What type ?
understatement to say that I "like" trikes. I'm fond of them!
There are so many different models of trikes: there are "tadpoles" with
one rear and two front wheels, there are "deltas", with two wheels in
the back, and there are sidecars, where the third wheel is not on its
own axle. There are small trikes, large trikes, streamlined trikes,
delivery trikes ("triporteurs" in French) and even steam driven trikes,
like the monster above.
Okay, okay, that one is a bit over the top, but in the early years of
motorized transport, people were at least inventive and not just copying
each others ideas!
Stability can be an issue with trikes: three wheels are more vulnerable
to turning over than four-wheelers. When it comes to speed, tadpoles
seem to be more stable than deltas. So for me it's quite obvious that if
I want to have a trike, it would be a tadpole, since I simply can't take
afford to break by spine... again.
had in mind, as an 'ideal' tricycle for myself, is a cross between a
Batavus Relaxx, a disability tricycle and a Saxonette.The latter being a
German bicycle equipped with a tiny 30cc two-stroke engine in the rear
wheel. This engine is tuned down to 15MPH, but with a replacement
ignition system, is know to run more freely, meaning a reduced fuel
consumption (as a result of a better combustion) and a higher revving
speed. In the standard bicycle frame, speeds of over ...20MPH have been
know... waaaaaaaaaaaw ;-)
In a standard bicycle frame, the SACHS engine is capable of running 1.2
liters/100 km, that is nearly 200 MPG
, yes: two
miles per gallon ! In a trike, of course, the mileage
should be even better, since there is less drag, and it would be easy to
streamline it with some kind of fairing.
The creation of this trike has been put on "hold", since my health (and
wealth) went downhill and I had CABG-surgery.
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