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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:44 PM
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looking for recumbent 3-wheel "bike"
Is there somebody who makes these? I'm thinking of something like that recumbent in the beginning of 2010, with the cool futuristic aero-shell. But it doesn't have to be exactly that either.
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disgruntled_goat Donating Member (637 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:48 PM
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1. heres a link
http://www.easyracers.com/ez_3.htm

I have ridden one of their 2-wheel recumbents, and I liked it. haven't ridden their recumbent trike, but it looks nice.


hth
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 02:54 PM
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2. Recumbents are great for lower back pain!
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:30 PM
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3. Here is the The North American Velomobilist Website
It has sites for many three wheel and other Manual powered Machines:
http://www.velomobiles.net /

Berkut Site (Three wheeler built in Russia):
http://www.berkut-trikes.com/
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:57 PM
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4. coooool.
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-27-04 05:08 AM
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5. Go for one of the "recumbents" with an outer shell
At least that way you've got a chance of being seen on the road.

Sorry about this but I've a real problem with the "shell-less" type
in that it's nearly invisible to other road users!

Ordinary cyclists (or motorbikes or even joggers) are tall enough
to be seen around traffic (and to look for traffic in turn).
The "lying-down bike" that I regularly see near home is so low that it
is hidden by the bonnet of an ordinary car (not even a SUV) and can't
be easily seen in the mirrors. Granted that the clown should take more
responsibility for himself and that I shouldn't blame all vehicles of
that type for the faults of a few but I do find the damn things a
hazard. I'm surprised one guy has lived as long as he has!

(Sorry about the rant: I agree that person-power is a great goal but
think that practicality and self-preservation should also figure into
the deal.)
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-27-04 09:29 AM
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6. safety is on my mind
especially here in the phoenix metro area, where people typically drive 50mph even on the surface-roads. If I ever do buy one of these, I would put a flag on it to improve my visibility.

One of the things that most discourages biking is high traffic speed. Even with bike lanes, I don't feel especially safe when cars are passing me at 50mph.
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-29-04 02:15 AM
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7. Recumbent Riders have to be careful
When I was in the National Guard in the 1980s I once had to drive my Car to Camp. In the Camp wish I had a camera, for I had backed up the car just to see where its bumper and the bumper of a 2 1/2 ton Truck meant.
The 2 1/2 's bumper barely hit the TOP OF THE CAR (The car almost cleared it). The car's bumper matched up very well with the front trans-axle.

The worse part of this is if you sat in the driver's seat of the Truck you did not see ANY OF THE CAR (Remember I had them "back to back").

With recumbent bicycle it is worse. I have been looking at the Cannondale Recumbent for like more recent recumbent the Cannondale are taller than some of the real low riding recumbent. I believe anything smaller than 3 feet tall is inherently unsafe on any road, given that you have to share the road with trucks and cars.
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