Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-16-07, 02:28 PM   #1
NomadVW 
部門ニ/自転車オタク
Thread Starter
 
NomadVW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Yuma, AZ
Bikes: 2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 2005 Specialized FSR XC Comp, 2008 Blue T16, 2009 Blue RC8, Fetish Cycles Road Bike
Posts: 3,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
'Bent for stroke victim -advice needed

Question from a roadie:

A very close friend of mine suffered a severe stroke nearly two years ago. He led an extremely active lifestyle and has fought hard to regain every bit of it that he can. Shortly after the stroke, his wife bought them a side-by-side recumbent tandem to ride together (not sure of the brand). They're looking now to get him a solo recumbent trike and asked for my advice. I ride lots of miles on my roadie, but don't know enough about 'bents to give them good advice. I do know enough to know where to get some though, so here I am.

She has had the Hase Lepus (http://www.hase-bikes.com/ens/lepus/index.php) recommended to her by another fellow out in San Diego county. She's been told it can be fitted with a single hand control, OEM. This is currently her number one choice.

Her second choice right now is the Trice-T from ICE (http://www.ice.hpv.co.uk/standard_trikes/t.htm).

Ease of transport is an issue for her. Both of these bikes fold, though by looking I can't tell how easily. Componentry and durability should be top of the line to ensure plenty of maintenance free, long riding hours. Any info you can offer up on either of those bikes (componentry information is scarce for both of them) or suggestions on other bikes are welcome.

Thanks for the help in advance,
VW
__________________
Envision, Energize, Enable
NomadVW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-07, 07:36 PM   #2
Opedaler
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 130
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Man I gotta tell ya, I love these posts/threads. I appreciate both someone who wants to help and someone who wants to help themself.

I'm afraid I can't give too much advice. One thing that I can relate is a loved one who was born handicaped with a nonfunctioning arm and one weak leg. One thing that we found out in experimenting with trikes (this was before todays high-tech trikes) was the size of the rear wheels were critical in allowing the trike to function in the real world (ie sidewalks, streets etc). Larger tires=more success. The loss of leg power was really evident when small wheels met resistance.

I sincerely hope others can give more substantial recommendations.

Last edited by Opedaler; 04-16-07 at 08:08 PM.
Opedaler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-07, 07:58 PM   #3
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 8,902
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 77 Post(s)
The trike guys here on the list can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think most trikes can be steered one-handed because the two hand grips are tied together one way or another and balance obviously isn't an issue. So the big problem becomes shifting and braking, both of which can be put on a single side. I think the SRAM dual-drive hub puts shifting for both the hub and derailleur on the right grip by default, and brakes can be tied together with a coupler. I recommend going to bentrideronline and checking out their buyer's guide here. You might get some other ideas.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-07, 06:44 AM   #4
jeff-o
Recumbent Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes: Rebel Cycles Trike, Trek 7500FX
Posts: 2,991
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think that WizWheelz can fit a single-hand control on their trikes, too.
jeff-o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-07, 10:25 AM   #5
N_C
Banned.
 
N_C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bannation, forever.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A good resource for recumbent trike info is: http://www.hostelshoppe.com/

Their toll free number is on the web site.

Ask to speak with Rolf, the owner.
N_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-07, 03:49 PM   #6
buckstoy
Senior Member
 
buckstoy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: MS formerly Okie
Bikes: 97' Specialized Rockhopper, 04' Jamis XLT3, 05' Burley Runabout
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Check into Greenspeed (http://www.greenspeed.com.au/x5.html) they also make folding trikes, and they are the tadpole style which, in my opinion, are more fun. If your freind has trouble bending down though, the Hase may be a better choice.
buckstoy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-07, 01:19 PM   #7
cfblue
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Francisco north bay
Bikes:
Posts: 73
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There are so many differnt things that could influence the decision. First that comes to my mind because I know two people who ride with parkinsons is Mobility

Simply, can your friend get up after sitting so low to the ground? 8" off the ground (fairly normal tadpole seat height) is not an easy place to get one's center of gravity/balance, then being able to stand up with the machine all around. So the delta trike as you posted it a better choice. I have ridden one Lepus just a bit more than around the parking lot and thought it was a gas. I've only tried one other delta, the one Sun/Easy Racer put out for about $800 and it was not near so fun.

i've heard lots of good things about Penninger, but never even seen one
http://www.penningerrecumbents.com/index.html

heard little about the lightfoot but what I have heard has been favorable
http://www.lightfootcycles.com/.

Getting into and out of the trike may well be the most important part of the decision process
cfblue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-07, 02:16 PM   #8
NomadVW 
部門ニ/自転車オタク
Thread Starter
 
NomadVW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Yuma, AZ
Bikes: 2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite, 2005 Specialized FSR XC Comp, 2008 Blue T16, 2009 Blue RC8, Fetish Cycles Road Bike
Posts: 3,172
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They're definitely looking at delta trike and apparently one is in the works for GS. I've certainly learned a lot over the last couple days here, and all over the 'bent riding sites. Like, I didn't know you could get a "kick" clicked shifting for the front end chain rings. Course, I didn't even know there was a bent style named after a baby frog either

They're heading out to San Diego this weekend to do some test riding of a few delta's there. I should have an update in a couple days for which one they go to and maybe some of the issues they are experiencing.

Thanks for the help folks!
__________________
Envision, Energize, Enable
NomadVW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-07, 09:20 AM   #9
izgod
Senior Member
 
izgod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Pennsltucky
Bikes: BikeE AT--Gary Fisher DF
Posts: 129
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's always amazing what a person can do if they set their minds to it.
I saw a man riding a DF in central park. He had one leg, no prosthesis.
I've seen others on trikes with hand cranks, no legs. People are very adaptable creatures.
izgod is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:10 PM.