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    Trike question

    Could some of the trike riders give their opinion on trikes with 26 in rear wheels. I will probably be buying a trike sometime in the future, and would like to achieve linearity of my water foul (line up my ducks). Im thinking that the 26" rear wheel would give a better ride, and maybe be a little faster. Also a standard triple in front could be used. Also wouldnt it be a benefit to have the derailer and chain further out of the dirt and curbs etc?

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    To have a look at the trikes types from a well known trike maker visit.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by layedback1 View Post
    Could some of the trike riders give their opinion on trikes with 26 in rear wheels. I will probably be buying a trike sometime in the future, and would like to achieve linearity of my water foul (line up my ducks). Im thinking that the 26" rear wheel would give a better ride, and maybe be a little faster. Also a standard triple in front could be used. Also wouldnt it be a benefit to have the derailer and chain further out of the dirt and curbs etc?
    I have a Schwinn Town & Country which is a conventional one wheel leading and two following and a 3 speed Sturmey Archer IGH. It comes standard with 26 X 2.0 which gives it a comfy ride.
    http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/P...wn-and-Country

    Trikes aren't noted for speed; my average speed on the T&C is 8.5 MPH. The beauty of the Schwinn T & C and it's cousin the single speed Meridian is hauling capacity.

    If you choose the Schwinns the are a couple things to keep in mind. One is to have it shop assembled. Both are Chinese products and subject to the quirks of manufacturing in a workers paradise. Mine came with an out-of-true rear axle housing that was causing the axle to snap every 50 to 100 miles and like all mass produced bicycles, the wheels needed to be properly tensioned and trued. Also, a couple basket nuts were missing. (The latter was no biggie I just made a run to Home Depot for new bolts.)
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    Larger wheels do not withstand lateral forces as well as a smaller wheel such as a 20 or 24 inch wheel will. Longer spokes = weaker wheel, at least laterally.
    This is why makers of really heavy duty/heavy haul trikes (see organic engines SUV) use 20 inch wheels. Light duty trikes (Miami Sun/Husky, Schwinn, Worksman, et-al) that are not overloaded, at low speeds (under 10 mph) are fine with a 24 or 26 inch wheel.
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    Hello you need one of these. I think they 700c wheels

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    I'm thinking that some of the other responders do not ride trikes, and are thinking of the big three wheelers that the old folks here in Florida tend to ride around the shuffle board court....I'm assuming that you are speaking of a tadpole, with two wheels in the front and one in the rear, like a Greenspeed, Catrike or Terratrike...

    Trikes come both with 20 and 26 inch rears. The trike I ride, a Catrike Trail model with three 20" wheels. As stated by another poster, the 20" wheels do well with lateral forces found on trikes. The front wheels on my Tadpole trike are the ones that take the lateral loads, and most trikes have 16" or 20" front wheels. The 26" (Or even 700cm) rears on some of the trikes do smooth out some of the bumps, and will give a faster top speed, at the cost of harder a harder push at the pedal. My 20" rear DOES put the chain cage a BIT closer to the ground, and therefore puts the chain in the way of sand and crap tossed off the wheels. The chain is routed under the front axle cross as well, but the chain tubes that it runs in, tho' a bit noisy in some gears, do provide some protection for the chain. Additionally, I make it a point to clean and lube the chain once a week with a good quality wax based lubricant. My Catrike does use a standard triple in front, tho' right off the I don't recall the tooth count on the chainrings.

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    It seems to me that such WAY OVER PRICED products as WORKSMAN CYCLES LUL far too many people into the old false adage that "if you pay much less, you cannot get sufficient quality". Why would the average user spend 1 or 2 G's on a trike to peddle around a work area when, (more often than not) a $300. Schwinn will be "one hell of a lot softer" the bottom dollar! And with the newer puncture resistant Kevlar tires @ + - $30each, durability will be greatly increased...

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    Quote Originally Posted by warezaholic View Post
    It seems to me that such WAY OVER PRICED products as WORKSMAN CYCLES LUL far too many people into the old false adage that "if you pay much less, you cannot get sufficient quality". Why would the average user spend 1 or 2 G's on a trike to peddle around a work area when, (more often than not) a $300. Schwinn will be "one hell of a lot softer" the bottom dollar! And with the newer puncture resistant Kevlar tires @ + - $30each, durability will be greatly increased...
    Ye know not whereof ye speak about a Worksman,mate. Worksman are built to handle stress and loads that often require gas/electric power to haul and move.

    With Worksman you get way,way more than you pay for.............
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    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

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    Everything on a bike (or a trike) works together so you have to evaluate the entire machine as a whole. I think that all of the points that you made have a degree of truth to them. Never-the-Less I'd keep an open mind about wheel size until I had the opportunity to see, and maybe ride, a trike or two in each configuration.
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    I've had a few 26" trikes which we kept for the in-laws to use. Also my wife has a tadpole trike with 16" wheels.

    I wouldn't worry about wheel size. They aren't for going fast anyway. Find one you like and feel comfortable on, whatever wheel size it has.
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    With a name like "layedback1" I think the OP is probably asking about recumbent trikes. I think TractorTom summed it up. A large rear drive wheel will get the derailleur cage up off the ground, and give more standard gearing without doing crazy things. The smaller wheels will be stronger and will allow much lower gearing with normal parts, but the derailleur will be inches off the ground and will generally lose top speed. The availability of fast tires will be better with the larger wheels.

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    Just chill Nightshade! I'm talking about "WHAT I KNOW WELL" My Schwinn has hauled (in total weight) everything from 375lbs to 450lbs depending on store purchases for over 5 miles round-trip several times with speeds 20 to 30mph with power eBike front wheel conversion (and I'm sporting a 70 pound battery-pack the Schwinn Tricycle AND MY 60yo, 260lb lard-butt). In fact I'm looking into heavy-duty tires as well as a bicycle trailer to haul even more with a 2 week grocery supply a 11-12 mile round-trip to Walmart... ... ... ...

    It will never cease to amaze me that folks with too much darn money always feel they have all the answers... ...

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    The OP rides a $2400 (Stratus LE) to $2500 (Stratus X) long wheelbase recumbent bike. I doubt he has any interest in buying either a Schwinn or Workman trike. It is obvious this is for road riding, not riding around a warehouse or to the store for groceries. I suggest he take a look at the Bentrideronline website where he can read reviews of the lightweight, high quality recumbent trikes.

    A larger rear wheel does not necessarily mean the RD will be higher off the ground than one with 20" wheels all around. My old Greenspeed GTO (20" drive wheel) equipped with a Shimano 105 short cage RD is NOT closer to the ground than my Catrike 700 (700C drive wheel) with stock wide range gearing and the long cage SRAM X7 RD. They both are 130mm from in the gear I use most. I just measured it. I have many thousands of miles on three different trikes and while I have worn out rear derailleurs, I have never broken one by running into debris.

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    Low tadpole recumbent trikes are made with 2 20" front wheels and a 26" in back..

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    I think I am just going to leave this discussion to all you rich buttholes because it is plain to see that EXCESSIVE status/money/ego are the riding/ruling factors in your decisions for what bicycles you're all riding. And take if from a Viet Nam Marine Veteran that I have personally witnessed the biggest di*k swinging EGO's that ever walked the earth. Try giving some of those bucks to some of the afore mentioned damaged Vets living under the highway bridges nearest you; but of coarse jackals with 2/3000 $ bicycles would refuse to even slowdown in your cars when you spot these people!

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