Is it easy to transport recumbent trikes?

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6 Responses to Is it easy to transport recumbent trikes?

  1. Dave Beedon says:

    The answer is “no.” Transporting recumbent trikes is possible but not easy. My experience is limited to tadpole trikes. Let’s define “transport” as meaning “walking a trike, picking up a trike, carrying a trike, or moving a trike in a vehicle (car, bus, or train).” The size, shape, and weight of trikes make them challenging to handle in all types of transport I listed. Folding trikes are an improvement over non-folding ones but in a limited sense (mainly in fitting them into a car). Walking a trike is challenging, even if the steering system is immobilized; zigzag gates, stairs, and narrow hallways intensify this problem. The shape and weight of trikes makes them difficult to pick up and carry. Moving trikes in a vehicle is tough because of a trike’s size, shape, weight, and for the poor selection of racks for holding trikes. Few vehicles make it “easy” to transport a trike. I have yet to see a trike rack for buses. I’d guess that few trains or streetcars are equipped to take trikes. In summary, the transportation issue is a serious drawback for trikes.

  2. Don Kemper says:

    We have two Trident Stowaway II trikes and the answer is YES!!! Both of them fit inside a Chevy TrailBlazer with the back seat down. The seats come off easily and is part of the process. Two people can negotiate about any type of doorway and average home obstacle course.

    During the Spring through Fall we usually leave them in the vehicle (we use another vehicle for running errands and such) but there is room for groceries if we want to take the Trail Blazer to the store. You just have to work around the trikes, but it is easily doable, I’ve been doing it for three years.

    We seldom ride from the house. We always drive to a ride start location. Sometimes we head out for a weekend with tent and luggage, soft luggage.

    Everything Trident makes, folds.

  3. Richard Stone says:

    Easy. Put it in the back of my Prius. Quicker and easier than using a bike carrier.

  4. Jim says:

    Both my Catrike Trail (non folding) and my Greenspeed Anura fit in my Chevy Trailblazer and also in my Silverado pickup (with Leer topper). No problem! I can get 2 trikes + extra gear in the lockable pickup bed and this is my # 1 form of transport.

  5. trike hobo says:

    Howdy everyone!

    I have once transported my ICE Full Fat monster trike – NOT easy, but it is doable! I put it in the back of a Chevy Equinox (a rather small SUV) – had to remove the seat, the right front wheel, and then fold it. Even then, it took some wrangling to ease it in. The Equinox has interior wheel well configurations that really restrict options for a fatrike. I was totally, yet pleasantly, surprised that such a huge trike could fit into such a minuscule space! We then placed camping gear and cargo into all the open spaces around the trike frame and wheels, and loaded stuff on top of the trike, for a 13 hour drive. Yep, for sure, it’s a lot of work, but for a rare transport, which this was, I didn’t mind. If I had to do this every day, then NO, it would not be a viable option at all! Here is a link to see more photos, a video of unloading it, so that all you readers can decide how much of a pain it was, haha:

    Photographs of trike in Equinox:
    https://mojavetraverse.wordpress.com/the-photographs/

    The movie (fast forward to minute six for the unloading portion of movie):
    https://mojavetraverse.wordpress.com/the-movie/

    So there ya’ have it, fellow trike hobos and pilots! It’s a mixed bag answer, depending upon one’s viewpoint, type of comparisons, and how many times a week this would have to be accomplished. I’m not crazy about it, but it’s possible if necessary. Small trikes help a lot, haha!

    See ya’ …
    hobo steve

    …………..
    Watch the trike get removed, starting about minute six, and see what it takes (you wouldn’t think such a gigantic trike would fit inside such a small car, but seeing and doing is believing):

  6. James E Clark says:

    I have a Nissan Frontier pick-up. I have a CAT Expedition. It will fit in the bed of the truck with the tail gate down. Or, I can place the two front wheels on the top of the cab with the rear wheel resting in the bed of the truck. In both cases I use tie down straps.

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