Most of us started out with having a tricycle as our first bike. You hear the word and it instantly
conjures up images of small children ungracefully propelling themselves forward under their own power on a tiny 3 wheel contraption. For most it is the first step towards riding a big kids bike. The progression from three wheels, to four wheels (ie training wheels) and eventually to riding a two wheel bicycle under our own power and equilibrium.
At some point many of us trade in our self propelled two wheeled wonders for horse powered vehicles of the two or four wheeled variety. Bicycles then become more of a recreational item for most. For some bicycles get under our skin, and while we may stray from time to time we always return.
While in high school I used to participate in the local road races, raced BMX as a kid, had a Schwinn varsity which I modified to do my paper route and raced mountain bikes as I grew older. I was for a time a bike messenger in San Francisco and rode a fixed gear, which is now the must have bike for all alternative types of any age. There is truly a bike for everyone ranging from beach cruisers, kustom lowrider stingrays and krates to the 8 foot high jousting bikes at the local bicycle circus.
I tend to love bikes that are different, one offs or kustomized. Or old, Italian, English or vintage. I just love bikes. My latest obsession is with Tricycles or to use the “adult” word trikes. Turns out that trike road bikes have been around for over 80 years. The model below is from 1928! Just look at the craftsmanship.
I came across these on accident as I was doing some research to begin converting an old 1951 Colson frame into a cruiser trike. I didn’t want something you would find in a retirement village outside of Tampa. While I would love to have one of these old English trikes, i’m still set on my own custom version. But then again, you can never have to many. Right honey?