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    From bike to trike... How sweet it is!!!!

    I thought my Blackbent SWB was fun, but my Catrike Road is a blast...After a week I see there is No need to keep the two wheeler. If you haven't tried one of these you need to. How sweet it is!!!! Great to ride and when i stop I have a very comfortable chair. The end of pavement rash for me!!

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    WooWee...I've got trike fever...you even selected the trike I was going to try out!

    Glad you're lovin' it!
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    I agree, I spent $4000+ last summer on a new Specialized S-Works... rode it all summer, Started riding a trike this spring, never once got back on my DF. I couldn't handle looking at a $4000 bike just sitting in the garage and not being ridden.... it just went to ebay

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    That's great! I did the same thing; rode a Vision R40 for 3 years. Bought a Greenspeed GTO and haven't been on the Vision since. Guess I need to let it go. Have almost 10K miles in just over 2 years. Use it for loaded touring and just plain fun every day. It's such a hoot.
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    So Guys, really, how practicle is a trike for riding in traffic on a regular basis? Does anyone do this?
    "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the de@d , you will be saved." Romans 10:9 NIV

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    I don't ride in traffic down here, way to many sight challenged drivers. But I do a lot of touring where I am on the roads exclusively. It's no problem. I get more road respect on the trike than I did on a wedgie. I guess they are confused about what I am.
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    Yeah, that's kind of what Heidi Domiesen at crazyguyonabike says, and she's been non-stop around 12,000 miles SO FAR! I'm just trying to wrestle it out with myself. I have a Sun EZ-1 SC now and thought about getting a trike and giving the two wheeler to my Wife (she loves it!) What I'm wrestling with is cost... It would be quite a lot easier to just buy another EZ-1. Any suggestions?
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    I sure wanted to get one. but since most of my riding is commiting and now at night it's just not practical. but who knows in the future?

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    I just picked up my Catrike Speed yesterday and rode it into work this morning. It was blast. I think it actually very practical as a commuter vehicle. I believe the trick is to be seen. A nice big flag, bright red flashers, maybe some refective tape and your good!

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    Why not take a look at this new trike on the market...a British trike but made in Taiwan(aren't they all??)...I've got one on order(no I don't work for KMX)...It's a comparable weight to all the other trikes(19.5 kg but reduced if you have the lightweight wheel option)...1,101.36 USD at todays exchange rate... http://www.kmxkarts.com/

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    I replaced the flag on my Trice with a big orange styrofoam swim noodle from Walmart. Real bright and tall enough for cars to see, although I still get a little scared at hill cut-out driveways...cagers backing out without looking.

    As for traffic, I act as if I belong there. I must admit, people don't know what to think and give me a wide berth (for the most part). Agree with previous posters about having plenty of lights...the more blinding, the better!

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    I have a Trice and live in a pretty busy traffic area.
    Most car drivers are too busy wondering "What the hell is that?" to think about getting too close in case I scare their kids!

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    Commuting on my trike has been no problem. I get plenty of respect from drivers. For extra visibility and to set a friendly tone, I have a rainbow whirly thingy (bigger than the wind sock you can barely see in my avatar). For night visibility, I find wearing a helmet-borne headlight works wonders.

    I can't get past a car that's hogging half the bike lane as someone on a 2-wheeler could but that's small price for the comfort.

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    I wouldn't put rainbow anything on my bike, that might give people the wrong message. Bright orange, bright yellow, whatever but no rainbow.

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    Hey Safeway56.....how much do the adult kmx karts go for??? Very interesting....but never heard of them before, how long have they been around. thankx
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    Quote Originally Posted by nualle
    I can't get past a car that's hogging half the bike lane as someone on a 2-wheeler could but that's small price for the comfort.
    That's the only bummer I have found on recumbents. Being forced to wait behind cars, trucks and SUVs whose tailpipes seem to be right in my face because I can't squeeze to the front. Cough, choke.
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    8.5 mile commute. I like bike lanes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toybox
    I wouldn't put rainbow anything on my bike, that might give people the wrong message.
    In my case, it's the right message. My observations is that from family, it gets that knowing grin. Everyone else just see it as cheery and colorful. The kids young enough not to have learned about double entendre certainly love the thing and their parents seem to like anything that delights the kid.

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    How are the trikes at high speed cornering?

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    I see the KMX is 12 pounds heavier than the Catrike Road. Has anyone seen the US price for a KMX? My guess is that it might be a few dollars less than the Catrike Road; but I'd gladly pay the difference for the reduction in that much weight.
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    with todays prices you are paying about double to get one shipped to the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nualle
    In my case, it's the right message. My observations is that from family, it gets that knowing grin. Everyone else just see it as cheery and colorful. The kids young enough not to have learned about double entendre certainly love the thing and their parents seem to like anything that delights the kid.
    That's cool, as long as that is what you intended then it serves multiple purposes.

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    I've had my Catrike Speed for over a year now and I love it. I commute year around here in the Minneapolis area and have had no problems with traffic. I'm pretty decked out with lights for my time in the dark and it works great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeezerGeek
    How are the trikes at high speed cornering?
    I LOVE cornering on my GTO. Lean into the turn and let 'r rip.

    For sure, it's far better than a wedgie or a 2-wheel bent.

    Specifically I can do a 90* turn at 20mph+, a 180* at >15mph. These things are really great on turns.
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    Cornering on my Catrike Speed is fun too! It corners like it's on rails, it's a hoot.
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