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LOW COST CANOPIES

(in case you haven’t figured it out that is suppose to be a shade tree mounted on the trike)

As much as we may like the idea of having shade trees to ride under when it is hot and the sun is beating down on us I am pretty sure it is not likely it is going to happen. A portable shade tree is just not too practical. Many of us would like to have a canopy on our trike providing portable shade that goes with us, but we find the cost prohibitive. Some riders have made their own and have done so saving a bunch of money. Not everybody is gifted so that they could do so or for whatever reason they just don’t want to mess with it. (I haven’t because I lack the sewing skills as well as the sewing equipment. I recently ordered the $56 kayak canopy shown below. I expect it may prove to be a bit challenging to mount, but I am confident I can succeed at it.)

There are a few low cost alternatives to the DIY route. That being said be aware that there may still be some DIY work involved to get them mounted and functional. As one might expect “made in China” comes into play. I looked at two recently … both are made for recumbent tadpole trikes.

$114 above and $150 below

As I write this the $114 one is nearly out of stock (only 1 black color remains) and the $150 one is completely out of stock (sold out).

And then there is the option of a canopy made for a kayak which Amazon sells for $56 … but I found it on Ebay for only $36.

The side screens were added by the rider. They don’t come with the canopy. Here is a picture of what you get …

It is 4 foot long, 2 foot wide and the back vertical part comes 7.5 inches down.

Some riders have used baby stroller canopies …

Obviously it doesn’t extend very far forward so it only shades the head and possibly the neck and shoulders at times.

Here it is in the down position. It definitely would catch the wind.

Even kites have been used to make a canopy on a trike (…

And one can use a canopy made for a bicycle …

Lastly, an umbrella has been used as a canopy …

It is so high up it doesn’t offer near as much shade as it could if it were lower. And I am sure it would do very poorly in the wind.

I am adding this here as an idea as how to fasten the front of a canopy down. The front derailleur post can be used to anchor to by placing a rubber pipe plug with an eyebolt and adjusting lock nut into the top of it. First the plastic plug in the derailleur post needs to be removed.

 

A canopy should indeed help you to …

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KITE CANOPY

I came across this video which I thought was a pretty nifty homemade canopy.

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RECUMBENT RAG TOPS

Recumbent RagTops

Canopies are an item which can be a real blessing to have. They can help shield us from the hot sun and even offer some protection from rain. I have a friend who slips a large plastic bag over his to make it totally waterproof if he has to deal with rain while out riding. Some people make their own canopies. My friend made his and another friend made his. There are only a few manufacturers of canopies that I know of. Prices range considerably as do the design and build. I have written about CANOPIES before. There are a very few companies around who offer them. One of them is Recumbent RagTops. There is also VelTop which offers canopies for recumbent bikes and trikes. This posting is featuring Recumbent RagTops as I have never written about them before.

I think it is safe to say that this design would catch a lot of air especially with the rear flap down over the mesh “window” so no air can flow thru and out the back. Also it is domed quite high which makes the canopy much higher than most others I have seen. Personally I would want the canopy much lower down than this … just a few inches over the top of my head. I have no idea how it handles winds. Also I wonder about visibility of traffic lights as one approaches them

Here is a video with a review of this canopy which addresses all of this and more …

 

Speaking of homemade canopies, I came across this video which I really like so I am sharing it here …

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