A tadpole recumbent trike is a remarkable cycle ..
In case you have not seen a tadpole it is a tricycle with two wheels on the front and one wheel on the back . The rider sits on a chair like seat in back of the two front wheels .If you would like to see some example look at some of the pictures here Tadpole trike

Commercial recumbent tadpoles are readily available from many famous manufacturers ,
Unfortunately there price tag is quite high. With prices rising into the many thousands of Dollars.

Lately some less expensive models have come on the market from Asia manufacturers. These sometimes can be found online for between eight hundred and one thousand dollars.

One option is to roll your own. People have successfully built there model of trike . There is no one correct way of constructing a recumbent tadpole trike. Different materials have been used to build tadpoles over the years. Wood, steel, aluminum, fiberglass and carbon fiber have all been tried.

I have constructed many Tadpole recumbent trikes from a variety of materials. Personally I prefer used bike pieces and black iron pipe, chrome molly are other good options.

The front end design is the key to a successful tadpole trike design. I settled on a simple type of front end made of old bike front end parts and pipe fittings. You can see lots of detail of my frame design on my website gigatrike.com.
Driving a tadpole is an almost indescribable experience. A good one handles like a very responsive go cart, and is far more stable then a Delta trike. Pedaling is a pleasure using your stomach muscles.

The recumbent sitting position is both comfortable and efficient . You will find that it provides very little resistance to the wind , unlike a conventional upright bike.Recumbents in general are faster then most upright designs..

Some people with various disabilities including but not limited to back problems find riding recumbent s in general and tadpole trikes in particular possible when riding a conventional upright bike impossible. This has given the wonder-full sport of cycling back to many.

About the Author; To learn more about how to build tadpole recumbent trikes and many other of my hopefully interesting projects please check out my website Recumbent tadpole trike

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Originally posted 2011-07-04 09:02:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter