Ever wonder what makes up a trike? Well, this image, courtesy of Ian Sims of Greenspeed, gives a good idea of what makes up the Greenspeed Magnum recumbent tadpole tricycle. Click the image to see larger views:
Greenspeed trikes of Australia are known the world around. It was conceived and started in 1990 by Ian Sims, beginning as a family business in a backyard shed, where trikes were created individually for the customer by hand, usually about one new trike per month. An eventual move into a factory setting, where 2-3 trikes were built per week, was followed by what Greenspeed is today. Below is an image of their factory in Australia. Click the factory image below to visit where Greenspeed trikes are made today:
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>> To read a little story about the Greenspeed history, click HERE.
Well, I notice quite a few trikers heading over here from a link on Bentrider regarding Arkel GT-54 panniers, so I figured it would be expedient to post the specific links on Trike Asylum that speak to overland packing in panniers, and what to bring along. If you have just arrived from the BROL link, here is the information you seek (all three links are on this website):
Click HERE to visit the Arkel website directly.
Click HERE to visit the Radical Design website directly.
NOTE: The red bags in the photo above are Arkel GT-54 panniers (54 liters volume total). The yellow bags are Radical Design side seat panniers (25 liters volume total). The black bag atop the rack is the Arkel TailRider trunk (11 liters volume). This pannier combination is more than ample cargo stowage space for any distance on an unsupported journey. If you can’t get what you want to bring along in this setup, you do not need to bring it – leave it home. The keyword is lightweight! Enjoy the ride!
Here is an informative presentation by Inspired Cycle Engineering on how to fold their new Adventure and Sprint trikes, which come standard with the Compact Flat Twist Fold system.
Are you seeking a method to carry your tricycle with you, either in or on your car? Of course, if triking is important in one’s life, then it makes sense to own an automobile that can carry the trike, but some folks still have what are called sedans, not exactly trike-friendly transports. So, is there a solution for these people who have not yet upgraded to a trike-friendly vehicle? Yep, sure enough, there is! Until you get your hatchback or minivan, this might work:
From TerraTrike comes this information:
The Universal Trike Carrier (or UTC) consists of three durable foam mounts and two adjustable straps in a convenient carrying bag. It allows any trike owner (TerraTrike or otherwise) to carry their trike on the roof of any four-door vehicle safely and easily.
UTC users simply place the foam mounts onto the bottom of their trikes wheels, load the trike onto the roof of their vehicle, and strap the trike down using the straps that run through the back and front doors of the car. The trike can also be strapped down to a roof rack instead of through the doors. The form-fitting, high-density foam will leave no scratches on the vehicle (if clean) and pads on the straps cushion the trike frame from wear marks.
Here is a fun little movie to see how to use this innovative rack:
Okay trike gypsies, nomads, and travelers, the final three designs for the Trike Asylum shop are now available for study, making a total of 15 images on all kinds of products. If you wish to share your triangular obsession with the world, visit the shop HERE. These are the 3 images just added:
You may also visit the Trike Asylum shop page here on this website by clicking HERE.
A fellow trike gypsy I know, from Joseph, Oregon, was featured a few years back in this video presentation by TerraTrike. His message is as inspirational today as it was then:
Okay, the Trike Asylum store is now operational, and there is a page on this website that provides some detail about what to expect when you visit. The store is hosted by the e-Commerce company known as CafePress, a scenario where I design graphics, create a CafePress store front, and CafePress does the rest, things like printing your orders on the products, and then shipping them to you worldwide. There are 10 graphic designs oriented specifically towards human powered recumbent tadpole tricycle riders, and each design is available on a multitude of varied products. Click HERE to visit the new TA page on this website, or click the “SHOP” button that now appears above in the menubar.
A motivational presentation from TerraTrike:
The Trike Asylum store is now fully functional. As part of the CafePress vendor advertising, I have even noticed the store advertised in the sidebar on YouTube (now, that was a surprise). Nine graphics are available, each with associated products on which the graphic can be printed. Visit the site and become a public tricycle ambassador. Spread the word. See ya’ …
Be part of the solution:
Our friends at TerraTrike have been champions of transportation alternatives for many years now, gently suggesting to the masses that replacing the engine of motion with an organic engine would serve not only to help clean our air supply, but also to ensure enhanced bodily longevity. Live longer, breathe easier, and spread the word. From the TerraTrike website comes the following useful information:
Human power means never having to pay at a pump, charge a battery, or create emissions to get where you need to go. On a TerraTrike, the rider becomes their own engine (we do suggest feeding this engine in whatever delicious way keeps the engine happy and running).
