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Commercial recumbent trikes are not like light weight upright diamond frame road bikes. I've been riding high end light weight road bikes for 35 years and have ridden well over 60,000 miles during that time. At 65 I still average 17 mph on my after work 30 mile bike ride. At the start of 2015 I bought a Catrike Expedition and rode the same 30 mile route ...


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Alternatives to adding a (possibly very low) rear derailleur: add a hub gear instead I'm not sure you can do this in-line with the rear axle (it would have to be joined to the hub shell), so it might need to precede the rear axle and drive a second chain. Actually, I see Sturmey Archer make specific tricycle hub gears, but I have no idea how they're ...


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Normally I would say "you wouldn't start from there", but since you have... Since you've managed to add a cassette, I assume you're reasonably confident with tools. You're going to have to make a derailleur hanger that sits in the right place. If you can get a sealed bearing over the axle it'll be easier, but if not you will need to make a plain bearing ...


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I found this image in an untrusted link, on a site called https://www.factorydirectbikes.com/. It seems to show a trike with gears. Perhaps either the people at that site, or Pashley themselves might help you. At the very least, you'll need to add a bracket to the centre frame member to hold the derailleur. See ...


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Before you buy one, ride a couple of different trikes. It's worth spending $500 doing that before spending $5000 on buying one. You might be able to find a local recumbent group, or a retailer with demo units. The IHPVA is a good start for the former, or the usual social media. half as much load per tire... Trike weight distribution and handling is ...


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I'd use a trailer for this. There are ready-made ones like http://www.bobgear.com/bike-trailers or you could build your own. Then a lot of the weight can go onto a dedicated trailer wheel (or two), which should make it no big deal to carry two 60 pound batteries (assuming you have legs of steel, obviously).


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Typically, you do not brake all three wheels of a recumbent tadpole trike, but only the front wheels, at least when the trike is in motion. Most high end tadpole recumbents use two brake levers which independently control the brakes on the corresponding front wheel. They may optionally have a third brake on the rear wheel which is used as an emergency or ...


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Most are set up with one lever that works two brakes at the same time. There are lots of different styles, such as this one for example. You can see that it has 2 ferrules instead of 1, most commonly used on dual disc brakes. There are other models that differ somewhat visually but the idea is the same. Many Trike levers also have a push button locking ...



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