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    Finally found one, going to be Catrike owner(s)

    We have been hunting around for some time looking for a good tadpole recumbent for the wife. She has a vertigo condition that will not allow her to ride a DF safely. I had been watching CL and recently discovered the forum over at Catrike and found one near home in perfect like new condition.The bike is an 09 Road with all the accessories plus another mirror, back rack, side bags, and nice lights. I honestly don't think the bike has been over 20 miles and is equipped just the way we wanted with nice extras. The price was a bit high, but after bringing the MSRP to the attention of the owner they decided to budge a bit and come within what I thought was a reasonable range. It worked out rather well that this one is already adjusted perfectly for her and should soon be able to start riding it. I look forward to riding it myself as well, I have long considered a 'bent for my own recreational use. With the addition of some extra chain and a tensioner it will easily adjust to accommodate both of us. I will get some pics up after I pick it up later today or tomorrow. It is a beauty and rides like a dream.

    I actually was curious about how others felt about and dealt with riding on the road with one of these. I noted on the test ride that you are very low to the ground which is what we wanted. The concerning part is that your head is on level with most cars bumper and the wife is more than a bit nervous about riding on the road with it. I had planned on starting in a few local parks to let her get her legs back and get used to the machine. It already has nice lights, and a safety flag so it seems the most common items for visibility are covered. Are there any other tricks to help be seen and be comfortable while riding on the road? Is it much like riding a DF that you just "get used to it"?
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    I'll be interested in hearing your impressions and experiences, punkncat. My wife is sold on the idea of a tadpole, and is pretty well set on getting an ICE Adventure FS. I've accompanied her to 3 shops where we've test ridden a Catrike Trail, a couple of Adventures and an HP Gekko, and there's no question that at least for tooling around a parking lot, I found them all to be a blast. I've yet to get one on a road or trail and I'm interested in what any new convert might have to say about them in real-life use. I'm planning to ride hers as much as she'll let me, and I suspect I'll find it enough fun that I'll be budgeting for one myself next season. And so far, I'm leaning toward a Catrike because they seem to fit a kind of sweet spot for performance/dollar. I don't know, though, whether I'd be happy enough with a Trail, or if I'd find the bump up to an Expedition to be worthwhile, or even higher for the newly suspended Road. We'll see. We're planning a trip to another shop to do some more testing the last weekend of October.
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    Have a 24T granny gear put on when you buy it.
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    This couple had brand new trail CTs with 30/39/52 chain rings.

    She had to push it up some of the hills.

    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    First impressions of the Catrike-

    Got it home and took it straight out for a shakedown ride. It had some el-cheapo platform pedals on, so the very FIRST thing I would suggest is to swap to clipless or straps. The bike came with some dual platform/clipless, I added some straps to the platform side after coming in from the first ride. My legs were WORN out having to hold my (good) foot on the pedal the whole ride. You are not using all the same muscles to propel the bike and I am admittedly more drained than I would be on a similar ride on my DF. I went 10 miles on the ride and found a couple of other things that had to be addressed. It was obvious that the lady who owned this hadn't ridden it much, if at all. There were some quite simple maintenance items I had to take care of right away. The brakes had to be balanced for the same pull (travel) for either side, and the chain guide clamp had to be tightened down. I noted that the brakes aren't even broken in, so they feel a little strange on braking. I hope the feel of the brakes will improve significantly as the pads get worn in some. There were some other mild squeaks and whatnot that had to be dealt with as well, but nothing worth noting over any other new bicycle.

    I am unable to pull the boom out as far as I would like due to chain length issues. With the price of a tensioner from Utah Trikes, I may just do the dual master link trick and change it on the fly as needed for when I or my wife rides it. Due to that, I wasn't getting proper extension with my leg so it is my hope that the bike will be easier to get up hills. The lowest gear is CRAWLING slow and even still requires quite a bit of effort to climb anything even mildly steep. There is a learning curve here that I should mention. On a DF you can pull the handlebars a bit as you climb. On these you have to force yourself not to, or it leads to a "wiggle" up the road as the steering is quite sensitive to user input. Going down hills is fast and super fun.

