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I'm trying to find a way to dump the truck most of the time. Walking is slow. Scooters hit every bump. Roller blades hit every bump. Bicycles go so fast they can be like non- electric motorcycles, which means a health hazard because they tip over and you are not very visible to the cars, but have to share the road with them. I just found out they make adult tricycles. Anyone use one? It seems like it could solve a lot of problems.

They can carry heavier loads, do hills better, don't tip, have greater traffic visibility, and sometimes have electric motors to assist with a full load. Seems easy to convert to solar powered and get around.

They have ones that fold: http://motorgenic.com/20-folding-adult-tricycle-trike-3-wheeler-bike-bicycle-portable-blue/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9JzoBRDjARIsAGcdIDWYOf6ofzwW_UuhupJHB2xWFU6SxXxIHhd_xixhHzrZTd2Bgb9eajwaAkWlEALw_wcB

They have ones with front loaders for kids and other objects: https://bunchbike.com/products/family-cargo-bike?variant=7687836991539¤cy=USD&matchtype=&network=g&device=m&keyword=&campaign=1650227750&adgroup=pla-536005838388&gclid=Cj0KCQjw9JzoBRDjARIsAGcdIDVTCAB7G6nu2EbU2dTTilwFrEtwljkOAbXFpQ1_tc2EUNvdrfvhHOAaAjCxEALw_wcB

And they can be electric, which means they can be solar charged: https://www.bpmimports.com/shop/bikes/t-950a-passenger/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9JzoBRDjARIsAGcdIDVFhaS1Ls0VGz_AVWZHOmxI5qXyiIXZS0nqFgC88c9YIFNf-CpEfnEaAlheEALw_wcB


 
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My husband has an electric bicycle from Rad Power Bikes.  He really likes it for taking small packages to the post office two miles away.  They also make a cargo bike. https://www.radpowerbikes.com/pages/commercial-radburro . He thinks it is awfully expensive.

Here's a page reviewing different electric trikes:  https://electricbikereview.com/category/trike/



 
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We have homebuilt one my father in law picked up somewhere.
The tires are rotted out,  but the frame and drive train are solid.
I hope to get my 11 year old on it for pedalling and peddling-selling off the back of an adult trike seems extra artisan,small batch,  organic and wholesome.

There are kits for building trikes, and even no weld builds.
There are recumbent trike builds out there,  but then you are back to being unseen.  

There are also a lot of DIY and kit options for electrification that seem worth looking into .
The prevalence of scooters makes their parts more available,so adapting them to use with a bike seems like a good idea.
 
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Hey Tyler;   That is one cool cargo trike!  I agree with your husband about the price but...   up to 80 mile range... 2.5 hr recharge !    Way cool !  I like it !  Sadly wife is smiling and shaking her head no :(
 
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C5, or Ross Raven here, has this excellent post on the value of trikes down in South America:

DGMSRC Trike Article (clean version)

I think it's well worth a read.
 
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Solve traffic crowding problems:  https://lifehacker.com/a-pool-noodle-isnt-the-worst-way-for-cyclists-to-keep-a-1787965236
 
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when i lived in japan we used to see people with tricycles all the time, i found it pretty comical to see an old lady on an adult-size tricycle. However, considering that bicycle was my means of transport there, it was pretty darn smart. You can haul a lot on one of those and not have to worry about the bike falling over when your sick-dog-in-a-kennel-going-to-the-vet or a propane tank is strapped to the back fender. Add a trailer to the back and you approach a car in terms of cargo capacity.
 
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