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leonardevens

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"RE: Is is safe for me to take my D800 and its lenses on my recumbent trike?"

leonardevens Gold Member Nikonian since 22nd May 2011
Wed 04-Sep-13 08:47 PM

>I ride a bike about 25 miles a day for exercise. I don't
>worry about the bumps, my concerns on a 2 wheel traditional
>bike are more about crashing and busting the camera, I've
>ridden a bunch of trikes - I'm fascinated by them - and doubt
>the normal falling over on the street type of crash is
>something you have to worry about, the ones I rode were pretty
>hard to tip over. Do you have a rack on the rear wheel of your
>trike? You can use panniers, I've carried my D800 in mine
>(Ortliebs) but I've never felt secure having it in them in
>case I crash. Another good option for the rear rack is a
>padded trunk bag, the Topeak RX Trunkbag is one I've used that
>works pretty well assuming you've got something (rear rack) to
>hook it too. I ride a fully suspended mt bike and have a front
>rack from Old Man Mountain on it. If I'm wanting to bring more
>than the one lens on the camera, I'll put the gear in my
>Lowepro bag which has good padding and bungie it on my front
>rack. If I'm just bringing the camera and one short lens I'll
>put in a Topeak handlebar bag which offers good protection in
>a crash. I doubt the handlebar bag would work on your trike.
>If I'm taking my tripod I'll hook my Bob trailer up and put my
>Lowepro camera bag in it along with the tripod. A trailer
>should work on your bike if you want to go that route. BOB
>makes a couple of nice ones, my recommendation would be to get
>the one with suspension.
>I wouldn't worry about the bumps, as long as the camera is in
>something with padding you should be ok.
>Curious, which trike are you riding and how do you like it?
>I'm a geezer and keep thinking I should migrate to one soon
>before I hurt myself, senior citizens don't heal fast.

Thanks for all the helpful information. I think something like what you suggest will work. I do have a rack over the rear wheel and a bag containing pump, spare tires, etc. I would have to figure out where to put those.

I ride an ICE Adventure with front and rear suspension. It is a great, very fancy machine, but it cost me a mint. I got it after suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2010 after colliding with another cyclist who cut in front of me. I have no memory of the incident nor much of anything for a couple of weeks following, so what I know is what others have told me. I was never unconscious, but I bled between my skull and my brain. It took three days before they decided surgery was not necessary. I recovered more or less completely in three to six months. I was lucky because it can take up to two years to recover from a tbi, and some people never recover. I was of course wearing a helmet, which cracked, which made all the difference.

I decided to spend a fortune on my trike because I don't want to suffer another tbi. My balance is fine, so I could ride a road bike, but I can't fall off the trike and I would be better off even in a collision with a car,

The only real downside to riding the trike is that I can only go about 2/3 the speed I could manage on my bike, but I ride mainly for exercise, and I get plenty of that. Some people worry that drivers may not see a recumbent, but I don't think that is a real problem. I have a flag sticking up from the trike, and it is a large machine and retty hard to miss. I am certain drivers see me; they give me lots of space, and none has ever come uncomfortably close. O course one has to be careful not to sneak up on a car and pass it on the right and you have to stay out of its blind spot, but I would do that anyway.

Leonard Evens
Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University

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