Hi George and Mike, Thanks for the thoughts.Yes, Esko's accounts are what made me think that a rigid trike would be fine for what I need. And Wen says that he's had several years riding his, and it works well for him.
I guess the thing with the tilter is that it's really for riders who do a lot of high-speed work, and really -- except for the downhill stuff where I live -- I'm usually tooling along at a quite moderate speed, because that's all I can manage these days. (Doncha just LOVE getting old!)
But when all's said, I still love cycling -- any cycling -- extravagantly. If I'm truthful I guess that one reason I'll go for a simple, quickly-made rigid alternate back end is so that I can get this Python on the road, and start playing with it. But I still have that itch to get to learn the bike form too....
Mike, I've noticed that when I think consciously, "Remember, someone said on the list one time that it helps if you relax before you push off, and several people have mentioned looking well ahead..." then I get to ride furthest before I fall. It really IS a case, apparently, of running in whole new neural paths, isn't it? Learning something completely new. No wonder it feels like the teetering first attempts, as a child, to stay balanced on a normal bike, before you had the pathways for that art established. And then, of course, you had the agility of both mind and body that goes with being a kid. Now......
But I tell you what: if it wasn't for the list, and all the pioneering experience that the way-finders have accumulated and passed on, I would have quit trying by now, believing that it was just not possible. Don't think that's going to happen though. Though keen to get the trike unit finished, I can see that I'll never let the bike back-end alone until I've got that knack too. The whole thing's a fascinating new experience.
Cheers to all, Rh.
Rhysiart, This proposal is sensible. Probably the really hard thing about learning to ride a Python is having to acquire several new skills, and unlearn several old skills about upright bikes, all at the same time. Getting used to centre-steer before having to learn to balance the Python may break up the experience into more manageable chunks. Is there any chance of your borrowing a front-steering low racer, to practice balancing without centre-steer? Unless you plan to hurtle around corners at high speed, a tilting mechanism may be more complication than it is worth. Does anyone know anything about the tilting mechanism used in the Piaggio MP3? It is described as using a parallelogram linkage to support two steering tubes - the tubes (half-forks) are visible, but the parallelogram is hidden by the bodywork. On a non-tilting Pythonesque trike, see Esko Meriluoto's site: lots of design detail and lots of information about his experiences with the prototypes over a long period. http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/davinci/osa5eng.html George
At 01:08 -0500 03/11/2009, mchannon wrote:
When trying to ride your python where are you looking? It does help with balance if you can look to the horizon. I believe that one is more sensitive to the orientation of the bike by doing so. Relaxing is also important. All the best, Mike Channon London, Ontario, Canada
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