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Old 06-30-12, 01:48 PM   #1
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new to forum & recumbents with some questions

hello to all- i'm 62 have have been riding bicycles since i was 8. i currently ride a fugi hy-bred. my wife of 3 years is warming to the idea of riding but is 63 & has never ridden. we are going to go to some bike shops & check out what's available these days. i also have a diamond hy-bred but it's a man's bike & she is not comfortable with the cross bar. last week we were walking our dog on a park trail when several folks on recumbents rode by. 2 were on tricycles. other than a quick 1/2 mile ride on one i have no experience with recumbents. i've been reading posts on this forum for a few days now but would appreciate some direct input. ny only experience with trikes have been on honda atv's & old harley police bikes & i found them to be squirrelly during tight turns. but i see there are some trikes ( proper name? ) with 2 wheels in the front. i had no problem riding that recumbent last year. have any of you found them to be easier to ride than traditional bikes? as far as trikes what are your takes on whether to have the 2 wheels forward or aft? any brands to avoid? what are the critical things to check for when buying used? there is currently a used trike for sale nearby ( dual wheels forward ). i'm trying to find out the make. does the bike in this photo look familiar? we are not completely sold on a trike but so far i think my wife would feel more confident on 3 wheels. all recumbents are a lot pricier than conventional bikes so we are trying not to make a costly mistake.
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Old 06-30-12, 01:54 PM   #2
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The trike does not look like one of the 'costlier' kind so if it looks sturdy enough and you can get it at a decent price ( i will not define decent) then I would say go for it,,,maybe they will let you, the wife, take a trial run. Nothing like checking it out. She may feel so comfortable you will have to buy it. The 2 on the front style is more stable in my opinion.
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Old 06-30-12, 02:54 PM   #5
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The Terratrikes are pretty reasonable, depending on the model and gearing, etc. I have a Tour that I like very much, I've had it a year, and I've been over all sorts of terrain, it's quite the hill-climber. You can get an idea of their prices at terratrike.com .
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It looks like the tadpole trike you are considering may be a home built from AtomicZombie plans(street fox). If it was put together right it would be a good starter. Definately do a test ride and carefull test ride to check out the construction and stability of the trike.
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i just got a reply from the owner who said that he bilt it himself. he's asking $700.00. i'm a good mechanic so i fell confident enough to check it out. what are the types of things to look out for with these types of bikes?
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[QUOTE=rober49;14425285]hello to all- i'm 62 have have been riding bicycles since i was 8. QUOTE]

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$700 for a homebuilt sounds a bit high to me, too. From what I can see in the pic, it has some really cheap parts on it and I wonder about the geometry. I suggest looking for a used production-model trike. Catrike and Terratrike are two popular brands that don't cost an arm and a leg. Tadpole trikes are more stable than deltas, but the trade-off is, they're really low. Some people have problems getting into and out of. In the realm of delta trikes, Sun makes a popular one, the EZ-3, which is *relatively* inexpensive.
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