Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Utility Cycling
Reload this Page >

Worksman Port-O-Trike PTCB: No rim brakes, steel or alloy wheels?

Utility Cycling Want to haul groceries, beer, maybe even your kids? You don't have to live car free to put your bike to use as a workhorse. Here's the place to share and learn about the bicycle as a utility vehicle.

Worksman Port-O-Trike PTCB: No rim brakes, steel or alloy wheels?

Reply

Old 02-13-12, 11:23 PM
  #1  
Huge Zits
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Huge Zits's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 72
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Worksman Port-O-Trike PTCB: No rim brakes, steel or alloy wheels?

Hello,

I will be purchasing a Worksman Port-O-Trike PTCB for my mom soon and was wondering if the $45 alloy rim upgrade is worth it in this application. This particular model has a coaster brake and a front drum brake, so from what I understand there won't be any friction directly on the rims.

Steel or alloy rims?
Huge Zits is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-12, 01:21 AM
  #2  
Sirrus Rider
Velocommuter Commando
 
Sirrus Rider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,646

Bikes: '88 Specialized Sirrus, '89 Alpine Monitor Pass, two '70 Raligh Twenties, '07 Schwinn Town & Country Trike, '07 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Huge Zits View Post
Hello,

I will be purchasing a Worksman Port-O-Trike PTCB for my mom soon and was wondering if the $45 alloy rim upgrade is worth it in this application. This particular model has a coaster brake and a front drum brake, so from what I understand there won't be any friction directly on the rims.

Steel or alloy rims?
Alloy is lighter and won't rust; however, as you point out the upgrade won't be significant for braking.
Sirrus Rider is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-12, 03:33 PM
  #3  
Huge Zits
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Huge Zits's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 72
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, I'm leaning towards the steel rims since they won't be the braking surface.

$45 seems reasonable for the alloy upgrade, though. If braking surface is the only practical reason in this application, I won't upgrade.
Huge Zits is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-12, 03:53 PM
  #4  
Ranko Kohime
Senior Member
 
Ranko Kohime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Steel would make the better braking surface anyway, I believe, so with or without rim brakes, it's a question of a few ounces of weight, and so really not worth the upgrade.
Ranko Kohime is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-12, 04:12 PM
  #5  
squirtdad
Senior Member
 
squirtdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
Posts: 5,837

Bikes: 90/91 De Rosa, '84 Team Miyata, '82 nishiski,

Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 707 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Ranko Kohime View Post
Steel would make the better braking surface anyway, I believe, so with or without rim brakes, it's a question of a few ounces of weight, and so really not worth the upgrade.
This is absolutley incorrect. Steel is inferior to aluminum for rim brakes. If it gets a little wet it has almost no braking capacity.
__________________
Looking for Torpado Superlight 58cm
squirtdad is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-12, 05:50 PM
  #6  
bendembroski
My legs hurt
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Farther behind you than I'd like to be
Posts: 683

Bikes: Vaya, Brompton, '73 Schwinn Super Sport, Cresswell Fold-it, '81 Trek 610

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
This is absolutley incorrect. Steel is inferior to aluminum for rim brakes. If it gets a little wet it has almost no braking capacity.
+1
bendembroski is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-12, 12:11 PM
  #7  
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 5,362
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Huge Zits View Post
Hello,

I will be purchasing a Worksman Port-O-Trike PTCB for my mom soon and was wondering if the $45 alloy rim upgrade is worth it in this application. This particular model has a coaster brake and a front drum brake, so from what I understand there won't be any friction directly on the rims.

Steel or alloy rims?
as a long term user and owner of the Worksman brand I'll share this with you about rims.

The steel rims are nice and very strong on all Workman's BUT the chrome is just a thin coating that rusts VERY quickly. The allow rims will all come with stainless steel spokes so the whole alloy wheel package is a good investment to avoid any rusting.
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

Last edited by Nightshade; 02-15-12 at 12:15 PM.
Nightshade is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service