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05 August 2013 @ 03:13 pm
Wondering if this board is still active - last posts were in 2011.
07 February 2011 @ 07:44 am
And I'm not sure this is quite ok for this community, but these vehicles DO have 3 wheels, and are human powered.

Check out http://www.trikkepro.com/ - this website belongs to a friend of mine, and I tried one out this weekend. I couldnt quite get the hang of it, but people seem to REALLY enjoy them and a friend of mine with mobility issues uses one to get around camping and it really helps.
21 July 2010 @ 10:59 pm
I just got my first (Adult) trike and I'm giddy! When my dad dropped it off I was actually jumping up and down, my neighbour was laughing at me. I got it on kijiji for 200 dollars. I have wanted a trike since I was 10 years old and finally, at 28 I have one. I've taken it for one ride so far, and I got lots of stares and a bunch of people stopping and rolling down windows commenting how awesome the trike was. Duh. It's a freaking trike! Now I've just got to get used to riding again (it's been 10 years, at least) and getting used to the trike's hips has been fun. Bike lanes are not built for Trikes.

Do you guys ride on the road or on sidewalks?

Not my trike, but the same make and model. (Except I have mirrors and an old school bell)
04 February 2010 @ 02:25 pm
I live in a small town right now and have a trike. I'm considering moving back to a larger city with more cars, and I'm wondering, what's it like to ride a trike in a larger city? I may be moving to Baltimore, I hope.
16 September 2009 @ 10:56 pm
As I was riding by the Waterfront yesterday, some guy on a bench called out "My grandma called. She said she wants her bike back.

Clever? Not so much.
Funny? Again. Not so much.

I coulda said that my grandma could kick his grandma's ass.

Meh. I just flipped him off, without looking back.
12 September 2009 @ 04:47 pm
Yes, they do still apply to you Mr. Policeman.

Trike going downhill+ you walking diagonally across the street between me & the light (which was green, BTW)= could have gotten messy if I hadn't been able to slow & stop soon enough.
15 August 2009 @ 01:02 pm
Portland needs more tricycle riders.

...On the other hand... that would make it even harder to find a convenient place to lock up.

Edit: We also need more readable bike maps.
06 August 2009 @ 05:46 pm
Have you heard about the Google tricycle? My first thought was "I want one!". Apparently they weigh about 18 stone, though (for the Americans, 1 stone = 14 pounds). That's almost heavier than my partner & I put together! So you must have to have super-strong legs to ride one.

There are lots of photos and articles online. Photo of the trike here and photo of the insides. There's also a video  here: My spying mission for Google. If it doesn't work then hit reload a few times - The Times' web site is unreliable like that.
Current Mood: amusedamused
20 July 2009 @ 12:00 pm
I rode my trike for the first time yesterday! It was great! I was nervous about riding on the streets of Portland for thee first time. Yes, yours truly was nervous about braving the streetcar tracks & the one way streets of downtown.

Street riding for the first time in a new city... how could I not be?.. and there's no Streetcar or Max in Huntington Beach... and what would I do if I got stuck? All my fears just melted away as I rode towards the Waterfront.

I'd love to be able to write something witty & funny here *sigh* but it's just not going to happen.
07 July 2009 @ 12:00 pm
You know, it's funny... When I'm at home, I miss my trike here; but when I'm here, I never ride it. After sitting for nearly a year, it'd also take lots of preparation.
Current Location: Huntington Beach, CA
02 July 2009 @ 10:58 am

Now it just needs a pirate flag and a few stickers. Maybe a bell.

I have balance and mobility issues that make riding a regular bike impossible for me.   I just picked up a older upright tricycle on craigslist, it's a 3 gear with dual rear driven wheels.   I would love to put a child seat on it to take my 3 year old daughter on rides with me.  I know that there are seats like the WeeRide and IBert that mount on the front handlebar stem, are there any others (either front or rear) that anyone else knows of?  Has anyone been able to pull a bike trailer w/ an upright trike?

Just trying to find out what my options are.    Thanks,
03 June 2009 @ 07:07 pm
I was very sad that I couldn't bring my trike with me when I moved here. Figured I could do without it, though....and the thought of riding over streetcar tracks & train tracks, on a tricycle scares the crap out of me.

