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Rider/Driver height ?
« on: 25, June, 2012 - 19:44:36 »
Hi all
I've been lurking on here for several years but I'm now seriously considering a C5 as I want to get fitter, but I have limitations due to severe balance loss.
So, some form of recumbent trike is ideal, and as I live in a reasonably hilly area, power assist is a definite plus until I get the leg muscles working, and as well as being a funky piece of kit (I used to hire them as a teenager), they are a lot cheaper than electric trikes!

The one thing that I don't know the answer to is whether someone 6ft2 will be able to pedal comfortably in one (I was a lot shorter in '85!) as the pedals can't be adjusted.
I've answered most of the other questions I had using the search, but not this one, so I'd appreciate any advice.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #1 on: 25, June, 2012 - 19:45:54 »
I hate to sound negative, but I think anyone over 6ft will struggle to fit comfortably. Pedalling may be a challenge !

Sadly one size does not fit all.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #2 on: 25, June, 2012 - 19:50:48 »
Doh :(
I'll have to see if I can find one available nearby so I can try first.

Cheers for the speedy reply.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #3 on: 26, June, 2012 - 06:46:22 »
Where abouts are you, as you are more than welcome to have a sit and try mine out for size before you buy one if you are close ?

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #4 on: 26, June, 2012 - 09:34:01 »
I'm in Burnley. Lancashire.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #5 on: 26, June, 2012 - 09:54:09 »
You can try my C5 too if north Leeds is any nearer for you, but, I am only 5'7" and my toes scrape the front as  I am pedalling. If you live in a hilly area as I do, you will be pedalling most of the time,as the gradients the motor alone  will not cope with steep gradients

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« Reply #6 on: 26, June, 2012 - 11:15:32 »
Thanks for that. There's one I'm watching on eBay a the moment that can be viewed, so I might arrange to try that. If not, I might take you up on your kind offer (the missus has been hinting at a trip to Leeds for some shopping anyway).

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #7 on: 26, June, 2012 - 21:18:06 »
If all else fails you could get any upright tricycle like a Pashley one and convert that to an Ebike with a kit.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #8 on: 01, July, 2012 - 19:10:23 »
To be honest, I have been considering that option, but a couple of things are stopping me :
A C5 is cheaper, even if I have to do some refurb on it. The conversion kits I've found aren't cheap (usually way more than a C5, just for the kit).
It's a recumbent, so it's more stable. That's a big plus for me as I have an illness that means I have very bad balance, deteriorating to no balance at all (obviously I wouldn't be riding when that bad :) ).

It is looking more and more like an upright or recumbent manual are going to be the only alternatives, but it really is a shame as I've wanted a C5 since they were launched!

Cheers for all the replies.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #9 on: 01, July, 2012 - 19:43:23 »
How handy are you?

There are plans on http://www.atomiczombie.com/ to build them them,  I've starting stripping a couple of scrap bikes for the project. My C5 is great, but it's a bit slow, need more speed, and one of these Timberwolf trikes looks the business.

I'm going to build it without a motor to start with and see how it goes.
 

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #10 on: 02, July, 2012 - 09:08:48 »
Some fantastic creations on that link  :)

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« Reply #11 on: 02, July, 2012 - 09:27:58 »
There are indeed. I've never used a welder before, but I'm tempted to learn how. I wonder how difficult the build is for someone with absolutely no DIY skills (I can't even put a shelf up properly!).

Still not a real substitute for a beige beauty like the C5, but maybe a decent compromise.

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #12 on: 02, July, 2012 - 09:45:42 »
Hi,

I live North Manchester (Prestwich area) so you could always have a quick go on mine.

I have just had some one use mine for filming an he is a slim, 6' 3".

Lance

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« Reply #13 on: 02, July, 2012 - 12:57:21 »
That sounds ideal (and extremely generous, as are the other offers) as I could even catch the bus if needed.

Do you know how the person that used it found the C5, given their height? I'm not exactly slim, but I am a tad shorter!

I'm traveling for the next few days, but after that I'll reply again to see if I could arrange something with you at your convenience.

cheers!

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Re: Rider/Driver height ?
« Reply #14 on: 02, July, 2012 - 13:51:00 »
Hi, the only issue he had was that he wore very slippy shoes and not something like trainers,
so his feet slipped off a few times off the pedels.

Just email me with your contact info and I wil give you a call.

Lance