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Old 03-17-12, 07:16 PM   #1
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Crazy Idea for Schwinn Meridian/Town and Country Trike

Has anyone Tried slapping a Sunlite Products springer fork on a Meridian/Town and Country Trike?
Would doing so compromise the handling or carrying capacity?

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Here's one with a springer fork and dual evo motors mounted on the front. It rode well.
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Here's one with a springer fork and dual evo motors mounted on the front. It rode well.
Will the spring on the springer compress any if I throw a keg of beer on the back? (Say for argument about 40-50lbs)?
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I think you might need wheelie bars so the weight does not shift back too far. I had extensions on a springer fork that did make it compress too far. I took the bolt out of the center of the springer fork and put a piece of rubber hose inside and put the bolt back in. That did keep it from compressing too far. A drum brake on the front would be good too, with all te extra weight you'll have you will need extra braking power. One consideration in carrying a keg would be if the route home is bumpy enough that you couldn't tap the keg when you got home. That would be a disapointment.
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I think you might need wheelie bars so the weight does not shift back too far. I had extensions on a springer fork that did make it compress too far. I took the bolt out of the center of the springer fork and put a piece of rubber hose inside and put the bolt back in. That did keep it from compressing too far. A drum brake on the front would be good too, with all te extra weight you'll have you will need extra braking power. One consideration in carrying a keg would be if the route home is bumpy enough that you couldn't tap the keg when you got home. That would be a disapointment.
Okay you convinced me.. I'd look cool, but on the whole is a bad idea..
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tap the keg before the ride home, make lots of friends along the way.
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Will the spring on the springer compress any if I throw a keg of beer on the back? (Say for argument about 40-50lbs)?
If the ballast is placed slightly forward of the rear axle, you'll be fine. Considering the weight they add, I don't see much use for a springer on a trike.
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