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    I Bought a Rhoades Car Today!

    It will be built for me
    and delivered in mid July
    at the latest.

    I got a single seater with
    36 speeds, positraction for
    off road if I want, and dual
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    enough there are NO forbidden
    gear combinations on this vehicle,
    although some you wouldn't want
    or need, so with a bit of practise
    I figure I can even climb most of
    the hills around here with the thing.

    While it is on the heavy side
    it will get me around Car FREE
    in my little suburb here in Southern
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    once in a while if I wanna make the trip.

    And I always have my two recumbents
    to fall back on if I wanna go for speed
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    You can see a picture of what it looks
    like at: http://www.rhoadescar.com/4w1p-h.htm
    The only difference being that mine won't have
    the fenders and the canopy. I can add that later
    if I want, but i wanna keep this behemoth as
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    I still figure I can get around pretty well on it
    though for around town shopping and business
    and such. And I intend to keep my Lightning
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    Hope you enjoy your 'heavy duty' quadracycle Rhoades car. They are, or seem to be well built. I got one (a two seater) with the help of a parishioner who is an auctioneer. I bought it sight unseen and got a pretty good deal, nothting to brag about. It was made before the multi(36)speed ones were made; or at least it does not have it. The speeds it does have need a little work, shifting is sometimes questionable, and the 'deluxe seats' are now in a more reclining position. The previous owners must have ridden this thing a lot. It has a ,i think home made, canopy so that is a positive in the sun. Just another experience with a Rhoades Car. Not completely negative, after all I got is second hand,,,but because of the weight would not be my first choice. peace el padre

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    I don't get it. Although the bike looks nice, it doesn't seem to have any practical purpose: it is heavy and wide and will be an obstacle on roads for other users (motorists and cyclists). It doesn't carry passengers or groceries from what I could see and it looks as if many parts could cause trouble at some point; it won't be easy to park or maneuver; I can only imagine it is expensive. So, what is the advantage? Why wouldn't a trike with baskets or a bent with panniers be more practical and efficient? I'm just curious. Not trying to give you a hard time.
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    COOL~FACTOR

    These are used in Oregon's beach towns as rentals. On a busy summer day they are fun to tootle around town with.

    It also is not to dificult to put a belt drive motor assist if you really want that 'old time' car feeling.

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    The only one I have seen in use on a regular basis seems to be only slightly better than walking for speed. I have ridden next to the guy and watched him pedal. The carrying capacity is huge though. The guy who used to ride one all the time near me went to a semi recumbent trike and is now quite a bit faster in the same conditions. I believe he has balance problems so three or four wheels is always a benefit for him.

    Did you already ride one? What was it like?
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    I've always admired them from their website. But as it is, there's barely enough room on Ft. Lauderdale's roads for 2-wheelers.....

    Good luck with it.

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    If you could get four people in a four-wheeled bike like a Rhodes Car all pedaling at once, I wonder how fast you could go?

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    A list of some manufacturers with links:
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBigMan
    If you could get four people in a four-wheeled bike like a Rhodes Car all pedaling at once, I wonder how fast you could go?

    We got up to maybe 12 -13 on a slight down hill It felt a little tippy. Maybe 10 on a flat, if you can keep the people in back pedaling. Which I can never do.
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    12-13 on a downhill, eh?

    no thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
    We got up to maybe 12 -13 on a slight down hill It felt a little tippy. Maybe 10 on a flat, if you can keep the people in back pedaling. Which I can never do.
    What kind were you riding to feel a little tippy? Sounds like one of the surrey limo's. They're cute. Anyone got a clue how fast they can go and how well they ride? They look rather slow, even though 2 can pedal on each row.

    We are considering a Rhoades Car, too. 4/4 Only 2 people can pedal. We want the 4 person so we can take the grandkids, the in-laws, haul wood, groceries, etc..