    The ride of the bike is another learning curve. The bike feels really stable even coming into turns fast, so that inspired confidence right away. I would highly suggest riding the bike for a bit in a parking lot and being sure that you understand the gearing and how different it feels as compared to a DF. It is hard to describe accurately after the first ride, but changes seem to "jar" your feet more than what I am used to and took some (and will take some) getting used to. Steering is very sensitive and also takes a bit of getting used to. I noted that it only took a minute to catch on, and the low center of gravity is very stable, if a bit "quick" on light turning input. The braking is very good and there isn't any pull. I noted that even on uneven surfaces the tracking is good and straight. This is the Road, as I mentioned, and even going into grass felt quite stable and comfortable when it was smooth ground. I will say this, I can see why they went with rear suspension on the newest model. I learned VERY quickly that you want to avoid potholes or bad cracks with the rear wheel. Your spine takes it all and it is not a particularly desirable feeling and to be avoided if possible. The headrest is worthless to me and I find it odd that there is no way to "stop" the headrest until it hits the rack. I will look into that and see if there is something I don't know. Grabbing the water bottle from the clamp mount is a little odd, and takes some getting used to. Also, remember to close your bottle or your water will spill when in that location. The optional side bags are really nice and hold a great deal of gear. I noted there are some accessory spots on the bottom of the seat, but don't know what they are for yet. It looks like they are designed for specific options that I am not familiar with yet. The stock mirrors are more than ample, and assuming they are installed right give a neat place to rest the knife edge of your hand while holding the steerer tube(s). The stock mesh seat seems comfortable, but I did build up a lot of sweat on the seat side.

    As to the complaints...First I have to say that the main one is directly my fault in an offhand way. The previous owner didn't tighten the boom clamp well enough and as a result the first (part of the) ride had the boom moving a bit. It's doing so snapped the keyway off in the clamp "slot" and it looks like I will have to buy another clamp. I mentioned the headrest, which may take some looking into, and as well the rear tire issue with bumps which has been addressed in the newest model. The single most irritating thing is that the designer didn't make this with an "idler" style chain guide. It seems to me like having a bike with an adjustable boom and touting it as "one size fits (most) all" that should have been a standard part. I am none to happy with the cost of the "additional" pulley I need to get and install in order to make easy adjustments. I discussed above what I plan on doing about it for now, with two master links. The only other issue I noted was that the wheels are in need of a good truing, and only due to spoke noise cornering. I doubt a lighter rider would much notice and don't think that is out of line with any new bike.

    The last thing, I was lucky that this bike came equipped with a nice set of lights and I would highly suggest getting some right away, as well as a safety flag. I noted that drivers gave me plenty of room on passing or just stayed behind me. In that case I would pull off to the side and allow them to pass and how I know about how it feels in the grass. Overall I am very impressed. I hope my wife feels the same way upon longer rides as she is able.
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    Been riding a Catrike Expedition for over a year now. I'll never go back to 2 wheels, let alone a DF. Its a shame because I must have about $5K tied up in my road and MTN bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    The headrest is worthless to me and I find it odd that there is no way to "stop" the headrest until it hits the rack. I will look into that and see if there is something I don't know.
    There's a lot of good things said about Krispy Steve's custom headrests in the trike section of bentrideronline. If you go there and do a search I'm sure you'll find out more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    There's a lot of good things said about Krispy Steve's custom headrests in the trike section of bentrideronline. If you go there and do a search I'm sure you'll find out more.

    I found that the issue with the stock one has to do with the rack that is mounted on back. It is a nice Topeak Explorer, but I am of the impression it was not designed with mounting to a Catrike in mind. It's front stabilizing bars come down right in the middle of the top tube where the headrest mounts are and required the mounts to be turned around where the stop "ledge" is now to the outside.
    I will check out that headrest, cause the "good" one listed on Utah Trikes is out of control expensive and doesn't look enough better to be worth consideration vs. the price in spite of shining reviews.
    On a side note, I find it pretty damned funny that they are charging $15 for a "custom" seat foam square that you can buy at any hardware store for a couple of dollars. REALLY?!? /SMH
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    I actually was curious about how others felt about and dealt with riding on the road with one of these. I noted on the test ride that you are very low to the ground which is what we wanted. The concerning part is that your head is on level with most cars bumper and the wife is more than a bit nervous about riding on the road with it. I had planned on starting in a few local parks to let her get her legs back and get used to the machine. It already has nice lights, and a safety flag so it seems the most common items for visibility are covered. Are there any other tricks to help be seen and be comfortable while riding on the road? Is it much like riding a DF that you just "get used to it"?
    I have a flag so cars can see me over top of other cars. When there are no other cars around, I'm very visible even though I'm low to the road. Cars give me more room than on a DF, I think due to the width (even though it's not much wider than my handlebars in reality) and the fact that I look like a guy in a wheelchair (I'm guessing this might have something to do with it).

    With regard to hill climbing, I never stood on a DF so it felt pretty natural to me to sit on the trike and spin. I have a 22 or 24 tooth chain ring that I can go about 2 miles an hour up the steepest of hills.

    I've found I didn't like the headrest, and I don't really need it.
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