look at, notice, and give wide clearance to. Richard Ballantine commuted to work in an ultra-low racing 'bent that had him laying almost flat on his back. He said New York drivers gave him a great deal of clearance, and seemed to notice him more than when he was on a regular bike.

The Worksman is a great bike for use on a factory floor by a fit 25 year old man. It would be about the worst bike in the world for broken pavement, potholes, and hilly roads. Which is why NOBODY has ever seen a Worksman on a public road (not counting the ice cream vendors and food deliverymen).
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