Last weekend while at work, I received a call from my wife saying that she had seen "one of those bikes that you lay down on to ride" at a garage sale down the street. She also said that it didn't have a body on it like my velomobile,told me the price and if I saw it I, she knows that I'd buy it. Well I'm thinking that if it was a production bike it probably was worth at least twice as much.
I arrived at the garage sale at 7:30pm in my velomobile and asked about the recumbent that was for sale. I was shown the item for sale and it turns out to be a trike. That explains why my wife said it didn't have a body on it. I know next to nothing about trikes and can only drop a few manufactures names. The trike had no name on it and the seller had no idea either, it was his son's trike. I gave the trike a once over. It was missing the front left tire. Front left wheel was missing a spoke and the hub was damaged so the spoke can't be replaced. Turning the trike up on its side and upon looking underneath saw an item that caught my recumbent's newbie eye. There was an S&S coupler. I knew right then I was looking at a quality trike because S&S couplers are 1. expensive and 2. not put on cheap bikes. I figured that if it didn't fit me I could alway sell it and make a small profit. It was late so we agreed to the sale the following day.
I went home and started researching what trikes had S&S couplers. I soon came to realize that the trike was probably a Greenspeed GTO. I couldn't sleep that night. I was an 8 year old at Christmas time all over again. In the morning I went to get the trike and armed with a tube, tire and my research from the night before I saw that it was indeed a GTO with 3x8 dual drive. I paid the man put the tire on and rode her home. The only thing I don't like is that it has some massive 175mm cranks. My knees could tell a difference. My velomobile has 155's. I'm now the proud owner of a garage sale Greenspeed GTO for $250.00