2-seat Trikes ?

Discussion in 'Motorized Trikes' started by flyer1, Sep 27, 2008.

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  1. flyer1

    flyer1 Guest

    I am looking for a 2-seat trike but only see the workmans so far.These would be great but a bit out of budget.If anyone is aware of others please post.

    I also thought of the typical inexpensive trike and removing the rear basket and adapting a seat though I don't know if this would be legal.

    I need a means of transporting my 8-yr old to school (3-miles) and my 4-yr old to preschool (2-miles) Shuttle rates are $7.00 each way in my town, out of the question. Any input appreciated !

  2. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Take a look at http://www.Lightfootcycles.com

    They have a variety of models of tricycles, and they build really excellent products. They are NOT cheap.
  3. flyer1

    flyer1 Guest

    Thanks S.S.,cool ideas,super high prices.You can get a workman for a lot less.My father's a welder, we could design a trailer like theirs very easily and at a much lower cost.I just don't see thr R/S 35 pulling two people up even a moderate grade.Thanks for the input.
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  5. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Take a look around. One of the members here (papasuan) has posted a lot of pictures of his trike, and one he built for his brother, based on Lightfoots designs. I really like the designs, cannot possibly afford the prices, myself.

    The R/S 35 will quite easily pull two people, or one person and a LOT of cargo weight up a very steep hill. It's all about the gearing, and using multiple gear clusters. Say a 2 chainring pedal derailleur to a mid-drive 6 speed freewheel cluster to a 6 speed gear set up on each rear wheel. Engine power set up so that it passes through both the mid-drive and the final drives - 72 gears pedalled, 36 gears powered.

    I can't do that, cause I've only got one hand which is only partially working, but anybody with two good hands can easily handle the multiple controls. Ideally, I'd put a S/A or Shimano 3 speed internal shifter hub in the mid drive position, with a NuVinci hub final drive to the jackshaft transmitting power to both rear wheel.
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  6. JE

    JE Guest

    What about buying a tandom Bicycle and adapting a trike conversion to the rear. Woulden't need any welding skills due to the conversion is a bolt on aplication.
  7. tinman

    tinman New Member

    Personally I like the idea of a trailer. Do a google of "pedicab trailer" for some ideas. The one in this link looks fairly simple if you have welding skills. I like it because you could use it on a trike or a regular bike. It has plenty of room for 2 people. The traile sounds good too because when you don't need it you can detach it,

  8. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Heck. plenty of room under that bench seat for 2-3 deep cycle SLA batteries and a motor - make it a pusher trailer while you are at it.
  9. Esteban

    Esteban Active Member

  10. flyer1

    flyer1 Guest

    Lots of considerations,trike,trailer,add-a-bike etc.I did find a good basic bike trailer design that could be used as a starting point.


    These can be made fairly cheaply and the weight capacity is good. I like the design of the pedaltek ones though they are quite wide.Looks like something I saw in the Philippinnes once.

    Have to get in touch with the oldman as see if he's up for a project,he usually is.

    Thanks for all the input folks.
  11. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

  12. ozzyu812

    ozzyu812 Member

    How bout a trike conversion on a tandem?
  13. SimpleSimon

    SimpleSimon Active Member

    Doable. Biggest problem I can see is the lever-arm effect of the length of a tandem. I'd bet such a trike is even more prone toward tip over than a regular upright single trike.