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    High Riding Recumbent?

    Recumbents look interesting, but I do not like the fact that they are very low on the ground. Even with flags, I wouldn't feel safe.

    Are there any high-riding recumbent trikes out there?

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    Many, many. Google "high racer recumbent."
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    Many, many. Google "high racer recumbent."
    Yes, but add the word 'trike' and almost all the hits go away. Combine the high center-of-gravity of a tall recumbent with the balance issues of a trike in a sharp turn and you run into some basic physics issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
    Yes, but add the word 'trike' and almost all the hits go away. Combine the high center-of-gravity of a tall recumbent with the balance issues of a trike in a sharp turn and you run into some basic physics issues.
    Crap. Sorry. I missed the word trike in the original post.

    Delta trikes are generally taller than tadpole trikes, but still not quite tall.

    I will tell you that most trike riders report getting more respect from cars than (DF) bikes because they are so unusual. Flags and lights go a long way, too.
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    I have a Long Wheel Base two wheeled recumbent, and a Catrike recumbent trike and ride them both nearly daily. Last Friday I rode my trike to work for a change (I usually ride the two wheeler) and noticed that every car and truck that came by me, with the exception of one gave me at least a half a lane of space when they went by. By far, much further away then they pass when I'm on the two wheeler. Now the trike was running a flashing taillight and the regular flags and stuff, but there was a NOTICEABLE difference in the amount of space they allowed me. So cplanger is right on that score. By the way, I ride a Catrike Villager trike, customized by Utah Trikes, they call it an Annihilator and it sets up a good ways from the road and is pretty easy to see with the 24" front wheels and a tall seating arrangement.

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    I ride both a Stratus and a Cruiser trike. As I have posted many times 99%+ I get a really wide berth by traffic when on the trike. Bents are noticed, and trikes REALLY noticed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aznman View Post
    Recumbents look interesting, but I do not like the fact that they are very low on the ground. Even with flags, I wouldn't feel safe.

    Are there any high-riding recumbent trikes out there?
    Not all recumbents are trikes, ya know. In the trike world, delta trikes tend to be taller than tadpoles. Greenspeed, Hase, Kettwiesel, and Sun make delta trikes. Personally, I think worries about height are unfounded. The only time height might be an issue is in a parking lot or a narrow street with lots of parallel-parked cars blocking views.

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    This is from a Bike/trike shop in Iowa. It is a good starting point about generalizations, and also represents the trikes he sells. There are other manufacturers not listed.

    Connecticut Yankee Pedaller, Inc.
    906 Court Ave., Chariton, IA 50049 * 641-774-5557 * http://cypBikes.com/CYP_Recumbent_Trikes.html
    In an effort to help folks ferret through the many Trikes we stock, we have (using both data and our opinion) made categories
    that should help narrow down the choices more quickly. This is not foolproof- let us know what changes need to be made!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tpy2010 View Post
    This is from a Bike/trike shop in Iowa. It is a good starting point about generalizations, and also represents the trikes he sells. There are other manufacturers not listed.

    Connecticut Yankee Pedaller, Inc.
    906 Court Ave., Chariton, IA 50049 * 641-774-5557 * http://cypBikes.com/CYP_Recumbent_Trikes.html
    In an effort to help folks ferret through the many Trikes we stock, we have (using both data and our opinion) made categories
    that should help narrow down the choices more quickly. This is not foolproof- let us know what changes need to be made!
    Trike Categories

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    I'd note that the Magnum has a highly adjustible seat both hight and recline.
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    If you happen to be from AZ (just a guess from your handle) the following shops carry recumbent trikes.

    Sun Cycles, Phoenix, AZ (stock Bacchetta, Catrike, Terratrike)

    Ajo Bikes, Tucson, AZ (stock many brands)

    You are going to probably get sticker shock as the better trike brands like Catrike, Greenspeed, ICE, HP Velotechnic, and Ketterweisel are pretty expensive. The entry level brands/models tend to be very heavy and have limited gear ranges. I have yet to meet an owner of any of the above brands who wished he had bought a different brand trikes. They handle exceptionally well and are noted for their durability.

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    Some with 2 26" wheels will be right up there ..
    Center for Appropriate Transport 455 W 1st Ave. Eugene, OR 97401 used to make a 2 26" long wheel base over seat steered (long handlebar, to swing the front wheel )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aznman View Post
    Recumbents look interesting, but I do not like the fact that they are very low on the ground. Even with flags, I wouldn't feel safe.

    Are there any high-riding recumbent trikes out there?
    As others have said, a higher trike will tend to be less stable. In general, a trike tall enough to be "visible" would be a tippy, unstable beast. However, I know of one that is not:
    The Stites Chameleon: Velo Vision::Stites lean-steer urban recumbent trike goes into production and Velo Vision::Two new trikes also at Stites Design | Bikes, Trikes, Tricycle, Transport, Electric, Cargo, Portland
    but I think it's been a long time since Bill built one.

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