As more images were provided, by the eBay seller, I have now given this interesting trike its own chapter.
Raleigh 3 Wheel Adult Tricycle - eBay (item 270727750697 end time Apr-08-11 15:24:37 PDT)
One of the truly rare opportunities on eBay. A Newton trike conversion! Though it looks as if it is brazed onto the Raleigh frame mentioned by the seller. (there is no sign of the signature head clamps) It sports the earlier Sturmey hub brakes. Not the later disks as claimed. 24" wheels. I wonder how many Newton fans will miss the auction for want of a correct auction title?
I'd be very tempted myself if I was UK based. (personal pick-up only unfortunately) I could probably get a LBS to pack it properly but the organisational hassle (and likely expense) is well beyond my stress tolerance levels.
I'd love to have a go on a lightweight tadpole. (2-wheels forward trike) This is only the second Newton auction since I've been following trikes on eBay. (I missed it myself so thanks for the heads up PJ) :-)
If the auction winner ever discovers this blog and would like to share some images I'd be most grateful. Any other Newton owners are very welcome to get in touch too, of course. It's a great shame there weren't more images on the auction web page.
Newton images online are even rarer than the trikes themselves! Which is very unfortunate because it looks like a very well thought out machine. I just love the look of them. Somebody really needs to do a decent YouTube video of one actually moving around. Even if it's only to satisfy my curiosity.
I've resized the only auction image. If there were more pictures I'd have given it the full treatment!
Well, somebody must have made an offer the seller could not refuse. Auction ended with the trike withdrawn from sale. Perhaps it will come back properly described. Perhaps not.
Dé jà vu! Now re-listed with two more images:
Raleigh 'Newton' Adult Blue Tricycle on eBay (end time 07-Apr-11 19:52:40 BST)
The bike was a custom one off from a bike specialist in Wales that my dad ordered. It is effectively a converted normal 2 wheeler Raleigh bike with the front end cut off and turned into a 3 wheeler.
*The new pictures illustrate this.
|Q:||You say it has 24 inch wheels. Is this the diameter or the circumference? Is it just the front wheels or is it also the back? Usually the back wheel with a SA hub would be a diameter of 26". Thank you||05-Apr-11|
|A:||All 3 wheels are 24" in diameter, not circumference. Cheers|
|Q:||Hello again, sorry I should have also asked you to measure the 'standover' height. This is simply the height from the ground to the top tube or crossbar? I am very interested in bidding on this - but obviously no point if the frame is too large or too small for me. Many thanks Martin||02-Apr-11|
|A:||Hi Martin, Frame size: 21" (53cm) Width of front axle: 25" (63.5cm) Width of front axle including wheels: 31" (79cm) Ground to top of crossbar: 30" (76cm) Hope that helps. Any more questions just feel free to message me again :) Thanks Chris|
Some more images have been added. After sitting on £180 the trike was finally "sniped" at £257.09 a second from the very end. I thought it would go higher but as it is not a racing model it did very well.