Any of You Do Trikes -- in A Metro Area, Too??

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by NYC XYZ, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun! More expensive, hmm. Anyone in
    NYC (or some other metro area) do trikes? Besides poor Jeff Grippe
    (hope all is well).

    Just wondering. Links, etc., much appreciated. Don't expect to get
    into this for another decade at least -- and can't really imagine where
    I could ride, or how to transport such a contraption through the
    subways if necessary (hey, any you two-wheeled 'benters take the train
    with your bikes?) -- but it's an interesting idea which I think most
    girls would take to much more gladly than a 'bent, basically on account
    of the obvious safety thanks to three wheels...indeed, I think I read
    somewhere that trikes sell mostly to females!
     
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  2. Joelw135

    Joelw135 Guest

    NYC XYZ wrote:
    > Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun! More expensive, hmm. Anyone in
    > NYC (or some other metro area) do trikes? Besides poor Jeff Grippe
    > (hope all is well).
    >
    > Just wondering. Links, etc., much appreciated. Don't expect to get
    > into this for another decade at least -- and can't really imagine where
    > I could ride, or how to transport such a contraption through the
    > subways if necessary (hey, any you two-wheeled 'benters take the train
    > with your bikes?) -- but it's an interesting idea which I think most
    > girls would take to much more gladly than a 'bent, basically on account
    > of the obvious safety thanks to three wheels...indeed, I think I read
    > somewhere that trikes sell mostly to females!


    You would not believe how many trikes are around NYC. There are trikes
    that fold and can be carried on the subway. My trike fits in my Hyundai
    Santa Fe and there is plenty of room. Some trikes have very small
    wheelbase and the width is narrow. Mine is 32" wide, but no it doesn't
    fold and the subway is out. If you try this forum
    http://www.bentrideronline.com/ in the speciality listing there are
    many trike users. Ask your question there.
     
  3. Joelw135 wrote:
    > NYC XYZ wrote:
    > > Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun! More expensive, hmm. Anyone in
    > > NYC (or some other metro area) do trikes? Besides poor Jeff Grippe
    > > (hope all is well).
    > >
    > > Just wondering. Links, etc., much appreciated. Don't expect to get
    > > into this for another decade at least -- and can't really imagine where
    > > I could ride, or how to transport such a contraption through the
    > > subways if necessary (hey, any you two-wheeled 'benters take the train
    > > with your bikes?) -- but it's an interesting idea which I think most
    > > girls would take to much more gladly than a 'bent, basically on account
    > > of the obvious safety thanks to three wheels...indeed, I think I read
    > > somewhere that trikes sell mostly to females!

    >
    > You would not believe how many trikes are around NYC. There are trikes
    > that fold and can be carried on the subway. My trike fits in my Hyundai
    > Santa Fe and there is plenty of room. Some trikes have very small
    > wheelbase and the width is narrow. Mine is 32" wide, but no it doesn't
    > fold and the subway is out. If you try this forum
    > http://www.bentrideronline.com/ in the speciality listing there are
    > many trike users. Ask your question there.


    Keep in mind that the aforementioned forum is moderated (i.e.
    censored).

    --
    Tom Sherman - Post Free or Die!
     
  4. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Johnny Sunset aka Tom Sherman wrote:
    > Joelw135 wrote:
    > If you try this forum
    >>http://www.bentrideronline.com/ in the speciality listing there are
    >>many trike users. Ask your question there.

    >
    > Keep in mind that the aforementioned forum is moderated (i.e.
    > censored).


    Which keeps the rif-raf out and makes it an excellent place to get
    actual information on trikes.
     
  5. Rich ? wrote:
    > Johnny Sunset aka Tom Sherman wrote:
    > > Joelw135 wrote:
    > > If you try this forum
    > >>http://www.bentrideronline.com/ in the speciality listing there are
    > >>many trike users. Ask your question there.

    > >
    > > Keep in mind that the aforementioned forum is moderated (i.e.
    > > censored).

