Author Topic: Living with a trike  (Read 511 times)

fd3

Living with a trike
« on: July 23, 2020, 07:01:42 pm »
I'm really trike curious, but I do wonder about how easy they are to live with.  I already find it very different going for rides with DF riders on my SPM, so I think a trike would be a million times worse.  I also don't think I could commute on a trike (as I like to take cut-throughs through train station car parks etc) - though maybe it would be the only option if we ever get proper snow again (no, I did take the bike in every day, just for walkies).
But even if I come to terms with this, I wonder just how hard they are to live with in a terraced house without a garage, front drive or side access.  I reckon for intermittent use you could remove rear wheel (& seat were applicable) and drop down the boom to be able to carry it through the house and navigate round corners - but if you do plan to ride it a couple days in a row that's a real faff.  I guess it could live in the hallway, but then no one can get past it (could it live on it's side in the hallway, taking up about the same space as a bike?

What do trikers do?  (Other than buy a garage?  I can't even park it out front with a tarp because that's where the cargo bike lives!)
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Auntie Helen

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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2020, 07:17:55 pm »
I wouldn’t consider it without a garage.

Trike riders are Billy No Mates unless you ride with other trikes! The speed profile is too different, unless you are quick.
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Kim

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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2020, 08:00:29 pm »
Barakta's trike lives in our front room, along with 5 other bikes, assorted tools and camping gear.  It's a two-person lift to get it through the front door easily (though I can do it single-handed if absolutely necessary - it's marginally easier when folded).  That's fine, because she isn't safe to ride unaccompanied, so isn't really using it as a form of transport.

If we had a say in such things, we'd either have a secure garage, or a wide front door with level access.  (We may end up needing the latter at some point anyway.   :-\)

We did a forum ride some years ago where five recumbent trikes (and at least one recumbent bike) were in attendance.  That was brilliant, though I can't decide whether my favourite bit was watching them all bobbing up and down over the speed bumps on Roman Road, or the bemused pedestrian tripping over his yappy dogs because he was too busy gawping.   :thumbsup:
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redshift

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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2020, 10:12:21 pm »
Hi, I am Billy No Mates and I ride a trike. Except when I ride a bike, of course.  Actually I'm Billy No Mates all the time, whether I'm riding the bike or the trike, or paddling the kayak.  I think it's a function of my existence.

Bikes can be left in the hallway or a room, leaning against the wall, but Speedy needs proper storage.  I live in a terraced house, and the trike will go through a standard doorway, and can just about be wrangled through the house, but it's tricky.  We have a ginnel between us and one neighbour which gives access to the rear garden - which a lot of terraces don't have, of course - and that's how the trike is normally moved.

Back when I visited Seat of the Pants in Altrincham (about 1995-ish) Bob Dixon had several Windcheetahs suspended down walls hanging from their rear wheels, which I thought was a pretty good method, but even then they stick out into a room unless you also remove the seat.  Garage or secure shed seems best.

The speed thing is also true - Speedy can be very fast on the flat (it is: I'm not), and scary fast on descents, but as soon as there's some climbing to do I slow right down.
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fd3

Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2020, 10:35:03 am »
I had heard of them hung from the wall with the back brake on, hadn't thought of hanging from the rear brake.

I'm sure my wife would love that.
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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2020, 12:19:28 pm »
They are also excellent for watching the television whilst stored in the lounge ;D
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fd3

Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2020, 01:26:41 pm »
She'd probably love that even more!  Not sure that I have reached the age of having my own "dad chair".
(actually my kids would love it but my daughter wouldn't be safe about the drivetrain).
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Kim

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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2020, 09:09:49 pm »
They are also excellent for watching the television whilst stored in the lounge ;D

Until you get rid of the telly to fit more bikes in.
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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2020, 10:59:34 pm »
I've got one in the kitchen,
one in the hall &
one in the back bedroom.

+ a Linear lwb & an ultimate bikes custom Lwb in the living room.

I think I need to thin the herd a bit.

tonycollinet

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Re: Living with a trike
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2020, 06:08:53 pm »
Mines in the garage - can't help.

The ICE trikes fold, but they are still an armfull - or a hall full. You'd need somewhere out of the house (or give up a room) to store, and if it was round the back it would be a pain in the ass to get out.