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Old 11-07-05, 10:24 AM
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Tricycles - looking for info

I know, its BI-cycles forum, but what is the general opinion of trikes for adults? Seems like I read they are more dangerous due to tendency to turn over when taking corners. Is there anything to this?

Also, a "senior" person I know is interested in one had a foot injury where their heel was crushed (car accident years ago) and is reluctant to get on a regular bike for fear of having to put greater weight down on this injured foot when coming to a stop, dismounting etc. Seems to me like a trike would require similar forces, possibly more due to the greater weight in the back of the bike (trike)?

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Old 11-07-05, 11:27 AM
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My wife thinks she may have a problem with balance so we are looking at these.
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My aunt Ruby has one .... she is very happy with it.

Pedal power is pedal power, congratulations on your future trike
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You have to go around corners at considerable speed before the trikes begin to hike up on the inside wheel, at least for the recumbent style trikes. Now if you are talking about the senior citizen type trikes with larger wheels and a seat 30+ inches off the ground, then the higher COG is going to reduce your cornering speed. Very few senior types are going to be traveling at a speed high enough for this to happen especially on standard trikes. FWIW wheelchairs have the same problem. Recumbent trikes will require a certain agility to get in and out of so are not for the frail. Senior trikes mount very easily but there will still be a tendency for all the weight to be on one foot at some point in the mount up. As far as recumbent bikes go, I think the cornering speed needed for wheel lift is going to be well above 20mph and depend on the camber and radius of the curve. In general trikes are vastly more stable than bikes and balancing is no longer a problem so steering is better controlled at lower speeds.
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Old 11-07-05, 12:22 PM
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If thinking of Trikes- I would look at the Recumbents. The one that I am thinking of has two wheels at the front and drive through the rear wheel, abd you are quite low on the thing. Inherrantly stable and corners as fast as you want to make it.
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Old 11-07-05, 01:02 PM
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It is very rare in the USA to see a high quality , lightweight upright trike. The usual options are "grey panther" utility bike or ultra-heavyweight industrial things for getting round factory floors.
In the UK there are a number of custom builders who make racing and touring models.
https://www.longstaffcycles.co.uk/
Bob Jackson and Mercian also make good trikes.

They are used by people with balance problems but the riders have no problems keeping up with an experienced touring club ride.
Some people just want a new riding experience and like to be different:
https://www.addiscombe.org/features/d...endtoender.htm

A good intro is
https://www.tricycleassociation.org.uk/Home.html
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Old 11-07-05, 02:46 PM
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If you are loking for one of those large adult tricycles, or a recreational cycle:

https://worksman.com/

(also now sold through Wal Mart, but a quality item in its own field.)

We just ordered a folding one for my son.
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Old 11-07-05, 05:59 PM
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Agree with MichaelW.

Wife regards two wheels as an offence against the laws of nature s rides trike. One tip, don't think of them as a bike - think of them as a vehicle you have to steer rather than balance. Have seen an experienced rider get off and refuse to ride any further after falling off on a steep cambered bit of road after about 15 yards

But watching a racing trike rider off the saddle and practically gripping a rear wheel between his cheeks while cornering at speed is one of cycling's more exciting sights, especially if, like me, you lead a very limited life.
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I've always thought a trike would make a lot more sense for winter riding than a bike.
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Old 11-07-05, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by stapfam
If thinking of Trikes- I would look at the Recumbents. The one that I am thinking of has two wheels at the front and drive through the rear wheel, abd you are quite low on the thing. Inherrantly stable and corners as fast as you want to make it.
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If you have a URL for the two-front-wheeled trike, I would like to have it. I have a friend who has leg braces due to polio as a child and has been trying to find such a trike with hand drive or combo hand and foot drive. I have found lots of trikes with two rear wheels but none with two on the front. This one might be too low but I would like to check it out.
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Originally Posted by dukes909

Also, a "senior" person I know is interested in one had a foot injury where their heel was crushed (car accident years ago) and is reluctant to get on a regular bike for fear of having to put greater weight down on this injured foot when coming to a stop, dismounting etc. Seems to me like a trike would require similar forces, possibly more due to the greater weight in the back of the bike (trike)?

Cheers!
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You don't put your foot down when you stop on a trike. You just hold the brake. A trike will hold itself upright without aid. This person would have to mount/dismount with the strong foot on the ground.

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Old 11-08-05, 12:50 AM
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There are some higher seat style recumbent trikes around these days ie. something along the lines of a Sun EZ3 delta the Suns heavy but seem to get pretty good reviews.
https://www.easyracers.com/ez_3.htm
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Old 11-08-05, 07:31 AM
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Some tricycles are really high end, but not very practical for the adult, like this:
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While some here have mentioned "Worksman" none have noted
that "Worksman" will build for the handicapped or less abled
rider no problem.

I've been slobbering for a "Worksman" for quite a while now.
Oh, well..........
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One of the best sources I've found for bikes or trikes for seniors is Ding Bikes (www.dingbikes.com). Based out of Orlando, Florida (no wonder they cater to active seniors!), but they sell online, too. Great variety and they specialize in bikes for seniors or people with physical limitations so the folks there know what they're talking about.
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I have been a recumbent bike rider for 6 years now. Last fall I bought a TerraTrike Cruiser to ride and share with my wife. The reason for the TT was the fact the seat is fully adjustable. That means my wife and I can share it without changing boom length and having to change chain length.

While I only have 300 miles on this TT I highly recommend it. Not only is the seat fully adjustable, it is well made and has as good of bang for the buck out there.

BTW this is a "tadpole" trike with 2 wheels in front and one in back. IMHO it is far safer and more stable than a "delta" trike with 1 wheel in front and 2 wheels in back.
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A modern tadpole recumbent trike can corner like it's on rails; in fact the limiting factor is often the rider's ability to hang on!

There are a lot of trike riders on the recumbent forum of this site.

If you want to research more recumbent trikes, go here
https://www.recumbents.com/recumbents.asp
and select "trike" for the configuration.

The most common trike brands in the U.S. are Catrike and TerraTrike.
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Originally Posted by mfreid View Post
One of the best sources I've found for bikes or trikes for seniors is Ding Bikes (www.dingbikes.com). Based out of Orlando, Florida (no wonder they cater to active seniors!), but they sell online, too. Great variety and they specialize in bikes for seniors or people with physical limitations so the folks there know what they're talking about.
The bikes Ding sells are all re-branded Worksman cycles made in NYC,NY!!
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