Now I really miss my trike, though. I am looking to get another upright trike, since that's what I'm used to. I test drove a Worksman Portotrike today. The three speeds are a plus, and so is the small size (I live in a studio and have limited space), but the trike does have a steel frame. I am not so sure that's a good thing... especially in Portland. Do you think the Worksman would be good, ior should I look around for something without a steel frame?
16 May 2009 @ 01:55 pm

The Trail runs along old rail lines so is like a ride in the country, beautiful plants and I have seen a huge Gopher Tortoise ,Sandhill cranes and Peacock. The only bad street crossing in now a tunnel, so we have something new to enjoy as well. We will probably make the usual stop at Panera bread balcony to eat, bring your own or buy there.

The total length is about 13 miles each way but we are planning 4-5 hours for the ride including a stop at Panera and then continue north perhaps to the end. The top speeds will probably be 8-10 miles per hour but as is the custom of our group we will be going no faster than the slowest rider. or further than their enough meter.

here I was riding and just happened into the peacock

See More at the Meetup website sign up and come join us

06 May 2009 @ 05:00 pm
I know someone who wants a trike- he is someone who has had a stroke and has some problems on his left side with foot drop and control, and can't open his hand but can move his shoulder and lift his left arm. he walks and drives... we're just looking to possibly adapt a trike for him.

any suggestions or adaptations possible or can you suggest a model he could use?
29 April 2009 @ 01:19 pm
I have both a Delta (two wheels in back) upright and a Tadpole (two wheels in front) Recumbent Trike. The delta is a handy truck for doing groceries etc but the tadpole is by far the sports car of the two and way more fun.

A few pictures of my Trike:

At a Critical Mass ride

This from when I first got it

Current Location: Orlando Florida
Current Music: Irish Rock
12 November 2008 @ 01:33 am
yay craigslist. some weeks ago I posted that I was looking for a trike.

someone got ahold of me with a Miami Sun, one speed, hand brake, for over 100 less than I would have paid in the store. Including delivery, $265. YAY!

So 2 questions... do you use the flag thingy on the bike?


do you use a helmet?
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
19 October 2008 @ 01:57 am
I am pricing trikes. I never learned to ride a bike, I just moved to southern DE, and I need a trike to get around, cause I don't want a second car. And I just WANT one.

So, is there anywhere I can look for the consumer reports equivalent on trikes?

I rode a Miami Sun and liked it. A Trailmate and it was ok but expensive. How are the folding ones? How are the Walmart Schwinn ones?

What are your odds, buying online. I'm afraid I'll get one I don't like.

And how long into the Fall do you ride yours. I mean. it's October. Should I wait till spring or get one now?

I really want one.

What's with the "safety flags". I mean, one bike shop said I had to have one. Nobody else mentioned them. But they seem silly. I mean, regular bikes don't need them....do they?

Also, do I need a helmet?

yay, a trike community!
12 May 2008 @ 01:51 pm

Hi!  I'm considering a trike for myself (x3 greenspeed or a much cheaper terratrike tour) but that's not why I post.  

I want to get my father on a trike.

On December 27th, my father had a stroke.  Thanks to the excellent care at Adventist Hospital in Portland, he suffered no permanent damage, but he did give us quite the scare.  Since then, he's fought pretty hard to decrease his sodium intake, improve his diet, and cut back on his alcohol consumption.  He still needs to lose 30lbs.  I do believe the only way he can do that is with activity.  

He's talked about getting a trike (something with a nice big basket for groceries and trips to the hardware store) for years, with no movement (you know how dads can be).  But I think after the stroke something more profound happened.  He has felt betrayed by his body, weakened, and I don't think he believes it can get him where he wants to go.

I don't believe that.  I believe my dad is still as strong as he was before the stroke.  I want to help him believe that, too.

Now, I think he ought to just stop hemming and hawing and purchase (maybe a Sun?) a trike.  I don't think he'll do it, though, unless he has the chance to go out and ride one for awhile.  Prove to himself that he won't hate it, that it won't wipe him out and that his arthritic knees will be ok.

That's why I'm posting here.

Do any of you live in the Portland area and own a trike that's adjustable enough that my dad could borrow it for about 24 hours? We'd be happy to pay you, work out some kind of barter or something else.  Heck, if you're that much into human-power that you've got a trike and you live in my town, maybe we should just be friends!  