    >
    > Which keeps the rif-raf out and makes it an excellent place to get
    > actual information on trikes.


    Ignore what I wrote at your peril.

    If ya can't stand the heat...

    --
    Tom Sherman
     
  6. GaryG

    GaryG Guest

    "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun! More expensive, hmm. Anyone in
    > NYC (or some other metro area) do trikes?


    Hell no!

    GG

    > Besides poor Jeff Grippe
    > (hope all is well).
    >
    > Just wondering. Links, etc., much appreciated. Don't expect to get
    > into this for another decade at least -- and can't really imagine where
    > I could ride, or how to transport such a contraption through the
    > subways if necessary (hey, any you two-wheeled 'benters take the train
    > with your bikes?) -- but it's an interesting idea which I think most
    > girls would take to much more gladly than a 'bent, basically on account
    > of the obvious safety thanks to three wheels...indeed, I think I read
    > somewhere that trikes sell mostly to females!
    >
     
  7. NYC XYZ wrote:
    > Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun! More expensive, hmm. Anyone in
    > NYC (or some other metro area) do trikes? Besides poor Jeff Grippe
    > (hope all is well).
    >
    > Just wondering. Links, etc., much appreciated. Don't expect to get
    > into this for another decade at least -- and can't really imagine where
    > I could ride, or how to transport such a contraption through the
    > subways if necessary (hey, any you two-wheeled 'benters take the train
    > with your bikes?) -- but it's an interesting idea which I think most
    > girls would take to much more gladly than a 'bent, basically on account
    > of the obvious safety thanks to three wheels...indeed, I think I read
    > somewhere that trikes sell mostly to females!


    I ride a trike, but I certainly do not "do" trikes.

    --
    Tom Sherman
     
  8. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    GaryG wrote:
    >
    >
    > Hell no!
    >
    > GG



    The girls I wind up meeting are almost always scared or uncomfortable
    when it comes to bike-riding, so trikes seem like a nice way to get
    them involved.
     
  9. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    NYC XYZ wrote:
    > Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun!


    Up to a point. I was playing on an HPVel Scorpion on Saturday, and
    while they're fun I don't personally find them particularly more fun
    than a bike. Mileage varies, of course, but don't assume you'll really
    feel the need for one.

    > (hey, any you two-wheeled 'benters take the train
    > with your bikes?)


    Yes. Check with the train company what their general cycle policy is
    and if there are any limitations.

    > girls would take to much more gladly than a 'bent, basically on account
    > of the obvious safety thanks to three wheels...indeed, I think I read
    > somewhere that trikes sell mostly to females!


    Judging from what I see in the UK that's not the case.

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  10. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    Actually, I could almost swear I read that in Velovision, a UK mag,
    that trikes appeal/sell more to females!



    Peter Clinch wrote:
    >
    > <SNIP>
    >
    >
    > Judging from what I see in the UK that's not the case.
    >
    > Pete.
    > --
    > Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    > Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    > Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    > net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  11. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    NYC XYZ wrote:
    > Actually, I could almost swear I read that in Velovision, a UK mag,
    > that trikes appeal/sell more to females!


    Maybe I'm reading that a different way than you intended... I saw it as
    "appeal more to women than men", where maybe you meant "trikes appeal to
    women more than bikes". My sample base of lady 'benters is far too
    small to draw conclusions from viz bikes vs. trikes, but there certainly
    isn't any obvious shortage of men on trikes.

    Pete.
    --
    Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  12. In article <[email protected]>,
    Johnny Sunset aka Tom Sherman ([email protected]) wrote:

    > Keep in mind that the aforementioned forum is moderated (i.e.
    > censored).


    Only to keep the monkeys out.

    --
    Dave Larrington - <http://www.legslarry.beerdrinkers.co.uk/>
    If you are choking on an ice cube, simply pour a jug of boiling water
    down your throat and presto! The blockage is almost instantly removed.
     
