Tri-Sled Recumbent Trike

New World Record--longest distance in 24 hours under human power

* Introduction * Wheels in the Garden * Wheels Outside the Garden * Garden Trails * Two Cats *

* Catrikes * Mountain Trikes * Tri-Sled * Quadraped * Delta Work Trike * Speeds * Mt Bike *

* Recumbents and Sea Kayaks * Upright into a recumbent (and back again) * Roof Rack * Trailer *

Tri-Sled Trike

This eight-year-old Australian racing trike is a low-slung design to maximize leverage and minimize wind drag. It has been described as a Shelby-Cobra of trikes by Brian Ball of BentRider Online. I would compare it to an old Austin Healy--very fast with perfectly flat cornering. Or to use another simile, it is like something you wear rather than something you ride on.

The Tri-Sled's low seat angle, racing wheels, and smooth tires are best on the main gravel paths of the garden, or on the many paved bike trails around the neighboring the Cascades foothills.

Jordan took an immediate liking to the Tri-sled, and Doreen found the size just right.

The fast and stable design makes the Tri-sled perfect for high speed descents, such as this one from Paradise to Longmire in Mt Rainier National Park. Videos of this and other descents can be found on the Wheels Outside the Garden page.

This is a Tri-Sled velomobile, a human powered vehicle (HPV), built on a trike frame. The Sorcerer is appropriate for everyday riding, car-free commuting, and racing.

Other Tri-sled velomobiles include the 2010 Rotovelo, 2008 Avatar, 2001 Aquila, and below, a 1998 Fastback Racer

This 2008 Tri-Sled Avatar takes advantage of computer-aided design and Ben's fabricating expertise.

Although impractical for everyday riding, these racing trikes are important in researching the best designs for velomobiles .

Ben Goodall, the Tri-Sled designer, has continued to perfect the trike models, so that with special gearing and shells (fairings), they have now topped 60 miles per hour.

A modified Sorcerer set the world record for the farthest distance traveled in a human powered vehicle in 24 hours--700 miles.