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Old 06-05-17, 06:56 AM   #1
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Knees up or Down?

When setting up a recumbent (trike in this case) how does one usually set the seat-to-pedal distance?

Should it be like a regular bike, where you have almost-complete extension, or in closer, so that your knees are bent more, for better 'push' against the pedals?

My 9-year-old rides a Mobo Triton, which is a popular alternative bike for kids with autism and similar disabilities.
As he's gotten taller, the bike needs some adjustment to fit him, It's hard to get feedback from him, so i have to just observe while he's riding.

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Yes, about the same leg extension as he'd have on an upright -- a little short of full extension.
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When setting up a recumbent (trike in this case) how does one usually set the seat-to-pedal distance?

Should it be like a regular bike, where you have almost-complete extension, or in closer, so that your knees are bent more, for better 'push' against the pedals?

My 9-year-old rides a Mobo Triton, which is a popular alternative bike for kids with autism and similar disabilities.
As he's gotten taller, the bike needs some adjustment to fit him, It's hard to get feedback from him, so i have to just observe while he's riding.

Looks as if he enjoys it!
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