Turning the Work Trike into a Recumbent
(and back again)
* Introduction * Wheels
in the Garden
Outside the Garden
* Catrikes * Mountain Trikes * Tri-Sled * Quadraped * Delta Work Trike * Speeds * Mt Bike *
and Sea Kayaks
into a recumbent (and back again) * Roof Rack * Trailer *
The work trike began as a standard upright
adult tricycle. I thought it would be relaxing to meander through
the garden in the evening after an exhausting day.
It soon proved just as useful riding to
a distant site in the garden, to save time for all the extra
trips back to the garage for the tools I forgot.
Meanwhile, sitting on a high seat was not
as relaxing as lounging on recliner, but the recliner couldn't
wander around the paths.
I was building benches out of rhododendron
wood at the time, and one of them turned out to be a "recumbent".
It was very comfortable, and I wondered about putting wheels
on it. That, of course, was impractical, so my thoughts returned
to the trike. Could it be modified so I could lay back in it?
I turned the handlebars around backwards and
inverted them, replaced the seat with one from a tractor, and
moved it further back. It worked well there and also down on
the axle, except the trike kept flipping over backwards. But
it was fun to ride. However, I couldn't really lay back.
Then I discovered real recumbents on bentrideronline.com,
and found used recumbent trikes for Doreen and me. No need for
the pretend recumbent anymore, so I reconverted it back to a
work trike, complete with pickup bed and trailer.