Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 26
  1. #1
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    New to recumbents

    Hi everyone, I have been lurking around this site for about 5 years. Had different DF's and just cant ride them anymore as I go numb and its just too much pain. I recently went and looked at a Sun and it was nice. I like the two wheels in back, but I guess thats not completely set in stone. What in your honest opinion is better a Sun like thishttp://www.sunbicycles.com/product_d...&cl1=RECUMBENT or a Cattrike like this http://www.catrike.com/catrike_villager.html Even this is possibly out of my price range, but I at least want to weigh all my options. Problem with the Cattrike seems to be the fact that it is for 275lbs max and I'm at 310 and dropping. I want to use cycling to buttress my workout and continued weight loss. I guess I just have alot of questions and am really confused and dont want to spend alot of money on a piece of junk. I would love to order a $3k bike, but thats not realistic. Any and all help is appreciated.

    Also, I am going to another LBS this week(probably Wednesday or Thursday to discuss recumbents with them).

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  2. #2
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,830
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You've decided to go for a trike and not a bike?

    Most Sun products, bikes and trikes, are designed to meet a price point that is lower than most other bents on the market. More affordable but generally heavier, etc.

    That said, lots of people are satisfied with Sun, especially as 'starter' recumbents.
    RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

  3. #3
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Its not that I'm opposed to a two wheeled 'bent, but it just seems as if trikes are less expensive.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  4. #4
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wilbur, I emailed you back a message, I am not able to PM yet. I only have 28 posts.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  5. #5
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    8,064
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you've been lurking around here for a while, then you should be familiar with Peter_C's story. The TerraTrike Rover that he ended up with would handle your weight, and it's more affordable than either that Sun or Catrike that you linked to.

    You might post a "visitor message" on his profile.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  6. #6
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yep I am up on Peter's story. I looked at those TT's and they are a possibility as well, I just wish there was a dealer nearby. I am also concerned about going up hills with it only being a 3spd.
    Last edited by biggieou; 02-06-11 at 03:51 AM.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  7. #7
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    8,064
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Not for sure, but I think that maybe Peter got his TT Rover 8spd from Utah Trikes...
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  8. #8
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by biggieou View Post
    Yep I am up on Peter's story. I looked at those TT's and they are a possibility as well, I just wish there was a dealer nearby. I am also concerned about going up hills with it only being a 3spd.
    Hello,

    FYI - the TerraTrike Rover comes in both a 3 speed, and an 8 speed. the 8 speed costs $999.00. Check out the Utah Trikes website, as they sell 24 speed upgrades for the Rover as well as many, many Trikes.

    FYI - a BROL member BROL website, bought a 'Villager' and he weighs 300+...not what I would do, but the dealer had no issues, and so far, the guy likes the Trike.

    I researched Trikes for better than 3 months, and went to both TerraTrike dealers in Ohio (day trips), only the Rover, and one 'delta-type' Sun trike state a weight limit over 300lbs. So, either you do not worry bout the weight limit, or you have only two trikes to choose from.

    I know nothing about Sun, other than what I have heard and read. A 'clyde' here bought the Sun delta trike when he was 400+lbs, and he rode it for like 2000+ miles as he was losing weight and he loved it - but it weighs 65lbs. The 8 Speed Rover weighs 42lbs. Personally, I like the tadpole desigh better...

    Lastly, the BROL website (link above) has a whole section devoted to trikes, and you might get some new insight there...
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  9. #9
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Not for sure, but I think that maybe Peter got his TT Rover 8spd from Utah Trikes...
    Actually, I ordered direct from TerraTrike. That was you get the 'ride garuntee' - 30 days, if you don't like it, they will buy it back.
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  10. #10
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    TerraTrike also has a small Forum. If you want to ask TerraTrike any questions, you can call, email, or post on their forum. Kelli was very quick to answer all 7 of my emails - LOL
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Beaverton, Oregon
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    29
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Biggieou,
    You might look at a KMX trike. They are the BMX of trikes and the Typhoon will carry 300lbs. The weight can be reduced by using lighter wheels and a carbon or fiberglass seat. Another opinion is if you are “handy” to build your own trike. Take a look at Atomiczombie.com.
    Irv

  12. #12
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks for all of the great posts. Peter, I know the weather has sucked here for awhile, but did you get to ride your TT up hills when you first got it? Did you have them assemble it, or is it pretty straightforward?
    Irv, I have a 48 Ford pickup in the garage that still needs assembled, so I will just buy a bike already fabricated haha!

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  13. #13
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sadly no. I have like 3 miles inside my garage Bout 2 miles on the road, and no real hills yet. So, I do not yet know if my low gear is low enough or not. But, there is a fairly cheap upgrade path via Utah trikes to get some lower gears if I decide I want them.

