Quadracycles?

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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby Grandad » 8 Jan 2020, 10:49pm

They are still in business,


Or perhaps not - just noticed that their very extensive Price List is dated 2007

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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby pwu » 9 Jan 2020, 3:58am

The Chuckle Brothers had a 4 wheel bike

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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby hercule » 24 Jan 2020, 7:31pm

Utah Trikes in the US (yes, a bit far away from the UK) do conversions of recumbent trikes. The Greenspeed Anura delta style recumbent is also available as a quad - Westcountry Recumbents in the UK are Greenspeed importers.

One of the potential issues is that unlike the stable tripod form of a trike, a quad is going to need some form of suspension or at least articulation to keep all the wheels on the ground on anything less than a completely smooth surface (think of a wobbly table caused by an uneven floor), which means that aftermarket bolt on solutions might not work too well.

A Newton style front axle appeared on eBay a few years ago, I briefly fantasied about adding it to my Ken Rogers trike but sanity intervened in time!

https://www.utahtrikes.com/SEARCH-0:999 ... uad.search

http://www.greenspeed.com.au/Anura.Quad.html

http://www.wrhpv.com/

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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby [XAP]Bob » 26 Jan 2020, 5:46pm

nez wrote:
Cunobelin wrote:I don't know if they are still in business, but there was a company called Roman Road, who did a tricycle conversion for bicycles. The difference was that it was a front-wheel conversion (Newton conversion). They converted solo and tandems


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I vaguely remember a conversion of a tricycle using this method to a Quad
Presumably Roman Road because they were generally straight. I wouldn’t fancy cornering that at speed.

Why not? Inherently more stable configuration than a conventional trike.
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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby nez » 26 Jan 2020, 6:28pm

I wouldn’t want to corner one of those at speed either. The low slung tadpole type look very stable, but the big wheel trike look like they might be a bit tippy for my low level of trike skill. But what would I know? I’ve just worked out I haven’t ridden a trike since 1956, when my parents bought me a red scooter. Metto or some such engraved on the footplate. Does anyone remember them?

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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby tatanab » 26 Jan 2020, 6:31pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:Why not? Inherently more stable configuration than a conventional trike.
Afraid not. Ask anybody who has owned an upright in that configuration and you will find 99% will tell you they are frightening at speed and cornering is more difficult than on a delta. Reasons being - this config works well with low centre of gravity and comparatively wide vehicles like cars, but not with comparatively narrow ones with high centres of gravity. The usual method of cornering, hang off the side and move the weight down and back, will put your c of g outside the very narrow triangle of stabilities. On a delta of course this triangle is wider at the rear which is why it works. When I had one I tried throwing the weight forward instead of back, but that is a very difficult thing to do. The pros and cons have been discussed many times in the last 150 years, but for sporting/clubman type riding the delta has always come out as the preferred type. For utility purposes and utility speeds it is fine because no athletics are involved. I have 50 years of trike experience, but only had a tadpole configuration for about 7 years, the current owner calls it "the pig".

Roman Road cycles has not been in business a couple of years. The owner moved to be closer to family and had no room for the business, and he has since died.
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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 26 Jan 2020, 7:00pm

nez wrote:I wouldn’t want to corner one of those at speed either. The low slung tadpole type look very stable, but the big wheel trike look like they might be a bit tippy for my low level of trike skill. But what would I know? I’ve just worked out I haven’t ridden a trike since 1956, when my parents bought me a red scooter. Metto or some such engraved on the footplate. Does anyone remember them?

I remember a blue one with direct drive to the front wheel, fixed of course
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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby freiston » 26 Jan 2020, 7:44pm

My last experience of four-wheeled cycles was about the same time as when my avatar photo was taken.

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Re: Quadracycles?

Postby nez » 26 Jan 2020, 7:50pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:
nez wrote:I wouldn’t want to corner one of those at speed either. The low slung tadpole type look very stable, but the big wheel trike look like they might be a bit tippy for my low level of trike skill. But what would I know? I’ve just worked out I haven’t ridden a trike since 1956, when my parents bought me a red scooter. Metto or some such engraved on the footplate. Does anyone remember them?

I remember a blue one with direct drive to the front wheel, fixed of course
I expect you mean the trike. With a proper lid for the ‘boot’. Lovely