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Old 07-01-13, 05:56 PM   #1
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Looking for a foldable Recumbent that can fit into the back of my SUV/wagon?

Looking for a recumbent for my wife who needs to exercise but can't stay on her feet for long. It needs to be sturdy and I will also be using it and I weigh 225. Anyone know of any such animal?
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Old 07-01-13, 06:43 PM   #2
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http://www.greenspeed.com.au/gt1.html

High quality, folder. Seat height at 10" might be a little low.

http://www.greenspeed.com.au/pdfs/Gr...ed.Magnum4.pdf

More expensive but seat height is adjustable from 12" to 17".

http://www.icetrikes.co/explore-our-trikes/adventure#

ICE Adventure is another good choice.

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Old 07-01-13, 06:52 PM   #3
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Do what some of us have done: Buy the car to fit the bike, not the other way around!
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Old 07-01-13, 06:55 PM   #4
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There is also the GrassHopper fx – the foldable touring recumbent by HP Velotechnik
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Old 07-02-13, 03:29 AM   #5
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Take a look at the Ice Adventure . It folds and Ice trikes have the most comfortable seat I have tried so far.
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There's also the TW-Bents Cobra, or you can try to find a used Sat-R-Day. Some 'bents can be converted to 'packable' by adding S&S couplers. Best candidates would be monotobe frames with round tubes, i.e. RANS or Volae.

Unfortunately, while there's a bunch of folders available in the upright world, folding a 'bent seems to be more involved and there aren't as many available.
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http://www.greenspeed.com.au/gt1.html

High quality, folder. Seat height at 10" might be a little low.

http://www.greenspeed.com.au/pdfs/Gr...ed.Magnum4.pdf

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The Magnum's seat hight is adjustable- up to 18" IIRC- I'd have to go out to the garage to make sure. the wheels and seat come off quick and it gets Really Small. Light and has a weight limit of # 400 . Wife liked it better than the ICE- test ride to make sure.
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Old 07-02-13, 09:11 AM   #8
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Mf friend has a Trident Trike Stowaway. After removing the seat, the rear folds forward between the two front wheels. Because the clamp is welded at an angle, the fold is slightly slanted missing the crank and pedals. The folded trike is able to fit into a Suzuki Swift. They have a few folding models.

Go to their website http://www.tridenttrikes.com/
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My ICE Sprint 26 (folded and collapsed) and my wifes BF NWT fit behind the rear seat of our VW Jetta.
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Old 08-16-13, 08:27 AM   #10
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Easy Racers Fold Rush! I love mine and it,ll even fit in me wife,s Prius!
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I use to carry my lwb in our suv by putting the rear seats down and rolling the bike between the two front and 2nd tier seats. I did put a smaller wheel (a 16 inch) on the front to make things easier. I also wrapped the chain in trash bags to protect the car.

Now I have an suv of my own, although not the largest (Kia). I fold the back row down flat (as before) but took out the left side 2nd tier seat. I put a piece of plywood down with a fork clamp (?), securing the plywood with the in-the-floor seat hooks. Still roll the bike into the van with a smaller front wheel but take that off to clamp the fork down. Steady the bike with zip cords to the other seat hooks. Works great. A shorter bike should work even easier. (might have to tilt the bike a little to get past the back hatch frame)
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Are you and your wife the same height? If not, you will need to consider how easy it is to adjust for different height riders. A moving boom means having to remove some chain (not a problem if you use quick-links, but still something to consider).

Also, is your wife comfortable with the idea of a two-wheel recumbent? The balancing, I mean? If not, a trike might be better.

On the other hand, how important is speed? Most folks find two wheels to be faster than three, but YMMV.
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Most non-folding trikes will fit in a station wagon the size of a Subaru Outback. I regularly put a Greenspeed GTO in both a 1988 Dodge Colt SW and my current vehicle a 2006 Scion XB with the rear seats folded down. It does make the passenger seat nearly unusable because it has to be pushed forward. The Scion XB will even fit my 2013 Catrike 700 which is quite long compared to the GS GTO. The one problem I did have was with a rental SUV, a Chevrolet Equinox. The darn rear seats would not fold flat which made putting the trike in the back a real chore. That's one vehicle I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.
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The Trident T.W.I.G. looks interesting.
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The Trident T.W.I.G. looks interesting.
Thanks for that link! I couldn't find the price on the TWIG page, so I sent them an email to find out. The way they tout the "entry level" pricing, that might be a way to get an inexpensive folder for the occasional trip, without having to invest as much for a "second" bike.
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I bought a tw bent trike a couple of years ago and have loved it. The Artiface is a foldable fast trike that is comfortable and sturdy for me (220 lbs) and I've put a ton of miles on it, already on my fourth set of tires. I was a little hesitant on buying a handicapped looking tricycle, but I am pedaling past all the overpriced road bikes on the trail in complete comfort. I rode cattrikes and tridents, but I chose the tw bent for value over brand. Same components, maybe a tad heavier with the fold up hardware, but I seem to be able to keep up with just about anyone when riding. My trike was stolen and badly damaged, but I just received a box of replacement parts from Nelson, who now runs tw bent (efun bikes) and I'll be back on the trail this week. Great trike, great customer service, check them out.
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