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Old 05-13-05, 11:34 AM   #1
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Trike riders...

Hi,

I'm wondering if all of you who are trike riders out there would mind posting your age range.

I am trying to convince my wife to look at a trike since she tried a regular recumbent and had a hard time getting used to it. She has a bad back, so we figure a recumbent is the way to go. If I mention a trike, her response is she is an adult and NOT riding a tricycle. I would like to show her that people of all ages are riding a trike, which is most defintely not a kids tricycle. I hope to get her to try one next week when we head upstate NY.

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Old 05-13-05, 12:34 PM   #2
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46 - Riding a Greenspeed 30 - 50 miles a day.
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I'm 56 and lovin' my Logo--or any other trike I get to ride. I tell all the little kids out riding their teensy and bigger two wheelers with their parents that, if they are lucky, when they grow up they will get to have a TRIKE! This is after they eagerly point me out to their parents--that guy on that cool "bike".

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I'm 2 . . . plus 27. I love my trike, and so will your wife.
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53 years old and riding a Catrike Speed, my wife rides a Hotmover and we both enjoy the Greenspeed GTT. You don't have to be a kid to love Trikes, but when you start riding one you will think your a kid again.
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Old 05-14-05, 02:19 AM   #9
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I am 42 years old and I ride a GreenSpeed GT3, no one would mistake a recumbent tadpole trike for a childs or seniors upright trike. The most common reactions are "cool bike" and "I want one" from all age groups. The only problem is that after riding a trike you are unlikely to ever want to ride a 2 wheeler again.
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Old 05-14-05, 04:28 AM   #10
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SI Mark,

I'm 62 and riding a Greenspeed GTO. Definitely, not a 'granny trike'. I've got a bad back, had one knee surgery (need another), and have balance problems. I don't use my two bikes any more, just the trike. I love it! It's so comfortable you could sleep on it and I have (a short story)! I agree with cjs1948 and geebee about the comments and attention you'll get.

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48...and riding a Russian-built AS Engineering S32. Only get comments from passersby like "Sick, man" or "Cool machine" when I'm out riding. I have a titanium rod in my right leg and so can't do impact exercises like running or walking. I chose the trike because of the comfort, practicality, utility and safety factors.

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I'm curious about something. I'm 46 and am very interested in trikes. My daily ride is along back roads with many lousy shoulders. It would seem very difficult, or even dangerous, to ride a trike in these conditions with cars passing by. Do any of you trike owners ride roads like this or are you typically riding cycling paths, etc.

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I am 59 and ride a Greenspeed GTO.

I do almost all my riding on roads though usually not in heavy traffic.

I had a few accidents when I rode an upright. Usually the front wheel caught in some road obstacle (road grate, train track, etc.) or trash (hair brush was the worst), and I was thrown to the ground, luckily never in the path of a car. Against these types of accidents, I think that a trike is good insurance.

I think a trike is most dangerous at cross streets where you come out from behind a parked car; but, an upright bike is also at greatest risk in this case.

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I am 56 and just getting back into biking; chose a trike because of the relaxed ride and the known discomforts of the DF. Looking forward to doing the RAGBRAI this summer. Currently getting into shape for that; enjoying the ride; still attempting to build the recumbent legs to motor the Trike.
I am riding the Trimuter BigWheel; that has the advantage of 81 speeds and a more conservative recline position.
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Wife and I are 46 and 45 respectively and both ride a LoGo trike. Both rode one around Australia 2001-03 and had a ball. Currently planing a tour of Alaska, Canada and the USA.
Do what I did, just buy her one she will love you for it.

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43 yo female riding a 2004 Catrike Speed. Used to ride Greenspeed GTO but prefer the lightweight, zippy cat.
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I'm curious about something. I'm 46 and am very interested in trikes. My daily ride is along back roads with many lousy shoulders. It would seem very difficult, or even dangerous, to ride a trike in these conditions with cars passing by. Do any of you trike owners ride roads like this or are you typically riding cycling paths, etc.

Thanks,
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95% of my riding is on the road in traffic, I feel more comfortable/safer on the trike than I did on a bike,
cars give you more clearance than a bike and the brakes are better.
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37 catrike speed, although I prefer the 2 wheel lowracer for most of my riding.
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I'm 48, and love riding my Greenspeed GT3!

My wife's 43 and loves "zooming" her Catrike Speed...past me! And it's her first recumbent!

Tell your wife that, when she's riding a tadpole style trike(two wheels in front, one in back), she won't feel like she's riding a trike...she'll feel like she's riding a go-kart!

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I am 67 and ride a Greenspeed GT3. I plan on riding the Philadelphia City to Shore MS 150 this year.

My wife is 59 and had major Scoliosis surgery & has Titanium rods in her back. She just got an ICE L trike.
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My wife and I are 33 and 35 and each have a Hase Kettwiesel. We have been really enjoying them since getting them last year. She has even gotten to riding to work many days.
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Old 05-16-05, 12:18 PM   #24
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Thanks for all the responses. You are all just confirming my thoughts and feelings, but I wanted her to be able to "hear" it for herself.

This weekend is a big bicycle show here in NYC, and there are going to be several recumbent companies showing off their stuff. I am hoping to get her to come with me and take a look.

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This weekend is a big bicycle show here in NYC, and there are going to be several recumbent companies showing off their stuff. I am hoping to get her to come with me and take a look.

Mark
Hi Mark,

'Just an FYI:

If Catrike is represented at this NYC bike show this coming weekend, and if your wife should happen to become seriously interested in a Catrike trike, you should be aware of the fact that Catrike is going to significantly increase the price points of their trikes, effective June 1st. They will honor the current price points, as long as your paid order is placed no later than May 31st. Catrikes are immensely popular, as they are light, fast, well-spec'd, cool looking, quality made in the U.S.A., and, until June 1st, considerably less expensive than most of their worthy competitors, especially those built in Australia and the U.K..
Catrike Aluminum Recumbent Trikes


Good luck in your search! Keep us posted!

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