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Photo of the Week: The landscaping trike

Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on January 13th, 2010 at 9:46 am

landscaping trike
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Walking past the Concordia University campus in Northeast Portland recently, I spotted this cargo trike converted to a landscaping truck.

This useful vehicle appears to be a Wheelburro trike from Eugene (we wrote about these when the company first launched back in September) with a custom front end attachment to carry debris and some PVC tubes cleverly worked on to hold the tools.

I live near the campus and had previously spotted a bicycle with a long trailer attachment that held landscaping tools -- this must be the upgrade.

If you see cool bike stuff around town, snap a photo and upload it to the BikePortland Photo Pool on Flickr. We'll try to feature one photo a week... it could be yours!

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  • Elly Blue (Editor) January 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    As it happens we just (after queuing this up to be published) got an email from the fellow who operates this vehicle -- soon we'll hopefully be able to bring you more of the hard-hitting work-trike news you crave.
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  • Shetha January 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Wow -- is it an optical illusion or would it take a person 7' tall to reach those handlebars from that saddle?

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  • Bill Stites January 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    "... bring you more of the hard-hitting work-trike news you crave."

    How'd you know? Bring it on.

    And yeah, it does look funky long.

    I also noticed they use "forks" for the front wheels - allowing the use of standard front wheels. Generally a good strong mounting, works well - Aaron Tarfman and I did this on his Transformation Trike.
    We went with Ackermann steering, rather than a central kingpin. More complexity, but better handling.
    Though if you're content going slow, a central kingpin is fine.

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  • Elly Blue (Editor) January 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I think the funky length is more a function of cell phone photography than trike geometry. The good news is I'll be headed over to see this trike (actually, this was just the test model -- they now have their very own, in a nice shade of forest green) -- early next week and will bring you an in-depth exposé with photos.

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  • Mark Rosenau January 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Must be an optical illusion.
    I ride it, and it's not a reach challenge.
    What takes getting used to (it takes about a week) is the handlebar movement on turns. The handlebars don't pivot like a bike, turning on top of the headset. They sweep in an arc in front of you, since the pivot point of the front cargo area is about a foot and a half ahead of the bars.

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