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TerraTrike GTS TadPole Trike Nuvinci N380 hub question

Old 08-12-21, 05:41 PM
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TerraTrike GTS TadPole Trike Nuvinci N380 hub question

Hi guys I have been busy upgrading my Molten GTS I bought a TerraTrike Rogue and loved it so much I had to get a second one. because of shortage of everything I ended up getting a GTS I kept the GTS since my Wife really loved the Nuvenci rear CVT hub.
This worked out since I considered the GTS a performance upgrade over the Rogue which was also fast and fun to ride. Yet The GTS was half ass set up by a horrible tech at Conte's Bike Shop in Boca Raton.
I had nothing but problems with the Idler system chain tubes and 11 speed derailleur.
Anyways determined to make the GTS as fun to ride as the Rogue. I added two TerraCycle floating Idlers, I replaced the rear 24" wheel with a 26" double wall wheel with a Nuvinci N380
Doing all this work fixed so many of the problems I was having with the GTS I can hardly believe it is the same trike.
The carriage is what is left of a dog stroller I cut up and mounted like a side car.
Anyways I now need some sort of CVT controller that will work with the Hydraulic disk brakes .Some of the pictures show how far away I need to position it I could grind away some of the support and some of the housing on the CVT controller yet I am sure I would just end up with two junk parts. I could just find some sort of handle bar extension to help sort this out. buying different handle bars is out of the question since I do not know of any that would fit and would solve the issue. anyways here are some pictures let me know if you have seen this issue and solved it. I know cable operated disk brakes would solve the problem but that is not happening I love my brakes.





it but that is not happening. LOL
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Old 08-12-21, 10:23 PM
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OK- so the barrel of the shifter runs into the hydraulic cylinder of the brake lever. Welcome to the world of oddball recumbent setups!

Do you absolutely need the shifter next to your grip? I think you're asking about an alternative mount for it.

What I would use is a TerraCycle Handlebar Accessory mount, attached a couple inches below your existing handlebar grip:
Handlebar Accessory Mount T-Cycle
This is where the shifter would go. It might be a little awkward shifting- you'll have to play with it to find the right position.

Don't be afraid to call TerraCycle and talk to them about your needs. They've been building recumbent accessories for more than 20 years and there's very few problems they can't solve.

BTW: the dog stroller adaptation is totally cool. I'll have to share it with my dog-owning recumbent-riding friends. I doubt my cats would put up with it.
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Old 08-13-21, 06:11 AM
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OK- so the barrel of the shifter runs into the hydraulic cylinder of the brake lever. Welcome to the world of oddball recumbent setups!

Do you absolutely need the shifter next to your grip? I think you're asking about an alternative mount for it.

What I would use is a TerraCycle Handlebar Accessory mount, attached a couple inches below your existing handlebar grip:
Handlebar Accessory Mount T-Cycle
This is where the shifter would go. It might be a little awkward shifting- you'll have to play with it to find the right position.

Don't be afraid to call TerraCycle and talk to them about your needs. They've been building recumbent accessories for more than 20 years and there's very few problems they can't solve.

BTW: the dog stroller adaptation is totally cool. I'll have to share it with my dog-owning recumbent-riding friends. I doubt my cats would put up with it.
Thanks for getting back with me, The part that is not playing well with others is not the Nuvinci N380 barrel shifter, the Hydraulic disk brake hand control is a real-estate hog it has two points of contact the main contact is the clamp the second point of contact is a built in stand off. If the stand off was not there I think they would nest fine together. Yet I am not willing just yet to take the leap of faith and take a Dremel to the brake lever stand off'
This seems to be common with Shimano hydraulic brake levers, Looking at Every single SRAM Brake levers they are all built strong enough for one point of contact ( The Clamp ) which makes for a less crowded handle bar.
It seems the thing I need to do is just replace the Shimano set up with SRAM and just use all my left over parts upgrading a new Sunseeker Delta trike Bought and plan on modifying the crap out of it.
The Sunseeker I mistakenly bought is getting many nice parts sent its way as long as I can make them work with it.
I have purchased both floating idlers, my new 8 speed LMC chain and other stuff from TerraCycle they do make great stuff yet they do not have time to answer questions that I probably could answer myself but do not like the solution because of the cost involved.
I can tell you I do not want the shifter away from the brake. Under normal riding that kind of setup is OK yet in our crowded parks and bike paths I use the brakes and shifter often and need a smooth fluid control of both of them.
For now I am going to work on modifying the grips which I either need to change to accommodate the new shifter or just buy a set that is made for the barrel shifter. then I could use the extra real-estate provided for a phone holder.
Thanks for the compliment for the pet stroller, I really just wanted to buy a setup like I had to make yet I looked from one end of the internet to the other and nothing like it existed. I can tell you both my dog and cat loves riding with me. The cat I have to keep the carriage lid closed since she does not wear a harness. My cat loves being outside yet anything scares her. being in the stroller allows her to explore the world yet in the safety of the enclosed carriage right next to me. Every time she gets in it she meows a little at first then she settles in and just looks around. when I go to take her out she is not stressed at all.
I have been introducing her slowly to it and I never take her out on trash day when loud trash trucks are around.
The original design is made for a quick disconnect setup. I made this mainly for our dog that loves to be with us. yet I love the speed that is afforded without the added weight. once our dog is used to the trike and is stable I will replace the support of the carriage which is a cheap cutting board with what I wanted to use all along a short long board with cool graphics. I will make a separate post about the carriage and what parts I used and what I plan on using. for a skateboard. My only concern would be having a wagging tail getting caught up in the spokes so I plan on making light weight fender skirts .
When I am done with the design of the pet carrier it will be able to easily transform to a full on carrier like you see just more refined, then the carrier could be easily removed leaving just the skate board and finally when riding solo I just fold down the brackets supporting the skateboard. To get the added ground clearance I may need to stow the skateboard I may be forced to upgrade the front wheels to 24"
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Oddly enough- while my wife and I were out riding this morning, we passed a lady pushing a mesh stroller. It had a grey tabby cat inside. The cat looked totally mellow.
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our cat meows when I first put her in then she mellows out quick then seems to enjoy the ride
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