Its time to start, at least start making decisions on what I am going to build. First decision is trike or bike. Now the ramblings begin. I have to get past the point that Tadpole trikes look cool. They are much more difficult to build however. What is going to best for me on the road is the question that needs to be answered.
I want a touring bike. Being one that can haul heavy loads for long distances. One that can haul a tent, food, bedroll, and other essential for staying on the road for several days or weeks. It requires special wheels and gearing and otherwise be a heavy duty bike. The answer may lay in a combination bike and trailer such as a B.O.B. I’ve now read hundreds of pages of travel journals on Crazy Guy On A Bike and see people using many different combinations of bikes/trailers. Even if money were no object, all of these questions and combination of questions would still have to be answered.
I have an EZ-3. I’ve learned from riding this bike that it has a high center of gravity. I’ve not come close to turning it over, but being thrown from it. Maybe another seat will solve some of the problems. This being 10/3/11 I hope to have a new seat built by the end of this week and installed on the EZ-3. Then maybe some other mods could be done to lower the center of gravity. The EZ-3 is known in the industry as being heavy and slow, I can’t change that. It is a delta and I can’t change that.
I’ve also learned from the EZ-3 that recumbents are rather harsh riding vehicles. On a upright bike your legs can absorb the shock of a bump in the road. Maybe the new seat will help that some but the new or modified EZ-3 would require some suspension. Either bike suspension or seat suspension.
Trike or bike. Recumbent trikes can climb hills at any speed. Can stop and rest in the middle of a climb. Gear down low and climb slowly, but keep climbing. Recumbent bikes must travel at a high enough speed to maintain balance and stay upright. For this old man (67 yrs) it looks like the answer to trike or bike should be trike.
The main disadvantage to a trike is it takes more road space/shoulder space. Shoulder space or the lack thereof is a concern of both bikes and trikes. If there is a shoulder, it will normally have a rumble strip (drunk bumps in the south) and it is hard to keep one of the three wheels off the rumble strip when riding a trike.
Building any of the Atomic Zombie trikes or bikes does not require a lot of money. A modified version of several of the plans would make a good touring bike.
I’ve ordered the material for the seat that David and I are going to build for the EZ-3. I’ll see how much difference that makes and how many more mods would be necessary to convert the EZ-3 into a contender.
I don’t go back to the Doc for the halter monitor until the 27th. I guess I have a little more time for the final decision.
In the mean time I’ll try to email some of the experienced people on Crazy Guy and get other options. I would really like to talk to Murdle the Turtle or some other people whom have traveled with a recumbent trike.
To be continued.