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Hello,

 

I'm curious if anybody anybody rides an adult trike in Chicago? If not, have you at least seen a tricyclist in Chicago?

 

Is there some sort of Chicago recumbent-cyclists' community?

 

Thanks,

Cullen

Appleton, WI

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I see people on trikes all the time, but I don't get the sense that they have much need to be connected to a larger community of tricyclists-- they're mostly just getting some local shopping done.

An adult tricycle is not really a recumbent, so I'm not sure how to answer that question.

h,

Thanks for your reply. It's great that trikes exist in the city.

 

Also, many trikes are recumbent trikes. So, I'm also curious about the recumbent BIKE community in Chicago.

I'm hoping to bring my trike (sound cycle) to Critical Mass. I've seen a few there.
I own a Greenspeed recumbent trike.  I live in the western suburbs and NEVER bring it into Chicago.  Metra doesn't allow them and riding one on Chicago streets is well beyond my comfort level.

 

I see a lot of trikes out this way on the IPP, GWT, FRT, etc.  More so in the last two years. 

 

There are a few recumbent trike-specific discussion forums.  BentRiderOnline.com is one, there are others.

I don't know how active the groups below are. I would write to Ed Gin (addy below) and see what he knows (I see him a few times a year on Critical Mass.)

Edit-- I see these links are mostly dead . . . oh well.

 

From http://www.bikeroute.com/RecumbentRides.htm

 

Illinois

  • Chicago area: Monthly rides - last Sat of each month.WISIL HPVers (Wisconsin & Illinois HPV), Len Brunkala, 260 S Channing #1, Elgin IL, 60120-6619, warren.beauchamp@transamerica.com
  • Chicago area: Joe Dickman, 733-725-0331 for when, where, etc.
  • Chicago area: Weekly rides, See web for schedule, starting times and location. Very active riding group with over 12 fully faired recumbents, and many more unfaired vehicles. Chicagoland Recumbent Riders, Ed Gin, gkpsol@mcs.net

Unfortunately, the wide width of a trike's wheelbase makes them inaccessible to things normally ridden by standard bicycles.


Cullen

 

 

Chris C said:

I own a Greenspeed recumbent trike.  I live in the western suburbs and NEVER bring it into Chicago.  Metra doesn't allow them and riding one on Chicago streets is well beyond my comfort level.

 

I see a lot of trikes out this way on the IPP, GWT, FRT, etc.  More so in the last two years. 

 

There are a few recumbent trike-specific discussion forums.  BentRiderOnline.com is one, there are others.

we have them out in the burbs of chicago along the prairie path.
I ride an adult trike because I'm recovering from a head injury.  I like it alright, I just miss my single speed.

I'm sorry about your head injury. Because your riding a trike, I assume that the head injury effects your balance too?

 

If you don't mind me asking, what happened?

 

Good luck on your recovery.

This is what happened. Very scary.

Cullen Carter said:

I'm sorry about your head injury. Because your riding a trike, I assume that the head injury effects your balance too?

 

If you don't mind me asking, what happened?

 

Good luck on your recovery.

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