    Someone asked why such a bulky vehicle. (basically)

    My response: Extreme visibility and great for toting things. We will be riding mostly on country roads that are 45-50 mph and we will be riding for trips to work, grocery, etc.. I want to be SEEN and not run over. I prefer to ride toward the oncoming traffic, so I can see if I need to get off the road... BUT, since it's not the legal way to ride, even with rear-view mirrors, I can't always be looking behind me. I want to make sure I am seen at a far enough distance that I will be less apt to be run over, accidentally. I dont' know how many bicycles I have almost run over, due to not seeing them until the last minute. Folks put all their reflectors on and I only see them when I'm about to run them over, or if I'm coming at their side. With the gasoline prices, this could easily become our primary transportation.

    Does anyone know of a faster and lighter-weight 2 person quad with 4 person capability? We live in hilly terrain (around Tulsa, OK) and since we're figuring this might become our primary transportation...

    I found and prefer the Cozy Cycle to any other brand, but can't reach the folks by e-mail and the voice mail has been full for a long time. It looks lighter and easier to ride and tote kids. I'm not too sure about in-laws, though. Anyone know what happened to this company?

    Another issue I'm concerned about is that I prefer chain guards and a lot of the quads don't come with them. I can be dangerous with a bike chain! Any suggestions?

    I definitely would like to see more on this thread, so we can make the best educated guess possible, when we order our quad. We really need to get something ordered, soon, so we'll have it by mid-August, at the latest.

    Thanks for any help possible. I know I didn't start this thread, but would really appreciate every little bit of honest feedback from experienced quad riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    What kind were you riding to feel a little tippy? Sounds like one of the surrey limo's. They're cute. Anyone got a clue how fast they can go and how well they ride? They look rather slow, even though 2 can pedal on each row.

    We are considering a Rhoades Car, too. 4/4 Only 2 people can pedal. We want the 4 person so we can take the grandkids, the in-laws, haul wood, groceries, etc..

    Someone asked why such a bulky vehicle. (basically)

    My response: Extreme visibility and great for toting things. We will be riding mostly on country roads that are 45-50 mph and we will be riding for trips to work, grocery, etc.. I want to be SEEN and not run over. I prefer to ride toward the oncoming traffic, so I can see if I need to get off the road... BUT, since it's not the legal way to ride, even with rear-view mirrors, I can't always be looking behind me. I want to make sure I am seen at a far enough distance that I will be less apt to be run over, accidentally. I dont' know how many bicycles I have almost run over, due to not seeing them until the last minute. Folks put all their reflectors on and I only see them when I'm about to run them over, or if I'm coming at their side. With the gasoline prices, this could easily become our primary transportation.

    Does anyone know of a faster and lighter-weight 2 person quad with 4 person capability? We live in hilly terrain (around Tulsa, OK) and since we're figuring this might become our primary transportation...

    I found and prefer the Cozy Cycle to any other brand, but can't reach the folks by e-mail and the voice mail has been full for a long time. It looks lighter and easier to ride and tote kids. I'm not too sure about in-laws, though. Anyone know what happened to this company?

    Another issue I'm concerned about is that I prefer chain guards and a lot of the quads don't come with them. I can be dangerous with a bike chain! Any suggestions?

    I definitely would like to see more on this thread, so we can make the best educated guess possible, when we order our quad. We really need to get something ordered, soon, so we'll have it by mid-August, at the latest.

    Thanks for any help possible. I know I didn't start this thread, but would really appreciate every little bit of honest feedback from experienced quad riders.
    Umm, I know this is the 'bent forum, but I think that you would probably be better off with a pair of Xtracycles. I can't think of anywhere but Cherry St. or possibly Brookside that a Rhodes Car wouldn't become a hinderance to the flow of traffic. (Besides, it would be way cool if somebody around here actually had an Xtra or Big Dummy...)

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    It was asked what other companies made similar machines to Rhodescar; my first reaction was "What about Lightfoot? http://www.lightfootcycles.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Umm, I know this is the 'bent forum, but I think that you would probably be better off with a pair of Xtracycles. I can't think of anywhere but Cherry St. or possibly Brookside that a Rhodes Car wouldn't become a hinderance to the flow of traffic. (Besides, it would be way cool if somebody around here actually had an Xtra or Big Dummy...)
    Thanks for your reply. I have different needs than normal, which fit a quad much more than a bike or trike and visibility is a big issue for me, as well as having a 2nd person to pedal, when I can't.

