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Old 09-01-16, 12:56 AM
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Trike Exercise Rollers

I'm in the process of recovering from a broken knee, which has left the leg partially paralyzed. I need a means of exercising my legs, for which the first thing which comes to mind is an Exercycle, but I live in such a small apartment that hasn't the room for it. What room there is is occupied by my adult trike.

The best solution that can imagine would be a set of stationary rollers to cradle the rear wheels, so that it could do double duty serving as an Exercycle. Problem is, I haven't been able to find any rollers that would serve the purpose. Anyone know of such a thing?
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If it's a tadpole, SportsCrafters makes one. If it's a delta trike, you need the kit that contains 2.

https://www.sportcrafters.com/products/trike-trainers
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Thanks a bunch, it looks as though I should be able to find what I need.
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My wife has one for her recumbent trike and loves it. Just make sure that you have a way of locking (by the brake or other device) the non drive wheel or the trike will roll off the rollers.
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You know, I have to ask this, but why not simply lift/prop the trike off the ground? The whole point of rollers is so someone on a two wheeled machine can still balance, but for a 3 wheeled machine... I'm confused as to why you'd need something to roll on? Do you need the extra resistance? That's all I can think of.
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My wife has one for her recumbent trike and loves it. Just make sure that you have a way of locking (by the brake or other device) the non drive wheel or the trike will roll off the rollers.
Not suree I understand how thaat would apply, because my trike's rear wheels have positraction...they both drive at the same speed.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
You know, I have to ask this, but why not simply lift/prop the trike off the ground? The whole point of rollers is so someone on a two wheeled machine can still balance, but for a 3 wheeled machine... I'm confused as to why you'd need something to roll on? Do you need the extra resistance? That's all I can think
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True, the important factor would be having the rear wheels off the floor, but it would be essential that it would be done with rock hard stability. If I had a shop of some kind, and weren't crippled, I could probably do it cheaper, since graduated resistance isn't important to my purpose.

I discussed this with my apartment manager yesterday, and she suggested an exercycle she had used for a similar purpose in the past. An exercycle that is placed in one's bed, so that it could be used in the prone position. The idea appeals to me, but so far I haven't found anything on it. just gotta keep searching.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
You know, I have to ask this, but why not simply lift/prop the trike off the ground? The whole point of rollers is so someone on a two wheeled machine can still balance, but for a 3 wheeled machine... I'm confused as to why you'd need something to roll on? Do you need the extra resistance? That's all I can think of.
Rollers for a trike are much different than rollers for a bicycle. They are made to be used with only one wheel on the rollers. My wife has a tadpole style recumbent trike (two wheels up front, one in the rear) the rollers fit under the rear (drive) wheel. She has the Sport Crafters Overdrive model and when placed with the black roller forward, the resistance is set to minimal resistance but when placed with the red roller forward, the resistance increases as the speed increases.

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Old 09-02-16, 01:06 PM
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Not suree I understand how thaat would apply, because my trike's rear wheels have positraction...they both drive at the same speed.
If you are using rollers on the rear wheels, you need to set the brake or lock the front wheel to keep the trike from moving forward when you start pedaling. On delta trikes (two wheels in the rear, one up front), you will need rollers under each of the rear wheels to do what you are wanting to do. The photo below is probably what you will want to look into unless the price scares you off. However, it's still cheaper than buying two of the single roller models and cheaper than most decent stationary exercise bikes. The other advantage is that you don't have to find extra room for your trike and a stationary bike.

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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
You know, I have to ask this, but why not simply lift/prop the trike off the ground? The whole point of rollers is so someone on a two wheeled machine can still balance, but for a 3 wheeled machine... I'm confused as to why you'd need something to roll on? Do you need the extra resistance? That's all I can think of.
The point of rollers is to provide some resistance in addition to getting the wheels off the ground. Pedaling a bicycle without resistance is kind of a waste of time. You'd be better off laying on the floor doing bicycle kicks.
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