Note: I have a more recent article on canopies which offers more information, pictures, videos, and resources. HERE is a link to it.
My very first article I wrote and is posted on Steve Greene’s Trike Asylum blog was about trike canopies. Steve Greene was kind and gracious to me in giving his permission to post my articles I wrote on his blog on my own blog and so here is the first of 4 I am posting.
Ed Miller, an avid trike pilot from Tennessee has many fine YouTube videos available of his numerous trike adventures as he rides with his various friends. He rides an ActionBent tadpole trike. I love watching his videos and highly recommend them to you. I personally think they are among the very best I have viewed to date. There is lots of beautiful countryside and wildlife in most of his videos, especially deer. His YouTube username is LogNotching. HERE is a link to all of his videos.
He also has come up with some ‘innovations’ including what he refers to as a Trike Hood. It is all about providing shade from the sun and offering a little bit of protection from rain as well. I say little because he would be the first to admit that it offers “little” protection. His design is pretty ingenious in that it is simple, basic yet relatively inexpensive and effective. And it is lightweight which is a concern to most of us. He can readily release the front hook which holds it down horizontally over him so that it stands upright out of the way allowing him to mount and dismount normally. He says it doesn’t effect handling or speed noticably as he has it tweaked in which he explains in one of his videos.
If you are interested in ordering one of Ed’s canopies or just want more information you can contact him via email at …
logbuilder at mindspring.com Just mention ‘canopy info’.
Ed has a few videos among his 142 (and counting) YouTube postings which show and explain various aspects of the construction which should prove quite helpful for anyone considering attempting something like this. Here are a couple of links to these videos:
Another item he has made which might be of interest to some readers is a flat platform which serves as a rack for hauling his trike behind his motor vehicle as well as a work stand to perform maintenance, cleaning, etc. and a vertical stand for storing his trike so it takes up less room. And it is made out of plywood so it is fairly simple to make and relatively cheap in cost. Again, he has a video showing and explaining the construction of it.