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 08-02-09, 03:29 PM   #1
Trikin'
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trikin''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vacouver Island B.C. Canada
Bikes: Catrike Trail/Catrike Expedition
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tire Wear

I've been looking at the Catrike Trail at my local recumbent dealer for a while now and finally decided to rent it for two days. Well I put in 4hrs. yesterday and 4hrs so far today. I've ridden on various road surfaces, gravel paths , smooth roads and tight brick paths. The tire wear has been totally unacceptale, I've never experianced this kind of wear. The trike came with Shwalbe Marathon Racers. Could the alignment be out, I just don't know. I've never had this problem with my other trike. I'm running the Shwalbe Marathon on the front 2 and the Marathon Plus on the rear. These seemed to be new tires when I picked it up. The fourth picture is the rear tire. Any suggestions.......Thankyou
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 001.jpg (103.6 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg 002.jpg (98.7 KB, 28 views)
File Type: jpg 003.jpg (101.8 KB, 25 views)
File Type: jpg 004.jpg (99.9 KB, 25 views)
Trikin' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 03:33 PM   #2
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
If those are newish tires then something is wrong with them or the trike.
__________________
RANS V3 - Ti, RANS V-Rex - cromo, RANS Screamer - cromo
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 04:35 PM   #3
Trikin'
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trikin''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vacouver Island B.C. Canada
Bikes: Catrike Trail/Catrike Expedition
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
As I said these tires seemed in new condition, and the shop guys said the trike had'nt been rented out before so the wear just does'nt make sense. Could these have been faulty tires. I've never had any problems with Shwalbe tires in the past actually thats the only brand I've ever used, 4yrs now.
Trikin' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 06:29 PM   #4
Dchiefransom
Senior Member
 
Dchiefransom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Newark, CA. San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes:
Posts: 6,205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
It looks like the alignment is off, and wearing down the tread as you ride.
__________________
Silver Eagle Pilot
Dchiefransom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 08:21 PM   #5
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: 8,941
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 102 Post(s)
That's definitely not normal. I take it you're not doing power slides and other rough stuff with them, but even if you were that shouldn't happen in just a few hours.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 08:48 PM   #6
Trikin'
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trikin''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vacouver Island B.C. Canada
Bikes: Catrike Trail/Catrike Expedition
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the only rough stuff was riding fast on the gravel paths, definitly no power slides, I'm 56 and not into rough housing anymore. I'll be taking the trike back tomorrow and hopefully get some answers. I really like this trike, but at $2,500 CDN new tires and an alignment will be needed.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 004.jpg (105.9 KB, 12 views)
Trikin' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-09, 09:45 PM   #7
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 7,973
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
That ain't right. You need to fix the alignment, pronto. The alignment should be done with your weight (or equivalent) in the seat or frame flex and bushing play will throw things off.
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-09, 07:30 AM   #8
Trikin'
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trikin''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vacouver Island B.C. Canada
Bikes: Catrike Trail/Catrike Expedition
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks guys...this forum is awesome, knew I could count on help to this problem. Be heading down to bike shop this morning, and will report back as to the outcome.........Thanks again
Trikin' is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-09, 08:53 AM   #9
altozwei
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 63
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here's a page worth looking at regarding Toe adjustments on the Catrike. http://bicyclepatents.com/setting-to...-catrike/1185/
altozwei is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-09, 07:54 AM   #10
Trikin'
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Trikin''s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Vacouver Island B.C. Canada
Bikes: Catrike Trail/Catrike Expedition
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
LBS confirmed , toe in alignment was out. They fixed it , replaced the tires and I bought the trike. I could'nt be happier. Thankyou "altozwei" I bookmarked that article for future reference. And thanks to all who helped out
Trikin' 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 01:30 PM.