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Triking in Scotland?

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by Can-can, 30 Dec 2017.

  1. Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    Hi folks I live in West Lothian and was wondering if anyone else is nearby on a recumbent trike?? I’ve just started on my ‘bent journey-loving it so far!

    Hilary
     
  2. voyager

    voyager E- tadpole Triker

    Welcome to the forum

    regards Emma
     
  3. OP
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    Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    Thanks Emma
     
  4. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Hello and welcome to the forum Hilary. There are quite a few ‘bent aficionados on here and I’m sure you’ll get to know them. You’re very brave, I don’t think I could tough it out down there so close to the tarmac.
     
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  5. OP
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    Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    Hi Cycleops!

    Thanks for the welcome! Hilary
     
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  6. Tigerbiten

    Tigerbiten Veteran

    Hello and welcome to the forum Hilary.
    I'm based in Northampton but really love to trike around Scotland
    You'll find the extra width of a trike forces cars more to the right.
    That means there's less space for cars to squeeze through so you tend to get better overtakes.
    Being overtaken by fast HGv's isn't so bad because you're low and on three wheels. So you cannot wobble and most of the air blast is going right over your head. So you may speed up a little but you're not dragged sideways ..... :smile:
    Even punishment overtakes by cars aren't so bad because they'll hit the trike before you and they'll not do that because they'll damage their car ...... :tongue:

    Luck ....... ^_^
     
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  7. snorri

    snorri Legendary Member

    Welcome to CC Hilary:smile:.
    I have a friend with a recumbent trike but I don't think he ventures outwith the Highlands.
     
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  8. flake99please

    flake99please I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Welcome to the forum Hilary. There are quite a few trike owners in the Edinburgh area. Speak to Dave @ Laid Back Bikes (if you haven't already), as he may be able to put you in contact with another recumbent owner close to you.
     
  9. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One.....

    Location:
    Egham
    Hello and :welcome:. Fellow recumbent triker here, though somewhat further South:smile:
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    That’s so true! Feels so weird being low down but getting used to it and yes drivers do seem to respect the trike more than a bike. I even had one stop on the other side of the road and wait while I was grinding up the hill towards him!
     
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  11. OP
    OP
    Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    That’s a great idea thanks I bought my trike from Dave
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    Where abouts in scotland do you trike? I’m hoping to get round Loch leven when the weather calms a bit.... would love to hear of any trike friendly paths/routes you’ve discovered
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Can-can

    Can-can New Member

    Hello thanks for the welcome!
     
  14. Tigerbiten

    Tigerbiten Veteran

    I've done 4x +2,000 mile tours in Scotland going up to JoG and back, so basically all over. 3 of the tours also included LE as well.
    I like the Highlands and Islands the best but the Borders aren't bad, I've not done much around the Cairngorms.
    I try to stay off fast dual carriageways due to the risk due to the speed difference. But apart from that, I think most roads are fair game.
    It may take you a few months and a couple of thousand miles to get your bent legs working properly. But the downhill runs at around 40 mph make up for all the hard work slogging up the other side.

    Luck ....... ^_^
     
  15. Anarco

    Anarco Member

    Location:
    Annan Scotland
    Hi Hilary ......There are two trikers in the South West ....me (John) and Bill in Dumfries ......Also have a pal Ian near Carlisle with a Catrike and Mango Velo. We are a bit spread out !
     
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