When I get on a bike I am like a 10 year old boy. I want to jump every bump and ride through every puddle. A bicycle lets you go back in time to those summer days when you could ride anywhere. As a kid we lived in small towns and I would ride to the library or over to the swimming pool. That feeling of freedom never left me.
Like most people we need more exercise also, we work at home, so we get kind of isolated. Our remedy was our new quadricycle. My balance is not what it once was, and I can’t really afford a fall, so armed with all of those good excuses, we have a new toy.
Since we live between the woods and the water we have a lot of places to ride and a lot of people have golf carts. We noticed that many of those golf carts don’t actually run very well not to mention that no exercise is involved.
We looked for a year and decided on a Rhoades Car quadricycle. Of course in our usual way of things, we needed to “personalize” and trick it out a little bit. It already weighed about 175 lb. or so, but we added several things that brought the weight up closer to 200 lb. It will carry about 700 lb.
Even though we have not really ridden in a while, we are able to ride 5 miles about 5-6 mph pretty comfortably. With the 7 gears, we can climb very well and ride through grass.
It came with 7 speeds and we added a second disc brake and the bimini top. From there we haunted all of the bicycle shops within 200 miles and Amazon to add an odometer, reflectors, a bell, headlights, tail lights, drink holders, a phone holder, folding arms for the seats and rear view mirrors.
There were a couple of unforseen issues, so the engineer went to work. I am very short and could not reach the pedals even with the seat all the way forward. Don put blocks on the pedals which helped, but would roll on me when I pedaled. He did some adjustment to the seat and I can put a folded towel behind my back so we took the blocks back off.
Don is very tall and with the seat back far enough for his legs, he had to stretch to reach the steering wheel. He ordered a stainless steel tube that the steering shaft would fit into and cut the steering shaft. He tapped screws in to hold the tube in correct position and was able to have the steering wheel distance so he can lean back and cruise comfortably.
But for us, that was not enough. It is very cool as it is, but we had an idea to make it even more our own. We needed a place to carry lunch and an ice chest. Don built a bed for it so it almost looks like an old pickup and being the metalsmith he is, he created copper corners and findings for the bed to give it just the right touch.
We are fortunate to have several bike trails nearby, so he set up the trailer so we can just pop it on and take it where ever we want to go. We’ll take some pictures along the trail and write a little more about the Kingfisher Designs Official Pace Car.