Thread: Any "tadpole" riders?
June 28th 2006, 10:49 AM #1
Any "tadpole" riders?
We recently bought a recumbent trike for an excelllend deal. As we are both experimenting on short distances for the time being, we will eventualy venture on bike trails such as the Pinellas Trail. Which implies transporting it by car to the start of the trail.
Which means of transport do you have? Are roof racks OK? Obviously it will not fit in the trunk of a Honda Civic!
Share your best adventures with your tadpole here.....any advices you can give to beginners looking forward to go up to the level of a tandem tadpole and undertake long distances on several days trips.
September 13th 2006, 12:51 PM #2
Re: Any "tadpole" riders?Originally posted by Rahab
My dad used to have one about 10 years ago. He never took it anywhere in the car, just rode it everywhere, so I dunno how to transport it the best way.
I tried to ride it once......... only once. I couldn't get the hang of it.
They are really popular, I have noticed, around in the Amish towns close to where I live. Always quite a few people riding them around town.
Hope you're enjoying it!
September 13th 2006, 01:11 PM #3
Re: Any "tadpole" riders?
For work and family reasons, I will probably be moving sometime in the next few months. I plan on finding a place of residence where I can use a recumbent trike for most of my shopping and errands, and hopefully work commuting as well.
One of the things that irks me the most about my current living situation is the need to use a car for even the most local of errands. It's a "driving" factor in my decision to move, if you'll pardon the pun, lol.
I'm planning on a trike because of the greater hauling capacity for groceries, etc.
-NeilYou can build a prototype by the book, but a legend you build by the seat of your pants.
September 13th 2006, 02:44 PM #4
Re: Any "tadpole" riders?Originally posted by NeilUnreal
An excellent idea! You can find some good deals on used trikes on e-bay. They can easily be shipped to your new residence. The best though is to ask your seller to ship it to a bike shop so they can put it back together for you and adjust it to your needs. There is quite a bit of equipment to escort your tadpole such as strobe lights (front and rear), rear and side view mirors and the indispensable flag pole (rear) to signal your low to the ground presence to other vehicles. Also, check on the kind of pedals you want to use and shoes.
Here is a link for you to communicate with recumbent riders who will gladly answer any questions you have.
They might even be able to redirect you to someone in your area selling his/her bent. We were able to locate our X2(tandem recumbent) thru that site. We went up to Maryland to test the machine and cut a deal right there.
She is being put back together as I write and we will pick her up on Saturday!
You will find that the "bent" community is very friendly and helpful.
You will enjoy hills and country roads and will not have to use only bike trails as we must do here. We only ride on roads for daily conditionment in our traffic busy area. We have to hit trails for long distances.
It is important you ride your bent daily to get your legs accustomed to greater distances and the maneuvering of the machine. Once you get used to it Neil, you will join the passion!
Let me know how it turns out for you.A dog will leave paw prints on your heart.
September 13th 2006, 03:01 PM #5
Re: Any "tadpole" riders?Originally posted by Rubia Tuesday
We have found folks who fly to Europe, shipping their tandem along on the plane, and tour thru England, Holland etc for several weeks. Amazing. They experience total freedom as they can just pull in a camping site or wild camping as they go. Plus it is a team work. It can be good or bad for marital relationships!A dog will leave paw prints on your heart.
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