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Adult Tricycle buying advice - wheel diameter

Old 04-22-10, 10:09 AM
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Adult Tricycle buying advice - wheel diameter

Tricycle to be purchased for a senoir citizen, it will not be used for loads heavier than say a gallon of milk.

Worksman has 20" and 24" tricycles. I am wondering if anyone had any wisdom about choosing between the 2. Is one more stable or easier to ride than the other.

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Personally, I'd suggest something like the Sun EZ3 recumbent. 20" wheels, and much more stable than a traditional adult trike, and far more comfortable.

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I love my 24" upright Sun Trike

I looked at the Workman trikes link and the trikes look similiar to my Sun trike.

Personally, I prefer sitting in an upright positon as oppose to a reclining one, which is why I never liked recumbents. They are too low to the ground and very long in the tooth for me.

Frankly, I would think you're pedaling more with a bike whose wheels are 20" as oppose to a 24" wheel.

But on the other hand, you're pedaling harder to turn that 24" wheel too. Hhhmmm.

You would think that the 20" trike would be more stable since it is lower to the ground and that might be.

I sometimes catch myself from tipping over when I encounter a steep driveway on my 24" trike. Now I have to make sure I'm on the high end of the driveway to avoid that tipping feeling. However, I don't know if a 20" wheel would change that feeling on an upright significantly or not.

BTW, I've never tipped over on my 24" upright trike. I've had some close calls though.

In the end, the best thing would be to test drive as many trike models as possible. People seem to be drawn to a particular model for whatever reason. Some love recumbents others do not.

I picked the upright trike I have because of price and the fact that I felt comfortable when taking it out on a test spin.

P.S. What's the weight on the trikes? My Sun weighs 50 lbs. Take that into consideration. If I had to do it all over again, I'd opt for a ligher, foldable trike if I can. There will be times when you'll have to lug it around.

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Generally, larger wheels roll over imperfect surfaces easier than smaller wheels. But, smaller wheels are stronger than larger wheels (all else being equal).

I have no experience with trikes.
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I am having trouble finding a store in Marietta Ga. that carries any to try so I am looking for info.
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Trailmate JoyRider is very stable, has a walk-in frame, 24" rear wheels
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Note that this thread is 7 years old and was resurrected because vchinablue can't find a trike dealer.

I can think of three main brands of 'adult trikes.' The style in general is heavy and clunky, mostly appropriate to flat paved trails and factory floors. The three brands are Schwinn, Trailmate, and Workman. You can Google them and see or ask them where their dealers are. It's entirely possible that department stores can order them or you can mail-order them.

More common than 'adult trikes' these days are recumbent trikes. They're more expensive but more versatile. U-Man Power, in Maryville TN, carries several brands. Maryville is a few hours north of you, but might be worth a trip to visit.
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