FLINTSTONE BRAKES & YOU


Hanna-Barbera produced the popular Flintstone cartoon tv series where Fred was known to use his feet as the brakes for his prehistoric car.

We laugh at that and perhaps we have even done it ourselves at times in the past on some types of vehicles. We might have even gotten away with it, but I caution you not to attempt it on a tadpole trike as you may very well regret it. The results could get quite ugly, most serious and painful. LEG SUCK is not something anyone would want to  have happen to them. Leg suck is where the rider of a tadpole trike literally runs over their leg as the leg folds back under the crossmember (cruciform) of the trike frame. I saw it happen once to a friend of mine. It was hard to watch. He was fortunate. He only experienced considerable pain which took several days to get over … nothing got broken. I have myself had this happen a couple of times and experienced the pain of it. Fortunately my pain and suffering was over much quicker. The bottom line is … it is not worth it … keep your feet on the pedals. Certainly it is best to use some sort of means to keep your feet on the pedals so they can’t fall off and come down onto the ground. Tadpole trikes are a lot of fun to ride, but we need always to use common sense and good judgement. Be safe, enjoy the ride and …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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About Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, and truthtoponder) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at stevenewbauer at outlook.com

Posted on July 4, 2017, in safety, tadpole trikes, tips and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Either I need to have my trike blessed by the Pope or it should read cruciform.

  2. armadillozack

    I most certainly agree with the above statement, and I thank my lucky stars it had only happened once in my life…! It was unintentional, and very much regrettable to say the least..! I mean we are not cave people and we don’t drive around on boulder wheeled cars.. But I have a friend that I hung out a lot with way back in the 70’s, who had a American Rambler Ambassador Wagon with holes in the floor boards, in which we had a good time breaking his stones about, But could you really imagine having done that with a real car…? I would think you maybe could lose a leg or two trying such action, And I recommend not doing so ever… Armadillo Zack

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