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optimizer 11-27-07 12:53 PM

Mystery Stand Up Reverse Tricycle - Who'll be the first to identify
 
Update 11/27: I eventually found the store/person selling. He knows nothing about them, no markings except "it". He just got them at an auction (therefore it must have been selling for a while). I'd still love to get information about it.

This is to see how well you know the industry or if you were paying attention 100% attention at the trade show (Who's going to be 1st to identify it?):-

I've searched the web for a Stand Up ridden Reverse Tricycle I saw for sale in a small town 100 miles away from my larger City - just far enough not to want to drive all that way for it. Surely the distributor is in our city and selling somewhere here. Anyway, first I've been totally unable to identify it, and that's where I hope you can help. It is a $140-00 bike, probably Chinese/Korean etc. It's teenager/adult sized. Had 2 small wheels at front that look like Indy/Formula 1 race car tires 6" diameter and 4" wide, black. I think they had a yellow or bright color painted frame. I'm fairly sure they had the letters "It" (although they were written in shaky modern style, so could be different letters that I thought they were) on what would be the crossbar (which makes it hard for internet searching). I think the rear wheel was a regular spoked larger bike wheel, but at least not the tiny F1 look tires that are on the front. It was a fairly unique looking thing with those fat tires at the front, so hoping you know instantly who makes it. My friend seems to think it didn't have a seat - maybe some knee rest thing, although I've forgotten all that and we're not sure.
We saw a kid zipping around one one. The fat small front wheels steering the way and the riding standing up really made it stand out.

Wish I knew what it was...

Anyone know and have links to "It"?

Thanks!

HandsomeRyan 11-27-07 01:24 PM

This thread is worthless without pics...

optimizer 11-27-07 06:38 PM

I'm sorry for the lack of graphics inconvenience to you.

I would say this bike is almost unique for a manufactured bike, and the details stand out in text never mind a drawing or photo. Any bike store buyer that's seen one will at least know of it, and there should be a few like Sheldon etc that'll know the details about it.

DieselDan 11-27-07 09:22 PM

Worksman has something like that. Made in USA.
http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...media/stpt.jpg

optimizer 11-27-07 10:59 PM

No, that's not it, that looks old.
This thing looks cool, modern. Has tiny chunky Indy/F1 looking wheels on the front.
It has the modern chunky frame (not sure if oval or round).
Flashy color scheme.
Modern looking big black plastic/metal? pedals.

Not sure what the back wheel looked like.

I suppose even bike shop buyers can't search very well on a bike called "it"... (11/29 This is not a slam, it's just hard to web search for the word "it")

Stacey 11-28-07 05:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by optimizer (Post 5703576)
I'm sorry for the lack of graphics inconvenience to you.

I would say this bike is almost unique for a manufactured bike, and the details stand out in text never mind a drawing or photo. Any bike store buyer that's seen one will at least know of it, and there should be a few like Sheldon etc that'll know the details about it.

That's an awfully obnoxious attitude to take. You come seeking our assistance and when asked for assistance in clarifying photos you say "Never mind photos".

Well chumly.... Never mind the assistance.

optimizer 11-28-07 12:25 PM

I didn't use the term "worthless thread", so I rather think you are discussing the obnoxiousness with the wrong person and should open another thread to discuss that.

I thank anyone that is really trying to answer the question.
Basically, if you're not coming into this thread with a genuine tricycle name that has all the described features you should probably not be posting here. Thanks to the one that tried, but he/she was well well off the mark.

I am sorry that I distressed you in any way.

StephenH 11-28-07 12:32 PM

I did a fair bit of internet searching and wasn't able to find anything like that. A photo would be appreciated, not because I could identify it, but just to see it.

I found standup scooters and 3-wheel scooters and stand-up 3-wheel scooters, with and without motors. I found reverse tricycles like the Worksman, and variations of that. I found 3-wheel motorcycles with the 2 wheels in front. But never did see the arrangement mentioned. I agree it would be rather unique. They should have come up with a more searchable name than "it".

StephenH 11-28-07 12:39 PM

Heck, think I found one. It's a WRFF trike, try googling that. Hits are still sparse, but there are some out there. Here's a video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjoP2...related&search=

There's a couple of ads on ebay for these, too- just put "WRFF" in the search box. I can't see any "It" mentioned anywhere, maybe it's a generic knock-off of these?

Saintly Loser 11-28-07 12:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by optimizer (Post 5707992)
Basically, if you're not coming into this thread with a genuine tricycle name that has all the described features you should probably not be posting here.

Wow. Anyway, I can think of two "tricycles" (for want of a better word) that might fit the bill. A video of one was linked to by another poster. As to the other, despite the fact that you claim that your text description should make it instantly obvious what you're talking about, never mind photos, I'm not 100% sure, so I probably shouldn't be posting here.

JunkyardWarrior 11-28-07 12:51 PM

the 'IT' is one of the models of the WRFF.....i got one off craigslist......but i took off the thigh pad thing (its not a seat) and put a long seatpost and seat on it and its alot more fun not having to stand

for some reason i have to sing the circus clown song when i ride it....dee dee deedle deedle dee dee deeeeedee

after an exhaustive web search i found them for sale here

http://www.earthcommerce.com/SV020254800377.html

optimizer 11-28-07 01:08 PM

Steve and Junky both managed to find "it".
Thanks.
I don't know if I noticed the manufacturer, but I'll look a bit more.
I knew someone would know or be able to use my description.
They are very strange machines.
I saw one ridden by an experienced rider and he had the thing flying and screeching to a halt.
Thanks again!
If you happen to see a manufacturer name please post it.

