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Old 11-24-09, 07:42 PM   #1
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Transporting you Recumbent (especially trikes)

Any trike riders out there want to share how you get your bike from trail to trail, etc when it's not moving under your own power? I'm sure I could stick it in a pickup truck (if I had one) or maybe a trailer. Any other thoughts?
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Old 11-25-09, 01:07 AM   #2
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We stuff my Trice QNT in the back of our SUV with the seats folded down. Still a good amount of space to pack things (like camping gear and Burley cargo trailer for 3 day tour) and even a nice little niche for the dog to ride with.
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Old 11-25-09, 09:15 AM   #3
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We usually haul one trike in the back of a Highlander and hang the other on a slightly modified (five inches added to upright support) Thule Revolver rack. When we want more room in the car we hang both trikes on the rack with their seats removed.

We can haul one trike in our Prius but there's no passenger room left and the trike must be my fully reclined Trice Q. Smart and beautiful wife's TT is too high unless the seat is removed.

(You don't seem to be getting much response here. A subject search at BentRider Online will yield many strange and wonderful transport options.)

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Old 11-27-09, 11:35 PM   #4
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I carry mine in the back of my Subaru Forester most of the time. However, I have carried it on top of our Nissan Quest van when we needed to carry two trike and two bikes at the same time. Once mine was on the roof (strapped to the roof rack) my son's smaller trike was put inside the vehicle and the two bikes on a standard bike rack on the back.
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Old 11-28-09, 07:58 AM   #5
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Just bought a trike and brought it home in my Ford Escape, however I will make a "hanger" to haul it on the back with my trailer hitch. I have not tried my 'normal' bike carrier to see if it would hang on it yet. happy hunting.
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What trike did you choose, Floyd?
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I got the ICE T for Touring or Trice...It was what they had at the bike shop. I had done some looking and had not tried very many, but this is a good one. With fenders I can ride in the rain if I need to, although I probably would not do that on purpose. Most of my riding is for exercize or "to get rid of extra-size", and keep the heart pumping.
enjoy the ride.
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Congratulations on the new trike. The ICE T is an excellent trike. Happy riding!
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My homebilt development FWD trike has currently 5 bolts to remove the entire rear frame for transportation, the "production" model will have 3 bolts. What's funny is the other day I had it together for a test ride and it wouldn't fit into the rear of the focus hatchback. I was cussing and cursing as I didn't want to take it apart, trying to make it fit, but I did take it apart and reassembled it for the test ride.
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Well I'm picking up my Sun EZ3 USX HD on Wednesday. It's a bid f-ing trike. I drive a Mercury sedan. Now I'm borrowing a Chevy Blazer to pick it up, but to get from trail to trail... ? This is where I need the voices of experience to chime in.
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Well I'm picking up my Sun EZ3 USX HD on Wednesday. It's a bid f-ing trike. I drive a Mercury sedan. Now I'm borrowing a Chevy Blazer to pick it up, but to get from trail to trail... ? This is where I need the voices of experience to chime in.
Ahhh... a trike that size definitely needs a different strategy. Looks like you are going to need one of those racks that either attaches to a hitch or attaches to your roof. you might find some ideas here:

http://www.hitchrider.com/trikes.htm
http://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/...ory=1157564096
http://www.lightfootcycles.com/transporting.php
http://cyclesimplex.com/trike-racks.asp
http://www.hitchsource.com/draftmast...y-p-28871.html
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Ahhh... a trike that size definitely needs a different strategy. Looks like you are going to need one of those racks that either attaches to a hitch or attaches to your roof. you might find some ideas here:

http://www.hitchrider.com/trikes.htm
http://www.hostelshoppe.com/cgi-bin/...ory=1157564096
http://www.lightfootcycles.com/transporting.php
http://cyclesimplex.com/trike-racks.asp
http://www.hitchsource.com/draftmast...y-p-28871.html
Excellent links! The Hitchrider site actually has pretty much solved my dilemma, seeing as how they use the same trike I'm riding as their example! That side loader looks fantastic! Thanks for the help!
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Old 12-04-09, 12:13 PM   #13
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Old 12-04-09, 05:08 PM   #14
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Pleased to find that my V3 fits right down the middle of my Mazda van; don't have to remove a wheel and only have to drop the seat down an inch.
Vans are great for hauling 'bents and tandems.
For a sedan, hitch mount racks look like the way to go.
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I have an Easy Racer/Sun Easy Sport LE LWB recumbent.
Check this thread to see my rack set-up:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...t=#post9928364

