Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

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Tangled Metal
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Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby Tangled Metal » 14 Jan 2018, 9:21pm

Been looking around for recumbent retailers. Re-do understand WCR in Derbyshire. Not too far from where we like to visit and camp. However they seem to only sell greenspeed trikes, is that correct? Also what are greenspeed trikes like? I'm not sure I like delta trikes, IMHO tadpole ones with two front wheels look better.

Is it worth the detour to visit them if I really prefer two wheeled recumbent?

hercule
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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby hercule » 14 Jan 2018, 9:39pm

Greenspeed are unusual in that they do one delta (Anura) and a variety of tadpoles including a tandem. They are well respected (up there with ICE, HPV and Hase) and one of the first modern recumbent manufacturers but otherwise fairly scarce in the UK as they are made about as far away as you can get (Australia) Worth a look, I think recumbent trikes are a bit more versatile than bikes even if slower but YMMV!

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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby hercule » 14 Jan 2018, 9:40pm

PS I’ve dealt with them through their “Small Tyre Shop” and they have always come across as very nice people to deal with!

D.TEK HPVS
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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby D.TEK HPVS » 14 Jan 2018, 10:47pm

Rob who owns WCR sells new trikes (albeit only the Greenspeed brand )
You might double check if he has used stock to offer ?
If that is a none starter Rob or Carol often point the finger towards Little Thetford 8)
I think you suggested your height is 6ft5ins and running on a restricted budget of less than a £££ grand ??
That also means test rides and suitable models and machines to purchase would be somewhat restricted in your case .

Tangled Metal
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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby Tangled Metal » 14 Jan 2018, 11:35pm

I'm holding back and saving up. I wonder what money gets you a good commuting / touring recumbent? New and secondhand?

It does seem to be Dtek is the best place to get your first recumbent. Everyone points to dtek. I mean everyone. Just why base down in Cambridgeshire and not beautiful Lancashire or Cumbria or Yorkshire? :wink:

Seriously though, a dtek or laidback cycles based say near Manchester would probably do OK. Or WCR if they did other brands too (and secondhand). Mind you greenspeed look a very good brand.

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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby UpWrong » 15 Jan 2018, 5:41pm

Greenspeed don''t offer suspension and for a long time were obsessed with small, Brompton sized wheels. The problem is the cost of shipping them over.

D.TEK HPVS
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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby D.TEK HPVS » 15 Jan 2018, 7:24pm

A good point about Greenspeed costs
In fact upon arrival in Euroland a tariff duty was imposed on the basic cost + shipping and then vat on that lot ......Ouch !
Many years ago I think Optima and Greenspeed considered a joint venture to build the Aussie trikes in the Netherlands .
On paper that would negate tariff and airfeight costs .But the idea failed as a reasonable profit margin could not be achieved .
I have bought a variety of pre-owned Greenspeed models and the GT3 has proven to be a popular pick (it folds)
The tandems remain dream machines to import at huge cost ££££££ .
Unless you discover a used GS tandem trike probably brought in as hand luggage (honest) from folk that visited down-under .
The GS delta trike struggles to compete with the well established Hase KW
and does not win beauty prizes with its industrial and rather boxy design .

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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby brynpoeth » 15 Jan 2018, 8:11pm

Sea freight from Australia would be much cheaper
Cycling? Of course, but it is far better on a Gillott.. Alternative facts welcome

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Wobbly John
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Re: Greenspeed trikes / West Country recumbents

Postby Wobbly John » 26 Jan 2018, 9:46pm

D.TEK HPVS wrote:A good point about Greenspeed costs
...I think Optima and Greenspeed considered a joint venture to build the Aussie trikes...


I think Dave Wrath-Sharman and Chris Bell (of EGG chainring fame) were looking at building the Greenspeed under licence in the UK in the mid '90s, but I don't think the project got off the ground. Pity.