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Old 02-17-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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Therapy Device Saved from the Dump

I saw this three wheeled fixie in the trash. When I put it on the street and started pushing, I discovered the front wheel responded to the rear steerer arm only. I tried riding in reverse, but that was too awkward with its wacky huge platform pedal covers and backward response to arm direction. Fortunately the set-up instructions were attached, and after a trip home for tools & corrective lenses, I set it up so I could pedal going forward with handle bar steering. The ride home involved several blocks of streets under construction. The lumpy mounds of dirt made for a weird, listing ship kind of ride sensation.

I can't ride my two wheeled bicycle on street or trainer because of torn cartilage in both wrists and hands. I see this contraption as a means to get my legs pedaling again. The crank arms are only 125mm, wow. I removed restraining straps & back rest, and began tuning the neglected parts this evening.

The plan is to have some spinning fun till I'm healed, then donate if an agency will take it.



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Old 02-17-2013, 01:04 AM   #2
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That's an interesting trike! I look forward to reading more about its refurbishment. Best of luck, and please keep us informed!



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Old 02-17-2013, 01:38 AM   #3
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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Tuned. I need a banana seat.

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Old 02-17-2013, 10:45 PM   #5
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Pretty darn cool! Who cares if it's pink. You needed a bike that fit your needs as your body allows and you stumbled onto one in the trash. Karma indeed! Just pay it forward when time allows!

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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This is the first post here that made me smile in a long time.

I'm sorry you're going through a long healing process, but this is good stuff!

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
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Think of the possibilities of that thing. Yank all the crap off the back, put a regular seat on it. Put a basket or flat bed on the back and it would be a great parts getter.

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I have thought of the possibilities. It has an existing derailleur hanger, a 7 speed cassette option, freewheel, IGH, crank arm extenders, 26" wheels and QR axles, plus front suspension fork, all as add-ons for this model. There is a rear stand-on flat bed available too. Our dog has arthritis, occasional flare-ups while out walking make for a long trip when he requires suit casing (75lb) to get him home. Being able to load him on a rear rack would be useful. However, this trike is so purpose built it would be a shame to muck with it. I left the seat belts attached to the saddle just so returning to stock would be simpler.

I really appreciate the assisting features engineered on this trike. The rear steer bar and lift handles are useful when maneuvering the trike in & out of the house and up & down from the porch. It's not too heavy either, and the frame is surprisingly well made.

With 1:1 gearing, small wheels, and short crank arms my cadence is extremely high. I must quiet the torso to smooth things out; not such a bad exercise in form.

Check out this nifty distribution block which links the two rear mechanical disc brakes to one brake lever.



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