Riding a Trike is no different than riding your everyday Recumbent Bike. However, before learning to drive a Trike, it is imperative that one learn about six critical points.
Learning to ride a recumbent trike
The primary learning of riding a Trike should be divided into four segments for ease of understanding.
a) The placement of trike parts
Unlike regular Recumbent bikes, the trike has the important operating parts placed differently. For instance, the handlebar is placed below the seat instead of in front. Secondly, the pedals are in the front rather than on the lower side.
Getting accustomed to these two sections is the first criteria.
Unlike a regular bike, a trike has the pedals in the front. Due to this a rider often needs to be at a seated angle of 145 to 160 degrees to pedal the trike.
To ensure better adjustability, it is essential to have a pedal belt to fasten your feet to the pedal. This ensures that your feet do not touch the ground at any time while pedaling.
To start, one should learn to pedal a trike on the flat and open area. This will give a better idea about how to handle the movements.
Recumbent trikes can have either of the two types of the steering wheel.
The steering is attached to both the wheels and place on the side of the seat or below it, instead of the front. This allows one to efficiently operate the steering from the almost horizontal sitting position in a more straightforward manner.
d) Gear change
Recumbent trikes have two types of the Gear system.
The internally geared system has a limited gear change option, so nowadays, most of the trikes have the Derailleur system. It is crucial to not wait long before shifting gears on the move if you want to keep the trike working for long.
Learning the art of changing speed takes a bit of practice. The critical point to remember is that gear change is necessary every few minutes even if you are moving at a constant speed. Cross chaining is a prevalent issue caused due to wrong timing of gear shift.