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Ultimate Guide to 3 Wheel Bicycles

Are you looking for a ride that provides more stability or perhaps you’ve got a hurt back and need something with more support?

You’ve arrived at the right spot! This is the complete guide to 3 wheel bikes.

Technically a 3 wheel bicycle is called a “trike” or “tricycle.” What differentiates a tricycle from a bicycle is the additional wheel in the rear. One wheel on the front of the bike, and two in the back.

Trikes come in a variety of different designs, but most look similar to a basic 2 wheeled bicycle, but with modifications to the frame to allow for the third wheel.

The other type of 3 wheel bike is called a “Recumbent” bicycle which is designed with a chair-like seat for the rider to sit in. These recumbent 3-wheel bikes are lower to the ground than traditional bicycles.

The biggest benefit of 3 wheel bicycles compared to the regular 2-wheeled bike is that they are easier to ride and have added stability.

Who are 3 wheel bicycles made for?

Many people think of three wheel bicycles as being made intentionally for younger children or older adults, but in reality they are great for people of all ages. The reason that many seniors (or children) ride tricycles is that they make bicycling more accessible compared to a regular bike.

The reason that a 3 wheel bicycle is more accessible is that the two rear wheels add extra stability, and they don’t require extra skill to ride. Children and some elderly adults can have a difficult time balancing which can be hard to do on a traditional 2 wheel bike.

Even if you’ve got the worst balance in the world, as long as you can stay seated upright you can ride a 3 wheel bike. The chance of falling off a tricycle is considerably less likely to happen than while riding a regular bicycle.

No one wants to be injured while riding, and so for some, a tricycle is their way of pedaling while making sure they don’t get hurt. It’s very rare to see a tricycle or recumbent tipping over.

It’s more common to see a bicycle with rider fall over sideways which I admit I’ve done on more than one occasion.

Recumbent trikes and tricycles can also be very useful for larger adults. If you weigh more than most people it can be uncomfortable and difficult to sit on a regular bicycle.

Three wheeled bikes can accommodate more weight and allow heavier rides an easier time balancing. If you’re heavier than you want to be – a 3 wheel bike is a great way to exercise and lose weight.

Are three wheel bikes safe to ride?

Three wheel bikes are safe to ride as long as you follow a few routine safety tips. With their extra stability you’re less likely to fall off or tip your tricycle, but there are a few safety procedures you should take to ensure you don’t crash or hurt yourself.

Take Turns Slowly

Tricycles are not speed machines.

If you’re in the market for a fast bicycle you shouldn’t be checking out 3 wheel bikes. Their size and design make them great for casual commutes and bike rides, but you shouldn’t be trying to break a land speed record with them.

Recumbent bikes are easier to go fast, because of their low profile.

All this to say – be careful while turning on a tricycle. Their extra wheel is perfect for providing stability, but not for taking sharp turns at fast speeds.

One of the only ways you can flip a 3 wheel bike is by taking a sharp turn too fast. Their turning radius is wider than a traditional bike.

I would recommend starting slowly on turns, and as you feel more confident and get a feel for your trike you can try taking the turns slightly faster.

2.You’ve Got A Big Rear

There were moments as I rode through Manhattan that traffic was nearly at a standstill. I decided that the best course of action would be to ride my bike through traffic threading between vehicles.

While this was possible on a narrow bike, it would have been near impossible or much more difficult on a 3 wheel bike.

While riding a tricycle or recumbent bike you must be aware that the front of your bike is narrower than your rear. While the front of the trike may be able to fit through a gap, the rear part of the bike can get stuck and cause you to crash.

The more you ride a tricycle the more you’ll learn what spaces it can fit through and which gaps are too small for you to go through.

3.Wear A Helmet

If you’re an adult you are entitled to make your own choices in life, but I would recommend wearing a helmet even while on a tricycle.

No one expects to crash, and the likelihood that you fall off a 3 wheel bike is unlikely, but in the chance that you do find yourself in a crash you’ll be grateful that you had a helmet on your head.

