We'll try to post only bikes we’ve personally given the once-over in a store or elsewhere. We ask that members do the same. Ours may usually be from Walmart or Target but will always be brick & mortar stores. If you shop on-line at Walmart.com, be sure to select “Walmart” as the sole retailer. It’s the only way to be be sure you’ll have fewer hassles & Walmart backing should you have problems with a purchase. Never use 3rd party retailers listed on the site.
Post by desertbikes on Nov 18, 2017 11:51:44 GMT -7
Bought a NEXT Avalon in 2011 for my wife to ride around the property for fun & exercise.
Several foot surgeries later a major change was needed to get her back in the saddle & pedal to regain strength & have some fun. I bought a trike kit with 24" wheels & this was the result. Would not recommend any trike kit unless you're very mechanically inclined. She ran this trike until 2015 when we bought a Schwinn Meridian trike, which will be another thread.
i'm late to this party, any remarks about this trike kit or trikes in general? my mom had a trike she rarely used. diabetes didn't help. i rode it a time or two, i didn't like it, didn't seem to like dirt roads.
Post by desertbikes on May 28, 2018 21:22:47 GMT -7
A trike is very awkward to one who rides bikes regularly. In spite of having 2 rear wheels, only one is a drive wheel so it wants to go in a circle. A bike person needs to get over leaning into a turn too. BUT once you get used to it, it's fine. If it has a single speed hub some older folks find it hard to get started, especially on a dirt trail. That's all we have & my wife has gotten stronger for it. Since she has the Schwinn trike now I have enough spare parts from the Avalon build to fab up a fat trike for a yard truck.
Kits come & go. Two kinds are out there. The one pictured bolts directly to the axle dropouts & drive chain goes directly to the crank. The more common type is sold thru online lowrider & custom shops. Its a longer frame & uses a sprocket at the dropout as transfer point (no axle, just a dual sprocket) & a second gear drives the axle which is about 12"-18" behind the bike frame dropout. So, that was convoluted. I'll find a pic
A trike can be a useful tool for a bike rider or, fun freedom for those that can't ride a bike for some reason. Best used on pavement & left turns.
desertbikes: Amen. Just about anything that runs a 2 stroke is available in 4 stroke these days. Sure can't beat 2 stroke where weight is a factor tho. My model plane engines were all 2 stroke ethanol diesels. Simple, yet when they wouldn't start we were baffled
Apr 19, 2021 10:11:31 GMT -7
tomcat65: 4 stroke engines, I do ok. Comfortable working on them, but 2 stroke engines.. I want to think, they've got to be simple, but noooooo..
Apr 19, 2021 7:22:46 GMT -7
desertbikes: Gotta drain that unleaded gas for winter. I have heard of these "lawn mower" devices of which you speak. Perhaps a memory fragment from childhood...
Apr 18, 2021 7:10:31 GMT -7
lurker: been struggling with the lawn mower. cleaned junk out of the gas tank and carburetor, cleaned the spark plug and it started right up on the 2nd pull. successful end to 2 days of frustration.
Apr 17, 2021 15:16:56 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup just about everything has gone up at least 15-20% from March 2020. Some things less & others a bunch more. The old guy within says that if it's not fun, don't bother with it. Realistic? No. Just something to strive for.
Apr 14, 2021 18:19:25 GMT -7
tomcat65: The Witch Doctor sees the dust on the floor, and the fixtures still in boxes, and just rolls the eyes Building materials prices jumped up, and I'm way over budget. The fun just never ends
Apr 13, 2021 17:08:15 GMT -7
desertbikes: Hey the Catster was here & didn't even say hello or give us a bidet update. I'm thinking a foot pedal valve on the garden hose attached to the 5 gal bucket would please Ms Cat. Perhaps in more ways than one
Apr 13, 2021 9:17:55 GMT -7
desertbikes: That is such a 70s punk rock band name. Winning the 1977 Battle of the Bands at the Roxy, the Vicious Minnows! Then lead singer, Tuna Manifesto, pukes on stage. Ah, the good ol days
Apr 12, 2021 19:56:06 GMT -7
desertbikes: Eh. How about Lurking Minnow? Wait! Vicious Minnow
Apr 12, 2021 18:01:47 GMT -7
lurker: did i just see you suggest i name my boat "ss minnow"? i kinda like that.
Apr 12, 2021 11:31:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Indeed. Those interminable task masters. I mean cats. of course.
Apr 12, 2021 6:46:16 GMT -7
lurker: been busy with honey-do's... hunting up a particular sort of cat food (there's a shortage, y'know). laying sod on bare patches of the yard. naps, many, many naps.
Apr 11, 2021 11:50:51 GMT -7
desertbikes: I wonder if the SS Lurker set sail today. He said he was just going on a three hour tour. A three hour tour... Cue the thunder clap!
Apr 11, 2021 7:53:48 GMT -7
tomcat65: About the bike brand thing. Kent also holds the Hyper brand, Genesis, Takara, Shogun, GMC, Jeep, and BCA - assembled in South Carolina. Pacific a Dorel Industries company Cannondale, Mongoose, Schwinn, IH, GT, Caloi. Lots of corporate/China shenanigans
Apr 2, 2021 22:47:49 GMT -7
lurker: and here tonight probably the last freeze of the season. high today, 49.
Apr 2, 2021 7:39:03 GMT -7
desertbikes: 100' yesterday. And so it begins
Apr 2, 2021 6:51:08 GMT -7
lurker: not down to 1 player yet. soon.
Mar 31, 2021 6:41:53 GMT -7
desertbikes: You're about 30 years too late my friend
Mar 31, 2021 6:11:14 GMT -7
lurker: not sure i like this consolidation trend, looks to me like the middle stages of a monopoly game.
Mar 30, 2021 20:36:13 GMT -7
desertbikes: Look deeper & you find around 6 holding companies own most of the outdoor & sports equipment brands you thought you knew as companies. Thompson Center, Winchester, S&W, Remington etc too And electronics & process instrumentation. Started heavy in the 80s
Mar 30, 2021 17:53:16 GMT -7