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I'm thinking about going bent but...

Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 4:20pm
by mr_hippo
where do I start? Two wheels or three?
Two wheels - Above seat steering is out as, I think, it's just defeating the object so we will go with the under seat option. I am a bit concerned about low speed stability and starting off. I suppose after a few practice starts, it becomes second nature.
Three wheels - seem to be much lower than two wheels so I am a bit concerned about visibility but I think this can be solved with two large flags on the back; delta or tadpole - which is better?
I live in Bangkok and ride between 6:30 in the morning and arrive home at 11 at the latest so I avoid the heavy traffic (normally) as most of my routes go in the opposite direction of the rush hour and coming back when the rush hour is over.
I have just started my research but if I go with the two wheels, it's possibly a Challenge Tour and for a trike, I'm thinking of a Trice T26 - 26" rear wheel with no suspension (I'm not a big fan of suspension)
Your thoughts/advice will be appreciated.

Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 5:18pm
by Fonant
You really should try to have a go on various different 'bents before you buy - the range of different handling and ride characteristics is huge.

Two-wheeled is more difficult to learn, and balancing can be frisky. Three-wheeled can feel more go-kart than bicycle, but great fun and more stable at slow speeds (and when stopped!).

Two-wheeled is better on rough roads, as you have one track instead of three to avoid potholes with.

Three-wheeled tadpole is more stable than delta, and perhaps safer, as you can brake as you turn in a corner without tipping over. You do see some delta trikes, usually long-wheelbase, but most are tadpoles for this reason.

I ride a Wincheetah, which is at the frisky end of trikes, and the Trice I've ridden felt much more stable and "slow". The Windcheetah's joystick steering is excellent :)

Don't worry about being seen, you will have more attention than you want most of the time: a flag has never been necessary in all my many miles of touring or commuting (on very busy and fast roads). You'll be at least as big as a dog, and in any case being low keeps you in drivers' main range of vision (as a driver you watch the road, which is why it's easier to see and keep an eye on road markings than roadside signs).