If you’ve got an old helmet it may be time to retire it and get a new one. You can read this article to know when a bike helmet is expired.

Pros Cons of Three Wheel Bicycles

Stability – Stability is by far one of the greatest benefits of a 3 wheel bike. The extra rear wheel makes riding very easy, and takes the pressure off the rider to balance.

A regular bicycle has to maintain a minimum speed or it will tip over unless the rider puts a foot down on the ground. You can pedal a 3 wheel bike at the pace of a snail and not worry about it tipping over. A person who has never ridden a bicycle would be able to quickly learn to pedal and handle a trike.

Climbing Uphills – Climbing uphills on a 3 wheel bike is easier and harder than a regular bike.

It’s easier in the fact that you can go very slow without worrying that your bike is going to tip over. You’re able to put a tricycle into a low gear and slowly pedal your way up the hill.

The harder part of climbing uphill on a tricycle is that they usually weigh more than a traditional bike. You’ll be pedaling more weight uphill which will take more pedal power to get it to go up.

Cargo Space – Many 3 wheel bikes come with a basket or cage attached to the rear of the bike over back wheels.

Some also come with a cargo cage on the front of the bike as well. Regardless, tricycles are perfect bicycles for carrying things while pedaling around town.

If you’re looking for a tricycle to be used as your main transportation this is one of the benefits. You can pack these cages with work supplies or groceries or whatever you please.

The wider wheel base of a 3 wheel bike allows you to carry heavy loads without sacrificing stability.

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Recumbent bikes don’t normally come installed with a basket or cargo cage, but you can install them if you’d like this on them. If you want information on how to install a cheap milk crate to your bike click here.

Rider’s Position – Tricycles generally let riders be an upright position. While a road bike forces the rider to lean over to keep their hands on the handlebars, a tricycle usually is setup so that you can keep your back straight.

For those of you who suffer from back pain this can be one reason to choose a tricycle. With recumbent bikes the rider is positioned in a seated position as if they’re sitting in a chair.

The only difference is that their legs will be straight forward.

Size – Three wheel bicycles are generally larger compared to a regular bicycle. As we said earlier, this can make it hard to fit through narrow spaces while pedaling.

You won’t see a tricycle squeezing its way through traffic. The positive is that for tricycles the size makes the rider more visible to other cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers in vehicles.

Recumbent bikes can be more difficult to spot, because of their low profile. I have seen some recumbent cyclists make themselves more visible by installing a fiberglass rod with a flag on their bike to make sure people see them.

Handling – Turning a tricycle isn’t as easy, because of the wider rear. A regular bicycle has a small turning radius, while 3 wheel bikes usually need more space to turn.

Recumbent tricycles can handle faster speeds compared to a basic tricycle.

Features of a 3 Wheel Bike

Frame – The frame is the bulk of the 3 wheel bike that gives it shape and connects all the parts together. Frames are made of either aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, or titanium.

Frames must be sturdy enough to carry the weight of the rider, but also not weigh a million pounds. Frame builders want to strike a balance between durability, weight, and also price.

Steel frames are usually on the cheaper side of the price scale, but are also quite heavy. They’ll be durable bikes that last a long time if maintained, but they aren’t easy to lift.

Aluminum frames are also less expensive than most other frame materials. The difference between aluminum and steel frames is the weight. Aluminum is much lighter than steel, but sacrifices its strength.

Aluminum isn’t as strong as steel.

Carbon fiber frames are another option. They are incredibly strong, very light, and quite durable. The only downside is that they are more expensive than both steel and aluminum.

Lastly, there are frames that are made of titanium. Titanium is strong as steel and very light. It’s praised as being somewhat flexible which helps with shock absorption. The only downside is that its expensive.

Handlebars – Handlebars are what you’ll be holding onto to steer your 3 wheel bike. The handlebars on a tricycle will be one of the determining factors of your posture while riding.

