The platform for the keg has a brilliant spring suspension that dampens the load both up and down. The trike’s brakes consist of two front disks that are controlled by the left hand. The brake handle on the right locks the back tire with a small spring-loaded peg set in the handle, so that kegs can be unloaded without hassle.
Taking the bike on a test drive on a closed course, I found its turning radius to be pretty wide, which is good — even the low-set weight can make the trike tippy. The single gear can easily get a heavy load in motion, which also makes backing up easy. The prototype still needs some finishing touches to improve turning before being painted, but for being the first of its kind it’s a very productive and elegant design.
Looking to the future, Colin envisions turning the parking lot next to the brewery into a large bike depot – the first of its kind downtown – to encourage residences to abandon their cars and hop onto some pedals.