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Adjusting an Adult Tricycle for best performance

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Old 07-04-08, 09:48 PM
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Adjusting an Adult Tricycle for best performance

I recently got a Schwinn Meridian single speed Adult Tricycle for my Mom. It went together pretty simply but when assembled I noticed that it has a tendancy to pull towards the chain side of the bicycle.

I think it must be the alignment is off. How do you align an adult tricycle? Is the sensation of pulling to the chain side of the bike normal?

Any tricks to setting up an adult tricycle?

Thank you for your help.

P.S. Sorry for the cross posting. I posted this message in Bicycle Mechanics and received no response. I think this group may be better able to handle these questions.
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Old 07-04-08, 11:02 PM
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Never owned a trike so I'm of no help, however, Sianelle and 2ManyBikes are both trike pilots. If no one gives you an answer, fire off a PM to either or both and they should be able to assist.
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Old 07-04-08, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by spikedog123 View Post
I recently got a Schwinn Meridian single speed Adult Tricycle for my Mom. It went together pretty simply but when assembled I noticed that it has a tendancy to pull towards the chain side of the bicycle.

I think it must be the alignment is off. How do you align an adult tricycle? Is the sensation of pulling to the chain side of the bike normal?

Any tricks to setting up an adult tricycle?

Thank you for your help.

P.S. Sorry for the cross posting. I posted this message in Bicycle Mechanics and received no response. I think this group may be better able to handle these questions.

Check the handlebar to front wheel alignment. Also, they tend to be finicky on tire pressure. If one side has less air it will tend to drag to that side. To some extent it is the nature of the beast as compared to the electroforged Schwinn Trikes the New Meridan/Town & Country have only one power wheel where as some of the EF Schwinns had a live Axle.

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Does this one drive both rear wheels? I know they have made some that just drive one rear wheel, and seems that could make it pull.
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Does this one drive both rear wheels? I know they have made some that just drive one rear wheel, and seems that could make it pull.
All new Schwinn adult trikes (Meridan and Town & Country) are one wheel drive . The actual driveline design as best as I can determine is a hybrid of the Single wheel drive and live axle version of the EF Town & Country designs.

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Originally Posted by spikedog123 View Post
I recently got a Schwinn Meridian single speed Adult Tricycle for my Mom. It went together pretty simply but when assembled I noticed that it has a tendancy to pull towards the chain side of the bicycle.

I think it must be the alignment is off. How do you align an adult tricycle? Is the sensation of pulling to the chain side of the bike normal?

Any tricks to setting up an adult tricycle?

Thank you for your help.

P.S. Sorry for the cross posting. I posted this message in Bicycle Mechanics and received no response. I think this group may be better able to handle these questions.
It's little known but 99.9% of all standard trikes drive just the right rear wheel to forgo
the need for a complicated , and heavy, differential at the rear wheels. Some trikes also
cant the front forks just slightly towards the right to pull the trike off the road in the
event of rider incapacitation.

Hope this helps.........
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Do you still notice this when you ride on the 'wrong' side of the road? The road is crowned for water runoff and you don't notice it until you are on a trike that can't lean.
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Wow. Thanks for the response. I hadn't thought about the tire pressure difference. That could really be the answer to the funky performance. I believe the Schwinn Meridian Trike has power to one of the wheels not two. Also, the road "crown" certainly affects the steering. I understand that the handling characteristics are different from a regular bike since there is no leaning.

I will try again to make this bike right. I am grateful for your help.
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The first time I rode an adult tricycle I wondered what I'd struck because it seemed to want to go everywhere except where I wanted it to. High crowned roads always wanted to send me into the gutter and the single wheel drive was certainly interesting until I got used to it and learned how to correct for it.
On my tricycle the pedals power the left rear as we drive on the left here in NZ and when I fitted the electric hub motor wheel it was completely natural to put it on the right rear. These days I'm experienced enough with riding my tricycle to deliberately rear wheel steer my tricycle if I need to with the electric hub. The trick is to power on and off the pedal driven wheel in harmony with the electric throttle.
Most times though I just enjoy the ride and behave myself
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You also want to make sure the rear axle carrier/trike frame is centered and paralell in the frame, just like if you had a single wheel back there.
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