A tricycle with “chopper” handlebars that reach close to your chest will be easy to hold onto and keep you in an upright position. If handlebars are too far away it can force you to lean forward. There’s also different variants of handlebars for tricycles that primarily offer a particular style.

Handlebars can be made out of the same materials as the frame (aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, and titanium).

Recumbent bikes can come with actual handlebars while some come with two joystick looking grips for you to steer with.

Pedal – Most of the 3 wheel bicycles you purchase come with basic pedals. You could also install pedals that allow you to clip in.

Pedals that allow you to clip in will make your pedaling more efficient and give you more power in your pedaling. Most people riding tricycles aren’t looking for power and speed though.

Another option is installing cages that you can fit your feet into if you want something that allows you to not only pedal on the down stroke, but also get pedal power every time you lift your feet.

Recumbent tricycles are more inclined to have cages or clipped pedals on them. Not are commuters using recumbent tricycles to get to work, but many use them for exercise.

These may be serious cyclists who for various reasons can’t ride a bicycle anymore and have transitioned to a recumbent.

When you’re looking at purchasing a 3 wheel bike you should check out the pedals, and determine what type you’ll need for your needs. For many riders, the basic pedals are all that you’ll need.

Wheels – The wheel size is generally what determines the size of a tricycle. You’ll notice that tricycles are described as being 20” or 26” or something similar. This is the size of the tire, and the larger tires are for larger sized tricycles. The larger sizes usually correspond to the amount of weight they can hold as well.

Seat – There are a variety of tricycle seats that are comfortable for different people. In the same way that some people enjoy a soft mattress while others sleep better on a firm mattress, the same could be said of tricycle seats.

Some seats are narrower while others have a wider seat.

There’s also varied levels of firmness and give within a seat. Get on your bicycle and give it a spin around the block.

You’ll be able to quickly know whether you’re comfortable on your seat or not.

The good news is that if your seat isn’t comfortable for you, you could always purchase a seat that is better suited to you. It should also be said that sometimes a bike seat just needs to be broken in.

If you rarely ride bicycles it can be uncomfortable to sit on the tricycle until you get used to it over time.

Brakes – Brakes are super important! You wouldn’t want to find yourself going down a hill only to discover that your brakes don’t work.

Tricycles are no different than other bicycles.

Some 3 wheel bikes only have brakes on the rear tires while others have them for the front and back. This is the same for recumbent bikes as well. Some of the higher line of 3 wheel bikes offer disc brakes.

Each company is different.

These can include cargo baskets for carrying things while pedaling. It could also include lights for riding at night or a bell (check out these amazing bike bells!) to alert those around you of your presence. Fortunately, if the 3 wheel bike you purchase doesn’t come with a specific accessory most of them can be equipped if you purchase them separately.

The Different Types of 3 Wheel Bikes

Single speed Tricycles – These tricycles have one speed, because they only have a single gear. This means you can’t change gears depending on the terrain you’re pedaling on.

A single speed tricycle is perfect for communities that have level ground. If you live in an area with lots of hills than I would advise staying away from a single speed. Their single speed makes them simple to use, and also easier to maintain.

You don’t need to worry as much as maintaining a multi-speed bike. These are also a great option for beginner cyclists, because they won’t need to deal with the gears. Some people enjoy the simplicity of singlespeed tricycles, but they’re for a specific use.

Multi Speed Tricycles – Multi-speed tricycles have multiple gears that can be used to make it easier to ride in a variety of terrain.

A lower gear will allow you to climb steeper hills while the higher gears will let you power through the flats with speed. The gearing can be external with a derailleur and drivetrain or have an internal gear hub. Multi-speed tricycles can vary from 3 to 8 speed.

Recumbent Tricycle – A recumbent trike is a 3 wheeled pedaling machine that sits the rider in a reclined position. Most recumbent riders choose this bike design to allow their weight to be distributed over a larger area rather than all the weight pressed upon a tiny seat.

