Moab teen builds sky-high tricycle
by Steve Kadel
Staff Writer
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Gavan Nielsen rides his homemade tricycle near Swanny City Park.
Gavan Nielsen rides his homemade tricycle near Swanny City Park.
Gavan Nielsen views the world from a lofty perch these days.

“We call it the altar,” he said.

The 14-year-old Moab resident sits 9 feet above the ground as he pedals his homemade tricycle around town, often causing people to take second looks.

“The hardest part of riding the trike is cars stopping in front of me to take pictures,” Nielsen said.

He made the eye-catching vehicle with help from the father of his friend, Canyon Cain. Brent Cain did the welding and teamed with Nielsen to do the rest of the work in the Cain family garage.

“We built the frame and went from there,” Nielsen said. “It’s all scrap metal and rebar except the steering rod and two support poles.”

Nielsen, the son of Austin Avery and K.D. Nielsen of Moab, said the tricycle can go fast, but the most fun is just cruising at slower speeds. His said his friends think the unusual vehicle is cool.

Nielsen and Brent Cain previously built high-riding bicycles out of scrap materials, but those aren’t as tall as the tricycle. Nielsen said it took about 12 hours to put the trike together.

A metal rack behind the driver’s seat allows people to climb aboard for a free ride.

“We’ve had up to six people on it,” Nielsen said, adding he’s thinking of affixing a barbecue and cooler on the rack to make the tricycle a mobile party site.

He also plans to add lights eventually. There’s already a bright slow-moving-vehicle triangle on the back of the tricycle for safety.

What prompted him to design the big three-wheeler?

“I just wanted a trike,” Nielsen said. “I don’t know why.”

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