Canopies are an item which can be a real blessing to have. They can help shield us from the hot sun and even offer some protection from rain. I have a friend who slips a large plastic bag over his to make it totally waterproof if he has to deal with rain while out riding. Some people make their own canopies. My friend made his and another friend made his. There are only a few manufacturers of canopies that I know of. Prices range considerably as do the design and build. I have written about CANOPIES before. There are a very few companies around who offer them. One of them is Recumbent RagTops. There is also VelTop which offers canopies for recumbent bikes and trikes. This posting is featuring Recumbent RagTops as I have never written about them before.
I think it is safe to say that this design would catch a lot of air especially with the rear flap down over the mesh “window” so no air can flow thru and out the back. Also it is domed quite high which makes the canopy much higher than most others I have seen. Personally I would want the canopy much lower down than this … just a few inches over the top of my head. I have no idea how it handles winds. Also I wonder about visibility of traffic lights as one approaches them
Here is a video with a review of this canopy which addresses all of this and more …
Speaking of homemade canopies, I came across this video which I really like so I am sharing it here …
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2 thoughts on “RECUMBENT RAG TOPS”
Steve, thanks for sharing this but none of these come through as videos links
Dave Dickmeyer Fort Wayne IN
A awesome design..! I have one on my Bent, and use it mostly in the spring, and summer months.. A really simple design with a lot of adaptability to almost any trike out on the trails today.. Not very expensive, to have made, and if you know someone who makes them like I do, you can get almost any design imaginable that you would sew on it’s canopy that you prefer to have on your bent… Stay Cool…!