JunkyardWarrior 11-28-07 02:14 PM

junky.....lol....i like it

sorry....forgot to post the link to the website.....WRFF is the namebrand......they are/were backed by snoopdog

http://wrff.com/

spencejm 11-28-07 02:49 PM

I have no information.

deraltekluge 11-28-07 08:36 PM

Sounds kinda like this may be IT...CRANK-IT, that is...

http://www.crank-it.com/kmx-k-class-front.jpg

http://www.crank-it.com/

On second thought, the WRFF links look more like what you described...

optimizer 11-29-07 12:28 AM

Yes, thanks. Thought you'd like "Junky". I'm partial to junkyards too, and I've been told on several occasions to clean mine up.
I just found the website myself too.
It looks like the "It" was an burnt orange color and is the largest, but there are several other smaller versions (one in yellow) that probably zip/stunt round quick, so I have a feeling I saw both. No high crossbar as I had somehow invented for my description (the mind obviously trying to turn it into a bicycle).

I think I'd prefer the Circus Clown song version than the snoop dog one, but this may be cooler than a circus clown's unicycle.

Oh - the distributor/made-for is Salton in the USA, but it is made for them in China.
The thing that makes them hard to identify is that all the details are on a sticker on the bottom of the frame - that's why the person selling the trike couldn't see any details/info on the machine.


Deraltekluge, you seem to have found the Racer version of the WRFF's. Gears and everything. This must be for when a WRFF kid grows up and wants to do the Tour de France. Thanks

Again, thanks to eveyrone, I'd searched all the many links at various sites listing tricycles and the like, but was unable to find anything.

I found a few lists of tricycle makers, and this one seemed to be fairly good and link off to at least one other list. You may wish to start a "tricycle" page on your menu and put this link at the top as a sticky.
http://helmets.org/fourwhel.htm

optimizer 11-29-07 12:31 AM

Psssst, Spencejm, Salton is in Columbia, MO. (your location)
Keep it quiet.

telebianchi 11-29-07 11:20 AM

Weight: 60.5 lbs !!!!!
 
Who wants to do a hill climb on this thing?

http://wrff.com/art/panelvaultwrffitM.jpg

This looks like a toy that might be fun for a short while but I would think with that weight and the thick front tires it would be a dog to ride. What's the gearing on this thing? Gotta wonder about the tip-over factor if you take a turn to sharp.

StephenH 11-29-07 12:49 PM

"This looks like a toy that might be fun for a short while but I would think with that weight and the thick front tires it would be a dog to ride. What's the gearing on this thing? Gotta wonder about the tip-over factor if you take a turn to sharp."

I agree with that. But if you'll watch the videos, you'll find the tip-over is one of the positive aspects of it. They're mostly riding in circles in parking lots, so hill climbing is a moot point. Looks to me like maybe a fun toy at the $40 ebay price, but way overpriced otherwise.

JunkyardWarrior 11-29-07 01:17 PM

i havent seen ony of the other models but the "it" is extremely well built and very sturdy....that said, yea its a bit heavy and ya cant turn too quick but its more for fun than anything......i doubt i could break anything on it beyond the plastic fenders....ive seen actual go carts with cheapy steering mechanisms but this has tie rod ends and will last forever.......alot of the models do look very toyish....but i havent seen them in person

optimizer 11-29-07 05:47 PM

Yes, the smaller ones have smaller tires etc, but the "it" model looks very sturdy (and of course a bit heavier - but they're not doing 60 to 100 mile roundtrips) and should last through all teenage years where the smaller ones (all others) are unlikely to.
If you ever see any interesting mods people have done to them it would be worth posting pics here, or linking here over to the mods forum menu item.

Length of interest is probably all based on the user and what used for - time will tell.

Nightshade 11-29-07 06:05 PM

Oh Hell, this ain't new at all. It's nothing more than a pimped out "tadpole" trike!:rolleyes::rolleyes:

optimizer 11-29-07 10:27 PM

Tightwad, I like your signature lines.
Having ridden bikes of both metals, but not the carbons/graphites etc, how do you view the newer materials, resin aging and all that, is that a problem for the high tech bikes?

Nightshade 11-30-07 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by optimizer (Post 5718406)
Tightwad, I like your signature lines.
Having ridden bikes of both metals, but not the carbons/graphites etc, how do you view the newer materials, resin aging and all that, is that a problem for the high tech bikes?

How do I view the newer materials? I view them as unnecessary except for racing.

You see a bicycle is a simple ,elegant, very effective machine. It has provided masses of people
a simple reliable means of transportation since it's invention. Using steel means that a easily
recyclable/repairable material is used that is low tech enough for easy maintance in places
where low tech is all that will work.

I firmly believe that ,at some point in time, the bicycle will once again become the chosen means
of personal transportation.

telebianchi 11-30-07 12:02 PM

I didn't realize that my new "Title" will not show up in a post. It was supposed to say: Weight: 65 lbs!!!!!!

From the website, these weigh in at 65 lbs. That's why I mentioned a hill climb and asked about the gearing. Even on flat ground, 65 lbs + rider weight is going to take some mechanical advantage to get going.

Oh, and I'm not trying to dog these trikes. A neat concept but they just seem to have a limited area of use and I could see someone getting it for Christmas and not being able to ride it up the hill they live on to get to the school parking lot for a Saturday afternoon ride. But there are lots of cool things with limited use (and I own more than few!)


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