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Old 07-20-16, 07:14 AM
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First road ride on my Catrike

I did my first real road ride on my Catrike. I'll admit to having been a little bit intimidated about riding it on the roads. I rode 35 miles over relatively friendly country roads but it did include a section of Hwy 94 and a section of industrial park roads. I did use a safety spinner flag that everybody comments about. After yesterday's ride I feel much more confident.
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I believe you will get more respect than when on a 2 wheeler.
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Old 07-20-16, 07:38 AM
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I have been doing night rides to beat the heat.

Good Strobe Lights might help you feel Safer.

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I have been riding my trike for 4 years now. I ride it about 50-50 with my recumbent. I find I get more room from passing cars on the trike.
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Gonna be wearing an I LIKE TRIKE button during this presidential election year, RG?
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Old 07-21-16, 03:31 PM
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Gonna be wearing an I LIKE TRIKE button during this presidential election year, RG?
If I knew where to get one I would definitely wear it.
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Last April I purchased a Catrike 700 and like you, was very apprehensive about riding with traffic and being so low to the pavement. Well, after about 2000 miles almost all on country roads, I am pleased to announce that switching to 3 wheels has been my best move. No longer concerns of falling on loose rock or other hazards.

I have added flashing lights (Blackburn) both front and rear and an Airzound air horn. The horn has an added benefit of stopping dogs in their tracks but I really purchased it for protection from someone else backing out of their driveway etc. I also always use a flag.

A friend of mine and myself are setting out to ride our first 3 wheeled century (100 miles) this Tuesday 7/26/2016. This is an unsupported and self organized event by just the two of us. We have done several 100k rides already this year but this will be our longest trike ride to date.

Glad you are enjoying your ride.
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Last April I purchased a Catrike 700 and like you, was very apprehensive about riding with traffic and being so low to the pavement. Well, after about 2000 miles almost all on country roads, I am pleased to announce that switching to 3 wheels has been my best move. No longer concerns of falling on loose rock or other hazards.
Where in Illinois?
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Old 07-24-16, 07:35 PM
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Where in Illinois?
We live near Clinton. Center of the state between Bloomington and Decatur.
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Retro Grouch - I just purchased a Catrike 5.5.9. and absolutely love it. I ride on roads around my community and am interested in finding a spinner to add to my flag. What are you using and where did you get it. I think it would add to my visibility. There are so many old people (not me, of course) in Florida, that we need all the help we can get letting them know we're on the road with them. I don't know what is worse - old drivers or young ones texting while driving!
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Retro Grouch - I just purchased a Catrike 5.5.9. and absolutely love it. I ride on roads around my community and am interested in finding a spinner to add to my flag. What are you using and where did you get it.

I googled bicycle safety flags and eventually bought mine from Rocky Mountain Recumbents.
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Originally Posted by lookinUp View Post
Retro Grouch - I just purchased a Catrike 5.5.9. and absolutely love it. I ride on roads around my community and am interested in finding a spinner to add to my flag. What are you using and where did you get it. I think it would add to my visibility. There are so many old people (not me, of course) in Florida, that we need all the help we can get letting them know we're on the road with them. I don't know what is worse - old drivers or young ones texting while driving!
Our Catrikes came with a small orange safety flag, and we, like RetroGrouch, bought spinners from Rocky Mountain Recumbents (which is down the road a piece from our farm, as it happens). We then altered the orange safety flag so that it rests just above the junction of the flag pole. So we have a high spinner and mid-range flag. Plus we wear hi vis yellow and our trikes are hi vis yellow (Catrike calls it Hyper Yellow). In addition, for windy days, we bought a pair of sail flags from RMR. The spinners, we noted, have a way of whapping pedestrians in the face as we pass when the wind kicks up to 25-30 MPH.

We also have spoke reflectors and 2 white lights in the front and 2 red lights in the rear. Also hi vis yellow DaBrim visors on hi vis yellow helmets. People frequently ask if we are in stealth mode. :0) We just figure nobody but nobody is looking 2 feet off the ground for a pedal powered vehicle and we want to be seen.

72 miles we rode in 5 hours last Sunday. All of it on a paved trail, none of it on a roadway. We're still not comfy on roads. Part of that might have to do with us hitting the trail at 5:30 AM to beat the heat. And part of that is pure chicken. :0)
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I promised my wife that I would not ride the trike on roads. I commute every day on 2 wheels, but have wanted to try doing it on three some day. I'll probably just listen to my better half, though.
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I have only had my Trike for 4 weeks, but find that people give you more room than necessary. Lights are also a big plus.
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Old 08-05-16, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I did my first real road ride on my Catrike. I'll admit to having been a little bit intimidated about riding it on the roads. I rode 35 miles over relatively friendly country roads but it did include a section of Hwy 94 and a section of industrial park roads. I did use a safety spinner flag that everybody comments about. After yesterday's ride I feel much more confident.
Hey RG - I'm about 1-1/2 hours from you on the IL side (Carrollton). If you want to cruise country roads where you typically see less than a dozen cars on the whole ride, PM me. My schedule mostly restricts me to Saturdays or Sunday afternoons.
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Go to youtube and google on Trike "train" to see what five Ketterweisel delta trikes look like linked end to end. Just two of them are really long but 5 is pretty impressive.

Oops, should have been posted on the tandem trike thread. Been having a lot of problems with unresponsive scripts crashing my computer at this site.

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Bought a Cat 700 this spring and love it. Have nearly 1700 miles on it, ride the Natchez Trace and Music City Greenway. The Greenway is short, but has some steep pulls that seem to give a good interval workout. The Trace I ride is the hilliest part.

Don't care to ride with heavy traffic, the Trace is dead during the week.

Won't go back to a DF bike.

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Bought a Cat 700 this spring and love it. Have nearly 1000 miles on it, ride the Natchez Trace and Music City Greenway. The Greenway is short, but has some steep pulls that seem to give a good interval workout. The Trace I ride is the hilliest part.

Don't care to ride with heavy traffic, the Trace is dead during the week.

Won't go back to a DF bike.
I've ridden a good part of the Music City Greenway on a DF when I was in town for work. That is one nice greenway! I also got to ride just the top few miles of the trace. How is it on your trike, no issues with traffic? Is there a better or worse time to ride it?
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Glitched the mileage, the best time I have found is during the week. I get on the road before noon, get done around 6. That way I miss traffic jam on the way back home.

The Trace is dead during the week. I tend to ride in the heat of the day, but I don't have much extra butter and am acclimated to the weather. Sufficient hydration and nutrition are the key to ride the day away.
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