How to Ride an Adult Trikes?

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.

  • Due to the lowered height of a trike, they are not visible to vehicles of larger builts. SO it is always important to wear bright colored riding vests.
  • Sticking to the lane makes riding a much safer option if you want to live long.
  • There is no alternative safety gear to a helmet. It is a mandatory requirement if you genuinely want to see the next generation.
  • If you are riding at night, backlights and front lights along with bright luminescent reflective flags are a must, so that vehicles speeding down the road can see you from a distance.
  • Using turns and bends uphill or downhill, always ensure you are not speeding. If you think trikes are accident proof in these bends and turns, you are a fool.
  • It is best to start your Trike ride experience with a group rather than going solo. This will not only get you enough knowledge about the handling of the trike but also make you learn many new facts and tips that can help you massively later.

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.

b) Pedaling 

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.

c) Steering

Recumbent trikes can have either of the two types of the steering wheel.

They are:

  • Direct-Steer.
  • Linkage Steering or Power Steering.

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.

  • Internally geared Hub.
  • Derailleur type 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.

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