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.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-14-04, 03:53 PM   #1
sukispop
Errand Boy for my girls
Thread Starter
 
sukispop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Greenspeed GTO 20/20 trike, Rans Fusion(semi-recumbent bike), Burley Django recumbent, Marin Larkspur city bike
Posts: 148
Have you seen the new Greenspeed GT3 Folding Trike???

Hi,

I was at my "local" recumbent shop over the weekend, and found that it now carries the legendary Greenspeed recumbent trikes from Australia...including the new GT3 trike that folds! It's a snap to remove the seat, and then the rear folds over into the front of the trike, by the cranks...then it'll easily fit into the trunk space of a car like a Honda Accord! And it's quite a bit less expensive than its big brothers, the GTO and the GTR!

I was wondering if anyone here has test ridden one, or, better yet, owns one...and would be willing to share his/her comments on what it's like to ride! I can't afford one right now, so I sadly refrained from test riding one, because I didn't want to torture myself with the tease...

For those of you who aren't familiar with the GT3, here's a link to a Greenspeed newsletter with info on it: Greenspeed Newsletter
sukispop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-04, 04:48 AM   #2
geebee
Senior Member
 
geebee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Bikes: GT3 trike,Viper chopper, electric assist Viper chopper,Electric moped(Vespa style)
Posts: 540
There is a review at BROL here's the link http://www.bentrideronline.com
Righthand side in the list of articles plus there is an extra bit of data in the Big 400 article.
They look like a great trike I'm trying to organise to buy one myself.
geebee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-04, 06:10 AM   #3
sukispop
Errand Boy for my girls
Thread Starter
 
sukispop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Greenspeed GTO 20/20 trike, Rans Fusion(semi-recumbent bike), Burley Django recumbent, Marin Larkspur city bike
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by geebee
There is a review at BROL here's the link http://www.bentrideronline.com
Righthand side in the list of articles plus there is an extra bit of data in the Big 400 article.
They look like a great trike I'm trying to organise to buy one myself.
Hi Geebee!

Thanks for the link to BROL! I have read the BROL review, but I didn't realize that the trike ridden in the "Mighty 400" article was the GT3--thanks!

And, like you, I'll have to see if I can organize myself to buy one too! I've got a feeling that, once these cool little trikes have been discovered, their prices are going to climb!


sukispop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-04, 04:51 PM   #4
BuckyYuen
Senior Member
 
BuckyYuen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: California
Bikes: 10 Rivendell Betty Foy, 09 Rivendell Quickbeam, 05 Catrike Speed, 91 Bridgestone RB-1
Posts: 87
Check out this Greenspeed trike on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Just more to tease you with....
BuckyYuen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-04, 05:15 PM   #5
sukispop
Errand Boy for my girls
Thread Starter
 
sukispop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Greenspeed GTO 20/20 trike, Rans Fusion(semi-recumbent bike), Burley Django recumbent, Marin Larkspur city bike
Posts: 148
Quote:
Originally Posted by BuckyYuen
Check out this Greenspeed trike on ebay
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1

Just more to tease you with....
Thanks, my dear wife!

You're a wonderful spouse with too much time on your hands at work...


but you are EVIL!

sukispop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-04, 01:33 AM   #6
geebee
Senior Member
 
geebee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Bikes: GT3 trike,Viper chopper, electric assist Viper chopper,Electric moped(Vespa style)
Posts: 540
I can't afford 1 either but my wife insists that I put a deposit on 1 on Monday for early/mid July delivery.( they are out of stock at the moment)
So, soon to be trike owner of a blue GT3 with rack, front guards and extra mirror
geebee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-04, 10:05 AM   #7
sukispop
Errand Boy for my girls
Thread Starter
 
sukispop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern California
Bikes: Greenspeed GTO 20/20 trike, Rans Fusion(semi-recumbent bike), Burley Django recumbent, Marin Larkspur city bike
Posts: 148
Geebee,

You're a lucky man...I'm...I'm...so happy for you....sob...