Electric Tricycles – With the rise in popularity of e-bikes, every type of bicycle is getting “electrified” these days. Electric tricycles have an electric motor and a rechargeable battery.

These electric tricycles have a throttle so that you can have assistance while you pedal. This makes it easier for you to go farther distances on your tricycle and also overcome hills that must be climbed.

These type of electric tricycles are great for everyone, but also for those with handicapped needs. These tricycles take up to 3.5 to 6 hours to charge.

Folding Tricycle – I couldn’t believe it until I saw it, but there’s also 3 wheel bikes that can be folded up! These foldable tricycles make it easier to store or carry around.

Going on a vacation and want to bring your tricycle?

There’s no way you could bring a normal 3 wheeled bike with you. But with a folding tricycle all you need to do is fold it up and put it in the car.

Are three wheel bikes good for Seniors?

My grandfather was active his entire life. He was a farmer in California who wasn’t one to stay still for very long. When he was in his eighties our family purchased a tricycle for him to ride around town.

He was a big man even later in life, and this 3 wheel bike allowed him to exercise while also going around town. It gave him freedom to get around town, be outside, and keep healthy.

While I don’t think tricycles are for everyone, it was definitely a gift that kept giving for my grandfather.

I’d encourage seniors who want to be active to get a three wheel bike as it’ll allow them to exercise while also helping with balance to keep them safe.

How to Store a 3 Wheel Bicycle

You’ll need to make sure you have plenty of space in your garage for your 3 wheel bicycle.

Most people keep them on the ground and preferably inside. Leaving them outside could cause them to corrode over time. If you have no choice, but to leave them outside you should look into investing in a bike cover.

Buyer’s Guide – 6 Questions to Answer Before Purchasing

What Terrain Will I be Riding in? – Think through where you plan on riding your 3 wheel bike. Will you be riding on primarily flat terrain?

Are there lots of hills that will need to be climbed?

Knowing what terrain you’ll be pedaling on can help you narrow down what kind of 3 wheel bike to get. A multi-speed tricycle will be better suited for areas with a variety of terrain.

A single-speed tricycle is perfect if you’ll be riding in a flat area. Lastly, you may want an electric tricycle if you’d like an extra boost to help you while riding.

What’s your Budget? – Three wheel bikes can range from to depending on the features they come with. An electric tricycle will be significantly more expensive than a single speed trike.

Usually folding tricycles are also more expensive than their non-folding counterparts.

How much do you weigh? – Generally, tricycles can carry more weight than a regular bicycle, but they do have weight capacity.

Some tricycles can carry up to 500 pounds of weight. Make sure that the tricycle you purchase can accommodate your weight AND any objects you would like to carry with you.

Will the 3 Wheel Bicycle come setup and ready to ride? – Most three wheel bicycles that are shipped to your home don’t come fully installed. You will need to either put the tricycle yourself by following the instructions or taking it to a local bike shop for them to setup.

Obviously, if you buy a used 3 wheel bike it will likely already be ready for use.

Does it have the features you’re looking for? – Think through all the features of a tricycle. These are the features I’ve written about earlier in this article.

Decided exactly which ones you want, and make sure the tricycle has them. It’s important to check, because not every 3 wheel bicycle is the same. For example – some come with a large padded seat and others with a narrow bike seat.

What type of 3 wheel bicycle do you want? – Folding, electric, recumbent, or traditional tricycle. Your own personal needs will be the deciding factor here.

Tricycle Size Chart

While browsing through tricycles and recumbent bikes you should read what the manufacturer says about sizing. Each brand of 3 wheel bike has a slightly different take on trike fitting.

of the Best Adult Tricycles on the Market

The Schwinn Meridian 26-Inch Adult Tricycle

The Schwinn Meridian is by far one of the more popular adult tricycles on the market. It offers a comfort ride for those of you looking for leisurely cruises around town or around the neighbor.

It’s made of aluminum and comes in a variety of colors. It’s design allows the rider to sit upright with handlebars that can be positioned close to the rider.

