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    Tricycles.

    I'm about to receive a free tricycle from a friend's mother...and I AM EXCITED! Granted, I'm a 25 year old woman, and this is not the typical ride (especially in NYC!)....but I am already thinking of all the possibilities for the rear basket: deli stops, beer hauling, camera equipment, a dog!

    However, I'm sure this trike is not going to be in tip-top shape, so I'm wondering, is there a tricycle-specific place to shop on the web? I can't find a tricycle basket anywhere, and I also want to put a banana seat on this thing and not sure if it's possible.

    Lastly, anyone else riding a tricycle? I'd love to see your rides.

    TIA!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanscosm View Post
    I'm about to receive a free tricycle from a friend's mother...and I AM EXCITED! Granted, I'm a 25 year old woman, and this is not the typical ride (especially in NYC!)....but I am already thinking of all the possibilities for the rear basket: deli stops, beer hauling, camera equipment, a dog!

    However, I'm sure this trike is not going to be in tip-top shape, so I'm wondering, is there a tricycle-specific place to shop on the web? I can't find a tricycle basket anywhere, and I also want to put a banana seat on this thing and not sure if it's possible.

    Lastly, anyone else riding a tricycle? I'd love to see your rides.

    TIA!
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    i love it! very cool!

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    This is a trike our bike co-op uses to haul stuff, or has once or twice. Shimano 3-speed hub which we haven't messed with (yet), so it's only getting two speeds as far as I can tell. We have a larger basket to install on it (actually the basket part of a discarded shopping cart) that should increase its carrying capacity. I don't know the make of the trike. I'd guess it's from the 70's or 80's.

    We've found the trike comes with a learning curve, sort of. Half the people who tried it hopped right on and had no problem. The other half could barely stay on it. Problem is that you lean the opposite direction from what you'd do with two wheels. The trike can't lean into curves, so you have to lean out a little to keep it steady. Once we figured that out, it got a lot easier to ride. Still not as nice as a bike and not as steady, but I drove it down the road with a bike rack on the back and it was no less steady then when it was empty, so that's a big bonus: extra baggage does not hurt how it handles.
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    On a normal banana seat, the rear posts go to the back axles on the wheel, and there's not a corresponding place to put them on a trike. Notice they might pass through the basket as well.

    I've got a Worksman cargo tricycle, the reversed kind with 2 wheels in front and a bicycle rear end. Contrary to what you would think, it is less stable than a bicycle, as mentioned above. Another issue is that it is wide enough that it sort of forces you to take the lane whether you want to or not. The normal trikes are perhaps a little narrower. Also, when you ride on a sloping rode, you just have to deal with the lean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanscosm View Post
    However, I'm sure this trike is not going to be in tip-top shape, so I'm wondering, is there a tricycle-specific place to shop on the web? I can't find a tricycle basket anywhere, and I also want to put a banana seat on this thing and not sure if it's possible.

    Lastly, anyone else riding a tricycle? I'd love to see your rides.

    TIA!
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    Just a thought before you go splashing out. Im wondering if an old shopping trolly basket would do the job?
    Weld up or ziptie the flappy bit and bolt it on the back. If securly welded/bolted on it may offer a hold for your bannana seat?

    Remember we wanna see pics when it arrives

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    Thanks for all the tips and pics guys!! Never thought about the sloping road part, should be interesting!

    I'm going to check out the trike tomorrow, hopefully bring it home with me if it's as described, take some pictures and show you all. I figured I wouldn't easily be able to attach a banana seat, oh well, not a big deal. The shopping cart idea is a good one, I just have to find a store in the area that doesn't have the big plastic carts!

    I'm guessing baskets are not easily purchased, since googling doesn't come up with it. Then again, I don't know what size I'm looking for anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanscosm View Post
    I'm about to receive a free tricycle from a friend's mother...and I AM EXCITED! Granted, I'm a 25 year old woman, and this is not the typical ride (especially in NYC!)....but I am already thinking of all the possibilities for the rear basket: deli stops, beer hauling, camera equipment, a dog!

