Recumbent - Need your feedback
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07-31-10, 05:13 PM
I am still looking at the different recumbent trikes and would like feed back on the Sun X3 AX Trike. It looks as if it would be easier to get on and off since it is not so close to the ground. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.:)
Not a trike guy - never been on one - but that model should be easier for most folks to mount compared to a tadpole model.
08-02-10, 11:05 AM
Unless the Sun is at the top of your comfortable price range, you might want to take a look at the ICE trikes (http://www.icetrikes.co.uk/explore-our-trikes) with higher seat height. TerraTrike (http://www.terratrike.com/) also has some high models.
There are many happy Sun trike riders, but I've found Sun offerings to be on the heavy and awkward side.
08-13-10, 09:35 PM
First step...my wife and I purchased a new pair of Sun USX HD trikes. I'm in my early 60s and she is in her mid 50s and we aren't concerned anymore about speed. We were looking for comfort and I was looking for something that would be easy on my double replacement knees and these trike filled the bill. Yes they are a bit heavy...65 lbs, but as I said, we wanted comfort not speed. We both love our trikes, and who knows at one point in time we may move up to a lighter Delta. By the way, I won't even attempt to sit on a Tadpole. I've seen them at bike shops and wonder just how people sit down on these things and then get up off them. Too low for me.
Get a chance though, check out the Sun USX HD. Oh, one other item of mention, my wife and I did test ride the Sun X3 AX and the "only" thing we did not like about the trike was the "ape" bars. We both felt that after a while our arms would get tired and the trikes do tip quite easily up at speed.
08-14-10, 10:21 AM
. . . By the way, I won't even attempt to sit on a Tadpole. I've seen them at bike shops and wonder just how people sit down on these things and then get up off them. Too low for me . . . .
As noted in my post above, some tads have higher seating than others.
Low trikes, both delta and tadpole, can take a bit of mount/dismount practice and are not for everyone. With practice, however, many creaky old bodies settle and rise with no trouble.
08-18-10, 08:31 AM
Getting out of a tadpole can be a problem if you are overweight or have a disability like severe arthritis. I'm nearly 67 and have no problem getting out of either my Greenspeed GTO or my first trike, a Wizwheelz 3.4. One of the benifits of being active is that you remain more flexible and regain the ability to do things like getting in and out of a low trike. BTW, some tadpole trike manufacturers such as Greenspeed have inexpensive add-ons, hand holds that attach to the steering assembly to aid one in getting back up out of the trike. I simply can't imagine propelling a trike that weighs 65 pounds before you add anything such as water bottles, lights, horn, rack and rack bag. I would not have continued cycling as an adult if lightweight bikes had not been introduced in the 1970s.
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