Recumbent trikes

byegad

Legendary Member
Location
NE England
This is the message that needs to get across to potential 'bent riders. So many tell me how unsafe it looks 'down there'. Yet the Safety Bicycle was brought in to make riders feel safer than on an Oridinary! A logical progression is the 'bent, less distance to fall etc.
 

BentMikey

Rider of Seolferwulf
Location
South London
byegad said:
This is the message that needs to get across to potential 'bent riders. So many tell me how unsafe it looks 'down there'. Yet the Safety Bicycle was brought in to make riders feel safer than on an Oridinary! A logical progression is the 'bent, less distance to fall etc.
Same progression on braking ability - crap on an ordinary, better on an upwrong, best on a trike!
 
Here in the states one gets far more courtesy from motorists on a trike than on an upright bent or wedgie. I have to assume that many drivers are simply perplexed by the trike... some thinking that it's some form of wheelchair.
I have dealt with many aggressive and discourteous drivers while on an upright two wheeler, but have actually had to stop and encourage motorists to pass me on the trike.
Yes, they can be more dangerous in certain situations, and require more vigilance from the rider. I had a close call from a vehicle that was "tail-gating" a van, and had no way to see me. He swerved dangerously close to me as they passed, then quickly corrected his line once he realize I was there.
You have to be very aware, and take additional steps to ensure your visibility.
 

con gibbens

Active Member
Location
West Oxfordshire
I saw the following on a blog somewhere and now use it myself when confronted with the "you can't be seen on a recumbent trike" remark.

" When I'm on my trike I look like a wheelie bin that's been blown into the road - would you fail to see a wheelie bin and drive over it? Of course not!"
 

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
con gibbens said:
I saw the following on a blog somewhere and now use it myself when confronted with the "you can't be seen on a recumbent trike" remark.

" When I'm on my trike I look like a wheelie bin that's been blown into the road - would you fail to see a wheelie bin and drive over it? Of course not!"
Nice one! There's also the ripost that goes along the lines of "How do you know where the middle of the road is, or where you are supposed to stop and Give way? White lines. They're quite low, so how do you see them?"
 
Hmm ....[thinks] ... a wheelie bin fairing for my Speedy.......... [stop thinks]
 
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