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    Pair of Tadpole Trikes for parents retirement gift

    Howdy,

    A few weeks ago I started thinking about what to get my parents for a retirement gift next month, and pondered getting them bicycles. I posted a thread about it in a different forum when I was still in the brainstorming stages (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...s-and-bicycles).

    So I ended up deciding on getting a pair of tadpole trikes for them, and now I'm in the process of narrowing down the exact model.

    So far the only thing that's sticking out to me is the Terratrike Rover 8 speed. I can't really seem to find anything that is comparable in terms of budget and seat-height.

    Does anyone have any opinions on these trikes? Are they a good idea to purchase as a gift? Or are there better models I'm overlooking?

    Thanks!

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    There's the type (I forget the make and model) that has the option of converting from two trikes, to a tandem. I'm not sure if it's worth whatever the price difference would be, but it might be worth looking into.

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    The Rover is a GREAT trike for someone who is 'a little older'. With the higher seat height and the simple shifting of the internally geared rear it makes a good ride for a new cyclist or someone out for fun. Something you didn't mention is you can buy an adapter and turn the Rover into a tandem! The adapter costs the same as a second Rover, and it becomes a very nice (and the least expensive) tandem trike available right now. I have been planning to get one of these for my wife, but she's always saying that there's no money!

    You can't lose with a Rover...this coming from a guy who rode a Catrike for three years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
    There's the type (I forget the make and model) that has the option of converting from two trikes, to a tandem. I'm not sure if it's worth whatever the price difference would be, but it might be worth looking into.
    Those have to be deltas (2 wheels in back). Seats are generally higher and they have some other advantages, like being much easier to store. Price isn't one of the advantages.

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    The Catrike Villager is also a good trike. Similar ergonomics, ride height and ease of use. It is more money though.

    The Rover enjoys a very enthusiastic fan base.

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    Hopefully you don't plan on the trikes being a "surprise" gift...yes TerraTrike's are the first trike for a lot of folks, but, your parents need to be fitted and they need to see if they will even enjoy the trikes and ride them. If they decide that trikes are for them, then more than likely they will want to upgrade to a higher end, more comfy, fully suspended model. Have you been on : http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/index.php yet? A good source of information and guidance for the newbie trike buyer and for your parents to learn about trikes and triking. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
    Howdy,

    A few weeks ago I started thinking about what to get my parents for a retirement gift next month, and pondered getting them bicycles. I posted a thread about it in a different forum when I was still in the brainstorming stages (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...s-and-bicycles).

    So I ended up deciding on getting a pair of tadpole trikes for them, and now I'm in the process of narrowing down the exact model.

    So far the only thing that's sticking out to me is the Terratrike Rover 8 speed. I can't really seem to find anything that is comparable in terms of budget and seat-height.

    Does anyone have any opinions on these trikes? Are they a good idea to purchase as a gift? Or are there better models I'm overlooking?

    Thanks!
    As a Rover owner, I'd like to share my thoughts if I may?

    Sadly, I have lost my Sturmey Archer hub not once, but twice due to failed seals, and the second time out of warranty. I love my trike, but am not sure that the SA hub is robust enough to last. If you decide to go with Rovers, I'd suggest buying them from Utah Trikes, and ordering them with either the Nexus, Alfine, or NuVinci hubs instead. Going with the Nexus hub the cost is almost the same right now.

    While being a bump in cost, the other trike *I* would consider (if the cost can be coped with) is the Catrike Villager. While the seat height is a bit lower, the quality of the trike is far higher, and much lighter.

    I can tell you that after 700+ miles with a 310lb plus rider, nothing has worn or broken on my Rover other than the SA hub. I have gone through all the components and inspected all the wear parts, and nothing yet needs replacing. So I do call the Rover a very good basic trike!!
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    Spike http://www.tridenttrikes.com/spike.htm

    * 5-6 pounds lighter than the Rover (chromoly frame)
    * Adjustable Seat Height
    * Folds
    * Easy to upgrade (if desired) using standard bike parts
    * Same price as the Rover



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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    As a Rover owner, I'd like to share my thoughts if I may?

    Sadly, I have lost my Sturmey Archer hub not once, but twice due to failed seals, and the second time out of warranty. I love my trike, but am not sure that the SA hub is robust enough to last. If you decide to go with Rovers, I'd suggest buying them from Utah Trikes, and ordering them with either the Nexus, Alfine, or NuVinci hubs instead. Going with the Nexus hub the cost is almost the same right now.
    I just checked UT and apparently they don't even offer the OEM Sturmey X-RF8(W) 8 spd in the Rover anymore. Speaks volumes for the hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pick View Post
    Hopefully you don't plan on the trikes being a "surprise" gift...yes TerraTrike's are the first trike for a lot of folks, but, your parents need to be fitted and they need to see if they will even enjoy the trikes and ride them. If they decide that trikes are for them, then more than likely they will want to upgrade to a higher end, more comfy, fully suspended model. Have you been on : http://www.bentrideronline.com/messageboard/index.php yet? A good source of information and guidance for the newbie trike buyer and for your parents to learn about trikes and triking. Good luck!
    +1

    I consider test rides so useful as to be almost mandatory. Though retired my wife I would not be at all happy with Rovers or Villagers or the like. They are both fine trikes for many riders but not necessarily for your parents.
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    Sadly there's nowhere here that I can get test rides from. But I'm thinking maybe now I will present the gifts as a picture representing the concept, with the logistics to be worked out later.

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    I would say that if you don't have considerable input from the recipients, buying them ANY bicycle is very iffy, as to whether it would be used and/or appreciated. Most people either want to ride a bike or they don't. If they do, they'll get one, if they don't, it won't matter if you give them one. And if you give them one, the less mainstream it is, the less likely to be appreciated.
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    You've gotten good suggestions and I think that would be a great gift.

    That is, if they have expressed an interest in riding a tadpole trike. I find them fun to ride, but a lot of older riders seem to like delta trikes, which ride several inches higher.
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    If you were over here in Europe I would suggest Hase Lepus comfort as a super delta recumbent for older people. I,m in the second half of my sixties and use a Lepus, they are great for creaking bones and old age stiffness. Good hunting.

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    Lightfoot makes some very nice delta trikes. Like the Greenway in this article: http://lightfootcycles.com/products-...view/greenway/

    Pricey though, at about $3K each.

    Much cheaper (with much lower level components) is the Sun X3 AX trike: http://sunbicycles.com/product_detai...&cl1=recumbent
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