I really don’t get some people. They can’t leave enough alone. They get an elegant, functional piece of equipment and have to turn it into …ummm… schmutz. I really don’t have a word for it.
Why do people buy a low-end Terra Trike and then have to add every bit of bling and gadgetry that they can imagine? Why do they feel the need to turn their trike into a clown-car?
Is it a need for attention? Do they need to compensate for their poor riding/driving skills to make other drivers notice them on the road? I don’t know. Most of them wouldn’t be caught dead off the multi-use path anyway. Who needs flags and lights when the only people that will see you are the are joggers and dog walkers?
Anyway, here are some photos of examples I have seen recently that need to be singled out for ridicule.
I don’t know if this is something for sale, or someone’s creation, but what the heck? A rollbar? No, just no.
Too many flags and lights! This guy (had to be a guy, he’s too handy with PVC) must want to pull over cars for traffic stops. Those lights are designed for use as replacements for road flares and are marketed to police and safety groups. And you can never have too many flags, right?
Okay, the clown-car canopy is bad enough, but 30 lbs. worth of hard-shell carriers? Plus the side-mount bag; what’s that for, the six-pack?
Another PVC wizard. Seems to think flags will make him safe. Well, they will make him safe to be known as a dork. Note the two forward-facing lights on the roll bar to blind motorists.
Another one that I don’t know if it is a product for sale, or someone’s wacky enhancements. Mega-Clown-Car. I think I see a motor in the back wheel hub, and what is that on the front? A folding bike, or a wheelchair?
Okay, this one is borderline. I don’t mind a good fairing, but what’s with the honking big flag? And disc wheels? If you’re so into aerodynamics, loose the flag.
Another clown car. Again with the disc wheels, do they save as much wind resistance as that drogue chute of a canopy costs you?
Yet another clown car. Where do the golf clubs fit?
Luke, I am your father…
Okay, so it’s an e-trike (electric assist) but, don’t you think the helmet and goggles are a little overkill?
I have mixed feelings on e-assist bikes. People justify them with statements like: “I live in a hilly place and I just need a little extra push to help me up.” or “I’d like to commute to work, but if I ride my regular bike, I get all sweaty by the time I get there.” or “They’re for older people who aren’t strong enough to ride fast or long distances.”
Then you get the videos used to sell the darned things with young, fit guys riding them like they are in the Baja 500, flying along at outrageous speeds.
I’m sorry, but putting electric motors on bicycles in most cases is a bad idea and will only end up in abuse that leads to more government regulations.
Okay, this is not the clown car. This is the whole circus!
Yes, they sell these.
Sir, I think your fairing has slid upwards…
Flags! What is with flags? How much is too much? I can see some usefulness for them when you ride in traffic, where you might be behind a car and they might not see you because you are below their window, but a smart rider doesn’t put himself in that position, he sits to the left in clear view in the rear-view mirror and with an easy escape route, if the car backs up. The whirlygigs are especially annoying. They are mostly for the riders’ amusement, because they are not any more noticable from within a motor vehicle than any other flag. They are an affectation.
When it comes to finding things to attach to a trike, some trikers know no limits. This is not just an umbrella, it’s a special one made for the purpose. Me, I prefer my sunscreen in a bottle.
Lights on any bike are good for riding at night and the right lights are even useful in the daylight. But as is the case with many trikers, they just don’t seem to know when to say when and go overboard.
Clown car. At least he’s not buying in to the helmet nazis.
As if riding a recumbent trike doesn’t draw enough attention to yourself already.
Flags aren’t bright enough. Lights aren’t high enough. How about a pole? Looks like a stripper pole!
Clown Car. That’s all I can say.
Pulling a trailer doesn’t help make it look any less clownish.
These things came up on a trike discussion. Someone wanted to know if it was a good idea. No. Just no.
What if it had a little hand on the end with the middle finger up?
They say you use the tools and materials you know. This guy must be a cabinetmaker.
I wonder how much all that weighs?
That’s all I have for now. I’ll add more as they come across my desktop. I’m sure there will be a steady stream of candidates for the Hall of Shame.