The Kaylad-e trike by Niavis Design looks really cool and fun. The stability of two front wheels would be nice on slippery days. Not having to put a foot down at intersections1 would be a new experience. Integrated lights, fenders, security, and storage make this a serious 3+ season transportation vehicle.
I’m concerned about the Kaylad-e’s width. Bike lanes are not designed nor maintained for anything other than bicycles. I’m always dodging trash.2 On a bike, it’s no big deal; I’m still in the bike lane. On a trike? I think I’d end up in the car lane a lot more often.
I’m curious about the Kaylad-e’s weight. I like the bragging rights of providing all my power. If the trike is too heavy, I would have to use the motor to get up some hills or more.
Finally, along with its width comes wind resistance. Maybe it’s not much more than a bike, but I notice the wind sitting upright on my city bike and can feel a real difference if I crouch down into a more aerodynamic position.3
I’d like to see this become reality, if only to take it for a test ride.4
- At which I stop. No comment. ↩
- And roadkill. Eww. :-/ ↩
- Which, for me, is uncomfortable and not near as fun. I like sitting upright and looking around while I bike. With the distances I bike, I’d rather get there a little later than suffer. ↩
- I just wonder whether it’s as practical as a cycle truck. ↩