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Old 02-22-2013, 09:14 AM   #2281
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Since this is kind of an odd-ball question, I think some clarification is in order. Were you thinking along the lines of a recumbant trike, or a bakfiet? Or a full-on I'm reliving my youth tricycle?

Tadpole arrangements (two wheels up front) have been academically proven to be the most preferred arrangement.
Something along the lines of a grown up tricycle. My daughter is handicapped and she's still pretty petite (4'11). We're trying to get her mobile a bit more so she has some independence.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:24 AM   #2282
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actually, the best place for this question might be in the "Bicycle thread"
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150964



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Guess this is the best place to ask a bicycle question?
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:26 AM   #2283
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actually, the best place for this question might be in the "Bicycle thread"
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150964
Ahh - thanks
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:35 AM   #2284
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Something along the lines of a grown up tricycle. My daughter is handicapped and she's still pretty petite (4'11). We're trying to get her mobile a bit more so she has some independence.
Well, ok. I own a Sun Bicycles Tadpole Trike. I had it for rail-trails & suchlike back when I lived in Missouri. It's currently wrapped up in a tarp here in Baltimore under my house. The front boom extends/retracts, & the seat slides forward & back - so I'm fairly sure you'd be able to set it up for her height. The shifters are swivel-shifters, so they're pretty easy to work. 21 speeds.

And honestly? You need them. The thing is heavy, and especially if she hasn't built up much leg musculature she'll need those granny gears to get the thing moving. A 3 speed isn't going to cut it, especially the moment she hits an incline. The other big con is that you absolutely shouldn't ride it on open streets. When seated, you're about the height of a car's wheel well. Nobody, and I mean, nobody can see you. I'm a decently skilled cyclist, and I never rode that thing on the street unless I had someone else on a bicycle riding escort. I won't ride it at all on Baltimore streets. Other, minor cons - you can't stand up in the saddle to take the bumps out of the road - you feel everything that's under you.

The pros are that they're a ton of fun. The grin-per-minute is very high. It's a very stable machine, unless you ride it like a hooligan, in which case you can get it up into a tiltie or power-slide it pretty easy. Ask me how I know. The granny gears work pretty well - with the right gear combo it's not hard to get it going pretty fast. I rode mine halfway across Missouri on the MKT/Katy Trail from St. Louis to Columbia, and had a ball. It's like pedaling a laz-y-boy recliner.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:56 AM   #2285
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Something along the lines of a grown up tricycle. My daughter is handicapped and she's still pretty petite (4'11). We're trying to get her mobile a bit more so she has some independence.
Do you imagine her being competent enough to go fast, or go for long distances?

If it's just for tooling around, you're probably thinking of something like this??



If you're thinking about some significant saddle time, and faster cycling...then it's time to start talking about recumbent tadpoles.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #2286
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Well, ok. I own a Sun Bicycles Tadpole Trike. I had it for rail-trails & suchlike back when I lived in Missouri. It's currently wrapped up in a tarp here in Baltimore under my house. The front boom extends/retracts, & the seat slides forward & back - so I'm fairly sure you'd be able to set it up for her height. The shifters are swivel-shifters, so they're pretty easy to work. 21 speeds.

And honestly? You need them. The thing is heavy, and especially if she hasn't built up much leg musculature she'll need those granny gears to get the thing moving. A 3 speed isn't going to cut it, especially the moment she hits an incline. ....
I was thinking the same thing wrt a sturmer archer internal gear hub. You don't have the luxury of being able to stand up to bear down on your pedals, so they're mostly outfitted with gearing more akin to a mountain triple. An internally-geared recumbent tadpole would be a rare breed.

Personally, I think recumbents make for better grown up tricycles than...adult tricycles. There are no engineering principles governing the design of an adult tricycle; they just don't jive with the dynamics. So they are relegated to the slow-speed stuff.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:10 AM   #2287
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:32 AM   #2288
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Something along the lines of a grown up tricycle. My daughter is handicapped and she's still pretty petite (4'11). We're trying to get her mobile a bit more so she has some independence.
Look up Worksman Cycles here in NYC. Located in Ozone Park near JFK. They have some adult trike options and are open to special mods or changes. Wayne Sosin is a good contact at the company.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:37 AM   #2289
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Thanks for the replies. Gives me more to go on. I'm not sure she would get on that well with a recumbent tadpole? We tried her on something like that up at Saco river campground and she didn't seem to like that at all. On the other hand she liked a regular grown up tricycle but thought it was a bit tipy.

Is there something like a tadpole but upright? I had thought of something along the lines of a delivery bicycle but haven't been able to find a source locally or on line.
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Thanks for the replies. Gives me more to go on. I'm not sure she would get on that well with a recumbent tadpole? We tried her on something like that up at Saco river campground and she didn't seem to like that at all. On the other hand she liked a regular grown up tricycle but thought it was a bit tipy.

Is there something like a tadpole but upright? I had thought of something along the lines of a delivery bicycle but haven't been able to find a source locally or on line.
The only kind I can think of are cargo trikes. like the bakfiets from the Netherlands.



The options I know of that are tadpole designed uprights actually feature characteristics you probably don't want; namely, leaning steering linkages, like this one, which one of my sisters friends is trying to get on the market.



It's actually a cargo bike. what's not in the picture is the basket that goes in the space between the wheels.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:01 AM   #2291
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Is there something like a tadpole but upright? I had thought of something along the lines of a delivery bicycle but haven't been able to find a source locally or on line.
I don't know of anyone who makes anything like that - that's something you might have to have custom made. $$$
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:25 AM   #2292
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Nice Kos man! I see some Bullseyes, is that an old Goose double clamp stem?

I just can't wrap my head around guys paying ridiculous amounts of cash for 80's BMX stuff and turning it into a "show" bike.

Whatever.

Taking one of these heavy duty Worksman frames I paid $45 for and mocking up a cruiser, maybe black frame and fork, or chrome, or raw and clear powder.

Have you seen the new Transition Klunker?

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:49 AM   #2293
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Have you seen the new Transition Klunker?

I was looking at that a few months ago, did they actually decide to put that into production yet? Cost?
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:09 PM   #2294
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Have you seen the new Transition Klunker?

Man, that is just what I've been looking for.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:20 PM   #2295
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It was in this month's edition of bike magazine, they say MSRP is $550....so, probably $499 street price.


http://www.transitionbikes.com/2013/...iew.cfm?B=1394
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