  13. GaryG

    GaryG Guest

    "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1140417[email protected]
    >
    > GaryG wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > > Hell no!
    > >
    > > GG

    >
    >
    > The girls I wind up meeting are almost always scared or uncomfortable
    > when it comes to bike-riding, so trikes seem like a nice way to get
    > them involved.
    >


    Are those "girls" about 5 years old? Or, are they closer to 85? Those seem
    to be the typical ages for females interested in tricycles.

    GG
     
  14. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    GaryG wrote:
    >
    >
    > Are those "girls" about 5 years old? Or, are they closer to 85? Those seem
    > to be the typical ages for females interested in tricycles.
    >
    > GG



    That too!

    But why did you say "hell no" so vociferously for?
     
  15. Bill Baka

    Bill Baka Guest

    NYC XYZ wrote:
    > GaryG wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>Are those "girls" about 5 years old? Or, are they closer to 85? Those seem
    >>to be the typical ages for females interested in tricycles.
    >>
    >>GG

    >
    >
    >
    > That too!
    >
    > But why did you say "hell no" so vociferously for?
    >

    Interesting observation. The girls I know from about 5 up want 2 wheels
    to keep up with the boys and I had to teach some of them how to break
    the training wheel habit to ride with me and my grandkids. Over 16 is
    another story since cars are the cool thing. Some of the 18 year olds go
    with me on the exercise trips and every female I know over 50 seems to
    be piloting one of those powered scooter chairs. There seems to be a
    mindset around here that 50 is the time to start acting old and quitting
    any real physical activity, but why??? Riding with a bunch of 13 to 18
    year olds, mostly girls, mostly talking, really keeps me up on the
    latest gossip, er, happenings. The boys tend not to ride but would
    rather pose while throwing a football. Group rides are not all out
    training but accumulating 30 miles in a day is still better than none.
    Bill
     
  16. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    Bill Baka wrote:
    >
    > Interesting observation. The girls I know from about 5 up want 2 wheels
    > to keep up with the boys and I had to teach some of them how to break
    > the training wheel habit to ride with me and my grandkids. Over 16 is
    > another story since cars are the cool thing.


    Cars are fun on an open road, but otherwise just way too much hassle.
    I honestly never did see the appeal. Barely do, still. I consider it
    a convenience, not a "lifestyle" like the bicycle is. Besides, I think
    cars are like television -- quite evil, insofar as they hasten the
    corruption of character with certain people.

    > Some of the 18 year olds go
    > with me on the exercise trips and every female I know over 50 seems to
    > be piloting one of those powered scooter chairs. There seems to be a
    > mindset around here that 50 is the time to start acting old and quitting
    > any real physical activity, but why???


    Nothing betrays the inanity of our human race than how many give up the
    activities that actually help keep them young or younger and settle
    instead for obsessions which help give them the mere appearance of
    youth, like Rogain, Viagra, or Botox.

    > Riding with a bunch of 13 to 18
    > year olds, mostly girls, mostly talking, really keeps me up on the
    > latest gossip, er, happenings. The boys tend not to ride but would
    > rather pose while throwing a football. Group rides are not all out
    > training but accumulating 30 miles in a day is still better than none.
    > Bill


    I'm most likely hanging around the proverbial wrong crowd, but the
    girls I know have barely the mildest of curiosity in cycling, and then
    basically because I'm into it myself....

    Oh, BTW, I'm a sexist so I don't often distinguish "girls" and
    "women"...what you say about "female kids" is pretty interesting, and
    confirms the finding that sports and physical activity make for more
    independent and trouble-free females. I'm only a sexist because most
    females easily conform to stereotypes, but I'm all for female
    empowerment so that I can finally find both tits and wits, for a
    change!

    Anyway, I seem to find the serious, but non-racing, cyclists to be
    older folks...sheesh....
     
