So after a ludicrously long car trip to scenic Bell Buckle TN and back, the
toy serious piece of exercise equipment has arrived.
Not wanting to take it out for a test ride without checking it for potentially unsafe poor assembly, I loaded it right into the truck and took off back home. Five hours later when I arrived home, I was too impatient and curious so I took it out on a test ride without checking it anyway. The good news is that I marauded around for nearly two hours, having a great time. This thing is an absolute blast, it rides like a sports car.
The bad news is that this particular trike was apparently assembled by a blind, epileptic emu. I’m pretty convinced that not a single bolt was actually tight anyplace on the trike. This is only a minor quibble next to the bolts which were missing altogether. The seat was put in a position specifically proscribed by the owners manual, which is alright because only one of the screws for the rear stays for said seat was even present. The deraileurs are both totally out of whack, leaving only the middle gears available, and the brake pad on the right side is worn down twice as far as that on the left, as is the rubber grip itself. I can only surmise the previous owner used the right brake preferentially and steered left to compensate for the brake steer? Another small detail; the rear wheel wasn’t actually tightened into the dropouts. At all.
So after exhausting myself climbing hills in middle gears for a while I took the trike inside for some serious overhaul work.