Sunday, February 18, 2007


Last month I rode my trike to work for the first time this winter. This prompted a public outcry for photos of the machine. I am always happy to oblige my legion of fans, so here are a few stock photos from last summer, not long after I purchased it. First, a side view:

The trike itself is a Sun EZ Tadpole SX model. The SX is the base model, made of TIG welded steel and no consideration given for weight. The stock weight for the machine is 49 pounds. Here is a front facing photo:

This shot is nearly identical to the first, but taken from the other side. I'm posting it mainly to remind myself that the trees will again be green, sooner rather than later according to Phil.

Because I'm a commuter, I needed a way to carry stuff on this bike. Obviously a messenger bag won't work. And even so, I'm not a fan of messenger bags. I'm a pannier kind of guy. I bought a rear rack and had to fabricate a support for the lower pannier hook, since a pannier-specific rack doesn't seem to exist for this bike. Here's a shot of my simple, but fairly attractive solution:

It's a fun bike to ride, though just not practical for my day to day commute. This is a slow down and smell the roses machine. I'm not a fast rider, but I'm always driven to go at a pace that's fast for me. This machine forces me to slow down a bit and enjoy the journey, since I know I'm not going to get there quickly. And the world could probably use a bit more of that.


rigtenzin said...

Thanks for posting the photos. I love the trike. Does the weight really matter? I bet it's just as fun to ride as a 40 pounder.

Anonymous said...

Looking to buy a tadpole trike soon, and would love to see more pics of your Sun Tadpole and also be able to contact you to ask some questions specific about the Sun Tadpole ??

you can e-mail me at

Anonymous said...

I LOVE my Sun. It's a lot of fun to ride and I have a LOT of added extras. Here's a photo. If you have any questions please email me at Remove the NOSPAM.