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Old 08-29-10, 03:12 PM   #1
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Seeing that there is no Trike section and this trike is used for groceries and other shopping; consequently, it qualifies as a Utility cycle. Presenting the only LH drive Schwinn Town & Country Trike on the planet featuring a FULL set of planet bike fenders and a Brooks B66..











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Old 08-29-10, 09:23 PM   #2
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think of how much fun this thing could be with a 500W hub motor on each back wheel :-)
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think of how much fun this thing could be with a 500W hub motor on each back wheel :-)

Oh you mean something like this: http://www.currietech.com/currie-tec...ctric-bike.php Currie Technologies uses the Schwinn Meridian as their starting point. The Meridian is the single speed Walmart/Target distribution of the same frame.
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no. 2 motors. 1 for each back tire

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think of how much fun this thing could be with a 500W hub motor on each back wheel :-)
this would be fun but dangerous. me and my dad are thinking about mounting a 12v generator/motor on his trike so he can be lazy .
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this would be fun but dangerous. me and my dad are thinking about mounting a 12v generator/motor on his trike so he can be lazy .
It's a fun theoretical exercise; however, if you saw how these modern T&Cs rear axles are put together you'd be leery about putting that much horsepower and torque to the ground.
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That's neat. Although, the basket could have been much larger and wider wheelbase.

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I got a torker 3 wheeler (sounds more dignfied than trike) for my dad (80) and he is using it for errands and to got to coffee 2-3 times a week. All his coffee buds have tried it also....I will add a pic later
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i've been watching CL for a good deal on a trike for a while. spurred on by memories of the silly things my cousin and i did with his grandmother's trike. i think it was a sears brand one with a 3 speed. we jumped it, rode it thru mud, hauled like 6 kids in it once, had contests to see who could ride it on 2 wheels the longest...

oh to be 11 and invincible again.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_xa9BNV9S4
moms new trike vid i found
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Ditch the backrest and flip the bars
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Actually the back rest makes a good handle and anchor point for plastic bags.
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Electrifying 'granny' trikes for speeds much higher than 10-12 MPH is a bad idea. The higher CoG (center of mass) + speed = skin loss. This is one of the main reasons why I convert those beasts into something m-u-c-h safer and capable....

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and to add a little spice... a simple 350w addition (to the blue trike pictured above), makes for a rather exhilarating 2-3% climb...

http://www.vimeo.com/13615020
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as promised here is my dad on his 3 wheeler. My siblings and i bought it for him. it is a torker tristar

Not to imply that 3 wheelers are for older people (I got one when was 14 for a delivery service), but my dad at 80 was not going to be riding a standard bike. But he is riding the 3 wheeler 3 to 5 times a week and reading in between the lines, he is a little surprised at that. He also note that his knee and back feel better with the exercise.





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I wish I could get my mom back on a bike but she lives in urban setting that is not very bike friendly. She wouldn't be safe: narrow streets with significant traffic and lots of impatient, self-centered drivers. This bike would be perfect for her and she could use the exercise. Oh, and she lives on top of a hill
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I've just checked out the Torker's site and the new model comes with small, shallow basket And it now has 20" rear wheels.
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Hmm. My mother is 84 and wants a tricycle, but I don't think she can handle it. She's become pretty weak. And she lives in Manhattan. I don't think she can handle the streets, and sidewalks aren't that appropriate.
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Hmm. My mother is 84 and wants a tricycle, but I don't think she can handle it. She's become pretty weak. And she lives in Manhattan. I don't think she can handle the streets, and sidewalks aren't that appropriate.
See if you can talk her into a nice stationary bike instead. I agree that Manhattan streets is no place for your mom!!!
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Hmm. My mother is 84 and wants a tricycle, but I don't think she can handle it. She's become pretty weak. And she lives in Manhattan. I don't think she can handle the streets, and sidewalks aren't that appropriate.
I agree with you, it's too dangerous.
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Yeah, and maybe she can get an electric scooter for getting around. She needs to exercise to stay fit, but maybe combining errands with exercise, as I do, isn't the best for her. Her balance isn't so good any more.

Now for some great news about tricycles. I just read this article, and I loved it. I love the outlook the company has, and I love the fact that they're in Queens for over a hundred years, still going strong.

http://www.bicycletimesmag.com/content/worksman-cycles
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Their website is horrible though Missing images, no high resolution product images, etc.
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The fact that a workers' bike company was started by a guy WHOSE NAME was Worksman is hilarious. I guess he had a calling.

Did you know that the commissioner of the Outerbridge Crossing was named Outerbridge! Obviously, it couldn't be called the Outerbridge Bridge.
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The fact that a workers' bike company was started by a guy WHOSE NAME was Worksman is hilarious. I guess he had a calling.

Did you know that the commissioner of the Outerbridge Crossing was named Outerbridge! Obviously, it couldn't be called the Outerbridge Bridge.
Seriously?!? Ha ha ha!!!
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That thing Rocks! Have you thought of mass producing them? Are there plans for that sort of conversion??? I could imagine getting one of those trike kits that are based on the old Schwinn T&C Design and using it on something like that.
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That thing Rocks! Have you thought of mass producing them? Are there plans for that sort of conversion???
You are too kind... thank you.

In the beginning, I was aiming for a 20" seat height and improved stability - I got both and then some. No immediate plans to build'n sell, just too many legal hurdles and I'm not set up to do volume. I prefer to spend my time perfecting the design, while staying receptive to future directions - ya never know.

I have a similar trike in the jig right now, but with several upgrades

* Belt drive
* 2 wheel drive + optional electric assist via the front wheel (3-wheel drive)
* And eventually, a minimal, but lightweight outer shell for all weather riding.
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