(all about tadpole trikes) created & maintained by tadpole rider Steve Newbauer
Welcome to the Tadpole Rider blog. I am Steve Newbauer. I am from Fort Wayne, Indiana in the United States. I previously wrote a blog I called Tadpole Rider before making the decision to end it. Not only did I end it, but I totally deleted it. Later I found myself regretting deleting it as I had put a lot of time and effort into creating it. Now that I have decided to start all over again I do so from scratch. I plan on working hard to put it all back together. That being said, I am not making any promise that it will be identical to what I had before. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see. 🙂 FYI, after deleting my original tadpolerider blog I could not get back that name when I restarted it so that is why you see tadpolerider2 as the name now.
You can contact me at …tadpolerider2at gmail dot com(@gmail.com)
Anyway, here is some about myself:
Yeppur! I am sold on Tadpole Trikes …
Here is a picture of me on my current trike:
Steve Newbauer, Age 73
Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A.
My first tadpole trike was one which I made myself. I then bought a factory made trike. My original factory made trike was a silver 2009 Catrike Trail but now I have a 2013 green frame as a result of Catrike replacing my original frame under warranty as it developed a hairline crack in the weld on the underside of the crossmember. I also renewed nearly everything on the trike when I got this new frame so for all practical purposes it is a 2013 model.
I started riding recumbent bicycles as a result of wanting comfort and painless cycling. I got into riding a trike as a result of wanting to be able to keep riding during the winter time. I made my first tadpole trike out of mild steel so it was heavy compared to my Catrike Trail which is made of aluminum. Here is a picture of it. I sold it to a guy who said he intended to motorize it.
Once I rode a tadpole trike I enjoyed it so much more than a bike that I prefer it now over a 2 wheeled recumbent bike. They are just so much fun to ride and far safer than 2 wheels. They are also more comfortable than a recumbent bicycle. They are like driving a sports car or go cart as they handle great.
My 2 wheeled recumbent bike (which looked like this) just sat around no longer ridden so I eventually sold it.
I thought I would mention further that most of my riding is on our local paved trail system. I first started riding on these trails on a mountain bike back in 2005 I think. In 2007 I made my first 2 wheeled recumbent bike and rode it on the trails followed by my factory made 2 wheeled recumbent bike and then my homemade tadpole trike in Nov. 2007. In late May 2009 I bought my Catrike Trail. From the start of it all in 2005 until now in June 2019 I have ridden a total of over 84,000 miles (as of Nov. 2019) … mostly on the local trail system.
We have excellent trails and they are hard at work expanding and connecting them together in a master plan which will be awesome. Of course, with the high cost of trail building and various hurdles it is slow and challenging.
Here I am riding along on the Maumee Pathway which is my favorite Ft. Wayne Trail.
I used to take our dog along with me sometimes. He would ride in the basket as well as walk and run alongside of me. He developed a physical problem and could no longer go out with me like this. This picture below was taken by a local newspaper and was part of aFEATURE STORYin the paper. Much to my surprise it appeared on the front page.
And here is another local news coverage … channel 15 television (I appear about 40 seconds into the video)