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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 O'...


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It might be more practical to invest in a trike that is a trike by design through and through. I am not sure what your budget is like, but this sounds like what you need. It's still a Pedal powered tricycle, but the electric assist will help you up that hill, especially if you are loaded down with groceries, etc. https://www.vitalitymedical.com/ewheels-ew-29-...


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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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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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If it did not come with a manual you can get one online MERIDIAN OWNER'S MANUAL Page 12 states how to install the secondary chain It states the secondary chain should have less than 5 mm of play up or down


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I would venture to say (and Blam confirmed with his link to the manual) that you have some excessive slack in that chain, and removing it would help. In your first picture, where you're holding the chain, it looks like there is a lateral movement available on what appears to be the axle shaft, to the right. I'd loosen those bolts and try to slide the rear ...


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On a upright bicycle you have a part of your weight on your legs part or even most of the time. On a recumbent bike you do not have any part of your weight on your legs. I would say that makes for less tired legs. I have noticed that at the end of a day long ride I keep sitting on my 'bent trike with my feet on the pedals when waiting for our local ferry, ...


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There are always options. From OP's link, showing boom and bolts. Shorten the boom, if you can. There are two pinch bolts in the main frame, under the boom Back them both off and see how much can be inserted into the frame. You probably already did this, but revisit it and see if there's extra length to be saved. Perhaps the inner tube bottoms out, and ...


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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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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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Answering for completeness: Don't get in this situation and Prevention is better than cure You should have picked up that the brakes were not as good as they were by feel (poor braking) or on visual inspection noticed that the inner cables were starting to fray. Most bikes have two independent brakes. For yours to both fail at the same time is quite ...


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Answer: Maybe - speed isn't the problem. While most "limits" have generous tolerances, your manufacturer's warranty could be unusable if there was a structural problem. Your brakes would have to dispel more momentum while stopping, so that will increase wear and runout distances. Riding is a great way to get exercise, and I've successfully ridden road ...


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You do not indicate if this is the SX ("tadpole model" weighing 48 lbs) or the USX HD (weighing 65 lbs.) (Either curb weight is a challenge but if you've been spinning away at 80 or better rpm, I say "reward yourself with a lighter trike." Review the archives at http://www.rtrmag.com - Recumbent and Tandem Rider Magazine or The Recumbent Journal for ...


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A small point; but, recumbents were banned from racing with normal bikes early in the twentieth century - they were too fast. I have a homemade tadpole (now retired due to hip problems), I (and my dog) rode it for about 12 years in preference to my normal road bike. It weighs the same as an MTB but is way faster. I rode it almost daily and on many ...


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What you're looking for is a tall order. Most of the trike conversion kits you'll find in the USA are for lowrider bikes, and would be inappropriate. Most of the conversion kits for adult bikes come from the UK, where triking has some presence as its own sport, but those typically drive only one wheel. There is a conversion kit that replaces the front end ...


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According to this post from an owner the wing is for looks: Earlier models came with an aluminum ‘wing” over the front axle, probably more for looks than anything, and a bullet-shaped, sports car-styled rear mirror on the left side. According to the post the trike was made specifically for on track racing against like trikes. MASA was a Japanese company, ...


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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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I have a three wheel recumbent with a dual front brake lever which controls both brakes at the same time with equal force, then the left lever is for the rear brake that uses a cantilever brake system. Hard braking I use the all three. My trike is electric and I wasn't going to face down in the road in case I had to stop at 40 mph. This set-up works great ...


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The bicycle is a deceptively simple machine. The physics behind bicycles is actually quite complex, with multiple forces interacting to produce self-stabilizing behaviour (i.e., ghost ride a regular bike then run along and strike it, the bike will deviate from its current trajectory and self right). For a good rundown of the main physics principles behind ...


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The 24" Traditional trikes use the 19" support bar. The 23" versions are for aftermarket longer seat posts. So if that is the original seat post, and your mother is not extremely tall, then you need the 19". The 23" comes into play for taller riders so their knees are not smacking their chin and requires the use of a longer seat post than what comes with ...


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To accelerate, the peddler is accelerating the weight of three people plus the bicycle. Once moving, the rolling resistance generally scales with the weight of the total vehicle. the rear wheels and tires have to be sized to carry the weight. The Wikpedia article gives 0.0055 as a typical rolling resistance coefficient for typical BMX tires, which is more ...


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I have been in the recumbent business for over 10 years and have not ever heard a technical term to distinguish the pair of wheels versus the single wheel. As there is so little standardization it would be difficult to describe the wheels without ever running into someone misunderstanding. I used to manufacture front wheel drive two wheeled recumbents and ...


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As everyone has said, it's true that basic maintenance should keep this situation from ever occurring. So just to be clear, the practical answer is probably have a shop get the front brakes set up properly again for you. But to actually answer the question: Most trikes can't take any kind of rim brake on the rear wheels, so that's out. However, there are a ...


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I found out that the trike is a 1975 Free Spirit.


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Since it is no load carrying part and if you keep enough clearance between the repaired spot and the tyre there should be no problem. Take care to sand away any rust beforehand and treat the rusted part with rust removing chemicals.


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Check out the Atomic Zombie plans for "deltawolf" These are do-it-yourself plans, they don't sell completed bikes. Here's someone's bike from the rear There's nothing to stop you putting the caliper mount further out for a 180 or 203mm rotor. You could also set up the same on the left-hand axle. Note this design is a single driven wheel rather than a ...


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For bicycles the so called "snow tires" are essentially mountain bike tires with large gaps between the lugs so snow will come out. Studded tires are intended for ice and do little good in loose snow. I have a snow bike (aka fat bike) with knobby tires designed for snow - but no studs. I have another bike with Schwalbe Marathon 26"x2.2" studded tires and ...


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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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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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I'd guess the single-speed freewheel/freehub on the jackshaft has something wrong with its pawls. That's the bit that lets you coast along without pedalling, and the rear chain will keep moving with the rear wheels. To fix it temporarily you could try flooding the freehub with solvent and wiggle it lots. When its moving better let the solvent dry off, and ...


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