    I prefer the looks and style of the Cozy Cycle (ultimate-quadracycle), but I can't reach the company and wouldn't be able to carry a lot of groceries or a load of wood in it as easily, anyway.

    BTW, I avoid Cherry St. and Brookside if I'm in a car and wouldn't DARE go there on a bike, trike or quad. That part of town gives me anxiety attacks to drive around. I'm way east of there, closer to the Verdigris. We're gonna be on country roads much of the time.

    We need some quads in the area, anyway. The Tulsa area needs to realize they need bicycle lanes when they rebuild these roads, because we're about to have a LOT more folks on bikes, if the gasoline prices keep going up. I would think having a lot of quads in town would help encourage those considerations. There is also the argument of the cardio health issues a set of pedalling wheels offer, as well as fresher air, due to less exhaust fumes on the road. Sorry. That's another conversation, entirely. Have soap box, will travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
    It was asked what other companies made similar machines to Rhodescar; my first reaction was "What about Lightfoot? http://www.lightfootcycles.com/
    Thanks. There are quite a few of this similar style, but this one also turned my head. I really like their single bikes and trikes.

    For style, my favorite is the Cozy Cycle (especially the one with 2 kid seats) at http://ultimate-quadracycle.com/, but that company doesn't seem to exist, anymore. At least, I can't reach them. Anyone know anything about them?
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    Rhoades Car

    So, I'm curious, Ned Goudy...

    How do you like your Rhoades Car? Did you ever post info regarding what you liked or disliked about your Rhoades Car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    What kind were you riding to feel a little tippy? Sounds like one of the surrey limo's. They're cute. Anyone got a clue how fast they can go and how well they ride? They look rather slow, even though 2 can pedal on each row.
    Yes it was a surrey with a striped canopy.

    Verryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooww !

    And if you go fast down a hill it is not stable anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
    Yes it was a surrey with a striped canopy.

    Verryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooww !

    And if you go fast down a hill it is not stable anyway.
    It's sad if they are tippy when they are so slow. You'd think one couldn't get it fast enough to be tippy.

    I thought about getting one of those 9-person limos for family rides with the kids and grandkids, but need something more practical for daily use, if I'm going to spend that much money. Cute gets old and sits in the garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    It's sad if they are tippy when they are so slow. You'd think one couldn't get it fast enough to be tippy.

    I thought about getting one of those 9-person limos for family rides with the kids and grandkids, but need something more practical for daily use, if I'm going to spend that much money. Cute gets old and sits in the garage.

    We were going down a slight hill. Not very fast either. Maybe 12+ mph? Not sure.

    You're right. On the flats I don't think you can get it to go that fast.
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    You need to take an effective cycling class and get over your cyclist inferiority complex before you get any sort of pedal-powered vehicle. Something that tops out at 10 mph will enrage the motorists even more than a 2-wheeler, and a 4-wheeler won't be able to pull over and let them by as easily. Unless your attitude (and, I suspect, your riding style) changes, you'll be too afraid to ride the Rhodes Car, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    You need to take an effective cycling class and get over your cyclist inferiority complex before you get any sort of pedal-powered vehicle. Something that tops out at 10 mph will enrage the motorists even more than a 2-wheeler, and a 4-wheeler won't be able to pull over and let them by as easily. Unless your attitude (and, I suspect, your riding style) changes, you'll be too afraid to ride the Rhodes Car, too.
    You need to know more of the facts, before you judge so quickly. Although I'm only in my 40's, I have recently had heart attacks and cancer. Sometimes, I simply can't pedal very much. I need the exercise and I love being on a bike. I always have. I have 2 very young grandchildren that are my world and we will have them with us often, when we ride. (I am small, so I ride a child's "one speed" bike, right now.)

