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Old 08-20-20, 11:51 AM
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Suggestions for upgrades on new Catrike Villager

I am purchasing my wife a new Catrike Villager. Any suggestions for upgrades?
I had thought about adding a right mirror, a back carryrack, and of course back and front lights.

Second question, I assume we will need to adjust the boom length if she let's me ride it .
When you adjust the boom length, do you also have to adjust the chain length and if so,
how much trouble is that?

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions,
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Old 08-21-20, 05:43 AM
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First, yes on the chain length depending upon how much the boom length is altered, especially when lengthened for a taller rider. A short chain can be disastrous and can cause damage to the rear derailleur and even the spokes in the rear wheel.

Another option is a chain "gobbler" for a trike used by different riders with large differences in leg length. https://www.catrike.com/_p/prd2/4586...hain-tensioner
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I find that on our Catrike Trail that if I fully recline the seat and my wife rides in the most upRight position that we don’t need to adjust the boom. But we’re only a few inches different in height so that may or may not apply to your situation.

we have a rack on our Trail, but it rarely gets used. The seat back storage pocket is decent for what we carry, which isn’t much.
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Really appreciate the information. We'll have to see if it is a problem and address it, her legs are slightly longer.
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Thanks... will definitely look into that chain gobbler.

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Get fenders. The wheels spray right on your hands.

I found a fat rear tire on mine to be a huge improvement. I think it was a big Apple plus.

i found bar end mirrors too low while riding and irritating while parking, and wished for something more like a motorcycle’s. I think I’d be in a minority here.

To avoid the worst with the boom and the chain, put the gears in big/big before you adjust it. On my Terra Trike it seemed like the system was setup at L and did ok shortened from there

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One of the customer's trikes, I worked with a couple years ago, had some handrails on the frame near the 2 front wheels,

To make it easier to get up out of the seat, & lower himself down..




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Thanks Jeff!
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+1 for a wider rear tire. I put 20x1.95 Maxxis Hookworms on the back of our Catrike Trails. They're tough and excellent on crushed limestone or sandy trails. They are also heavy but on a 30+ lb. non-racing trike who cares?

Don't know if your Villager has a neck rest but they were nice additions also.
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Thank you everyone for your kind suggestions !

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