This means not having to cringe at the increasing gas prices or spikes in an electric bill. The polar bears, moose, squirrels, eagles, and mountain rams will thank you, guaranteed.
TerraTrikes are perfect for commuting to work, running errands, or touring cross-country. Each model we carry has been developed to fulfill the needs of all types of riders – from entry-level to serious-gearhead.
Did you know:
1.67% is the percentage of Americans who commute by bicycle. 15% is the percentage of Japanese who commute by bicycle.
40% of all car trips in the U.S. are made within 2 miles of home.
According to recent edition of “Bicycling”, some 54% of Americans live less than 5 miles from their jobs.
60% of the pollution created by autos happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively.
The U.S. could save 462 million gallons of gas a year by boosting bicycle trips just half a percentage point: from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
Approximately 12 bicycles can be parked in the space required for one automobile.
$24.3 billion is the estimated annual cost of traffic jams to commuters in 29 major U.S. cities.
There are approximately 139 million automobiles in the United States.
100 bicycles can be produced for the same energy and resources it takes to build one medium-sized automobile.
The cost of a new TerraTrike starts at $699. The average cost of a new car is $13,531.98.
The average number of barrels of oil consumed daily in the United States is 17 million.
43% of these barrels of oil are consumed by driving.
Industrial world cities typically use at least one third of their land for roads and parking lots for vehicles.
I spent a considerable amount of time watching the Women of TerraTrike at the recent Recumbent Cycle Convention at the Los Angeles County Fairplex in southern California. Now before you jump to any potentially erroneous conclusions about that statement, let me add that the Trike Asylum booth sat directly across from the TerraTrike booth, thus the visual proximity that comprised a wide field of view. The two gals who saw to it that operations went smoothly (Jessica Kessenich & Lydia Reyburn) did a superb job of assisting hundreds of interested show attendees during the weekend, telling all about the trikes, answering questions, demonstrating the folding design, and generally just being incredible ambassadors for our lives on three wheels. They really knew their stuff and totally took care of business! Jessica and Lydia got many enthusiasts started on the road of three wheeled adventure! Here is a brief look:
Lydia Reyburn demonstrates a foldable TerraTrike for Peter Stull, owner of The Bicycle Man.
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AND ONCE THE SHOW WAS OVER, THEY KEPT ON WORKIN’
I am tinkering with the notion of offering a product such as this hooded sweatshirt in the safety green color. A triker could wear one of these on cool days and be highly visible on the road, while sending a humorous message of riding a tricycle as an adult. When we tell folks we ride tricycles, they always conjure up the child’s delta design, thus the fun. Do you think there would be sufficient interest in this product to make a production run worthwhile? Please leave a comment.
A few days ago, there appeared a post called Need for Speed, which featured a stunt driver in a Ford automobile racing around an obstacle course. The question was posed whether a trike could do something similar. Trike Asylum reader Glen Aldridge in British Columbia, Canada, shared this video with us as the triking equivalent (on a KMX trike):
A new movie from rare footage shot on the PCTA by David and myself is now appearing on the Trike Phantoms website, on the Movies page. So, if you have nothing better to do, the newest (and final) movie of this trike adventure might be better than nothing (of course, that’s open to interpretation too). This set of movie clips is the third one from the top on the Movies page.
While at the recent Recumbent Cycle-Con at the Los Angeles County Fairplex, I discovered a unique method for getting a typical recumbent tadpole tricycle into a vehicle, such as a hatchback, SUV, or minivan. Many folks can simply lift a light trike that is not loaded with traveling gear into the rear of an automobile, assuming they are careful to locate the balance points unique to a tadpole trike, but others who are physically challenged in some manner may not find this a doable method. Enter the Easy Load Ramp System, “The ramp system for the able and disabled alike!” as billed by the Easy Load company.
