I had the opportunity recently to sit on and pedal 5 different trike brands and 8 different trike models. With the lone exception of TerraTrike, all the usual suspects (Ice, HP, Trident, Greenspeed, Catrike, Sun, KMX) all came with handlebar end shifters on vertical handlebars. Perhaps this was coincidental, or, was preferred by the trike shop, their buyer, or their customers.
When I rode a df (diamond frame - aka two wheeled bike) 10 speed, I had handlebar end shifters which I loved. But I dropped that bike twice, and each time the shifters broke. I have now dumped my trike twice... once, at slow speed, when I wanted to see the effects of leaning away from a turn (dah), and once making an emergency turn to avoid an accident.
As I looked at all those trikes with vertical handlebars and thin handlebar-end shifters, I couldn't help but imagine how easy it would be to get skewered by such a combo. That got me wondering what the big fascination is with the combo of vertical handlebars and handlebar-end shifters. Can anyone shed some light on this topic for me? And does anyone else have similar concerns as me?