Trikes And Trails

Recumbent Trikes: Cycling For The Laid Back Generation

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Trike Shoppe, LLC …Fitness, Fun, Freedom

November 21st, 2009 · Health, dealers, industry news

Fitness, fun, freedom.  That’s the motto of a new shop that just opened, dedicated to the sales, and service of recumbent trikes.  The Trike Shoppe brick and motor store is located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with a grand opening scheduled for Nov. 27.  The on line shop is up an running at www.trikeshoppe.com

This new shop is unique in not only is it dedicated to recumbent trikes, but it geared to offer tricycles set up for the physically disabled.  The owners, Stephen and Cynthia Doroghazi are so committed to this cause that they are planning to donate 3-5 percent of sales from recumbent trikes to charities that promote and benefit the interests and education of disabled people.  

A great product line, a great cause, a great business model.  Keep on Triking.

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Trikes for Kids…… Catrike Dash

November 14th, 2009 · Rides, Trikes

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From the “better late than never” department, Catrike has come out with a new offering in it’s line of recumbent trikes…. the Dash.   Coming in at 28 lbs., the trike comes with 8 speeds as it’s standard set up, and is sized for riders 4′2″ – 5′6″ tall.

Catrike has redefined trikes for kids.  At a suggested retail price of a little over $1200.00 it’s no toy, but it sure can be fun!  Check it out yourself.  Click on Catrike under the list of manufacturers on the side bar at the right.

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Trails From The North

October 26th, 2009 · Uncategorized

bootsacrosscanada[1]I know it’s kind of late in the season, but just wanted to let you know of the new addition to the side bar regarding trails. It’s the addition of Canadian trails with the first link being the equivalent to the US Rails to Trails Conservancy.

If you’re a hardy soul that enjoys cold weather riding and an occasional snow flake or two, check it out and head on up.

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Getting To The Trails

October 25th, 2009 · Uncategorized

200909130016Once the commitment, emotionally and finacially, has been made to purchase a recumbent tike the next hurdle often is how to move it from point A to point B. Those with pick-ups or vehicles with lots of cargo space, and those who are handy and enjoy an occasional fabrication project, will have no problem in finding a solution. Then there’s the rest of us.

I’ve seen roof top carriers that can accomodate recumbent trikes, but the most convenient method of transport I’ve found is the hitch rack. I have a trailer hitch receiver on my vehicle for other uses, so for me this was a “natural” to haul my Catrike Villager to the various trails I like to ride. If you don’t have a receiver you will obviously need to have one installed on your vehicle. If you’re not a handy person, please have a professional intall it to assure it withstand the jarring it will take going down the road with up to 75 lbs. (I’m considering two trikes) of cargo.

These are not inexpensive. Be prepared to pay anywhere from $325 to over $500, depending on the make and options desired. Here are some things I considered before I made the choice on which brand to purchase.

1. Is the design stout enough to handle the weight of the trike along with future add-ons?

2. Does the rack design offer the flexibility to expand to handle an additional trike or bike?

3. Will the rack “hinge” down to allow trunk or hatch access and easier loading?

4. Will the rack work for either 1.25″ or 2″ receivers?

5. Does the manufacturer have a reliable service department to order replacement parts if need be?

That being said, here’s a list of rack manufacturers I’ve found for recumbent trikes. No doubt I’ve missed some so please let me know and I’ll add them to my reference list of rack “makes” on the side bar.

-CycleSimplex

CycleSimplex

CycleSimplex

-Davert Trike Carrier

Davert

Davert

-Draftmaster

Draftmaster

Draftmaster

-Hitchrider    

HitchRider

HitchRider

-TerraTrike

TerraTrike

TerraTrike

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Dakota County Developing Trails

September 13th, 2009 · Trails

P5220201Last fall Minnesota voters authorized the state to cough up close to a billion dollars dedicated to park improvements/additions.  It appears at least one county plans to use the funding for recreational trails.  Dakota County is home to many suburbs south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area with borders on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. 

The county plans to receive around $900,000 as the first installment of the park/trail money.  It’s planned use is building 7 miles of trails, 5 of it being  along the Mississippi river as one segment of a 29 mile trail that will run from St. Paul to Hastings.  The $900,00 will be combined with $844,000 in county funds which then will allow the project to become eligible for a $2.7 million federal grant.  All to be used for the trail.

The county is planning to receive another $1 million in funding next year from the same pool of voter approved money, which appears to be be also going for trail enhancement.  The county has asked the state government for $1.5 million in state bond funds to build a bridge over the Canon River, a necessary milestone in the development of the Mills Town State Trail, which when completed, will run 85 miles from Red Wing, on the Mississippi, to Mankato in the south central part of the state.

