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    What companies offer adult tricycles (multi-speed)?

    Looking to get an adult tricycle, preferrably multi-speed. Been looking online at major manufacturers like Giant and Schwinn, but I don't think they make these type of bikes.

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    The only one I remember hearing of recently:

    http://worksmancycles.com/
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    Hmmm, there is greenspeed and catrike for starters. You will find a lot more info at bentrider.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Autobus View Post
    Looking to get an adult tricycle, preferrably multi-speed. Been looking online at major manufacturers like Giant and Schwinn, but I don't think they make these type of bikes.

    Help? Thanks
    Sun makes some--they have some "upright" ones under the Cycles category (the Deluxe has the Nexus-3 as an option) and then they have some recumbent trikes too (the recumbents have full range gearing).
    http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/index.htm
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    Thanks for the responses. I should have clarified that it was a Father's Day present for my dad, who's 77 years old...no high-priced speedy recumbents need apply!LOL
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    if you're looking for cheap, look at wizwheels and sun. Sun is as cheap (and heavy) as it gets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autobus View Post
    Thanks for the responses. I should have clarified that it was a Father's Day present for my dad, who's 77 years old...no high-priced speedy recumbents need apply!LOL
    Oh, C'mon, when I am 77 I would be so jazzed if my son bought me a snazzy hi-tech recumbent trike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg View Post
    if you're looking for cheap, look at wizwheels and sun. Sun is as cheap (and heavy) as it gets!
    People with limited mobility (and often older people too) usually don't want a tadpole trike at all, because it sits too low to the ground to get into and out of easily.

    The Sun EZ-3 sits just a bit lower than a regular chair would, although as far as I know the Sun bikes cannot be had with internal gears from the factory. Non-biking people generally prefer internal hubs for their easier shifting (while not moving, mostly).
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    It seems like there are a gob of adult trikes out there- check at local stores. I think Richardson Bike Mart had two or three different models when I was in there. Worksman makes them. I think Walmart sells some, although you may have to order online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikigreg View Post
    if you're looking for cheap, look at wizwheels and sun. Sun is as cheap (and heavy) as it gets!
    Heavy, yes...cheap, no! A Sun EZ-3 AX costs around $1500, and weighs about 50 lbs. But it has lotsa gears...it's 27-speed, with gearing roughly comparable to a mountain bike...a range of about 18 to 90 gear-inches. The granny gear is about like walking speed. I like mine...



    Notice the unusual arrangement of the chains and sprockets. It avoids the extremely long chain run typical of recumbents. The chain is split into two segments with the "rear" cassette and derailleur in the middle, and a separate chain linkage to a rear wheel (only a single rear wheel is driven, but it doesn't feel at all strange).

    The seating position feels kinda like driving a car, and I'm about eye-to-eye level with drivers.
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    You're looking at the wrong Sun. That's a recumbent, which he doesn't want. Go to http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/index.html, click on the "cycles" (not recumbents) and there is a "trikes" link that has the upright trikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    You're looking at the wrong Sun. That's a recumbent, which he doesn't want. Go to http://www.sunbicycles.com/sun/index.html, click on the "cycles" (not recumbents) and there is a "trikes" link that has the upright trikes.
    No, I think I'm referring to the "right" Sun. The EZ-3 trikes aren't "recumbent" in the same sense as the low-slung tadpoles. The seats are nearly upright...much like an automobile seat as to angle and height. Catrikes have seat-back angles of 45 to 60 from the vertical, for example, and seat heights of around 8" compared to the approximately 20" of the EZ-3. Further, the trikes you reference are all single-speed, and he said he wanted multi-speed.

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    Parklane makes an adult tricycle, distributed by Norco in Canada. Retail is under $700. I believe it is a 7 speed.

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    Schwinn has some available through Performance... or possibly could be ordered from a stocking LBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autobus View Post
    Looking to get an adult tricycle, preferrably multi-speed. Been looking online at major manufacturers like Giant and Schwinn, but I don't think they make these type of bikes.

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    I had one of those adult trikes built, mainly because they're AMERICAN MADE. The company has been in a solid business since 1898, in Brooklyn, New York. They make custom models for commercial use (UPS employees use them to load packages on to their aircraft so they ride them all over the tarmac at major airports). Other companies are also ordering them for their workers for various reasons. International orders (e.g. The Netherlands, aka Holland) also buy them up in large quantities. With all that being written, it is only a THREE SPEED trike. I tried using good assertive techniques to get them to come up with an affordable 10-24 speed trike and they told me that's not possible. That's not true at all. They just don't want to make them with that option because it's cheaper, and they reap more profits, to make them the current way. I live in a small Pacific Northwest city and, just one block North of where I live, there's about a 3 degree grade. Even when I'm in better shape than I am now, I could not get more than 1/3 of the way up that slope to the next main street to run errands. I have a good friend whose best friend does nothing but custom bicycle work for customers. My friend spends a lot of time helping the custom bike person, as a volunteer. He's offered to pick up my trike and give it a make-over so I can get more use out of it and ride longer distances on paved streets and roads. If you want the higher speeds, as a stock adult trike, you may have to go to the recumbent style that often go up to 24 speeds. The RISK with that type of riding is that cars and trucks may not "see" you easily so your safety (life) might be in more danger. Keep shopping! Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitzie63 View Post
    I If you want the higher speeds, as a stock adult trike, you may have to go to the recumbent style that often go up to 24 speeds. The RISK with that type of riding is that cars and trucks may not "see" you easily so your safety (life) might be in more danger. Keep shopping! Good luck
    FWIW, I have had no issues with cars seeing me on my Trice XL (eXtra Low)- one of those speedy recumbent trikes

    They actually change lanes for me.
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    FWIW, I have had no issues with cars seeing me on my Trice XL (eXtra Low)- one of those speedy recumbent trikes

    They actually change lanes for me.
    Many thanks for responding with some nice positive feedback. Unfortunately, my tiny little pension income doesn't permit me the luxury of a gorgeous, multiple speedy trike such as you're enjoying. I keep on dreaming to win the lottery jackpot but, first, I would have to be able to "buy a ticket", lol. My Workman cycle has been at a avid mountain biker's place being assessed on whether or not it's feasible to increase the speed capacity from 3 to something greater. Got the sad news on the assessment this evening. The report was the only option would be to add a motor assist for the hills

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    Here's a link to a shop that has lots of trikes: Recreational Trikes. It would be a good place to research all types of trikes to see what looks feasible and in your price range. The link is to their recreational trikes page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fitzie63 View Post
    Many thanks for responding with some nice positive feedback. Unfortunately, my tiny little pension income doesn't permit me the luxury of a gorgeous, multiple speedy trike such as you're enjoying. I keep on dreaming to win the lottery jackpot but, first, I would have to be able to "buy a ticket", lol. My Workman cycle has been at a avid mountain biker's place being assessed on whether or not it's feasible to increase the speed capacity from 3 to something greater. Got the sad news on the assessment this evening. The report was the only option would be to add a motor assist for the hills
    It should be possible to swap the cog on your internal gear hub for a larger one. This would give you a lower first gear for hill climbing but also reduce your top speed in the other gears, which might not matter to you. Sheldon Brown and other sites have gear calculators that could help you determine the effect of changing to another size cog before you make the investment. There's a thread about this in BF called "Changing gear ratio on a 3-speed internal gear hub."

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    we have a few on the floor at the LBS, 3 speeds as mid drive, 2nd sprocket on the hubshell .

    Also electric motor front wheel options.. check your Local? if not NoHo, then larger LA metro..

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