    My Rover came completely assembled in a great box. I only had to put the front fenders (just the fenders, not the brackets) on (the trike would not fit in the box with the fenders on), and the rack on, and I checked the tightness of all bolts (paranoia) - well worth the cost of shipping...
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  14. #14
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I emailed Utah Trikes and they said its 150 for them to add on the 24spd set up. Sounds like it might be worth it.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  15. #15
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yup, and you can tell em what chainrings you want too. Like I said, if I need more gears, that will be my route
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  16. #16
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The way they made it sound was that they dont sell the kit, but install it themselves.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  17. #17
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Correct. If you buy a trike from them, they will do the upgrade for you for that price. But, since I already have a trike, they will happily sell me the *parts* to do the upgrade, and if I find it' too much for me to do, I'll just take it to my favorite LBS and get Sam to do it for me.

    The most cost-effective way is to look in your crystal ball, and if you feel that you will probably want the gears, is to buy it from them, and get the upgrade at the get-go. I would strongly suggest to NOT get the 26" upgrade - it's a waste, and will raise your lowest gear too high.

    I am hoping that I will not need it. I like the simplicity of the internal 8 speed, and hope to keep it that way. If you will be waiting for a while, I have a short, but rather steep hill close to home, as soon as the snow goes away, I plan to do a test - and, I should think whatever is low enough for me, ought to be low enough for most anyone...

    The only reason to get the 24 speed (besides a lower gear), is so if you are riding with others, you can more easily match their speed, rather than having them match yours...
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  18. #18
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm in no hurry, as you know the weather sucks so I wont be riding anytime soon. I just want to be prepared to ride when the weather does break. 8spd does concern me. What does it mean by internal gearing?

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  19. #19
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    8,064
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Internal gearing means that there is no RD hanging off your bike to get dirty, fouled, or basically damaged. Internally Geared Hubs (IGH) has been around almost as long as the bicycle. Shimano, SRAM, and Sturmey-Archer all make them. There are 2,3,5,6,7,8,9, and now 11 speed hubs.

    Take a look at what Sheldon has to say: http://sheldonbrown.com/internal-gears.html
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  20. #20
    Senior Member Trikin''s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Surrey B.C. Canada
    My Bikes
    Catrike Trail
    Posts
    251
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a Scram DualDrive on my Catrike Trail, also drag a trailer sometimes that I put an electric hub on the trailer's single wheel..........those hills just got easier.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  21. #21
    Senior Member toolbear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    San Juan Islands of WA & Newport Beach, CA
    My Bikes
    HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS trike, Specialized FSRxc Expert, Swissbike LX folding hardtail, Dahon Speed 7 folder
    Posts
    457
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by biggieou View Post
    Yep I am up on Peter's story. I looked at those TT's and they are a possibility as well, I just wish there was a dealer nearby. I am also concerned about going up hills with it only being a 3spd.
    Right on that. The Rover will do well for an Uber Clyde. Does well for me - a Clyde Medium. Compared to my DF bikes, it is really comfortable. No more SeatSquirm, etc.

    The three speed is not the space you want to be in unless you live on a pool table.

    I have the Utah Trike x5 - Black Friday Sale. Today I would buy the 8DL with the 24 speed upgrade. The 26" rear raised my gearing too much for the local hills. The 8DLx24 can climb.
    TrailBear

  22. #22
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by toolbear View Post
    Right on that. The Rover will do well for an Uber Clyde. Does well for me - a Clyde Medium. Compared to my DF bikes, it is really comfortable. No more SeatSquirm, etc.

    The three speed is not the space you want to be in unless you live on a pool table.

    I have the Utah Trike x5 - Black Friday Sale. Today I would buy the 8DL with the 24 speed upgrade. The 26" rear raised my gearing too much for the local hills. The 8DLx24 can climb.
    +1 Right on the money there. While I am *hoping* to not need the gearing upgrade, that will be the path I take if I need it.
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

  23. #23
    Senior Member biggieou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Ravenna/Cleveland, Ohio
    My Bikes
    Specialized Crossroads, Shogun roadie
    Posts
    74
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm thinking my fat butt will need the extra gears, so I'm leaning towards just ordering from Utah Trikes. Their shipping is the same as if I order direct from TT.

    http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt...lWj/weight.png


    "You know Dude, I too dabbled in pacifism at one point, not in 'Nam of course."

  24. #24
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,341
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by biggieou View Post
    Its not that I'm opposed to a two wheeled 'bent, but it just seems as if trikes are less expensive.
    EZ-1 SX retails at $699 and is rated for 300 pounds.


  25. #25
    I am the Snail~! Peter_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Near Akron, Ohio
    My Bikes
    2010 TerraTrike Rover 8
    Posts
    1,583
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Also, TT supports Utah Trike, and any modifications made will NOT void TT's warrenty
    Peter_C
    http://s1103.photobucket.com/albums/g475/Peter_CC/ <-- My Photos

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •