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12 May 2008 @ 01:51 pm
Anyone live in Portland?  

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!

arcadiagt5arcadiagt5 on May 12th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I think you've got a better chance of getting testrides in your area if you visit http://www.bentrideronline.com/ and joining the forums there. There may even be a local dealer happy to let you have test rides.

You might also want to consider a delta - a hase-kettweisel or the Greenspeed Anura - as these offer considerably easier access to the rider.

My review of the Anura (lots of pictures) can be found here: http://arcadiagt5.livejournal.com/115508.html

I've also reviewed the WizWheels Cruiser: http://arcadiagt5.livejournal.com/79659.html

And Hi to you too! :)
Fiona Willingeclare on May 12th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, he'd probably go for a delta. I think I want a tadpole, but I'm pretty spry. My local dealer had a X3 on the floor and I'm just about in love.

Both the ones you mention are probably higher end than he'll pay.

I did xpost to my local bike forum and the rather active general local forum. We'll see if that bears fruit. I will check out the forum you mentioned.

My SO has a race coming up that tends to bring out lots of different kinds of people and lots of different machines (he races recumbents), so maybe I'll be able to charm my way into one of those :)

I'll check out the Cruiser review. I'll be honest, I recognize that there *is* a difference in specs between the cruiser and the tour, but I don't actually understand their significance. I want to do bicycle touring with it - and the Tour seems to be marketed for that, at least. I'll let my SO pick - he'd be paying for it anyway :)
arcadiagt5: Open Road!arcadiagt5 on May 12th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Whilst we're on an honesty kick I'm not much good at assessing the technical specs of bikes/trikes either. So, mostly, my reviews are from a user's view of the world - look, fit, ride, etc.

The X-series are nice but I personally find them too cramped in the cockpit - the inward camber on the wheels narrows things too much for my comfort.

The Cruiser is a surprisingly good trike for its price (bear in mind when reading the reviews that I quote the Australian prices).

For touring I strongly recommend a folding trike such as the Greenspeeds (X & GT series), the HP Velotechnic Scorpion FX, or the Trice Q & T. Trust me on this, folding can get you out of a lot of trouble.

The other recommendation that I always make is the inevitable test ride (and test fold) before you buy. See what trike truly triggers that trike grin for YOU.
Fiona Willingeclare on May 12th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Cramped? Hm. It didn't seem cramped to me...but I am kind of a small woman, so I probably wouldn't have the same experience when it comes to space.

I certainly will test ride it - we're not going to be buying for a few months. My SO is finishing up an engineering degree and wants an income before he starts buying bicycles again. Heh. When he saw me on the Greenspeed he said, "You have champagne tastes, my darling."

More than twice the cost of my car. (Probably says more about the car, though)
arcadiagt5: Airborne!arcadiagt5 on May 12th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't call the standard Greenspeeds "champagne tastes". For real "champagne tastes" try the Greenspeed Custom Shop order form (a PDF with options you can pick). It's amazing how quickly you can get a trike up above $10K when you start playing with that thing...

I have to say that my GT5 is 100% more expensive than the car I don't own. :)
Fiona Willingeclare on May 12th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
Well, considering my current bike is a $300 used Specialized, $3000 seems like a lot to spend on a bicycle.

When I expressed discomfort accepting such an expensive gift, he said, "Well, it wouldn't even be in the top half of the prices on the bikes in the garage."

There will always be a way spend more money. It's the beauty of a capitalist system.
Violet Tigressviolet_tigress1 on May 12th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
Weir Cyclery (sp?) had a trike when I was there. They let me test ride it, but I don't know if they have trike rentals.
Fiona Willingeclare on May 12th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
Not familiar with that one - do you know about where it is?
Violet Tigress: Berry sweetviolet_tigress1 on May 12th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
It's on N. Lombard (I think?) in the St John's area.
Fiona Willingeclare on May 12th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'll ask the boyfriend. He knows *all* the bicycle shops. I think we probably know who we'll buy from - he's got friends at Coventry Cycles, but like I said, I can get a *test* ride out of them, not a full day's ride.
Violet Tigressviolet_tigress1 on May 12th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Coventry seems pretty cool. I've never actually been there, though. When I emailed them about trike rentals they said that they didn't carry any, but could special order one.
Fiona Willingeclare on May 12th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
They're a small shop. They have a x3 in there right now and a couple of Terra Trikes. They had a customer's Sun just chilling in the show room (I'm not sure if it was parked there while they worked on it or what) but they of course have relationships with the manufacturers and can get it.

I'm not sure what laws govern when they have what they have - it seems to just change. I don't know - they order a floor model because they think they'll sell, it's there. They sell it. It's not.

Are you local to Portland?
Violet Tigress: Aliceviolet_tigress1 on May 12th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Supply & demand, probably.

No, I'm not. I'm frrom California.... but I'm hoping to get up to Portland again soon.
Fiona Willingeclare on May 19th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
He bought a used Electrike this last weekend.
arcadiagt5arcadiagt5 on May 27th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)

I take it that the Electrike is an upright with a power assist? Should be a good choice, there's time to introduce him to the dark side recumbents later.

And you can get power assist on recumbents, it just costs extra...

Fiona Willingeclare on May 27th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
There's a guy in town that retrofits all kinds of things with power assists. We were at an open house of a local bike maker and he brought a couple of his wares with him. A Sun EZ-3 with a power assist sounds like the perfect upgrade in a year or so. He also had a gold rush with a power assist, max (non-pedalling) speed was 30 mph. Woohoo!!!!
arcadiagt5arcadiagt5 on May 27th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
There's a guy in town that retrofits all kinds of things with power assists.

As the old saying goes: it's not what you know, it's who...