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03 June 2009 @ 07:07 pm
Test driving  
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?
 
 
 
freedem on June 7th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
That folding front is interesting where the overall length is an issue, and it is lightly built so the trike is not so heavy. I would not worry a lot about rust, particularly if you are planning on keeping it inside and do reasonable maintenance.

Before you buy I would look at Greenspeeds however. They fold into backpack size, and more importantly by sitting low (low center of gravity), and having tadpole design the train tracks are a lot less scary. They are also a lot more fun to ride, like the difference between a sports car and a big truck.

Like the sports car they are a lot more expensive, but they hold value better and IMHO the fun alone is worth it. I have a Workman Desoto and a Catrike Pocket and there really is that much difference.