Here is a photograph of the system I took at the RCC show:
FROM THE COMPANY COMES THIS INFORMATION:
The Easy Load Ramp System provides unencumbered, safe loading and unloading of hand or foot powered tricycles to and from a transporting vehicle for persons with limited mobility as well as those persons of able body.
ABOUT EASY LOAD
The Easy Load Ramp System (ELRS) was born out of necessity.
The idea came from Scott Reiter, the rider of a recumbent trike. Scott is physically disabled by Spina Bifida and therefore does not stand or walk without some difficulty. The recumbent trike was meant to expand his horizons in mobility while providing exercise and physical therapy. This all worked out very well except, while Scott had no trouble lifting the trike, moving a few steps to load it in his Sport Utility Vehicle proved very difficult and Scott often required help. Scott told his father, Tom, he had an idea to help him get it in and out of his SUV by himself. Thus the ELRS “A Model” was born. The “A” was a successful proof of concept effort. However, it was primarily steel which made it very heavy.
Along came the “B Model” made mostly of aluminum but still with a heavy steel receiver Hitch Insert (RHI). The two Ramps of the “B” were two pieces each, 2’ and 5’, in length. The two foot ramp is hinged to the five foot piece at a latch on the five foot ramp section where it latches to the now all aluminum Ramp Support “T”.
The “C” is a production proof model with some very minor changes from the “B” model and it works as Scott had hoped it would. The “C” is all aluminum and the total system weighs 19 pounds. Each ELRS is four major pieces, one RHI made of 2’ square aluminum tube with rounded corners to fit the vehicles receiver hitch, one Ramp Support “T” made of 1-1/2” round aluminum tube, two five foot ramps, (consisting of the five foot ramp, a two foot extension and ramp latches), are also manufactured of aluminum. There are four ramp spacers with thumb screws serving to hold the correct trike wheel width for the Ramps. Ground contact pads are installed on the ground end of the Ramp to prevent damage and wear.
While Scott was busy designing the print material, advertising and this web site, Tom was busy cutting costs by manufacturing, (cutting to proper lengths and drilling all the holes), for the RHI and the Ramp Support “T”.
We have taken an abstract idea through engineering, development and manufacturing with the purpose of aiding and assisting persons with limited mobility.
If you are about to purchase a human powered recumbent tadpole tricycle, this is your lucky day! In fact, this is your lucky 47 day period, because you can retain a substantial amount of your money in your own pocket if you act decisively prior to December 31, 2013. Yep, sure enough, our friends in Florida have been visited by Santa, and he thought that discounts may be in order for this holiday season, so, Paulo and crew stepped up to offer the following:
Save $200 on Candy Colors. Any model Catrike in a Candy Color is $200 OFF. Save $100 on Standard Color Catrikes. Any model Catrike in a Standard Color is $100 OFF. Now until December 31, 2013.
The following video is not for everyone, so please only press the “play” button if you like adrenaline pumping automobile antics. Despite my current path free of petroleum power, I was nevertheless raised by a father who was the editor and publisher of Hot Rod Magazine in the 1960s, and the executive editor of Motorcyclist Magazine in the 1970s, along with numerous other radical internal combustion engine publications prior to his death. Thus, there yet lingers the tiniest bit of thrill in the deepest reaches of my head when I accidentally come across something like this:
QUESTION: If you were asked to translate this into the triking world, which trike comes to mind?
Here is what TerraTrike has to say about the Sportster:
Want to go fast? Really fast? Then the Sportster is your machine.
The undisputed Ferrari of our lineup is the culmination of 16 years experience in trike design. If you are a trike enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to take a test ride on one of these. It accelerates faster, climbs better, and maintains high speeds easier than any trike we’ve ever ridden. And trust us, we’ve ridden them all. This is the supercar of trikes, and a complete thrill to ride.
With its “no compromise approach” to build quality, you can be confident you’re riding the best. The Sportster has a strong and light weight 6000 series aluminum frame that shaves valuable weight off your ride. It comes stock with a 26” rear wheel for higher gearing, and is available in four component levels to suit nearly any budget. If your goal is simply to move as fast as possible under your own power, then look no further than the Sportster!
As if it couldn’t get any better, the Sportster is completely made in America and comes in your choice of 4 different colors – helping make this machine the the most desired trike in our lineup.
- See more at: http://terratrike.com/sportster.php#sthash.3N6NQQxn.dpuf