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All other things being equal (which admittedly, they never are), a recumbent trike will be slower. It has more frontal area, more rolling resistance, and more weight. I don't have a recumbent bike, but I do have a conventional racing bike and a recumbent trike (a very low-slung tadpole, not a delta). On a frequently-ridden 37-mile loop, my average speed on ...


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I've seen quite a few older people in my city riding around on 3 wheeled bikes, similar to the ones shown here. They offer quite a bit of stability, without making you low to the ground like a recumbent. However, I can't think of how you would get one into a car. Getting a regular bike into a car is hard enough, have you thought about a roof rack? You ...


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I've commuted in the pacific northwest for two winters, and have equiped my bicycles with snow tires, mudflap extensions, and sewn bright yellow waterproof blankets to cover up my Xtracycle deck. A lot of my inspiration has come from the Winter Riding forum on bikeforums.net. I cannot provide model information, but possibly these some areas to consider: ...


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If your car doesn't have a trailer hitch on it, you can have one installed and purchase a "trike and bike" rack that mounts in the trailer hitch receiver: Hitch Rider Trike-N-Bike™ hitch mounted racks transport a trike and bike at the same time. Wheel holder and bike support arm styles are available for the bike carrier position. The rack fits both 1 ...


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Your best bet is probably a recumbent trike. Of course this does bring up the transportation issue. You could look at getting a roof rack or rear platform for the car which could negate the transportation issue. Another thought would be a tandem. If you can balance enough to keep you both up and she can manage not to fall off. Again this brings up ...


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Check out the Hase Pino. Tandem Bike, but built to let a recumbent rider get a full view from the front, without having to steer or balance, while the captain can sit upright with the same awesome view. There's accessories for seatbelts or handcranks, if that's your thing. Also, the newest models fold in the middle, so they can fit in a trunk. On the other ...


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World human powered bike speed records are indeed on recumbent bicycles. But they are very long, flat roads where a rider can move through 60 gears (30 speed chain, and a 3 speed internal hub). They also have larger wind screens. I have ridden both, and just flat cruising the recumbent will be faster, but hills, corners, and stops are the great equalizer. ...


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Here is my 2c from over 10 years experience in a busy shop: I am assuming that it is the spokes are breaking at the hub. On a drive side wheel, that is where they always break. There is a different rare condition, when the spoke nipples are breaking off at the rim. Rims have two sets of holes, one set on the each side. The spokes might be laced to the ...


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I'm not a pro rider and have never used clips on any bike. Even on your upright bike you train your legs and feet to stay where they're supposed to... if they just relaxed they'd fall off the pedals no matter which bike you're on. I've been riding my recumbent for almost 3 years now and have little interest in riding anything else, though it did take a ...


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I commuted in all weathers for about a year on a recumbent trike in the early '90s. From what I remember: It was a 2 front wheel model with underseat steering. It was very stable, but the only time I did manage to come out of it was in the winter, trying to avoid a van downhill on packed snow. Being only a few inches off the ground it wasn't much of a ...


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Where abouts in the UK are you? You might want to check out the following places: London Recumbants - http://www.londonrecumbents.co.uk/index.php?id=17 DTek - don't have a web site but can be emailed on dtekhpvs@btopenworld.com FutureCycles - futurecycles.co.uk Hope you get sorted.


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Greenspeed both makes folding tadpole recumbent trikes, which can fit in the back of a reasonably sized car.


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Comfortable is very subjective. I hate to use a car metaphor, but someone in a trike might find it more like steering a station wagon than a bike when it comes to tight turning. So in one concern, you're replaced an uncomfortable upright posture with a possibly stressful steering style. I would search for recumbent videos and see how many you can find that ...


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These are the Wisconsin State Bicycling Laws: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/vehicle/bicycle/docs/bikelaws.pdf 340.01(5) defines a bicycle thusly: "Bicycle" means every vehicle propelled by the feet acting upon pedals and having wheels any 2 of which are not less than 14 inches in diameter. As it makes no mention of where or how the machine was ...


