Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Originally Posted by no1mad
Not talking about technical single track mind you, but curious as to whether a LWB, tadpole, or a delta would be the wiser choice for less than smooth asphalt.
How rough is rough? It's easy to overstate how off road capable a bike you need for riding places like crushed limestone recreational trails. My rule of thumb is that any trail that gets moderate recreational use can be ridden on almost anything.
The negative of any trike on less than smooth asphalt is 3 wheel tracks. If you find yourself encountering frequent potholes, bumps or wheel ruts, you'll have to make quick decisions how best to get around or over them. On a trail that gets moderate use, I wouldn't be overly concerned about that either.
I'd choose my bike based upon how comfortable you feel riding it just in general. If you feel comfortable and secure on smooth asphalt, a little chip and seal, crushed limestone or even a little gravel won't bother you very much.