  17. NYC XYZ

    NYC XYZ Guest

    Peter Clinch wrote:
    >
    >
    > Maybe I'm reading that a different way than you intended... I saw it as
    > "appeal more to women than men", where maybe you meant "trikes appeal to
    > women more than bikes".


    Yes.

    > My sample base of lady 'benters is far too
    > small


    It's okay; you can whisper -- I won't tell!

    > to draw conclusions from viz bikes vs. trikes, but there certainly
    > isn't any obvious shortage of men on trikes.


    I've yet to see one out on the streets of NYC, and have only seen
    'bents on about three or four occasions in twenty-five years!

    > Pete.
    > --
    > Peter Clinch Medical Physics IT Officer
    > Tel 44 1382 660111 ext. 33637 Univ. of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital
    > Fax 44 1382 640177 Dundee DD1 9SY Scotland UK
    > net [email protected] http://www.dundee.ac.uk/~pjclinch/
     
  18. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > Peter Clinch wrote:

    [...]

    >> to draw conclusions from viz bikes vs. trikes, but there certainly
    >> isn't any obvious shortage of men on trikes.

    >
    > I've yet to see one out on the streets of NYC, and have only seen
    > 'bents on about three or four occasions in twenty-five years!


    Yes, those nuts in the UK are always telling us how popular bikes are over
    there in their tiny kingdom by the sea. However, like you, I hardly ever see
    anyone on bikes, let alone recumbent bikes - and recumbent trikes are
    extremely rare. I have only seen a few in action in my lifetime. In fact, I
    have seen more sitting in store windows than I have ever seen on the road.
    One of the reasons for this is because they are so damn expensive. If they
    ever get the price down to something reasonable, it is possible that we will
    see more of them in the future because there is a fun factor that is
    exclusive to them.

    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
    aka
    Saint Edward the Great - Order of the Perpetual Sorrows - Minnesota
     
  19. Jeff Grippe

    Jeff Grippe Guest

    "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > Hey, trikes do look like lotsa fun! More expensive, hmm. Anyone in
    > NYC (or some other metro area) do trikes? Besides poor Jeff Grippe
    > (hope all is well).
    >


    poor Jeff Grippe is planning a comeback and is getting better slowly.

    Seriously, I have ridden my Tricruiser (the very same one that got hit) up
    the West Side Bike Trail and it was a blast. I encountered many other
    recumbents but no other trikes on that day. I don't imagine that MetroNorth
    would allow me to take a trike on the train and lugging it in and out of the
    subway would be a real pain. But why would you need the subway if you have
    the trike? I was able to get into Westchester and the Bronx by going over
    the Broadway Bridge. You can get to Queens over the 59th Street Bridge and
    Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge.

    I have always felt safer on a trike because I'm so much bigger and tend to
    get more attention from drivers. On the other hand, based upon my
    experiences I wouldn't use my feelings about the matter as a guide.
    Obviously I was mistaken. I would feel safe in Manhattan only when sticking
    to bike paths that are physically separated from automobile traffic.

    On the day I came home from the hospital, my TA (Transportations
    Alternatives) members welcome kit was waiting for me with other unopened
    mail. The cover article of my first issue of the magazine was about the
    rising number of bicyclists that were killed by automobiles. Wasn't that a
    coincidence?

    For the future, I plan on riding a Leitra and taking only less traveled
    roads (which interestingly enough will keep me off the official bike route
    completely). The Leitra will be lit up like a Christmas tree when I ride at
    night (which will be rare I hope).

    Jeff
     
  20. GaryG

    GaryG Guest

    "NYC XYZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > GaryG wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > > Are those "girls" about 5 years old? Or, are they closer to 85? Those

    seem
    > > to be the typical ages for females interested in tricycles.
    > >
    > > GG

    >
    >
    > That too!
    >
    > But why did you say "hell no" so vociferously for?
    >


    Because I hope to never ride a tricycle.

    Why would I want to ride something that's heavy and slow, when a 2-wheeled
    bike is so much faster, and more fun?

    GG
     
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