Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes: Rebel Cycles Trike, Trek 7500FX
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Yeah, I suppose that around 30% is about right, if you compare an average trike to an average recumbent.
Keep in mind though, that you can easily make up the difference just by riding and losing weight off the "engine!" As far as "adding" something to the trike, the extra weight is just there because it needs to be.
The low seating position of a trike makes it seem as if you're going faster than you really are. The main benefits, however, come from the extra wheel. On a trike, you won't slip and fall if you hit a patch of gravel or wet leaves. You're less likely to fall if a wheel gets stuck in a crack or train track. You can climb driveways with a 1" lip at shallow angles without worrying about your front wheel sliding out. And at stoplights, you can sit back and relax, as you wait for the light to change.