Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Monterey Bay area, California
Bikes: Terratrike Tour, recumbent tadpole tricycle.
The streets I live on have rather high curbs, with wheelchair access ramps. I have a MUP alongside a street I use when I just want to diddy-bop along, and not worry about cars trying to pass me on a often busy narrow street, where I cannot pull over. The nice thing about a trike is, if you must ride on the sidewalk, either to take a break or you are with someone who is walking, or you just want to take your time, you can creep along as slow and nice as you please, and stop whenever without unclipping.
I have hit the curb one time when my back wheel locked up, due to a chain going in between the lowest gear and the spokes, and I was concerned about the front end. With two wheels in front, side by side, like a car, they need to remain aligned properly so you don't have excessive tire wear. I'm thinking hopping curbs might wear something out sooner than one would like... occasionally while doing this, I end up at a corner or need to cross the street with no ramps nearby, I get off, and hold the trike by the rack and walk over the curb.
What do you call a cyclist who sells potpourri on the road? A pedaling petal-peddler.