Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: southern Minnesota, USA
I have 7-8,000 miles on home built Greenspeed trikes. Comparing a 'bent trike to a 'bent bike I'd say the trike may be a bit slower on climbs, but not much slower. On steep climbs one can put more energy into climbing, and less into staying upright. I have climbed 1-2 miles, 8% and better grades in Wyoming. As I recall, the hills in Coon Rapids are not too savage
I have never found the width to be a problem. A couple of times, when I did get "squeezed," I could put a wheel on the gravel and not fall over. I am not much wider than a touring bike fully laden with panniers, and I can ride with a tire right on the edge of the pavement, becuse dropping off the edeg is no big deal on atrike, as on a bike.
I have had no wheel alignment/wear problems. I put nearly 1,000 miles on my front tires (Tioga Comp Pools) before the mold strip was gone.
What I like about a trike is stability. I ride to softball games, etc., pull up, and sit in my trike. Comfort is umsurpassed. and a trike is big-time fun to ride. But they are a pain to transport.