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Old 09-20-06, 02:10 PM   #1
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Tricycle for geezers?

My mother, at age 79, has gotten the bug to start riding a bike, having never learned as a child. She thinks a tricycle might be just ticket, as her balance isn't great. Does anyone know of a trike that might work for her? I'm guessing that it should have multiple speeds and be as light as can be.
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You might want to check these out. A good number of folks in two large retirement communities near me use these. Keep in mind, however, that if she's like most 50+ BF members she'll want something lighter, and faster next year.

http://www.islandsportshop.com/Works...Lite_Trike.htm
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Maybe she should go motorized. Here's a link. http://www.electric-bikes.com/trikes.htm

By the way - is that a Kuvasz?
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It's hard to find one that's not junk--my dad was active all his life, but he had joint problems in his last years so it was hard for him to walk far enough to stay fit, and his balance wasn't good enough for him to ride a two-wheeler safely. We looked all over for a decent trike, but they were all heavy, stodgy, poorly made, on a par with $99.95 department store bikes. he didn't mind the weight so much (he was riding for exercise anyway), but the quality was so low the things were just offensive. It pissed us both off that somebody would pass them off as real, usable vehicles, plus they have limited adjustability and he was 6'2", so fit was a problem. He eventually bought a junker that he rarely used
Epinions has some reviews on a number of adult trikes. I haven't checked them out, but it's a place to start: http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycle...dult_tricycles
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Maybe she should go motorized. Here's a link. http://www.electric-bikes.com/trikes.htm

By the way - is that a Kuvasz?


Thanks for the ideas, Terex. I don't think motorized is what she wants because she'd like to get some exercise. I really like the Personal Activity Vehicle (PAV3), but at a $729 starting price it's a bit expensive, no?


Nope, she's a Golden Retriever. You don't often see the "cream" Golden because the AKC doesn't recognize the color, and therefore it can't be shown, so breeders avoid it. I got her from Kyon Kennels outside of Toronto, where they're not so picky about color.
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Thanks for the tips, NOS88 and Velo. I'll check them out.
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Folding trike from the "Advertise Your Services Thread"
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Worksman trikes are renound for being very strong and very heavy (60lbs+). This is hardly ideal for a little old lady.
You need to look for a British light touring trike or trike conversion kit.
Check out the links at the tricycle association
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Worksman trikes are renound for being very strong and very heavy (60lbs+). This is hardly ideal for a little old lady.
You need to look for a British light touring trike or trike conversion kit.
Check out the links at the tricycle association
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My son, who has a developmental disability, loves riding his Worksman, He doesn't go fast (about a fast walking pace), but he gets out on the trail and thoroughly enjoys. For some folks, a Worksman CAn be the answer. It also folds, which helps in transporting. It does not weigh 60 lbs.

Here is a new model I have not seen before


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My son, who has a developmental disability, loves riding his Worksman, He doesn't go fast (about a fast walking pace), but he gets out on the trail and thoroughly enjoys. For some folks, a Worksman CAn be the answer. It also folds, which helps in transporting. It does not weigh 60 lbs.

Here is a new model I have not seen before
Dnvr, this "new" model is the Worksman PAV (personel activity vehicle) that is a variation of the
tough as nails Worksman Mover industrial trikes. I own a yellow PAV 3 speed that I really enjoy
using in place of my cars for all my in town utility duty. The quality of all Worksman is first rate
with robustness of build being foremost in all that they build. That said the PAV isn't for a frail
person such as a lady. The better choice is one the Worksman from this link. The Portotrike is
very light for older folk's that are not clydesdales as I am. Selelct a 3 speed to ensure that the
pedal effort it not to high so the lady can ride it with ease.

http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...ulttrikes.html
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My mother, at age 79, has gotten the bug to start riding a bike, having never learned as a child. She thinks a tricycle might be just ticket, as her balance isn't great. Does anyone know of a trike that might work for her? I'm guessing that it should have multiple speeds and be as light as can be.

Like this?


http://www.easyracers.com/ez_3.htm
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Old 09-21-06, 11:25 PM   #12
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[QUOTE=Artkansas]Like this?

I LOVE it, but at $729 it's a wee bit steep. I'm hoping to find one ~$500.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:26 AM   #13
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To quote Bill and Ted...
"That's your Mom dude!"