    However, I'm sure this trike is not going to be in tip-top shape, so I'm wondering, is there a tricycle-specific place to shop on the web? I can't find a tricycle basket anywhere, and I also want to put a banana seat on this thing and not sure if it's possible.

    Lastly, anyone else riding a tricycle? I'd love to see your rides.

    TIA!
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    Why settle for a flimsy basket when , for a trike, there are all manner of plastic tub/containers that you can install (and some even lock!)?

    As to the seat......if it's a standard 'granny" trike any bike seat will fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanscosm View Post
    I'm guessing baskets are not easily purchased, since googling doesn't come up with it. Then again, I don't know what size I'm looking for anyway.
    Yes, step one is to get the trike and find out what dimensions of a basket it can accommodate. I'm highly doubtful that anyone manufactures trike-specific baskets other then companies that manufacture tricycles. That said, there are a few of those companies, and you may find a compatible basket. But unless you get a basket from your own tricycle's manufacturer, there's a good chance that you'll need a different attachment system. So, again, you'll need to see the trike first. I am guessing, though, as has been said, that getting a basket for the tricycle will not be difficult if you are willing to figure out your own attachment system and go with some more generic options.

    The banana seat, despite what Nightshade says, is probably a no-go without some modifications. Doesn't meant it won't work. I expect there is a way, but it won't be the same as any other seat: drop the seat on and tighten the bolt. Banana seats typically have three mounting points instead of just one. The two additional mounts are on either side of the rear wheel, and since you don't have a single, central rear wheel behind your seat. There is, however, a good amount of bike back there, and if you're willing to get creative, you may be able to mount a banana seat, but it may interfere with the basket. Or, if you get a sturdy enough basket, you may be able to mount the banana seat to the basket.

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    Echo - Echo - Echo - Echo.....

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    There is, however, a good amount of bike back there, and if you're willing to get creative, you may be able to mount a banana seat, but it may interfere with the basket. Or, if you get a sturdy enough basket, you may be able to mount the banana seat to the basket.
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    If securly welded/bolted on it may offer a hold for your bannana seat?
    2 for attaching bannana to basket. Any advance on 2?

    Regards
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    Like some have said, pics / dims of said trike would help with ideas. There are lots of things that could be fit on, depending on the actual construction.
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    Some of the old trikes that have huge seats do not have a standard seatpost- more of a tripod affair, but you'll find out shortly, I reckon.
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    ok......why the banana seat.....just totally curious?

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    I just got my trike last night. it's a big old yellow one.very heavy dutie and it's very fun to ride. A basket idea I had since there was none on my trike is like the old trucks had, them nice wooden fence beds. mind you my trike has a big flat area behind the seat, i'm new to trikes so I have no clue if all do, I know the other i'm getting has a dump bucket on it. lol Also I agree with slanted roads. I hate those...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSean View Post
    I just got my trike last night. it's a big old yellow one.very heavy dutie and it's very fun to ride. A basket idea I had since there was none on my trike is like the old trucks had, them nice wooden fence beds. mind you my trike has a big flat area behind the seat, i'm new to trikes so I have no clue if all do, I know the other i'm getting has a dump bucket on it. lol Also I agree with slanted roads. I hate those...
    Dump bucket on a trike would be awesome... that is, presuming, I'm understanding that the cargo area "dumps" like a dump truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSean View Post
    I just got my trike last night. it's a big old yellow one.very heavy dutie and it's very fun to ride. A basket idea I had since there was none on my trike is like the old trucks had, them nice wooden fence beds. mind you my trike has a big flat area behind the seat, i'm new to trikes so I have no clue if all do, I know the other i'm getting has a dump bucket on it. lol Also I agree with slanted roads. I hate those...
    Dump bucket sounds awesome. I know an old trike I used to ride had basically a wooden box on the back. It was big enough and sturdy enough to hold my sister, because that trike is how I managed to remain mobile when stuck babysitting back in high school.

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    It just occurred to me that some of those lowrider trikes do in fact have banana seats. Looks like on this one, there's basically a bicycle rear end down there to attach it to. Not sure if they're all like that, I kind of think not.
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    hsean - very cool, congrats!

    why the banana seat? i say why not?

    and stephenh i knew i've seen a trike with a banana seat somewhere figures it's a lowrider! i doubt the granny trike will easily accommodate it but i'll find out tonight!

    thanks again for all the tips, i'll post pics tonight!

