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Trikes are making huge inroads in the recumbent area of cycling

Old 10-20-18, 07:11 AM
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Just look at the 2018 Recumbent Cycle-Con. The trikes on display out numbered the recumbent bikes maybe 3 to one.
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Old 11-20-18, 06:14 PM
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Considering the bent market is generally us older folks, the move to the trike format makes sense as none of us is getting any younger!
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Old 11-21-18, 06:38 AM
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Like many I had two bents before I got a trike. I actually got it so my wife who really likes it could ride with me. But then, as many other bent riders have found, riding a trike is the easiest most relaxing way to cycle. You have no clipping out at a stop and clipping in to get started again. No wasting energy on balancing, and no worry about where to lean the trike when you get off.
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Old 12-09-18, 07:51 AM
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And if you have have a trike you dont have to buy a kickstand.
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Old 12-11-18, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Another point favorable for trikes is winter riding. Streets and trails can have black ice that is hard to see and will take a bike down without warning. But if on a trike, probably the most that might happen is getting somewhat side ways for a while.
I can picture Rydabent doing slides and donuts going down the street .....
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Old 12-13-18, 01:13 PM
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I can picture Rydabent doing slides and donuts going down the street .....
Nope--------I dont ride when snowy or icy. Altho-----------------if you did, on a trike you wont get thrown on the ground.
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Old 12-13-18, 01:15 PM
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Playing to the hard core head down "real cyclist" I assume?
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Another point favorable for trikes is winter riding. Streets and trails can have black ice that is hard to see and will take a bike down without warning. But if on a trike, probably the most that might happen is getting somewhat side ways for a while.
This is the primary reason I'm in the market for a velo or trike. Winter commuting is too risky on only two wheels. I want a velo for the extra protection from the cold (it's consistently well below freezing here for several months at a time), but can probably make do with a trike if I can't find a velo.
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Originally Posted by iambent View Post
Trikes may look fast but two wheel recumbents are faster. I have never been as fast on a trike as on a 2 wheeler.
My trike has 20" wheels in front and a 26" wheel in back, so I am always riding down hill, so I am really fast.

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I've used my cargo tricycle on ice and snow, works pretty well up to about 2" of snow, then you can't get enough traction on the rear wheel to push all three wheels through the snow.
On a regular bike, you need friction with the pavement to stay upright. Lose that friction, and you're going down.
With a trike, you need friction to turn over. Lose that friction, you may slide all over, but unless you slide into a curb or something, falling over is not the issue.
Here's the cargo trike on some snow several years ago (this is a front-loading Worksman upright cargo trike, two wheels in front)::
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I'm thinking just the opposite.

I think that the two wheeled recumbent market is about the same size that it's always been. Trikes represent a much different new class of of recumbent riders.
San Diego may be an outlier but in the 1990's I saw a lot of 2-wheel recumbents on the roads, in organized rides, etc. Now I do see a number of trikes (and the rare 2-wheel recumbents) but at least here I'd say recumbent numbers peaked in 1999.​​
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