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Can this Catrike be saved?

Having been attempting to convince a local friend how much he would enjoy a recumbent tadpole trike for several years now, imagine my utter delight recently when he told me that he had indeed purchased one, a Catrike Expedition. Of course, I had to immediately see this trike, especially since he told me it was, of all colors, white, which is the same as Wild Child. Boy, was I ever excited!

So, I rush back into his storage area, where he tells me the trike is currently residing, and there, amongst other old bicycles and miscellaneous items typically found in garages, is the white Catrike Expedition … a fixer-upper if I ever saw one! My buddy Tim, who also happens to own Bicycles 101, wanted a project, and since he has been oogling over my recent acquisition of a Catrike 700, decided this would fit the bill.

This trike is not so far gone that it is beyond all hope, and with some tender loving care, expertly applied by Tim and his chief mechanic Sean, will rise again in all its former glory, just like the Phoenix from the ashes. Paulo would be proud to know that even western Oregonians love to restore vintage Catrikes that were snatched from abusive homes! I’ll update here once Tim’s triple is ready for riding and show.

Tim's Catrike Expedition 01 Tim's Catrike Expedition 02It has seen better days, but the best are yet to come!

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9 responses

  1. Jerry Forster

    What a shame that such a fine machine could see this abuse in the first place. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

    June 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

  2. Wow, a Catrike with its own toaster-sidecar – that is so cool! :0)

    June 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

  3. I guess I am missing something here. From the pictures this Catrike looks to be in pretty good shape to me … like 60 minutes of work and one could be riding it (install rear wheel, air up tires, lubricate things, check toe in, derailleur alignment and adjustment, brake adjustment, spoke adjustment, etc. … providing everything works and adjusts okay.

    June 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  4. fully rusted chain – rust on other locations – decals partially missing – scuffed and scratched – worn tires – no neckrest – other items too numerous to mention (or recall at this writing) – been left outside in Oregon weather for a few years – pretty much a mess for anyone who wants a pristine Catrike – make a good “beater” trike for those worried about theft (nobody would want it) – photos don’t do this beauty justice

    June 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  5. Interesting. I look forward to reading about the process and the costs. Mary

    Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:01:59 +0000 To: maryfairy2@hotmail.com

    June 9, 2014 at 2:17 pm

  6. OKAY … the pictures don’t show any detail. You didn’t mention what kind of condition the sprockets are in (rusted badly, froze up or salvageable). Assuming they are salvageable now we are talking 180 minutes of work, $170 for new tires and new chain and it could be quite serviceable even if it isn’t “pristine”. :) I ride my trike a lot so it isn’t pristine. It shows wear including some scuffing and scratches. By the way, Catrike decals tend to come off all on their own. On rainy days one could work on the physical appearance to improve those things you say makes it look like a beater. And if nobody wants this “beater” I will gladly take it! Anyway, it still doesn’t look like it would be much involved to get it ridable.

    June 9, 2014 at 2:33 pm

  7. Even a badly rusted chain can often be salvaged so long as it isn’t worn out (stretched).

    June 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  8. Art

    Gee .. history repeating itself. Buy the trike and receive a complimentary toaster.

    June 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

  9. It’s the new Catrike incentive program!

    June 16, 2014 at 2:25 pm