I came across this video showing a trike rider riding his trike down and back up a trail with sharp 180 degree turns in it.
We have a couple of these on local trails. I am pleased to be able to say that my trike can easily make the turns. In fact, I can do it center to center. I have ridden with other trike riders who can’t make the sharp turns on their trikes. They have to stop and zig zag back and forth to make the turns. My first tadpole trike was homemade. I made it. It would turn very sharp. I made sure of that when I designed it. The first picture up above shows its turning diameter in the snow. It could turn on this ramp inside to center. My Catrike Trail has almost the same turning diameter but center to center is the best it can do.
I might make mention that changing to wider tires will effect the turning radius of a tadpole trike as the tires will make contact with the frame sooner limiting how far the wheels can turn. I have wide tires on my Catrike now and I can no longer turn center to center on these 180 degree turn ramps. Now I am outside to outside, but I can still make the turns.
I would not have a trike that could not make these turns. It is an important thing to me. Oh, I have ran into turns I could not make and have had to stop, back up and zig zag back and forth to make the turn. I don’t think that there are any trikes who could make these particular turns … not even Delta trikes.. Well, I reckon that is all I have to say about this subject. Enjoy your trike … whatever you ride and …
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