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    afternoon of test riding trikes

    At last, I'm in a position where I can Get A Trike!

    so.....

    I had a lovely afternoon in Dixon CA (Peregrine Bicycle Works) test riding a bunch of trikes, ably supervised by Hugh.

    Let's see if I remember the rundown:
    ICE Adventure full suspension
    ICE Sprint full suspension
    ICE Q (yes, they still have a few on hand)
    Catrike Expedition
    HP Velotechnik Scorpion of some variety.
    In pretty much that order, I think.

    Never did get to a Greenspeed today since I took three turns of the cranks on the Scorpion and turned right around and proclaimed that "This one just knocked all the others out of the park." Or something like that. So smooth in handling and ride, and the mesh seat fit my shoulderblades perfectly. Felt right and normal and comfortable and all that jazz.

    Now, I'm a total beginner on recumbents of any kind, so I was just seeing how it went and how I felt and how the trikes fit me and so on. Did not expect to find such an obvious fit.

    I discovered several things today:

    I like short cranks.
    My permanent onboard saddlebags (ah, those middle-aged hips) are wide enough to interfere with the turning radius of all the ICE models I tried. Needless to say, I skipped the Trice QNT altogether. Even with Hugh's expert fiddling around with the various adjustments on the Sprint, I was still feeling crowded. In tight turns, there was still room for more turning but the hips stopped any further movement.
    I was surprised that I could notice immediate likes and dislikes and differences in the handling with zero trike experience. For instance, the Trice Q had 'zippier' handling then the Sprint or Adventure, but also felt like I had to work harder pushing the steering around.
    I like mesh seats.
    I like to be lower to the ground than higher (thank goodness for a year or so of yoga).
    Headrest!
    Listen to the folks at the cycle shop - they know whereof they speak.

    E.

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    Very, very cool!! I cannot wait for the day Cyclepup and I head down to Bent Up to do just that... I have my eye on the Catrike Expie, but, a day on everything they roll out is definitely planned. Can't wait for the "just brought it home" posting from ya!! (or for mine either,LOL!)
    '84 SweetHeart Cycles MotoCruiser - the utility beast
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    Ordered!

    Hopped on down to the store this morning for more time on the HP Velotechnik Scorpion - fun fun fun!

    Played in light traffic, tried out u-turns in a quiet subdivision, avoided glass on a bike trail, went carefully over a double rail road track.
    Collected 2 smiles, a couple of waves, and several good mornings.
    Kept looking for the mirror that was not there, remembered how to shift by ear, met the famous "pedal steer", and had a good laugh at my wandering right foot that was all ready to find the ground at stops. Silly!

    Sorted out with Hugh at PBW what exactly I wanted in the way of gearing and doo-dads, got my brain filled up with more useful knowledge, and then I ordered a trike!

    Gosh, that sounds so lowkey compared to the happy victory dance I'm doing: I ordered a trike.

    Neener neener neener (or nyah nyah nyah) I ordered a trike!
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    Eay,

    I lived in Citrus Heights, Ca between 1985 - 1995, then moved back to home town Vallejo, Ca with my job. Retired in 2006 and moved to Cape Coral, Florida a couple of years ago. What part of Sac are you around?

    Now that you have my life, NICE lookin` trike!!! What all did you get on it? I have a Sun X3-SX delta...I know, I know, not in your league, so lets move on to better things. But it's great for running my dog, and that's the main thing I got it for. I've thought about one like yours, but kinda leary about it and traffic. Let me know how that goes? On mine I run 2 head lights, 3 tail lights and a flag...looks like an emergency vehicle, but that's a good thing to be seen.

    Glad your HAPPY,
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    Well, I'm new to trikes so let's hope I get all this right (and yes, it is a lot of trike but most likely the only one I'll ever own and I plan on touring in the future (how far or where I've no idea yet)).
    I'll have Greenspeed Scorcher tires on it, the two front wheels from Velotechnik but the rear from ICE so I can have a wider range of gears (9 vs 11). I like low gearing so I'll have 26-42-52 in front. Rear rack and fenders. I've decided on the mesh seat.
    Um, what else. SPD type pedals (one side clip, one side not). Oh yeah, and a nifty little two-up water bottle cage.

    I'm up in the land of hills, up US50 near Cameron Park where today, at any rate, it is hot AND humid: I'm offended! And sweaty!
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    I bought my ICE T from Hugh at PBW bikes and was shipped to NJ. All decisions and questions were handled by phone and I couldn't be happier with my purchase experience. Hugh has helped me out a few times in the past 4 yrs. A great guy to do business with.
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