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Old 09-13-21, 06:09 AM
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Need advice on new recumbent

Hi all. Ridden bikes all my life, and now I want to get a recumbent for mostly touring and some commuting. Should be best for touring, with bags ect.
I think I want a trike, but not sure a 2 wheel bike is better.
If I get a trike I kind of like how the Hase kettwiesel is set up, but since I have never ridden one, or any recumbent for that matter, I dont know if the kettwiesel is a good choice for me.
Any thoughts on the kettwiesel?
If I go for the other trike setup with 2 wheels out front, is the 26 og 20 back wheel best for touring?
Any advise? Oh and Im not looking for electric bikes 😊
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Old 09-13-21, 08:17 AM
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Get ready for some sticker shock with the Ketterweisel trike compared to an upright bike. The Kett is a first quality trike. I had some local friends who owned a pair of them. The bought them more than 10 years ago and even back then they were $$$. They were very enthusiastic about riding them. Enough so that when they bought a house in my area, it was located about 3 minutes away from the entrance to a 40 mile trail near Lake Mead, Nevada so they could ride often.

Any trike is likely to be slower than your current bike. I've owned only tadpole trikes (2 wheels in front), but never a delta trike (2 wheels in the rear). The advantage of a larger rear wheel on a tadpole trike is a higher gear range. My Catrike 700 has the gear range of a 700C road bike (21.9 to 124.2 gear inches) while my first trike with standard gearing and a 20 inch drive wheel had a much more limited gear range - 19 - 98 GI. Since you live in Europe, your likely choices are Hase, HP Velotechnic, and ICE (Inspired Cycle Engineering, GB). All three companies make great quality trikes.
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Old 09-13-21, 12:28 PM
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I have a TerraTrike that I bought used. Not sure about the availability for you but I would consider a used trike and see how you like it. They are quite a bit slower, can climb anything but slowly. Right now I am still riding my 2 wheel recumbent, saving the trike for when I get really old and lose my balance.
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Old 09-14-21, 08:34 AM
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While many trike owners love their machines, I'm not a big fan. Trikes are significantly slower than 2-wheelers, which translates to more work per mile to ride them. That's not exactly an attribute I'd want for a touring machine! My trike is used for short, slow rides, and I can't imagine wanting to use it for a long multi-day tour.
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Old 09-15-21, 09:19 AM
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Hase Kettwiesel is a really nice recumbent trike. If speed or traffic is not a concern, Kettwiesel can work well.
I have ridden one for about 60 miles, connected to another Kettwiesel that my wife was pedaling.
It will likely suit your purpose, but keep in mind that it will always take up more space than a compact recumbent bike, ridden or in storage.
It will likely weigh more than a compact recumbent bike, and more difficult to transport.
If you can balance yourself on a two-wheel recumbent, I would recommend two-wheel recumbent instead of recumbent trike; even for the purpose of heavy load touring & commuting.
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Old 09-15-21, 09:36 AM
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Trikes with two wheels in back are great if you want to hook two together for a tandem. Tadpole trike are generally the way to go. For touring if you go to a 2 wheel, a long wheel base is better IMO, since it is easier to have feet down on a stop, and easier to get started.
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Time for some Test Rides. Then you will know much more.

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Old 09-16-21, 03:51 AM
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You can tour on either a 2-wheeled recumbent or a trike. If it is a 2-wheeler, I recommend a long wheel base. It soaks up road shocks better and is easier to start (especially with the weight of a touring rig. I have successfully toured with my Ti-Rush. My Catrike Expedition would, I believe, be great for touring, although I have not yet done so with it. It is slower than the Ti-Rush, but when you are touring comfort is more important than speed.
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Old 09-17-21, 01:39 PM
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I've never toured so I may be overestimating the value of being able to use front panniers and shift some of the load forwards of the cog. Seems a benefit though. Trikes kind of force a reliance on rear trunks and panniers. In Europe they tour on Lowracers and Highracers but in the U.S. most touring is done on LWB bikes. Performer makes a nice Kettweisel copy. I'd buy one if I wanted a trike. Not yet. The Greenspeed Anura is another nice Kettweisel copy and was around long before Performer decided to produce a Delta Trike.
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Originally Posted by cat0020 View Post
Hase Kettwiesel is a really nice recumbent trike. If speed or traffic is not a concern, Kettwiesel can work well.
I have ridden one for about 60 miles, connected to another Kettwiesel that my wife was pedaling.
It will likely suit your purpose, but keep in mind that it will always take up more space than a compact recumbent bike, ridden or in storage.
It will likely weigh more than a compact recumbent bike, and more difficult to transport.
If you can balance yourself on a two-wheel recumbent, I would recommend two-wheel recumbent instead of recumbent trike; even for the purpose of heavy load touring & commuting.
when I get rich I have been thinking of two of these as a tandem with a shimano motor. my wife is blind so it would work well.
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Old 09-19-21, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
when I get rich I have been thinking of two of these as a tandem with a shimano motor. my wife is blind so it would work well.
Use two of these and you won't have to wait until you get rich. Even if you know exactly when your ship is coming in, I'd still advise going with Performer. Greenspeed Anura's aren't too shabby either. I'd buy either kind and call it very good.
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