The Schwinn Meridian comes in a 24-inch model as well for shorter riders. This is a great bike with one downside. It’s only a single speed.

This is not the tricycle to use if you’re going to need to navigate through routes with lots of elevation. You’ve got a single gear, and won’t be able to change gears.

It’s a simple mechanic that will make maintenance and riding simpler, but will make hills quite difficult.

Comes with a basket for carrying your goods, and a wider saddle for comfortable seating. Pick your favorite color from a variety of options.

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Raleigh Bikes Tristar Multi-Speed Trike

Raleigh suggests this bike is best for those who are 5’2″ to 6’2″. The best part of this tricycle is that it has 3 gears in its internal hub system. This will help you find the right pedal resistance for you.

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Even with the gears it can be difficult to pedal uphill, because it does weigh 65 pounds in total.

This 3-wheel bicycle comes with a basket that can hold 45 lbs. of material. The fender is a nice touch to keep dirt or wet. Be prepared to take a couple hours setting the bike up from the moment it arrives in the box if you’re going to be doing it yourself.

Sun Tricycles

Sun is a company based out of Miami that make some killer tricycles. These things are top of the line, heavy duty, and stylish. The only problem is you have to purchase them from a dealer. If your local bike shop can get you one of these than you should definitely look into them.

The downside is that they are expensive.

of the Best Recumbent Tricycles

TerraTrike Rover

The TerraTrike Rover is one of the kings of recumbent tricycles. If you’re looking for a really nice quality recumbent tricycle than look no further. It’s reliable, well built, and great for first and longtime recumbent users.

It has a strong frame that can carry up to 400 pounds which is more than most recumbent on the market. It’s frame is designed to make it easy to get on and off while giving a seat position that provides comfort and also efficient pedaling.

The Mobo 3-Wheel Recumbent Tricycle is perfect for men and women who are anywhere between 4’0″ and 6’3″. This Recumbent has a sturdy steel frame, and is made for rides on flat to slightly sloped terrain.

What makes this Recumbent unique is that it comes with a reverse gear that will allow the rider to go backwards easily. It has a great center of gravity, and two dual “joysticks” for steering.

A great entry level recumbent tricycle for riders who are unable for whatever reason to ride on a traditional two wheeled bicycle. The downside of this bike is that it doesn’t have multiple gears for climbing hills. Great recumbent for casual riding, but not ideal for serious exercise enthusiasts.

Catrike Villager w/E-bike Motor

This bad boy is insane. It’s the Catrike Villager with E-Bike Technologies Motor and Battery. In common language it’s an electric recumbent trike. This e-bike recumbent is for those looking for a top shelf recumbent that has gives a little extra assistance while on the ride.

TerraTrike Traveler Folding Recumbent Trike

This TerraTrike recumbent trike is unique in that it completely folds up. One of the difficulties of recumbent bikes can be storage or transporting them.

Within a few minutes this recumbent can be unfolded for a quick ride. See the video below for yourself. You can read more about this folding recumbent bike here.

Posted on Last updated: February 16, 2022

Hey, I’m Tyler. I’ve been cycling mad ever since I was knee-high to a bike pump. True story. I once cycled for a week from California to Mexico just to get some tacos. The tacos were OK, but I’m not sure they were worth the chafe. Anyway, if you’re into cycling in any shape or form then come on in and take a look around.

NEW-TRIKE 48V 500W 20” Step-Through Fat Tire Folding Electric Tricycle by EUNORAU

500W Front-Mounted Motor

A fat hub motor in the front wheel can crank out a continuous 500 watts of power with the ability to ratchet things up to over 750 peak watts of power for hill climbs and quicker acceleration. This motor has 80Nm of torque.

12.5Ah High Capacity Battery

The bike runs on a 48-volt system and a 12.5Ah battery for an estimated max mile up to 40 with pedal assist. Located beneath the saddle, keeping the center of gravity low and the overall weight well balanced. Locking removable battery makes it easy to charge.

