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Dear Howard

Is it possible to design and Construct a quadrilateral Cycle i.e Cycle with four wheels?.

One front and three rear wheels for the cyclists?.

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Prashant

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Hello Prashant,

It's possible, but completely unnecessary. Two parallel wheels provide adequate strength and stability for any situation that I can think of. The third wheel would only add extra weight, friction, and expense. Incidentally, parallel front wheels provide more stability and better steering than parallel rear wheels.

I have seen quadricycles with two wheels in front and two wheels in back at seaside resorts, with a canopy above the riders. See www.quadricycleinc.com for a picture.

Howard  

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Howard Stone

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I can answer questions about bicycle touring in New England and the Hudson Valley.

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I have written bicycling guidebooks for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and the Hudson Valley. I served as the rides chairperson of the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, the major bicycling club for R.I. and southeastern Mass., for 12 years.

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