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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by TheGoodTexan, Feb 10, 2018.
Four wheels and pedals?
I totally agree. I rode mountain bikes for years and even riding a mountain bike on the street with knobbies is a huge waste of energy. Four knobbies and the extra weight would take too much energy I think.
Edit to add - The wheels and tires in the Kelnet post above seem reasonable. The weight of the white body however, probably makes it less than ideal to pedal to the store.
Ex racer here...
I would rather have an Ice Trike
That's the most ridiculous thing I've seen in a while and it gave me a nice laugh. Thanks for that.
One of my luthier friends is a tinkerer. He has built an electric bicycle that with a few pedals, relatively friction free, powers a small electric motor. It can do 60 kms./hr. ( about 40 mph)
It looks like a bike from "Easy Rider".
He wears a black matte German soldier's helmet ( compulsory here ), has a grey beard like a pirate and laughs and waves to people on his weekend rides.
Anyway, if we all worked, payed taxes and took responsibility for kids/family then we all deserve a little fun in our silly old age.
That bike looks like fun. Find one and enjoy the fresh air and fun.
Abomination in the eyes of THE LORD
Thou shalt not ride the bicycle with uncloved hooves nor that which doth not chew the cud. It is unclean in the eyes of the LORD.
Thou shall also not get a 4 wheel mountain bike except that thou hast no sense of balance, and hath a disability badge for so to prove it
SO SPAKE THE LORD
I like the 4 wheel bike....with a 250cc dirt bike motor please.
Good try. I'm under the new covenant.
Every four-wheel cycle that I've seen does indeed look like it was built for someone who would otherwise not be a able to ride a two-wheel bike.
EXCEPT THIS PARTICULAR DESIGN
(The one I pictured in the OP)
Since this one keeps the rider in the same position as a two-wheel bike, there is still a lot of balance required - not to keep it upright, of course, but to keep it level through jumps and such.
I've seen some in China, they weren't as heavy-duty looking as that one but they had a flat bed thing or a trailer and were used to carry furniture.
Found a video of one in use. This is what I'm talking about. (I care nothing about doing stunts on concrete with this thing. But I do want the ability to get it off the ground and land, without destroying the thing.)
Tie 2 birds together: doesn't make them fly better
Good luck with it
Some friends have a more cart-like model with bench seats that creates a lot of fun on the events that close city streets, and they’ll take it on frozen lakes.
As a trail builder and director (board of directors) at a ski area with extensive MTB trail and feature inventory I have observations that say pass on any sort of fat tired 4 wheeler if you think it will move you like an off-road bicycle. We have a disabled vet and handicapped skiing outreach program and that experience says an off road quad or trike are still not single track or everywhere riding machines.
If you can ride a two wheeler and have not ridden truly modern MTBs you want that route for off road. If trails are too wet and you want a fun way to drink beer my friend’s Quadzilla is a lot of fun.
it looks like it weighs a ton
It looks like it would be fun too try but i can't imagine you could get much speed with all that weight. I would think you would need the 4 wheel independent suspension as shown in the video. I can't tell if the thing in the OP has it. I'm not sure it would even fit on most single track.
Seems like a lot of fun downhill but when you take away the option of getting out of the saddle for more torque and/or quick acceleration ?
Then it just turns it into something fun and dorky to do with friends on Sunday afternoon, like Segway-ing around Chicago or something...
I like mt bikes for exercise and fun and lightness is important to me because, where I live, there are some steep hills and I need all the help I can get to get up those hills.
For exploring fire roads, I recommend something like this. It easily climbs steep and rocky trails that I couldn't ride my bike up or down. (I'm not a good mt biker.)
I've spent a good amount of time in Pittsburgh, so you can believe I understand the sheer insanity of unsanctioned downhill drift trike racing there! (Not that it doesn't sound like fun... lol)
I made a "Voyager" recumbent. It was fun to build but I never really got the hang of riding it. I tell you what, though- Building one, I got a lot more appreciation for how cool the humble bicycle is! It's a pretty amazing gizmo.
I think my next attempt might be the tricycle with the casters for back wheels. Not for me, of course. For my daughter. Totally for her. She needs one. And a new crash helmet. Better get one in my size too...
My 29er is 26.5lb with 1lb Pedals. My lightest road bike with my lightest wheels is 13.8lb.
There is now way on this earth I could enjoy anything about that monstrosity other than watch someone else on one pass me.
It would work right here in SoCal 100% and they do. The boardwalks are wide and full of cyclers of all types. You can go for miles on flat land just cruising. Most all major streets leading to the beaches have wide bike lanes too. Perfect for here.
I think a skinny tire bike would be much more fun on boardwalks and streets of So Cal. The OP lives in Nashville, TN.