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Old June 17th 09, 03:30 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech,alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent
Mike
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On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:20:06 -0500, "Edward Dolan"
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"Bernhard Agthe" wrote in message
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The only obvious drawbacks to a delta a

- large turning radius (long wheelbase)


Not on the Kett Wiesel. You can do a U-turn on a bike path.


Presumably to avoid the embarrassment of anyone seeing you on what
looks like a glorified long wheelbase wheelchair.

IMHO The only trike worth considering is a tadpole.


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Old June 17th 09, 06:07 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech,alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent
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Mike wrote:

Edward Dolan wrote:

Bernhard Agthe wrote:

The only obvious drawbacks to a delta a

- large turning radius (long wheelbase)


Not on the Kett Wiesel. You can do a U-turn on a bike path.


Presumably to avoid the embarrassment of anyone seeing you on what
looks like a glorified long wheelbase wheelchair.

IMHO The only trike worth considering is a tadpole.


Can't do this with a tadpole:

http://austinbikezoo.org/sites/defau...ul.preview.JPG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI5tK0CDl_0

I've had over 1600 lbs. riding on just the trike's rear axle.

I can also U-turn that rig in any space as wide as the trailer is
long. It turns so tightly the trailer moves backwards during part of
the process. Lots of delta trikes can pivot around a stationary
wheel; tadpole trikes can't.

It is nice that tadpole trikes can use regular bicycle drivetrains,
but that's also one of their limitations.

Chalo
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Old June 17th 09, 10:24 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech,alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent
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"Mike" wrote in message
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On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:20:06 -0500, "Edward Dolan"
wrote:


"Bernhard Agthe" wrote in message
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[...]
The only obvious drawbacks to a delta a

- large turning radius (long wheelbase)


Not on the Kett Wiesel. You can do a U-turn on a bike path.


Presumably to avoid the embarrassment of anyone seeing you on what
looks like a glorified long wheelbase wheelchair.

IMHO The only trike worth considering is a tadpole.


Mike likes go-carts better than he does bicycles. That is why he prefers a
tadpole.

Regards,

Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
aka
Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota


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Old June 29th 09, 11:37 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech,alt.rec.bicycles.recumbent
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Mike wrote:
On Mon, 15 Jun 2009 12:20:06 -0500, "Edward Dolan"
wrote:

"Bernhard Agthe" wrote in message
...
[...]
The only obvious drawbacks to a delta a

- large turning radius (long wheelbase)

Not on the Kett Wiesel. You can do a U-turn on a bike path.


Presumably to avoid the embarrassment of anyone seeing you on what
looks like a glorified long wheelbase wheelchair.

IMHO The only trike worth considering is a tadpole.


As usual, it depends what you want to do with it. And being able to do
handbrake turns on a Kett is part of why they're excellent off-road fun
machines.
Another reason they're great is it makes an excellent family machine as
you can just daisy-chain them together. Try doing that with a
Windcheetah...

Pete.
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