Gallery: Sally’s Hase Kettwiesel

This is a 2004 or 2005 (not sure as I bought it used) Kettwiesel titanium trike. It is not the superlightweight version Hase sold for a short time, rather one built more for ultimate comfort, guaranteed to deliver a dry-footed rider even in the middle of the Pacific Northwest winter with the Mueller WindWrap fairing, and fenders. The suspension fork makes for a smooth commute, ably assisted by the Schwalbe Big Apple 2.0 tires all around. The front rack allows me to even out my load and the rails on the back side of the seat allow for many options for load carrying, from the Hase-specific bag, to the Ortlieb messenger bag (pictured).

This trike has a Schlumpf mountain drive rather than front derailleur; matched with the 9-speed cassette, the gearing is more than adequate for my moderately hilly 30-km, each way, commute to my night-shift job. —Sally

4 Responses to “Gallery: Sally’s Hase Kettwiesel”

  • Pamela says:

    A 30km ride to your night shift job – but no lights on the trike?

  • Louis says:

    The bike name is hilarious if you understand German. :-)

  • Hercule says:

    As a fellow Kett’ rider, I admire your titanium steed. I suspect it is rather lighter than my Alu model – but I have diff and triple chainset fitted for the steep hills round here.

    I’m curious to hear how you get on with the Windwrap fairing – I’ve thought of adding one to mine, not so much for weather protection, more for added velocity. Do you find it makes much difference to average speeds? Does it create much extra noise?

    My German isn’t good, but I thought that the name meant “Chain weasel”. I’m pretty sure that the decals on the original Kettwiesel showed a picture of a weasel. And it seems appropriate – low, long, highly manoeuverable. (There is a bit of misleading info on Wikipedia about it coming from a children’s TV series – or perhaps the confusion is deliberate!)

  • Bernard says:

    There was a children’s TV show here in the UK when I was a child (late 60s early 70s) called ‘Catweasel’. Maybe it is also a play with that word. In the program he was an elderly medieval magician who was accidentally transported into the 20th century. The interest in the show turned on his confusion by modernity and the problems he caused to people by his confusion and his magical powers. I remember we enjoyed it immensely as children but when I saw it as an adult I was underwhelmed. Anyway, he was tall and thin, magical and cranky.

    I cycled my first Kett this week and it was a lovely experience. The more I look at the catalogue and read about them, the more I want them, even though they seem hideously expensive. In fact my last car was a 2nd hand top-of-the range BMW and it cost only a little more than the price of a Kett (and I ran that car for 10 years without it needing any repairs).

    No doubt in my mind, Germans are the masters of engineering.

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