Dakota County’s long term park plan includes developing 50 additional miles of trails by 2030.

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Weird, Wonderful World of Recumbent Trikes

September 8th, 2009 · Trikes, Uncategorized

That’s how Michael Deegan describes his website in the by-line of it’s title.  As recumbent trikes become more main stream they probably won’t seem as weird as when Michael started his site.  I don’t know when he started it but by the number of recumbent trike images he has collected, it had to be some time ago.

Those of you that actively read blogs and web sites about recumbent trikes no doubt have seen his site before.  It’s often referenced by his fellow bloggers.  That is because it is an excellent compilation of images of just about every trike on the market or that has been on the market  It is the best site I’ve seen to demonstrate how large and indeed wonderful the world of recumbent trikes has become.  Thank you Michael.  Visit his site here.

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TriCruiser: Comfort for your backside, comfort for your back pocket.

September 6th, 2009 · Brand, Health, Trikes, Weight Mgmt.

FlyingTrike_green[1] The TriCruiser built by American Cruiser, of San Diego, CA has combined the important combination of comfort for the butt with one of the most reasonably priced entry level tadpole style trikes.  The trike can handle riders between 4″6″ and 6′10″.  Their standard frame can handle riders up to 250 lbs. and with American’s “Tuff Frame” riders weighing  to 325 lbs. can enjoy what this trike offers.

Admittedly designed to cruise between 12 – 15 mph, the trike is built with components made from major manufacturers allowing easy availabilty of parts with out have to bring the trike into a shop.  The seat height is 21″, one of the highest I’ve seen for tadpole style trikes, and is padded with 2″  thick high density foam covered with Cordura Nylon.  It also has a rear shock and coil spring suspension for added comfort.  For more information about this entry level, comfort oriented trike, click here.

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Trikes for Life: Superior Vistas from a Delta Trike

August 30th, 2009 · Health, Rides, Trails

Split Rock Lighthouse   (copywrite: Explore Minnesota Tourism)

Split Rock Lighthouse (copyright): Explore Minnesota Tourism)

Ever wanted to try riding recumbent trikes but just can’t find the opportunity?  Ever wanted to try a “Delta” style recumbent trike?  If you live near Minnesota’s “North Shore” (Lake Superior) or plan to visit in that area you have that opportunity.

Trikes for Life, based in Two Harbors, MN, offer fully supported outings that involved triking and/or hiking.  Located close to Minnesota’s Gitchi-Gami State Trail, and Gooseberry Falls, the excursions offered take in some of  most scenic vistas in the state.  The vehicle of choice:  recumbent tricycle.

The trikes used are Hase Kettweisel Rides.  These state-of-the-art trikes, made in Waltrop, Germany, are Delta style trikes, meaning one wheel in front and two wheels in back (versus “tadpole” style of two wheels in front and one in back).  They’re built for comfort but offer superior performance that we’ve come to expect from German enineering.

The next time I travel north I plan on giving these folks a call.  My personal ride is a Catrike Villager (tadpole style).  I thinking of buying one of the bad boy Delta’s and Hase is on the top of my list.

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Minneapolis Bike Tour: 2009

August 30th, 2009 · Rides

Minneapolis tour 2009 logoSunday, Sept. 20 will see the second large, sponsored bike tour in the Twin Cities within 10 days.  It’s the third annual Minneapolis Bike Tour presented by the Minneapolis and Recreation Board and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

Free from mortorized traffic, the family event offers a 14 mile and 37 mile course.  The shorter course will take riders around Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Like of the Isles whereas the 37 mile course covers the entire Grand Rounds Byway System.  Numerous water and rest stops along the route will be available as well as medical and mechanical assistance if need be.  Last year’s tour invovled 3400 riders.  For more information click here.

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St. Paul Classic: Sept. 13, 2009

August 23rd, 2009 · Rides, Trails, Trikes

home[1]Riding “traffic free” in larger cities is a rare event.  That’s what’s going to happen on Sunday, September 13 for cyclists in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  That’s the day of the annual St. Paul Classic.  The Classic is not a race but a family event offering traffic free riding over two routes, one 15 miles and the other 30 miles.  These routes take riders through some of the most scenic and historic neighborhoods of St. Paul.  In years past the event has drawn as many as 6,000 riders.

Here's the routes.

Here's the routes.

The ride is produced by the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, a new non-profit cycling advocacy group whose mission is to make Minnesota an even  friendlier bike/trike state.  There will be numerous rest stops along the routes with live music and fresh baked goods and locally grown organic fruits.

The entry fee is $35 for adults, $15 for children 5-16, and free for children under 5.  All proceeds go to support the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.  For more information about the Classic click here.

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