Long shot, but I think it's worth it.

In other news, hi!

02 March 2008 @ 11:43 pm
Does it make you uncomfortable to be closer to the ground than you would be on an upright?
21 February 2008 @ 04:38 pm
I read in an old copy of Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling that there were conversion kits to convert a conventional road bike into a fixed-gear tricycle with 2 rear drive wheels. I've tried to search around for one, but I haven't had any luck. Does anyone know where I might find such a kit?
15 February 2008 @ 01:36 pm
The other day I was in the Trader Joe's parking lot, looking for a place to lock up- that wouldn't involve lifting up my trike, or lots of maneuvering. The only visible bike rack was no longer an option, of course. Those of you familiar with the Trader Joe's in Huntington Beach, know which one I mean.... it's up on that island in front of what used to be a handicapped parking space. No cutout, just that one ramp that cars block when they park there. Two bikes at the rack, and a car parked on the ramp

The parking lot security guard was in his little covered cart, watching me.
Him: "We have a bike rack right back there."
I think he must have a problem with spatial dynamics, or something.
Me:"I know. I can't get to it, and I can't use it."

If other people can be assholes, so can I. I went to lock my trike to the shopping cart return. The girl returning carts told me not to.
Her: You can't park your bike here. It will get hit by carts.
Me: You try parking a tricycle!
Her:I haven't myself, but we have a bike rack right back there.
Yes I was hungry and cranky. I was on the verge of telling her to try and park it herself, if she thought she could do better.
Me: I can't get to it!
Her: I didn't realize there wasn't a cutout.
"blahh blah blah"

She left and I locked up. No one else said anything. When I came back, what do you know! My trike hadn't been hit by carts. Of course. It hadn't been last time either. There are other small racks around the parking lot, but I had never seen them. Not until my mom and I drove back later that night. They all require walking farther, and if I'm on my trike, I don't have my walker.
10 February 2008 @ 02:52 pm

That would be even more convenient for travel (size-wise) than the Portotrike.
Current Mood: excitedexcited
14 January 2008 @ 09:14 pm

The Greenspeed Anura is the first delta (ie two wheels back) trike from Greenspeed. As with my previous review of the WizWheels TerraTrike Cruiser most of the comparisons will be made to my tadpole (ie two wheels front) Greenspeed GT5 because that is what I spend most of my time on.

I really should make one disclaimer: I'm not the target market for the Anura as I'm too much of a go-karting hoon so bear that in mind as you read on.

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For a first version the Anura is an impressive debut from Greenspeed and would make an ideal touring/cruising trike. The biggest criticisms I have are the lack of accessories (largely as a result of it being a V1.0 release) and the fact that it isn't really for me. But don't let that stop YOU!

Current Music: - Blueseed.mp3
30 December 2007 @ 04:21 pm
While driving up PCH the other day day, my mom & I saw a man riding a tricycle along the bike path. (I don't see too many, so that in itself is notable.) It looked like he was pedaling an awful lot, but not moving very much. Mine is kind of like that. Does anyone know if that's just the nature off trikes, or something?

Second gear on mine feels like first should feel to me. It feels pretty good, but if I get going a little too fast you can't pedal because the chain won't catch... So I kick up to third. Better... but when I get going just a tiny bit too fast for third, it's really scary. First is kinda like being dead in the water- I pedal & pedal, yet don't go very far. Here I thought my chain was just loose.

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
02 July 2007 @ 07:40 pm
I got to ride this beauty in a group ride (It was a very small group, there were 4 of us, and 2 kept falling behind.) yesterday. (Sooo not the color I would get if it were mine) I'd never ridden very much on a recumbent before, but it was pretty nice. Pretty stable, and it handled well. I did have a little trouble keeping it straight though, because I wasn't used to the low steering.

They put flat pedals on it for me, before we headed out.

02 June 2007 @ 11:54 am
This community has been awful quiet, so I just had to post this.

It's way cool.
21 March 2007 @ 02:56 pm
I posted about this in my journal the other day & figured I should post it here.

