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Old 09-04-14, 07:49 PM
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Trike recommendations requested

Mom has expressed interest in riding recently, and came to the LBS today. Apparently 2 wheels are not going to be enough, and out supplier has a really hard time keeping Torkers in stock(owner of LBS is not entirely impressed with the Torker's build quality either). What do you guys like for affordable, but decent, brands? Please keep hills in mind when making your recommendations.
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Something like this: Sun EZ Tad SX Trike 24 Speed Fire Red Excellent Condition 2013 | eBay
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Recumbents were apparently vetoed as well.
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I recommend this one... guy rides up Diablo with his father pretty regularly.
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If you are eliminating recumbent trikes as well, I would suggest that you start doing some internet research since there aren't very many standard tricycles out there any more. I'm pretty sure that Sun still makes standard trikes but you should look on their web site to make sure and to find a dealer, if they do.
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Sun does make trikes, their Husky division also makes an "industrial" trike. If you get the Sun standard trike, REPLACE THE "TRACTOR SEAT" IMMEDIATLEY! It hits the back of thighs, causing immense and intense pain while pedaling. A standard "beach cruiser" type seat is much more comfortable. While the manual says "don't exceed 7 mph" (nearly impossible to do with that dam tractor seat anyway) with a beach cruiser saddle I have a hard time keeping it under 10 mph. As long as you slow down a little when making a sharp turn, should not have and trouble or tip-overs. (as her confidence grows, do not be surprised to see her going around corners on two of the three wheels - its a blast!)

The industrial trike has a front drum brake option, and I think it has a not tractor seat option, as well. Sun also has optional sun canopies, three speed IGH gearing and full fender sets, as well. With a 500 pound load capacity (including rider) they are great for grocery shopping, too.
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Change her mind.
Bet she will only be on a trail or MUP and a recumbent (with wider tires) is most efficient.

For an upright position with single wheel in front there are lots of choices, but not so lightweight. Start with made in USA (NYC?) - Workman cycles.

The effort required with the heavier alternatives is so much greater that she may see riding as 'exercise' instead of a 'fun activitiy'. Hope she can ride from home too because heavier trikes on cars are a pain without the proper rear rack on a vehicle.

Good on Mom for trying. Keep her going.
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There are recumbents like the TerraTrike Rover, the Catrike Villager and Sun EZ-Tri Classic with seat heights at or near desk chair levels. In more traditional machines, there's the Schwinn Town and Country 3-speed. The Schwinn has been built in various iterations for a half-century and can be found used.

For the well heeled, there's the Newton conversion and the Trikit conversions, both out of the UK.

For something completely different, there's the Nihola or Smike.

for general entertainment and education, here's the Tricycle Association

For hills, there are modern e-bike kits and add-ons.
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tcs,
Thank you for the Trikit link, I've been trying to find a conversion kit, or a frame, since my diagnosis. Appreciate it and sorry for the interruption to the OP.

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Here's a blog with interesting first hand tales and beautiful images of adult upright triking in Denmark & Northern Europe. Here's the author's personal machine.
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Originally Posted by tcs
Here's a blog with interesting first hand tales and beautiful images of adult upright triking in Denmark & Northern Europe. Here's the author's personal machine.
Those are made and ridden in UK also. After seeing an article about them I tried chasing down a source. I found a couple but no one in the US. Nor, anyone who could sell one. Never got to a price. Did get warnings they are very unstable and difficult to ride. Suppose that is a matter of opinion.

If anyone gets more info I would be interested.
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There is no adequate substitute for a test ride. If your vision of a tricycle is a bicycle that won't tip over, I'm thinking you are likely to be disappointed.
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Check craigslist. Here in Chicago there are always adult trikes for sale. Prices are usually $200-400. For instance, here's a Worksman (industrial quality trike) for 400: Made in the USA heavy duty, used Industrial tricycle Mover Tricycle
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Originally Posted by tcs
Here's a blog with interesting first hand tales and beautiful images of adult upright triking in Denmark & Northern Europe. Here's the author's personal machine.
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Check craigslist. Here in Chicago there are always adult trikes for sale. Prices are usually $200-400. For instance, here's a Worksman (industrial quality trike) for 400: Made in the USA heavy duty, used Industrial tricycle Mover Tricycle
What I refer to is more like the former than the latter. The former is essentially a three wheel road bike. Not the same thing at all as the Workman.

One is readily available. The other is apparently not and needs some research to find a source.
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What I refer to is more like the former than the latter. The former is essentially a three wheel road bike. Not the same thing at all as the Workman.

One is readily available. The other is apparently not and needs some research to find a source.
Um, OK, I guess. Since I wasn't replying to anything you said but to the OP and contributing to the general discussion about trikes, what's your point?
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The cheapest option would probably be a normal bike with adult training wheels or wheel stabilizers as they're also called.
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A few questions that everyone missed, including myself; what is your mom's age group, what kind of hills are you talking about and what do you consider affordable?
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Good recommendations from all.

I feel abandoned when an OP drops out of the dialogue for a month without a closing.
That's the interwebs.
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Types : delta 2 wheels in back (drive only to one. ) longer wheel base, or the shorter typical of most..


Put a toolbox in the back for really big places like Boeing and Shipyards
Worksman is the Utility HD version There.

Tadpole 1 wheel in the back te ones shown , or the Christiania box-bike whole box & 2 wheels turn as one.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
There is no adequate substitute for a test ride. If your vision of a tricycle is a bicycle that won't tip over, I'm thinking you are likely to be disappointed.
That is a great point. I used to sell and service adult and industrial trikes, and I found riding them scary, because you can't lean into turns.
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart
I used to sell and service adult and industrial trikes, and I found riding them scary, because you can't lean into turns.
If what I see on the Tricycle Association web page is any indication, leaning into turns is exactly what you do on a trike.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Types : delta 2 wheels in back (drive only to one. )
There are differential units and some trikes do have drive to both wheels.
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Whether the two wheels should be in front or back has been debated since the late 1870s with no clear winner yet.

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I know someone with one of these 3 speed trikes, you mentioned hills for her 3 speeds really does not cut it.
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Mrs. Grouch and I own a pair of Kettweisel delta recumbent trikes that we can join together to form a tandem.

Good points are they are easy to mount and dismount because the comfortable seat is at a good height. You don't have to put a foot down at intersections. You can climb hills very slowly and not tip over. In fact, you can stop in the middle of a hill to rest and start back up easily. Did I mention the comfortable seat?

Bad points are you have to work out how to transport one with a car, and we ride really, really slow. We're also talking significant money. I'd hesitate to recommend a Kettweisel to somebody who didn't have a good quality bicycling background.
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