    I know I do not see bicycles very well, when I am driving and I know many others don't see them, because they're simply not wide enough to see. (Why do you think so many motorcycles aren't seen?) I also have seen the occasional cyclists who ride in the center of the lane and could move, but they refuse to even try to move over for a car to pass. I am not blind to the issues and want to be visible for my grandchildren's sakes. On the country roads we will be on, the speed limit is 45 mph unless otherwise posted, but most folks think it is open speed and some of the roads are hilly, so we need heighth, as well as width, if we're to be seen at a further distance. (Of course, I'd want to keep the kids under a canopy, anyway.) I need visibility for a good distance, if I am going to be on these roads. There are 2 lanes and NO shoulder to retreat to and sometimes, the only thing beside the road is a swamp/pond, with nothing between. A quadracycle will allow us to travel as a family and have the visibility that will be required to be seen in time to avoid being run over.

    It is one thing to be a single bicycle who takes up a whole lane and will not move over to allow the cars to go by. It is another thing to be a 'tractor' on the road, who can't move all the way over, no matter how hard you try. People get mad at both, but they deal with the tractor who is too wide a lot better.

    Have you ever run a cyclist off the road, because you didn't see him in time? How many people have run you off the road because they didn't see you? How many people have had their heart jump into their throat when they saw you at the last minute and hit the horn to let you know they just now spotted you and are trying to turn the wheel in time to avoid you? And you probably got mad, when it was your fault you weren't visible enough. I never can find my horn in time, but I don't like to scare the pee out of anyone, either. I've just seen this done enough that I know others, who seem to know where their horn is, do it.

    Just so you know, speed IS an issue for us, which is why we are trying to find out more about which of the quads are more stable and will carry the kids, as well as move faster. Even being visible, which I know will hurt our speed, we want to be able to travel as fast as possible, in order to be as little irritation as possible. The great part of driving in the country is that most folks get used to seeing you if you travel the same routes frequently and they will wave as they pass you.

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    I apologize for the novel in the last post. I didn't think posting a genetic health report and detailed results from prior experiences were important before asking questions in this forum, but I seem to have been wrong, so I was trying to back up and start over. By the way, I saw my cardiologist yesterday and he was thrilled I am getting back on a bike and thought the quad was a very good idea for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    Have you ever run a cyclist off the road, because you didn't see him in time?
    No.

    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    How many people have run you off the road because they didn't see you?
    None. The few cagers who have run me off the road knew very well that I was there, and deliberately took time out of their busy day to 'teach me a lesson.'

    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    How many people have had their heart jump into their throat when they saw you at the last minute and hit the horn to let you know they just now spotted you and are trying to turn the wheel in time to avoid you? And you probably got mad, when it was your fault you weren't visible enough.
    You do understand the concept of assured clear distance, don't you? If the driver cannot make sure the path ahead is clear, he is driving too fast or not paying attention. That's why the following driver is almost always at fault in rear-end accidents.

    Quote Originally Posted by JesPiddlin View Post
    I never can find my horn in time, but I don't like to scare the pee out of anyone, either. I've just seen this done enough that I know others, who seem to know where their horn is, do it.
    To put it another way, if they are in front of you, they have the right of way. If the cyclist was there all along and you didn't see him, it is YOUR FAULT. Don't blow your horn at a cyclist for something you did wrong!

    I'll say it again. You seem to have a cyclist inferiority complex. Possibly brought on by a misunderstanding of vehicular law. I'm not trying to talk you out of a Rhodes Car; but if you're afraid of cars, you will have to deal with that no matter what you're riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    I'll say it again. You seem to have a cyclist inferiority complex. Possibly brought on by a misunderstanding of vehicular law. I'm not trying to talk you out of a Rhodes Car; but if you're afraid of cars, you will have to deal with that no matter what you're riding.
    I know that everything you say is true according to the law. That will be of great comfort to me as I lie in my body cast--or coffin--after a car has creamed me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkhound View Post
    I know that everything you say is true according to the law. That will be of great comfort to me as I lie in my body cast--or coffin--after a car has creamed me.
    I see no evidence that being a timid rider will in any way decrease my chances of being hit by an inattentive - or felonious - driver. Your comment only underscores your insecurity.

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