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    For many years I rode an Worksman Industrial Tricycle (see link) in a General Motors plant. I carried a Kennedy cantilever tool box (see link) on the back platform. I loved that tricycle and due to the fact they had solid rubber tires it never got flats. Something to consider if that becomes an issue. They would call when one of the assembly lines would break and I'd race over on my trike and save the day - great fun and it paid well. Well now I live in Florida and work at a big powerplant the distance from the parking lot to the control room is about a 1/2 mile and I'm always got alot of stuff I'm carrying and I'm getting older as well. Well, I just bought myself a Schwinn Meridian Trike from Walmart on-line for $249 (see link). Its a very good tricycle and I recommend it on a budget and can't find a good used one for sale. On Walmarts site they have 609 customer reviews and currently it scores 4.5 stars out of 5 - not to shabby.

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    anyone know of any websites that address how to dismantle / overhaul a trike? I acquired a Hedstrom trike with a 3 speed coaster brake hub and I can't even figure out how to remove a wheel to true it up. I am fairly knowledgeable with 2-wheelers but this has me stumped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjdart View Post
    For many years I rode an Worksman Industrial Tricycle (see link) in a General Motors plant. I carried a Kennedy cantilever tool box (see link) on the back platform. I loved that tricycle and due to the fact they had solid rubber tires it never got flats. Something to consider if that becomes an issue. They would call when one of the assembly lines would break and I'd race over on my trike and save the day - great fun and it paid well. Well now I live in Florida and work at a big powerplant the distance from the parking lot to the control room is about a 1/2 mile and I'm always got alot of stuff I'm carrying and I'm getting older as well. Well, I just bought myself a Schwinn Meridian Trike from Walmart on-line for $249 (see link). Its a very good tricycle and I recommend it on a budget and can't find a good used one for sale. On Walmarts site they have 609 customer reviews and currently it scores 4.5 stars out of 5 - not to shabby.

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    so when i had asked my friend "is it rusted?" she said "just a little in a couple of spots" i figured ok no big deal.

    when i got there, i see what was once a red tricycle....which was completely rusted. so no dice. no tricycle for me.

    now i'm trying to decide whether to just turn my old bike into an xtracycle or just buy a tricycle, which is much cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanscosm View Post
    so when i had asked my friend "is it rusted?" she said "just a little in a couple of spots" i figured ok no big deal.

    when i got there, i see what was once a red tricycle....which was completely rusted. so no dice. no tricycle for me.

    now i'm trying to decide whether to just turn my old bike into an xtracycle or just buy a tricycle, which is much cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K8drums View Post
    anyone know of any websites that address how to dismantle / overhaul a trike? I acquired a Hedstrom trike with a 3 speed coaster brake hub and I can't even figure out how to remove a wheel to true it up. I am fairly knowledgeable with 2-wheelers but this has me stumped.
    I am not certain that tricycles are universal enough in their design to have a generic servicing site.

    The trike I worked on most recently had caps over the bolts on the rear wheel that could be pried off (carefully) with a screwdriver. Under that is a standard nut. But that doesn't mean it's the same for yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanscosm View Post
    so when i had asked my friend "is it rusted?" she said "just a little in a couple of spots" i figured ok no big deal.

    when i got there, i see what was once a red tricycle....which was completely rusted. so no dice. no tricycle for me.

    now i'm trying to decide whether to just turn my old bike into an xtracycle or just buy a tricycle, which is much cheaper.
    I think you'd find that in riding them, you'd see a big difference between a cargo bike and a trike. I don't think I've ever seen anyone going over 8 or 10 mph on a trike for example, and not something you'd want to dodge around in traffic with. I suspect that 90% of the people that use them do so due to having problems riding a regular bicycle, rather than just going for cargo capacity, etc. I'd suggest to figure out which one actually would work best for you and procure accordingly.

    Used trikes show up fairly regularly here in the Dallas area, usually from about $150 on up.
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