Integrated Headlight

Powered using the main battery pack and controlled by the display. Efficient electric lights ensure your riding safety at night, never having to worry about charging or replacing batteries at the end of a long day.

Integrated Brake Taillight

Powered using the main battery pack and features brake light functionality that is activated any time the brakes are applied.

Dual Rear Brake Rotors

The dual brakes system ensures safe braking at high speeds, meanwhile triggering the automatic motor cutoff and rear brake light.

Twist Grip Throttle

500W of power-on-demand allows you to only use the throttle when you don’t want to pedal. Ideal for starting from a stop when your bike’s loaded with cargo.

Adjustable Folding Stem

An adjustable stem allows riders to customize the height with zero tools.The height adjustment range is 0-150mm, the maximum length is 450mm, which performs well in practical use. And is able to fold 170 degrees to the right, which is very useful and convenient.

Large Rear Basket with Storage Board

Super large capacity alloy rear basket with a solid wood board to prevent the loss of small items

Folding Frame

There is the folding aspect on the mainframe tube and telescoping stem. This will put your trike into the trunk of some SUVs.

SPECIFICATION

Battery: 48V 12.5AhRange: 30 MilesMotor: 48V 500W HIGH TORQUE front-mounted motorTotal Payload Capacity: 440 lbsRecommended Rider Heights: 5’1 ~ 6’1Charger: US standard 2.0 A Smart chargerController: 48V / 20ADisplay: C3 LCD DisplayWeight: 80lbsPedal Assist Intelligent: 0~5 level pedal assistBox Dimensions: (cm) 113 L x 70 W x 84 HTop Speed: 18 mph

COMPONENTS

Tires: CST Tires 20 x 3.0Brake lever: Promax Disc Lever with motor cutoff switchRear Light: TaillightFreewheel: Shimano Tourney 7 speed gear shift systemBrake: EUNORAU Design 160MM Disc BrakesThrottle: Half Twist ThrottleCrank: 170mm forged alloyGearing: Shimano 14-28TFrame Material: 6061 Aluminum AlloyStem: Quick Release, Folding, 28.5mm Clamp DiameterPedal: Aluminum AlloyFront Light: LED lightSaddle: Comfortable SaddleTool: IncludedSprocket: 46T chain-wheel crankRims: 20inch Black Alloy

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Folding Recumbent Trikes – Fold Them Up Take Them Anywhere!

Whether you have storage issues at home or want to travel to the best trails with your recumbent trike but it doesn’t fit in your car, it can be very convenient to have a folding recumbent trike. They come with all the features you love while allowing you to fold them up to fit in the trunk of your car, or store them more easily at home. Here we look at the folding trike, their features, benefits and who they are ideally designed for.

What is a Folding Recumbent Trike?

The folding adult tricycle can be folded down when not in use. This makes it both easier to store and easier to transport. There are folding trikes available to match practically any standard model, including motorized trikes. Many fold up so compactly you can even use them when abroad, or when traveling on the train or bus. This provides more freedom to seek new trails and explore towns and cities to expand your vacation destination possibilities.

Cost of Folding Trikes

Be prepared to pay more for a folding recumbent trike in some cases. Although you might think of the folding trike as compact, and therefore more affordable, they require special mechanisms that allow them to fold. This can add to the cost of the 3-wheel bike for some models. Price the trikes out and if they seem to be on the higher end, ask yourself if you really need a folding recumbent tricycle.

Are there other transporting options? How does this price compare to the cost of the folding feature? Will you have to sacrifice features to find an affordable folding model? How often will you need to transport it? Does it justify the additional cost if there is one? Do you travel with a friend? If so, can their vehicle be used instead of yours to accommodate the trikes?

Who Uses Folding Recumbent Trikes?

For the most part, owners of folding trikes are people who tend to travel more often with smaller vehicles. The length of the trip isn’t what counts but instead the ability to access trails too far off to cycle to. So if you have a smaller vehicle and want to explore new trails either locally or in another state, the folding recumbent trike is an excellent option. However, people who live in smaller homes such as condos with limited storage also benefit from a folding recumbent trike.

