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Offline Dan M

Adult tricycle recommendations?
« on: June 17, 2020, 03:50:21 pm »
Does anyone have a recommendation for a non-recumbent decent adult tricycle?

Offline John Nettles

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Re: Adult tricycle recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2020, 06:35:52 pm »
While I am not familiar with non-recumbent trikes, out of curiosity, why are you ruling out a recumbent?

Offline DanE

Re: Adult tricycle recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2020, 07:10:52 pm »
You should research the British tricycle scene.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Adult tricycle recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2020, 06:45:57 am »
My dad owned one and it seemed kind of dangerous to me at the time.  His was a clunker that he used for hauling cargo.  I briefly rode his so my experience is extremely minimal.

For riding at a very moderate pace on good and flat surfaces my concerns may be moot, but it seemed to me that for an unsteady rider at a moderate pace tipping over was a danger if the surface wasn't good and at a faster pace that it was iffy for even a steady rider.  Dropping a wheel off of the edge of the road or into a pot hole could result in a fall as could a quick turn given the inability to lean.

Riding slowly on a perfect flat surface was what it seemed best suited for, but then I look at that British tricycle site and see what they are doing...  I guess maybe it depends to a large degree in the rider and what they have in mind.

Offline TCS

Re: Adult tricycle recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2020, 03:23:20 pm »
Hey, Dan M!

Three-wheel pedal cycles have been around since the 1870s, and whether the single wheel should be in front (a 'delta') or in back (a 'tadpole') has been debated ever since, with no clear resolution.

Without knowing what 'decent' (quality?  performance?) means to you, how big your budget is or what your riding goals might be, here are a few thoughts off the top of my head:

I'm guessing since you've asked on this forum that cargo hauling is not what you're after, but pleasure riding and perhaps some touring are in the cards.

Probably the most straightforward route to an efficient, versatile standard configuration trike would be to modify a good quality bicycle you like with a two-wheel-drive (differential) TriKit conversion axle:

While technically recumbents, the seats on trikes like the Hase Trigo and Sun Seeker X3-AX are actually a little higher than a standard dining room chair.
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