Tadpole trike design ponderings...

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Tadpole trike design ponderings...

Postby DentedHead » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:11 pm

I've been umming and ahhing about how much camber to put into my third trike. Currently, it has next to none - a couple degrees at most (I lack a decent tool to measure the actual angle, though I can "eyeball" it pretty well), but it also has a narrower track than my first one, 32.5" from the hub centers. I've noticed many commercially built tadpoles have very little camber, and some have none. I understand what camber does, I'm simply pondering the importance of it.

Has anyone had a slightly or non-cambered wheel fail due to the lack of camber?
I'm about to go see what Tim Smiths, and Peter Elands sites have to say, but I'd appreciate any input/opinions.


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Re: Tadpole trike design ponderings...

Postby RonK » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:04 am

Read this article.
Cycle touring blog and tour journals: whispering wheels...

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Re: Tadpole trike design ponderings...

Postby DentedHead » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:30 am

Thanks RonK, I was looking for that article in vain. It was the one I read when designing my first trike, and I found it great.

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