Just do us a favor, and keep us posted on its arrival, and, more importantly, let us know how it is to ride!

Congratulations(I liked the blue one too!)!!!

sukispop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-12, 02:43 PM   #8
ckuttner
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: BikeE AT, BikeE CT, Greenspeed GT3
Posts: 5
I posted on another thread...but I'll post here: I have a GT3, have a Honda Civic Hybrid, and the standard fold just doesn't get it small enough to go in that trunk or that of our Volvo 240. I'd like to get rid of my Volvo Station Wagon....

How are other people getting these squeezed in? I haven't had the guts to take the wheels (with drum brakes) off for fear it'll become a major undertaking to put them back on, but I'd like to avoid using a rack if possible.

Suggestions will be welcomed!

Quote:
Originally Posted by sukispop View Post
Hi,

I was at my "local" recumbent shop over the weekend, and found that it now carries the legendary Greenspeed recumbent trikes from Australia...including the new GT3 trike that folds! It's a snap to remove the seat, and then the rear folds over into the front of the trike, by the cranks...then it'll easily fit into the trunk space of a car like a Honda Accord! And it's quite a bit less expensive than its big brothers, the GTO and the GTR!

I was wondering if anyone here has test ridden one, or, better yet, owns one...and would be willing to share his/her comments on what it's like to ride! I can't afford one right now, so I sadly refrained from test riding one, because I didn't want to torture myself with the tease...

For those of you who aren't familiar with the GT3, here's a link to a Greenspeed newsletter with info on it: Greenspeed Newsletter
ckuttner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-12, 10:40 PM   #9
ckuttner
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: BikeE AT, BikeE CT, Greenspeed GT3
Posts: 5
I'm happy to announce I have found some answers to my own question:

1) The wheels are really not hard to get off, or to put back on. Ian Sims, the developer of the Greenspeed GT3, reassured me. Takes maybe 5 minutes to put 'em back on, plus the 3-5 minutes to unfold the trike and to put the steerer bars back in position.

2) If I fold the GT3, take off the wheels, and loosen and compact the steerer bars, the GT3 will still not fit in my Honda Civic Hybrid's trunk, at least not without taking out the boom. But it will fill in the backseat of the car. Good thing I have some good upholstery cleaner so my wife's not wise to me, but next time, I'll line the seat with a tarp. Total time is about 10 minutes to take down the bike, and 10 minutes to reassemble it.

3) Possibly quicker solution: I bought one of those rear carriers that goes on the trunk. I fold the GT3, and put its cross member across the arms of the carrier. That is a bit faster, if a bit less secure against people rear-ending my car and killing my trike.

In a few weeks, I'm headed 90 miles away to meet a friend for a ride. It will be fun to arrive in the Civic...
ckuttner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-12, 02:36 PM   #10
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,373
Mrs. Grouch has owned a GT3 for a couple of years. On the day that we bought it we drove her Saturn SL1 to the bike shop and told them that if they could make it fit reasonably easily we'd buy it. It takes removing one front wheel to fit in the Saturn's trunk. That's not too bad. Mrs. Grouch has had more trouble with the bolt that holds the seat in place. I chamfered the end of the bolt and she stands the trike on it's side and uses a mirror to guide the bolt into it's hole more easily.

She very much likes riding it. I bought her a nicer flag, a headrest, and a Rans seat back bag for carrying her stuff. I enjoy riding it but it's a looooong way down into the seat and back up again when I'm finished.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-12, 07:17 PM   #11
VegasTriker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
Posts: 1,196
Names from the past

Wow, yet another wayback. This one has a very personal connection to me. I haven't seen any postings by either Sukispop or his wife, Karen Yuen in many years. At the time this post was started, Karen owned the Greenspeed GTO than I now ride. They listed it for sale on Bentrideronline in late September 2004 and I have owned and ridden it ever since. I am eternally grateful for their decision to sell it to me. I don't know if the GT3 was a more practical trike because it folded but I certainly would buy another GTO if I had to.
VegasTriker 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 12:40 AM.