Edit: I forgot to add that the Rocky Mount telescoping tandem/recumbent rack has a swiveling mount for the front fork/QR which
allows you to raise the front end of your bike up to the roof line for mounting while the rear wheel of your bike rests on the ground.
Once the front fork is secured to the rack, you can then lift the rear of your bike up to finish mounting on the roof rack. This option is a
real back saver and an awesome option.

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If I am riding solo and don't need to carry any passengers, my GS GTO fits nicely inside my Scion XB (that's why I bought the Scion). The car is too tall for me to carry it on the roof as I once did when I had a compact station wagon. I have also carried it hanging from a standard bike rack that fits on the hatchback but it obscures the license plate and that may be a violation of the law in many jurisdictions as it is here in Nevada. I've also had a friend carry mine and his GTOs on a standard roof rack on a Chevy Blazer for longer trips. It takes two people to get them up and down, but it does leave the inside of the vehicle free for passengers or cargo.
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My brother and I have ICE Adventure fs's. Love their ability to fold; we can pack two in my Pontiac Vibe when we go on a trip. Not a fan of hanging them off the rear bumper; too afraid of being rear-ended, and of there being too great a temptation to thieves. Am impressed with the front and rear suspension; it's not for severe off-roading, but it is a great help when the road, or more often trail is rough.
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A little over a week ago my wife bought a Greenspeed GT3.

While we were shopping for trikes, the sales woman recommended a receiver hitch rack. I told my wife that a receiver and the rack would run around $500. Why not put that money into the bike insted? We looked at the Greenspeed because it's 16" wheels resulted in a compact folded package. We told the shop owner that, if he could make it fit into her Saturn SL1, we'd buy it.

My wife says that it takes her about 5 minutes to disassemble the bike and load it into her trunk but I suspect that includes time for changing out of her cycling shoes.

So there you are.

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i just got a pickup. i have more of a semi-recumbent cruiser and i didn't go much further than around my neighborhood. now i can stick it in the bed and i've taken it to ride along the river downtown. i put a lock and chian on one of the hooks to keep it secure from theft and a tiedown strap to keep it from moving around.
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I have not tried this but I have seen a trike transported on a trunk mount bike rack facing the rear. The 2 wheels were afixed to the bike rack, the rear wheel was placed on the roof of the car and secured with bungee cords. Car was protected with a spare piece of carpet. It looked secure to me since the rack prevented lateral movement.
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Sayre Kulp...first off: congrats on your goals keep it up! I was the fellow that posted on here back in August regarding the trailer adapter for our Sun EZ-3USX-HD trikes. I received my Booyah trailer Friday and Tuesday I will fabricate per your instructions on modifying the tow bar.

I realize you have no recourse being that you drive a sedan, but I did find a 6'x12' v-nose trailer to haul our trikes in. I checked in the rack by "Hitch-hiker, but it would have cost me almost $1000.00 just for the rack. I can get both trikes in the bed of my truck, but thy would still be out in the open and even if my tail gate locks, if someone wants the trikes, they WILL get them. I decided the trailer route was the best way to go. the trailer is enclosed so out of sight out of mind. The trikes stay dry and the Booyah trailer also fits in there. I do wish you luck in your search and don't stop seeking your goals and dreams.

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I found my kmx would fit in the back of a nissan micra with the boom pushed in. But I have put it on two thule bike racks on roof bars, front wheels on the rack, back on the roof directly and a strap to stop it moving up under heavy braking. No specialist gear needed and rock solid
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I carry two Catrikes on my 93 Toyota Corolla. One goes on top on a used Thule setup with three channels on the crossbars and the other goes on a Saris trunk mount rack. On the Saris the rear wheel goes up on the back window with a bungee to the Thule and the arms on the Saris hold the trike by the main cross frame member. I have driven like this at highway speeds for many miles and the trikes ride perfectly. I do recommend removing the mesh seats for gas milage reasons and checking straps occasionally.
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