Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Recumbent
Reload this Page >

Need to find "idler" that holds chain in middle of trike.

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

Need to find "idler" that holds chain in middle of trike.

Old 05-03-19, 06:57 PM
  #1  
PastorJim
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Peachtree City, GA
Posts: 67

Bikes: Trek 1.2, Schwinn Sidewinder 26" Men's (SRAM Max Pro) & Trident TW Bents

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Need to find "idler" that holds chain in middle of trike.

I have a TW-Bents Trident and I broke the "idler" that the chain runs through in middle of the trike. I am having a hard time finding TW Bents exact part.


. 5 weeks off my Trike I sure miss it.
PastorJim is offline  
Old 05-03-19, 08:02 PM
  #2  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,479

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 466 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 21 Posts
T-cycle doesn't list any TW-bents idler kits but wouldn't hurt to contact them. https://t-cycle.com/
__________________
RANS V3 Ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
JanMM is offline  
Old 05-03-19, 08:24 PM
  #3  
PastorJim
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Peachtree City, GA
Posts: 67

Bikes: Trek 1.2, Schwinn Sidewinder 26" Men's (SRAM Max Pro) & Trident TW Bents

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for your reply. I got this bike used, rode for approx. 1 1/2 yrs. before I broke this part. If I ever get another Trike it wouldn't be this brand. But do love riding it, just not fond of the company.
PastorJim is offline  
Old 05-03-19, 09:56 PM
  #4  
Leisesturm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,950
Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1236 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 17 Posts
Absolutely t-cycle has that side by side idler setup for sale. They don't need to sell it as a kit because that part is pretty universal. It must be said, however, that t-cycle parts are exceedingly well designed and made and cost accordingly. There are cheaper alternatives.
Leisesturm is offline  
Likes For Leisesturm:
Old 05-04-19, 11:44 AM
  #5  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,479

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 466 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 21 Posts
Yep, no cheap prices at T-cycle. But very good stuff and service.
Cheaper than buying another trike.
__________________
RANS V3 Ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
JanMM is offline  
Old 05-04-19, 05:17 PM
  #6  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 10,941

Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 910 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 20 Posts
I've got a trike-style double idler on my M5, since both sides of the chain need to go under the idler (like a trike.) MUCH better than any stock idlers.


Last edited by BlazingPedals; 05-15-19 at 07:14 PM.
BlazingPedals is offline  
Old 05-06-19, 10:26 AM
  #7  
Notso_fastLane
Senior Member
 
Notso_fastLane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Layton, UT
Posts: 879

Bikes: 2011 Bent TW Elegance 2014 Carbon Strada Velomobile

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 103 Post(s)
Liked 25 Times in 19 Posts
I have a TW bents (elegance, 2 wheeler). I suspect it uses the same type of idler.

I didn't commute today, so I can't go look, but the last time I had it tuned up, Ajo bikes replaced one idler, probably with a T-cycle. I'll see if I can find a part number.

You could probably just measure the width and diameter, and call T-cycle or one of their local vendors, if you have one, too.
Notso_fastLane is offline  
Old 05-19-19, 01:48 PM
  #8  
MikeyMK
Cycleway town
 
MikeyMK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Milton Keynes, England
Posts: 1,069

Bikes: 2.6kw GT LTS e-tandem, 250w Voodoo, 250w solar recumbent trike, 3-speed shopper, Merlin ol/skl mtb, 80cc Ellswick

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 399 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 47 Times in 40 Posts
Idlers are a general universal part, they sell for just a couple of dollars at most industrial supplies, on eBay etc. They're used for everything from rope pulleys to safety gate carriage guides.

You just need to work out size. If it's an M8 mounting hole in the frame then you'll want that in the bearing, spacers, width of channel in the pulley, etc.
The larger diameter the better, as it takes the lumpiness out as the knobbly chain passes through under tension (you still get this if you use derailleur jockey wheels).
MikeyMK is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
mzeffex
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing
0
01-13-10 08:15 PM
Pamestique
United Kingdom
1
08-07-08 04:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.