Free On Three: The Wild World Of Human Powered Recumbent Tadpole Tricycles

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an alternative realm of TriAngular LocoMotion

Ease into the cockpit, click onto the pedals, grasp the handlebars, and take off for the fun, excitement, and adventure that awaits every trike pilot who defies the status quo by choosing a recumbent tadpole tricycle to navigate Planet Earth. Enter the unique realm of these specialized machines that offer the freedom to travel wherever you have the spunk to venture. Leave the car behind and experience a bold new world on three wheels!

Trike On . . .

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In today's western first-world societies, the cultural collective has adopted a new model of family living, one that differs markedly from the simpler times of two centuries past. Now that may seem like quite a long time frame when measured by the average life span of most Terrans, who figure to check out from our world of the living just a smidgen past three quarters of one century, yet if we compress the history of Earth into 365 days, this paradigm shift only registers in the final second.

During times of recent yore, prior to the invention and proliferation of petroleum fuels and mechanized transportation dependent upon them, families of humans mostly remained within easy reach of each member, as few options allowed for dispersion across the territory. Walking was slow. Horses and wagons were quicker, but the great unknown that awaited out past the limits of our chosen huddled habitats kept most folks happy to stay right where they were. We were close knit societies.

The human brain is an amazing organ, and some of them are up to the task of devising new inventions capable of radically changing life on this planet, in more ways than one. Every once in a while, an intellectually brilliant human who seeks the challenge of bringing new ideas into reality, presents a unique innovation to the masses, and such was the introduction of petroleum powered automobiles. Initially only for the financially privileged, cars were a novelty, but it wasn't long until there was one in every driveway. True progress was being made as people everywhere could visit formerly distant lands. Yes, the old days were gone!

Family life suffered a considerable loss as we morphed into a mobile society. Younger members felt drawn to venture overland with their fire-burning engines to relocate in greener pastures far away. As the decades rolled by, this new family archetype became the norm, until nowadays few would even give it a second thought. Mom and dad may find themselves hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their children. Other inventions like telephones and internet made communication easy, so we could still pretend to be close to our roots, even though our petroleum consuming vehicles of ground and sky were our only real tickets to physical visitation. Times had changed.

As a product of a wealthy western society, I fell into the expected ways of existence with alarming ease, for as children, we simply accept what we see as the way it is. I couldn't wait to drive my own car someday. Over the years, I had numerous fancy cars and motorcycles, so the fact that I opted to live two or three states distant from my family for the past 28 years presented no challenge at all. Just get in my three ton machine, ignite the cylindrical combustion chambers with a key, and push a foot pedal to go fast and far in nothing flat. Easy. Can do that for the rest of my life ...

Or so I thought for over 40 years. Then something amazing happened! I actually began thinking for myself. This brought about a personal analyzation of my existence here on this planet, and the realization that my selfish actions might just be detrimental to my health and that of my vulnerable environment wrapped up in its thin layer of atmosphere, which is responsible for life remaining in my body. Gee, halfway through life I had opened up Pandora's box. What was I to do? Continue the status quo by serving my personal needs of convenience, or intrepidly create a new individual reality in which I would function for the rest of my days?

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when the break is between oneself and everyone else the self knows and respects. To create my own framework of interacting with my world requires more dedication than I had been known to exhibit thus far, but my ever strengthening naturalistic ideologies demanded for my own integrity that I alter my lifestyle to coexist more harmoniously with the world I saw as most important. Sure, everyone else would think I've lost my mind, but then too, they would surely be watching to see what would happen next. Everyone loves a good mystery, after all.

So, as part of my plan, I sold my 4400 pound technical marvel for half of what I paid for it. The new owner was pleased to take custody of a pristine 2005 Nissan Xterra with only 13,000 miles in 2008. I was even more pleased to have at long last relinquished my final petroleum powered behemoth. Yep, I was going to stand up for what I thought was right. Now mind you, I still hadn't figured out all the details, as sometimes I have been known to act swiftly before thinking it all through. But I was content nonetheless, and knew a solution would come along eventually that would allow me to visit dear old mom and not so old sis in the distant land down south, which I had always traversed only by stopping and purchasing gasoline to keep feeding the unsustainable machine.

Well, I still feed a machine to visit my family, but it's a natural machine that is far more of a marvel than a toxic car. I feed the machine called me. By dropping calories down my throat, the engine keeps the pedals turning and the miles passing, albeit somewhat more slowly than in my prior petroleum addicted life. I am the engine, you see ... an organic engine that powers a tricycle.

When I was a wee lad, I rode a tricycle. Then I graduated to a bicycle because my developing body could balance on two thin wheels. Of course, I had to have four wheels, so evolution called for a car. I've come full circle. I've dumped the car and gone back to a tricycle, and I feel like a kid again! People are aghast when hearing a 60 year old guy rides a trike. Such behavior doesn't fit their model of life. My 84 year old mom is such a person, and always wants to send me the cash to rent a car to visit her 1100 miles distant. Can't do that mom, I say. I'll ride my tricycle down to see you in southern California. She worries. Roadways are only constructed for the safety of car drivers. Human powered cyclists are a cheap commodity, or so think our governments. Like all American minorities, we are marginalized and ignored. Everyone has a car. Cars count. Only children ride tricycles.

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CORE CONTRIBUTORS: Arkel, Berserker, Bicycle Man, Bryan Ball, Catrike,  Charles Coyne, Dan Price, Denise Lanier, Greenspeed, Hostel Shoppe, Inspired Cycle Engineering, Innesenti, Janet Buckwalter, Kerrel Cycles, Kyle Bryant,  Sidewinder Cycle, TerraTrike, T.Ryx Recumbent Trikes, Utah Trikes

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The title of this book is Free on Three, intended to motivate one's inner spirit of adventure, to get you out there seeing your planet from a whole new perspective. It's amazing how the same territory you've witnessed for years in automobiles or on foot suddenly transforms into an entirely different world from the cockpit of a trike.

So, what will you find within the pages of this unique book? Well, quite a lot of knowledge about tadpoles, that's what! From who makes them and sells them, to how to choose the right one for your needs, to what it's like riding a trike hundreds or even thousands of miles across the country. Once you finish reading the final page, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of human powered recumbent tadpole tricycles. Whether an expert already, or just a greenhorn about to plunge in, you'll learn things you never knew, you'll become an expert on these three wheeled rigs, and you'll be eager to head out into your own wild journey of discovery.

This book is titled Free on Three to best capture the wild spirit of unlimited triking adventure. It is divided into seven sections. Here is the order of things, followed by what to expect:

Part 1: The Ultimate Freedom Machine

Part 2: Trike Tips From Tadpole Dealers

Part 3: Inside The Major Manufacturers

Part 4: High Adventure On A Low Trike

Part 5: Trike Pilot Profiles

Part 6: Steve's TriAngular Realm

Part 7: Tadpole Tricycle Resources

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