After not riding my bike (Yes, I do call it my bike, even though it's a tricycle. Minor detail.) in...oh, I don't know, six months?- I went out to check the tires the other day. The front & back left tires weren't too low, but thee right rear tire was practically flat, so I attempted to pump it. Hissing noise. Shit. So I left it.... turned out it wasn't the tire, it was the pump. After I got the tires pumped up I managed to ride it a couple blocks. It was good to be out again, if only a tiny bit. Baby steps.
16 March 2007 @ 05:03 pm
We have a Christiania trike which is great for transporting everyone in the family - daddy cycles, mammy and toddler ride on the bench, baby rides in an infant carseat on the floor.

Baby is growing.

So I've bought a child seat for the back carrier. If this goes on we'll never be tempted to get a car.
17 February 2007 @ 04:09 pm
I haven't gone riding inn months... I need to fix that someday soon. After not having done it in so long, it's har to get started again. I know I'm eay out of shape too.

Some news on my bicycle experiment: Last month I got a pair of wheels like this. They're in pretty good condition, aside from being a little flat. Hardly even used. Someday I will actually get them onto a bike.
Current Mood: awakeawake
08 November 2006 @ 08:50 pm
A couple random thoughts have been rattling around in my brain:

Why are recumbent trikes so popular when standard trikes aren't (here in CA anyway) because many people don't like the size or handling? Do recumbents corner better or something?

My trike is big & heavy. I know very few people who actually could transporrt it if they had to. Sometimes I get an irrattional fear that something will happen to me or my trike while I'm out riding, so that I won't be able to get me or my trike home. It's not like I could just put it on a bus or something. Sometimes this fear keeps me from riding, no matter how unlikely it is that something will happen. Does anyone else have that fear?
Current Music: Don't Start Me To Talking- Etta James
28 August 2006 @ 01:27 pm
If you go out riding, do you say that you'ree riding your bike, or riding your tricycle?
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Whip It DJ`Devil remix- Devo
07 May 2006 @ 12:28 pm
If you have a small, thin key it well eventually break. Unfortunately it will break inside the lock. At a very inopportune moment.

My bike lock key broke inside the lock on Friday. The lock was still on my tricycle. I had to find someone with a saw to cut it off.
Luckily I was on Main street in Huntington Beach. Which brings up another issue: If you are a disabled woman riding a tricycle, downtown HB- Main Street especially: numerous bars)at 5:00 on Cinco de Mayo is probably not the best place for you to be. Tricycle + large pickup trucks= splat

While waiting for the person with the saw, I couldn't help noticing that my helmet was cracking along the bottom, where the outer shell joins tthe padding. So on Saturday I had to go buy a new lock & a new helmet.
28 January 2006 @ 02:25 pm
I like my pirate flag better than the dumb orange safety flags you always see.
After all, I am on a tricycle & wearing a helmet...um...yeah

The pirate flag's certainly more unique. It gets people's attention. So this brings me to my point- is it better (safer) to use a flag that attracts attention, or one that doesn't? (assume riding in traffic)

In other news: Still wondering how to keep dirt & wind out of my eyes. Cycling glasses that fit over regular Rx glasses, or what?
22 January 2006 @ 07:12 pm
Every time I see a bike that just makes me drool I start wondering if I could convert it into a trike. For curiosity's sake:
This conversion kit is from a company in the UK(of course)

This one looks awesome. It's from a co. in Redding, CA- at that price it doesn't seem very cost effective though.

If anyone finds more, let me know.
19 January 2006 @ 01:26 pm
I was riding down the bike path at Huntington Beach yesterday... past the buses on break. I'm pretty suree that a bus bicycle rack wouldn't accomodate a full sized trike. Yesterday though, I
found myself looking closely & wondering again. If I got stuck & needed
too get my trike somwhere what would I do?
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Over the Hills And Far Away- Nightwish
07 October 2005 @ 09:13 am
Why is it that trikes & tricycles are more popular in some places than in others?
05 October 2005 @ 11:11 pm
So I went to the garage to get my trike. I rolled it out of the garage... well I tried. The chainguuard flipped up again $R%^&*! The other trike is missing a bolt so I don't dare ride that one.
So anyway, I finally just got a screwdriver & took off the fucking chainguard. Then I threw it in my basket. Rode over to Jax & ordered a new one.

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