Yeah I can’t believe it, I went and ordered a new trike. don’t get me wrong, I love Serenity and I’ve put a lot of money into the extras that go with the bike but the truth of the matter is that Serenity (as lovely as she is) makes it a bit difficult to rent a vehicle to drive out to the different locations.
So last year, even though I was a bit out of sorts, I decided that I was going to be ordering a folding trike. Why folding trike? Well when I checked into Amtrak I found out that I was going to have problems putting my trike on the train and I could only go from full service stations to full service stations. The nearest full service station by where I live is in San Antonio, TX and following along the Hwy 90 roadway, the next full service station would be El Paso, TX. So I’ve got a good distance to travel before I reach El Paso thus the need to still consider renting a car but with the length and limitations presented by Serenity, I would have to get a crossover type of vehicle and even then I still have a problem with having to make the drive all the way out to West Texas.
I was anxiously waiting for the Catrike Dumont to come out back in May 2016 but it got delayed. Then it was supposed to come out sometime during the summer, but that didn’t happen either. So I knew what the price tag was going to be and since I’m a debt free person, I wanted the cash to pay for it and not try to get a loan or anything like that. So once it came out, I started talking with the factory to find out if I could order it a particular way through a dealership and they gave me the info that I needed.
Christmas had passed and the new year was here so I wanted to try to ride the trike to make sure it was what I wanted before I ordered it. Then I went on the Bent Rider On Line site and noticed that they did not name the Dumont the trike of the year, but some brand named Azub Ti-Fly.
This intrigued me and I went and checked it out and at first I was all excited about it but then I looked at the price tag and I decided that I would get the Dumont. Only the longer I waited/saved the more confused I was getting concerning the trike situation, so I called over to my not so local dealer in Austin, TX (Easy Street Recumbents) and asked them if they had both of the bikes there so I could test ride them. I was positive that I wanted the Dumont, it had full suspension, it folded up into one unit where the Ti-Fly made you remove the seat and it too folded up but into two pieces.
This was one strike against the Ti-Fly and then I was trying to nail down a price tag but no one could give me a definite price tag on it but still I wanted to see what all of the hype was about this Ti-Fly with the wing suspension. So strike 1 was the complicated fold and folding into 2 pieces instead of the smooth one piece of the Dumont. Strike #2 was the price tag, from what most people were talking about, it would be anywhere from $6,000 – $10,000 and to be perfectly honest that was a hell of a lot more than the estimated $4,300 of the Dumont. So I called to the dealership to see if they had both of the rides available for a test ride. I started speaking with a sales man and he asked how I was going to use the trike and what type of road I was going to be riding on; how the hell was I supposed to know? I hadn’t been in the area so all I could do was say what I thought I would be riding on. The shoulder of Hwy 90 on the rest of Texas trip and afterwards I had no idea. He said he said he would be there to help so all I had to do was make the drive to Austin. I hate Austin traffic.
First thing the guy did was get me on the Ti-Fly and I said I really wanted to try out the Dumont because I wouldn’t have to make too many changes to my current get up but he told me to just ride the Ti-Fly and get it over with. Now the test model had a BionX motor on it and he said that it would be heavier than the Dumont and was insisting that I ride it out the door. I don’t know why but for some reason I keep on thinking that I’m going to crash into the glass door but luckily I didn’t and I rolled down the makeshift ramp they had from the sidewalk to the parking lot. Lots of things weird about the trike, the steering was not as sharp as Serenity and it didn’t lean as far back, but that was just the way he set it and said I could make it lay back more. The really cool thing was the fact that this was a big trike but they were able to adjust the seat even more for me so that it would feel just right for me. Sure it was a nice ride but I wanted to ride the Dumont.
I got out on the Dumont and went over the ramp, the speed bumps in the parking lot and executed a sharp turn which was so much sharper than the Ti-Fly. However, one big problem was the fact that I was a small person and my feet didn’t even reach the pedals solidly even with a seat cushion to push me forward from the back of the seat.
Crap, I hate the test, I wanted a certain trike but then something happened that changed everything. If I ordered the Ti-Fly, it would be custom ordered for me at my short height but it could be extended should someone else want to ride that might be a bit taller than me. If I ordered the Dumont, they only ship it out and any customizing such as the size of the boom would be up to the trike shop to cut off inches on the boom in order for me to be seated correctly onto my trike. But I have all of the other gear already on Serenity and the Dumont folds up completely into one item that even rolls.
I went for the more expensive trike, the Ti-Fly by Azub. It was going to be made for my frame and because the shocks will be either hard or soft, I had to choose the weight I hope to be so it will give me the best ride when I reach my goal weight. (crap, another thing about my weight). It would be customized for me with room to expand should I chose to allow someone else to ride so all I would have to do would be to adjust the chain. I know you’re saying, but it folds into two pieces and not one and it doesn’t roll. If I turned it so the wheels were on the bottom then it would roll. As a matter of fact the trike can be folded down even smaller than the Dumont and can be put in a bag for checked luggage and I also ordered it with the rack which the shop will install. I probably should have ordered the fenders at the same time but I went into sticker shock after I saw the value of the bike. The discount I saved for ordering during a Winter sale paid for the bike rack and they are going to help me with fitting other items from Serenity onto the new trike.
So I put a huge down payment, almost half the price, and will have to pay the rest, probably also an additional $300 in Duty Tax and I don’t think that will include the labor. Knowing my luck it will probably be a total of about $3,500 or maybe even $3,600. I hope not but expect the more expensive.
The last problem I have is the fact that it will be coming in just about the time for my convention in Dallas. So I may have to see about getting a credit card to put my hotel bill on so I can delay things for a month. But I keep on thinking about the difference in the ride, it was as if one was a Rolls Royce smooth ride and the other was a 1980’s import truck. Yeah there are shocks on the truck (Dumont) but I felt every bump just not as hard as if I had been riding a bicycle.
I have a very long road ahead of me and I have to see about comfort during the ride. Odds are as much as I might like to have my brother join me for the ride, he would have to ride Serenity and he probably wouldn’t like it or else he might just drive to a nearby town and wait for me to come riding in. Oh this is my brother who was thinking about getting Serenity but he might be available for later rides since he is taking time off from working at this time.
So my new trike is an Azub Ti-Fly full suspension trike that folds into an even more compact form and gives a lovely ride. It can be folded to fit in the trunk of any car and I don’t have to rent a crossover or SUV vehicle.
Very anxious to get my trike but not the final bill. I know it will be worth it in the long run.
One possible name for my new trike will be Firefly, replacing the Ti with Fire, yes I know still along the same line of naming with the Firefly series. It brings me peace of mind while riding…or at least it better with how much it is going to cost me.