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MIAMI SUN FLORIDIAN II, ADULT TRICYCLE


Fred and grandson Michael in Florida, January 2000

I couldn't pass up buying this adult 3 wheeler when a neighbor offered it to me for $35. It is in very good condition and apparently wasn't used much. The absence of rust indicates that it was kept indoors out of the Florida damp.

Common in Florida retirement communities, Miami Sun bikes and trikes are manufacuted by the Miami Bicycle and Supply Company. Until recently I also had a Miami Sun ladies single speed bicycle. The 3 wheel models are used for transportation around mobile home parks mostly by elderly ladies, people with disabilities and a few people like me that just like them. It is common to see trikes hauling clothes to the laundry and household refuse to the dumpsters, or making a mail run. They are highly favored by visiting grandchildren who careen around the park on them. I recently read about a town in Washington State that stages an annual trike race with scores of riders riding home built racers

Riding a 3 wheeler is different than riding a 2 wheeled bike and one can get in trouble quickly if a curve is taken too fast. You know you are in trouble when the inside rear wheel leaves the ground. A 3 wheeler is steered by physically turning the bars and not by leaning as with ordinary bikes. After a little practice though, they are a lot of fun and very tight turns can be made by shifting your weight toward the inside of a turn.

Since acquiring this bike I have used it several times for light hauling around the park and have plans to install some sort of front wheel carrier so I can pick up and deliver the bicycles I repair for other residents.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this 3 wheeled bike. I welcome your comments.

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