Think of all she sacrificed for you.

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One of these trikes may be in the near future for me. Arthritis in my back and neck is making it hard to ride some days. I am (only) 54 but sometimes it feels like a lot more I have seen several of them around town and talked to an owner of one who is very happy with it So I definitely see a recumbent in my future. As I don't have a car the carrying capacity of a rear basket would be very handy so I think a trike is the way to go.

Ironically I bought my first good road bike bike this year- a Sequoia Elite- and immediately thereafter the arthritis kept me from doing any long rides. So I hope to sell it and use the money towards the trike and stick to shorter rides.

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Not to rain on the "Easyracer" trike but for an older person the "ease of use"
is VERY important. That is why a 3 speed hub trike is best. A derailler trike
is lots of shifting that most old folks of 79 years might not like much. Where
a 3 speed is "low, medium & high" which is easy for your mom to understand.

Keep it simple and fun for your mom , mate. She'll love you for it.
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Not to rain on the "Easyracer" trike but for an older person the "ease of use"
is VERY important. That is why a 3 speed hub trike is best. A derailler trike
is lots of shifting that most old folks of 79 years might not like much. Where
a 3 speed is "low, medium & high" which is easy for your mom to understand.

Keep it simple and fun for your mom , mate. She'll love you for it.
Ultimately, it's his Mom's choice. We don't want to go making too many assumptions about what she does or doesn't want. But it's good to offer a range of choices.

To me the big benefit was that it looked like the Easyracer might be a bit lighter and the recumbent position easier to pedal.
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"Nope, she's a Golden Retriever." - A pretty girl. We had both a Kuvasz (male) and then a female Golden. The Kuvasz was like a 140#, all white, super-sized Golden. Our Golden was the traditional U.S. color - gold. The Brits/Euros really go for the non-golden Goldens.
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I see your point, Artkansas, the Easyracer would be comfy once she's into it, but I'm gonna have to agree with Tightwad that getting in and out might be problematic, and lead to frustration (and therefore it won't get used).
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I see your point, Artkansas, the Easyracer would be comfy once she's into it, but I'm gonna have to agree with Tightwad that getting in and out might be problematic, and lead to frustration (and therefore it won't get used).
You know your Mom better than Tightwad or I do. I just wanted to caution him on making assumptions about our parents. Some are spry and eager to learn, others are not. You know her best.
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I'm 66, and I'm trying to recover from tearing up my knee falling off my mountain bike...my physical
therapist and I thought that a trike would be good exercise, so I bought a Sun EZ-3 AX to ride.



It's kind of heavy (about 50 lbs), and kind of expensive (about $1500), but it was working well for me...
much more fun than pedaling a stationary bike while staring at a wall. It has lots of gears with a wide
range, and shifting is easy. Unfortunately, I got to ride only about 20 miles total before it was stolen!

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Unfortunately, I got to ride only about 20 miles total before it was stolen!
That is why I've insured my Worksman PAV for full value on my homeowners insurance.
Cost is a very reasonable $63 a year. (17.2 cents a day)
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For folks not aware: Local bicycle legend Sheldon Brown has been experiencing some health issues for some time, and it has limited his cycling activity. However, he is riding about on a Greenspeed Tricycle. Have a link I have not tried one, but I have seen a few around. They are supposed to be great for people who have back problems, arthritis, etc.

Now the bad news: The Greenspeed trikes are very expensive. If you want a trike and can afford one of these, they might be worth considering.

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Tried to stay off this thread but I came across what may be the ideal compromise for you today. A handicapped lad in our town has a new bike. Fully conventional bike but with big- beefy stabilisors on it. Obviously made by someone that knows what is required but these were professionally made. No pictures or better description- but the wheels were about 6" diameter and the stays were bolted to the Chain and seat stays. Won't be any good offroad so won't help keeping me upright, but Worth a mention to your local friendly Engineering shop if you have one.
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That is why I've insured my Worksman PAV for full value on my homeowners insurance.
My renter's insurance covered it with a $500 deductible without my having had to make any declaration or pay any extra premium. But because it was a new purchase, the credit card I used covers up to $500, so I'm going to get total purchase price back (including sales tax).
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What credit card does that?

Glad to hear you got all your $ back. So, will you buy another bike like the one which was stolen?
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