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Not really. I would not ride a recumbent for much distance without my feet being clipped in. The obvious way to do this would be with cleats, but there are also special pedal design for recumbents that includes a sling that runs under the heel. Nice thing about a trike is that you never need to clip out. There's the bigger issue that it takes a while to get ...


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Bike speed is primarily limited by wind resistance, and a major factor for wind resistance is "frontal area". I would guess that most trikes have more frontal area than your standard upright bike, so it's unlikely that you'd see a speed improvement. But maybe someone else can point to some actual test data.


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I own a Catrike 700 and also owned a high end upright road bicycle with CF tubular rims, etc. and a Powertap wheel. The Powertap wheel can be mounted on the trike to capture heart rate, wattage, speed, etc. I've ridden the trike over 200 miles and focused on fitting for half that distance (crank length, Q factor, seating position, arm placement, etc.) to ...


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I've had good luck strapping my TerraTrike to the top of a Matrix. We have a roof rack, which makes it easier. But before that I just fed the straps through the doors. The trickiest part is that at highway speeds, there's a lot of stuff that can fly off. (I lost a fender that way.) So my procedure is Put the seat back as far down as possible, to ...


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Firstly I've seen a variety of trikes on the roof of a fairly wide variety of cars - hmm, I've carried one on the roof of mine along with two recumbent bikes, so its perfectly possible to carry a trike on a car. The challenge - as it has always been with recumbents - is that you may not be able to do so with a single standard piece of kit. From memory wheels ...


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Trident, Mantis and Artifice by TW Bents all fold enough to go in a car (allegedly, I don't have one) You can get them from Buy Buy Bicycles in the UK.


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You really should read Shelton Brown's site: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/ He was a great resource for the bike community (RIP) and you have some common threads with him. He talks about tandeming, which would be an option for you. A note on the bike having to fit in the car, it is possible to get racks for the tandem, it doesn't have to be transported in ...


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There is the Azub Eco [recumbent tadpole] Trike. However, if you watch the video of the folding, it's no Brompton.


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I found a long list here (I don't know how good or recent it is, but it is quite long, and pan-national): Where to Find A Four-Wheeled Bike or Tricycle. The various sellers might tell you whether/how it's possible to transport them by car. There are also second-level links, for example one of the links is to http://www.roman-road.co.uk/ which then links to ...


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In California a tricycle is a 'bicycle'. For day time operations the only real requirement is that one wheel can skid. 39000. "Bicycle," for the purposes of this division, means any device upon which a person may ride, which is propelled by human power through a system of belts, chains, or gears having either two or three wheels (one of which is at least ...


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Check out the Di Blasi folding tricycles. I don't have any experience with them but their fold look as cool as the Brompton fold. http://www.diblasi.co.uk/Folding_Tricycles.asp?Prd=Tricycles&Pag=Gruppo&Lng=en


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Here are a few reviews: http://www.amazon.com/Westport-42078-Adult-Folding-Tricycle/product-reviews/B000Z89JFO/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 about a Westport one.


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Battersea Park in London has these for rental for both adults/kids. It's only for riding around the park, but this is probably a safer place to experiment on than London's roads...


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I just purchased a tadpole TerraTrike Tour II Elite and I can't say enough about this particular design, make and model. I made myself keep going today, and was able to do 25.2 miles... my first time on the local bike path. What an exhilarating experience! I ended up at this page as I was curious if riding my tadpole is suppose to be easier than riding a ...


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I own a Trice Q and several other bikes... The answer to your question is "it depends". With a 70 km/h wind straight in your face (according to the weather office), the trike will certainly go faster. At least it will go forward. On that particular day I overtook a guy on an electric bicycle. He was the only cyclist going in that direction... 50 km/h wind ...


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Recumbents can be faster. As was previously mentioned, all of the land speed records for human powered vehicles were set with fully faired recumbents (velomobiles). But what will really make the difference is the rider. Consider this rider you've never heard of, Andy Wilkinson. In 1990 he broke the record for fastest bicycle trip from Lands End to John ...



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