LEG SUCK … IT’S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT

Just recently I saw it happen and it wasn’t a pretty sight. A friend I ride with was riding another friend’s tadpole trike … trying it out. He normally rides a diamond frame bicycle. He has been considering buying a tadpole trike so we are encouraging him to ride this one to get a “feel” of … Continue reading “LEG SUCK … IT’S NOT A PRETTY SIGHT”

THE DANGERS OF RIDING A RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE

A tadpole trike is fairly safe to ride but one does need to be aware of the possible concerns. This video does a pretty good job covering the dangers we all need to be aware of. I really like how he illustrates leg suck. I noticed in the video that this rider does not have/use … Continue reading “THE DANGERS OF RIDING A RECUMBENT TADPOLE TRIKE”

REAR WHEEL DIAMETER … 20 VS 26/700

Frequently the subject of rear wheel size comes up as people want to know which is better or preferable. I don’t think I have ever addressed this in all my many postings. Since it is asked so frequently I figured it is past time to do so. Well, like most everything else there are pros … Continue reading “REAR WHEEL DIAMETER … 20 VS 26/700”

CRANKARM SHORTENERS = PEDAL EXTENDERS

As you can see in the picture above I have crankarm shorteners installed on my trike. I am a short person and have short legs so shortening the crankarms is a god-send for me. Prior to getting the crankarm shorteners I purchased and installed some pedal extenders. I liked them but with the crankarm shorteners … Continue reading “CRANKARM SHORTENERS = PEDAL EXTENDERS”

CLIPPING IN … YOUR CHOICE

  Most of us are familiar with “leg suck” where the rider of a tadpole trike  can experience their foot dropping down off of the pedal and onto the pavement where it is then drug underneath of the crossmember of the frame resulting in serious painful injury. One of the main ways of preventing this … Continue reading “CLIPPING IN … YOUR CHOICE”

TIRED HURTING FEET

ARE YOUR FEET TIRED? Many tadpole trike riders complain about their feet hurting while riding. Of course some, like myself, have ongoing problems with hurting feet 24/7 regardless of what they are doing. In my case it is neuropathy and it just keeps getting worse the older I get. Others only experience discomfort as a … Continue reading “TIRED HURTING FEET”

JSRL DESIGN VS TERRATRIKE’S NEW HEEL SLINGS

Anyone who has followed my writings over the years knows that I personally use and have recommended JSRL Design Heel Slings. I have always liked them and still do, however, there is a new product out which I recently bought and must say I much prefer over the JSRL product. The keyword here is “NEW” … Continue reading “JSRL DESIGN VS TERRATRIKE’S NEW HEEL SLINGS”

FLINTSTONE BRAKES & YOU

Hanna-Barbera produced the popular Flintstone cartoon tv series where Fred was known to use his feet as the brakes for his prehistoric car. We laugh at that and perhaps we have even done it ourselves at times in the past on some types of vehicles. We might have even gotten away with it, but I … Continue reading “FLINTSTONE BRAKES & YOU”

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?

Now I ask ‘ya … what could possibly go wrong when we are out riding? I mean we are on 3 wheels and low to the ground so we are safe, right? Whoa! Slow up there! You better think again. There are all sorts of things that can go wrong. I feel relatively safe while … Continue reading “WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”

FIRST ATTEMPT AT RIDING MY TRIKE SINCE KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT

As some of you know I recently underwent total knee joint replacement. That, of course, means that I haven’t been doing any riding. Naturally I really miss it and am anxious to resume riding ASAP. My doctor had told me I ‘might’ be able to ride by 3 weeks post surgery. It has been 2 and … Continue reading “FIRST ATTEMPT AT RIDING MY TRIKE SINCE KNEE JOINT REPLACEMENT”

HEEL SLINGS GET MY VOTE

Anyone who reads the postings on Recumbent Trikes Group on Facebook have probably already seen my recent posting there about heel slings. For some time now I have considered buying them to try. I finally did about a week ago and have been using them. At first I didn’t care much for them, but I figured … Continue reading “HEEL SLINGS GET MY VOTE”

SPD SHOE CLEAT POSITION

Shimano developed the SPD clipless system. In fact, SPD stands for Shimano Pedaling Dynamic. Other companies have since come out with compatible products. Using clipless pedals is a good idea when riding a tadpole trike if for no other reason than to prevent injury from “leg suck“. For those who don’t know about leg suck … Continue reading “SPD SHOE CLEAT POSITION”

BRITT ELECTRIC PEDALS

As the saying goes … “What will they think of next?”  … E-Pedals! Britt Pedals are an invention of a British man named Stephen Britt. Although not a very powerful motor nor a very long lasting battery power these are a quick and rather inexpensive means of motorizing a bicycle or in our case a tricycle. … Continue reading “BRITT ELECTRIC PEDALS”

TRIDENT TRIKES STOWAWAY 1 & 2

Trident trikes have been around for a few years now. The company is based out of Lincolnton, North Carolina. The trikes themselves are made in Taiwan. The trikes are pretty well designed and have good quality components. The one thing that is particularly unique to Trident trikes is that they give you a lot for … Continue reading “TRIDENT TRIKES STOWAWAY 1 & 2”

PEDALS … PEDALS … READ ALL ABOUT IT!

The question is sometimes asked … “WHAT PEDALS SHOULD I GET FOR MY TADPOLE TRIKE?”  Definitely there are options. I have written some about this previously, especially in regards to the concern with injury from “leg suck“.  So why write about it again you ask? I “dunno” … it just seemed like I should … … Continue reading “PEDALS … PEDALS … READ ALL ABOUT IT!”

WHOA NELLIE!

Yabba Dabba Do! Good working brakes are a must on a tadpole trike. We laugh at ol’ Fred Flintstone and his braking system, but don’t ever try this on a tadpole trike. In doing so you are asking for “leg suck” to occur and that isn’t a laughing matter. Most trikes have disc brakes.   … Continue reading “WHOA NELLIE!”

HEEL SLINGS VS. SPD SHOES & PEDALS

“Leg Suck” is a serious matter and concern as it can result is a very bad and painful injury … one which could cripple you for life and cause considerable pain and suffering … a horrific ordeal to go thru. To prevent this from happening it is highly recommended that a rider of a tadpole … Continue reading “HEEL SLINGS VS. SPD SHOES & PEDALS”