Show us your bicycle.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Chisenhallw

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    Well, ok. I own a <a href="http://www.sunbicycles.com/product_detail.php?short_code=EZ-3+SX+Tadpole&cl1=RECUMBENT">Sun Bicycles Tadpole Trike</a>. 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 <i>heavy</i>, 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, <i>nobody</i> 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. :D 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.
  2. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    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??

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    If you're thinking about some significant saddle time, and faster cycling...then it's time to start talking about recumbent tadpoles.
  3. DriveShaft

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    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.
  4. Juanjo_NY

    Juanjo_NY Made in Argentina

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    no longer my bike, but had great deal of fun with that Canedian made Devinci Guzzler.!!
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  5. MK Bike

    MK Bike D2T

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    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.
  6. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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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.
  7. DriveShaft

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    The only kind I can think of are cargo trikes. like the bakfiets from the Netherlands.

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    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.

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

    Chisenhallw Avowed Pussbag

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    I don't know of anyone who makes anything like that - that's something you might have to have custom made. $$$
  9. BHW

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    Have you seen the new Transition Klunker?

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  10. HOT DAMN!

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    I was looking at that a few months ago, did they actually decide to put that into production yet? Cost?
  11. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    Man, that is just what I've been looking for. :thumb
  12. BHW

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    Would make for a cool, new class, at Whistler. :evil
  14. DriveShaft

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    There's a reason, I reckon, why we don't see too many of them 'cept for cargo bikes. The benefits of the tadpole arrangement are lost on an upright design unless one of two things are achieved...1) the center of gravity is down low. or 2) the whole bike is designed to lean like a normal bike. Most bakfiet-style cargo bikes have so much mass that they make sense as a tadpole. The Onya cycles bike I showed above is also designed with a leaning steering linkage. Most recumbent tadpoles have the rider's weight nearly at axle height. Those are situations when a tadpole arrangement really excels. But in the case where you have fixed geometry, and an upright position...it doesn't hold that much benefit over a traditional trike arrangement.
  15. BHW

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    Apparently "klunking" is the newest fad in mountain biking.....bombing down the mountain on a rigid coaster braked bike! Taking it back to where it all started!


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  16. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I end up trading Maverick forks..

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  17. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    bump
  18. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    In case some of you didn't see it in "The Bicycle Thread..."
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  20. ndirienzo

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    My Superfly when it was new

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    And the road bike I just built up
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