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Catrike 700 – Touring Impressions and Guidelines

Well fellow trikeaholics, I’ve dug down deep and pulled out the obstacles to hitting the keyboard once again, now that I am home and it is raining outside. Having recently completed a short overland trike journey of five days on the iconic 2014 Catrike 700, my head was swirling with some thoughts that might be of interest to the minuscule few of you who actually are crazy enough to consider touring on a 700 like I am learning to do. Click HERE for the hard-hitting article, located on the Steve’s Catrike 700 page. I also decided to place it, with a few new photos, under the Trike Touring menu, and named it Touring on a Catrike 700? So, you can find it in two TA locations. Under NO circumstances should you read this article unless you are fully committed to using this trike to tour!

North Oregon Coast261That crow couldn’t believe it was seeing a speed trike with cargo bags on it!

Here is the start of the article:

The iconic Catrike 700 was specifically designed with a single purpose in mind. From the ground up, this trike was not meant to perform any tasks other than one very focused objective. That goal was met successfully, and as a result, this trike has remained a clear leader in its area of application. All trike enthusiasts know what a Catrike 700 is designed to do, and for newcomers in the tricycle realm, just its appearance alone relays the message quite clearly. There can be no doubt. This ultra high performance trike was built for speed, all-out mind blowing speed, and it delivers in spades!

The triking world also realizes something else about the Catrike 700. You just don’t do anything with it that falls outside of its well defined niche. Breaking this unwritten rule is sacrilege, an affront to the original intention of this sleek thoroughbred, the ultimate disrespect of an undisputed monarch. To move in opposition to this powerful energy places the audacious violator into a world of verbal fallout, as onlookers surely think him mad. There is a price to be paid for stepping out of line. The world of humans prefers absolutes, and the Catrike 700 is about as absolute as things come. Read more


2 responses

  1. Now that you have that new Catrike you need to come join us for the Catrike Rally this coming March. Here is a short video of last year.

    November 30, 2014 at 6:20 pm

  2. I’d love to participate in the Cat Rally! That would be a real kick in the pants! Florida’s a long way to ride – would have to plan well in advance, picking the best route with the least hassle, and most peaceful pedaling experience. Even Catrike didn’t make an appearance at the first two Recumbent Cycle-Con shows when held in Los Angeles, but they did have a booth this year when held in Chicago (and those guys have high speed convenient cars and trucks too). The span of a continent has a sobering effect – but, yes, your suggestion is well taken Steve and remains in my head! Thanks …

    December 1, 2014 at 7:41 am