Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)


Byline: Lou Belmont Of the Journal

Home-grown tricycle is power on the street for adults

Almost everyone remembers his first tricycle. Adolph Romero has not only never forgotten his but has kept on building bigger, faster and better ones.

Romero is co-owner with Ernest Santiestevan of Horizon Trikes Inc., an Albuquerque business building custom V-8 engine "trikes" that turn heads and start conversations wherever they go.

Growing up in Albuquerque's South Valley, Romero tinkered with bicycles, motorcycles and cars. He also modified and raced motorcycles.

"As a kid, I was the neighborhood source for parts and mechanical advice for my friends. I'd put motorcycle engines in go-carts, and later I loved to stuff V-8s in small cars to really make them fly," he says.

He worked as a mechanical technician and machine shop welder and built trailers and R&D prototype equipment for a local company. He went on to start his own business, Romero's Custom Design, making custom kitchen and bath cabinets for home builders. …

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