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19 October 2008 @ 01:57 am
whee! a trike community  
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!
 
 
 
arcadiagt5: Open Road!arcadiagt5 on October 19th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Welcome! For what it is worth I commute on the Arcadia all year round and am greatly appreciating Spring and the coming of Summer in Canberra.

I can't really give you any advice on upright trikes as I'm far too addicted to the comfy chair on my Greenspeed GT5 other than to test ride before you buy.

If you can I would give recumbent trikes a try - Wizwheels have a couple of nice entry level models (the test rides tag in my LJ has a review of the Cruiser).
Susan Stinson: trikesusanstinson on October 19th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'd say yes to a helmet.

I ride an upright trike year round in New England, for everything. No car. I started riding my trike in September three years ago, although October does seem a bit late to start. I don't use safety flags -- I'm very visible, but lights are important, I think. Trikes are more stable in slippery conditions than bikes, but there are some days in winter when I just can't use mine, if the roads and bike paths haven't been cleared. Also, you know, you generate body heat pedalling, but good cold weather clothes, especially gloves and a hat that will fit under a helmet (and, when it's really cold, I use a face mask) make all the difference on a cold day.

I'm not sure that I'd order one online without trying it out.