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Paul851



Joined: 30 Oct 2016
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Location: Bradford,West Yorkshire

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: Why did no one warn me ?  Reply with quote

So after sorting the new brakes on the trike and having a quick spin up the road I decided to test ride my fixed gear bike as I had changed the bars and stem but hadn't had a chance to ride it since breaking my shoulder now I was expecting it to feel different,what I wasn't expecting was to find out was that I had completely forgotten how to ride on two wheels  Shocked their was much swearing and wobbling as the bike refused to go in the direction I wanted and after a hundred yards or so I had to give up and push the bike back home which my wife found hilarious   Embarassed Fortunately after a bit of practice it came back to me but I was getting a little panicky  Very Happy

Paul
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tatanab



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I vaguely recall this from my first trike rides almost 50 years ago.  The effect was similar to getting off my 1940s tandem and getting on my solo to ride home - everything felt disconnected and wobbly for a short while.

After a time, the swap from 3 to 2 wheels is problem free.  The problem for me is that I ride trikes for almost 99% of my riding, so my reaction to something happening (pothole, lump in road etc) is the tricyclist reaction which is not ideal for 2 wheels.  It takes only half a second to correct, but the effect is noticeable.  As a result of all this trike riding, my off road bicycle handling skills have long gone.
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merseytrikus



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a week spent Youth Hostelling round Wales on trike I jumped on my work bike on Monday morning to go to work.   Forgetting to put my foot down at traffic lights gravity quickly took over and the tarmac brought me to a sudden stop.   Fortunately it was 05.30 am with no one about to see.   Embarassed
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BarEndFan



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember the sensation very well.

Not a problem going from solo bike to solo trike or other way around I swapped between the two regularly (often riding both in the same day) which is probably why I was one of those who struggled to learn to ride a trike in the first place, but riding a tandem caused me no end of problems.

link below to the thread I posted at the time. It was actually quite unnerving.

http://on3wheels.myfastforum.org/sutra5532.php&highlight=#5532
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Dawes-man



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These days I spend most of the time on my trike but going back to 2 wheels is dead easy. Not so in the beginning...

After the first time I spent a month or so on a trike I went to get some milk on a bike. After putting the milk in the saddle bag I mounted, put both feet up on the pedals and promptly fell over.
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Gaz from Cas



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on reading this thread I dug a bike out on Monday for a spin with a mate, after a couple of minutes of the light and wobbly front end feeling I was away like I'd never been off em, My goodness isn't climbing easy without the third wheel  Shocked . Best part of the ride though was my mate hitting the deck on a slow start and he's always ridden bikes  Laughing  Laughing (nowt hurt but pride)
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Paul851



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything's fine now , it was just the initial return to two wheels that was a problem and very disconcerting , have to agree that hills are way harder with a third wheel though  Very Happy

Paul

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