Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: high above the pounding surf of Lake Erie
Bikes: A commuter & a fixed gear
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I'm giving up on the trike for Winter idea. I bought a beat Worksman Adaptable over the Summer, rebuilt it primarily for my son.....then had a terrible idea.
To avoid the couple of falls in frozen ruts I've had in the last few years, I decided I'd fit my studded tires on the trike, steering and drive tires. Works a charm, until it really snows!
I understand that the trike is designed for a factory environment (paved, level floors), but the amount of effort it took to pedal it through any road accumulation of snow and ice was borderline Herculian! This, after going up four teeth on the rear cog!
I ride 15-20 daily on a bike, but it was all I could do to put in 5 on this 3-wheeled torture device. Enough is enough. That thing is getting it's easy rolling slicks back and stored 'till Summer, and the commuter gets the studs again.
Surprisingly traction wasn't much of a problem, and it handled just fine. 5 miles sweating in sub-freezing weather is another thing....taking the wimps way out and going back to the Winter bike!