What are The Best Folding Recumbent Trikes?

There are many options available to suit just about any cyclist’s needs including:

TerraTrike Traveler: This is the best choice for really small cars, especially if you cycle with a friend or partner. It can fold down small enough to fit two even in a sub-compact and still allows room for other things like overnight bags, picnic lunches, etc. It also offers an excellent ride with features you’ll appreciate like the strong carbon steel frame, direct steering, and disc brakes.

Catrike 5.5.9, Dumont, and Trail: These trikes offer extra features you’ll appreciate if you love taking longer rides. It has not just an extra cushy seat, but also padded wrist rests, and an ergonomic adjustable seatback. You’ll also love the advanced self-centering technology, no-break steering, and convenient rear-view mirror for added safety and confidence.

All Greenspeed Trikes: Greenspeed rules in the world of folding recumbent trikes and are the ultimate smaller trike. If you aren’t big on fussing over folding and unfolding the trike, they are a great choice. They offer a quick-fold design and a quick-release hinge on the frame. People find they can tackle the folding in less than a minute.

ICE Adventure E-Assist Models (also many ICE models): If you love long rides with more controls, this electronic trike is the foldable choice for you. People love the higher, more accessible seating position, and the boost of power when faced with hills on more rugged trails. They use a Flat Twist Fold with an updated handlebar that keeps everything aligned when folding and unfolding the trike. It also offers the types of features cyclists look for including a nice wide cockpit, ergonomically correct seat and a smooth ride.

Considerations When Choosing a Folding Trike

There are four things that become more important when choosing a folding trike:

Make sure you understand how the folding mechanisms work. Have a demo, then try to fold, lift and unfold the trike on your own. You want to make sure you can manage the folding mechanisms and also lift it easily into and out of your vehicle or storage space. Consider how much strain the folding puts on the frame, and also if it will mess with the alignment if not folded properly.

Since you are choosing a folding trike so you can either store it or transport it, you will ultimately have to lift it often. You’ll need to make sure the weight and flexibility of the trike are a good match for your lifting capabilities. It might sound all well and good if it becomes compact, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the trike will weigh less. The average trike weighs about 35 pounds and the average motorized trike weighs about 52. So, fold it and lift it to get a feel for how manageable it is before making a purchase.

This refers to how maneuverable the trike is when folded. Some can’t be rolled, which means they will be harder to maneuver. It goes back to point number two. If you have to depend on lifting and carrying the trike instead of being able to wheel it part of the way, it becomes more difficult to handle.

Just because the trike folds doesn’t necessarily mean it fits anywhere. Be sure you understand the folded size. Although the fold reduces the length, it then makes it wider. Measure the storage area of your vehicle, as well as where you store it at home to make sure it fits.

The folded trike is the ideal choice if you want a trike you can pop in the trunk of your small vehicle and head out to discover new trails, parks and towns. It is also an option if you have a smaller home with limited storage. In some cases a very compact foldable trike even allows you to take your trike along when traveling abroad. For more information about folding recumbent trikes, speak to our team.

Lectric XP Trike launches for pre-order at low cost, folding electric trike

The Lectric XP Trike, which was unveiled with quite a fanfare last month, has now launched for pre-orders at a surprisingly affordable price. The electric trike claims to be the first folding, fully-assembled electric trike in the industry, and it looks set to shake things up for all types of riders.

Lectric XP Trike launches for pre-order

The Lectric XP Trike, which is priced at just 1,499, is built on a similar base as the company’s best-selling Lectric XP series of e-bikes.

It offers a powerful motor, folding design and an approachable price. But in this case, the XP Trike gains a third wheel, a differential rear axle, hydraulic disc brakes and a super-accessible design.

As the company described the new three-wheeler:

“The XP Trike accommodates a wide range of abilities and preferences with our lowest standover height ever of just 13.8 inches. As the industry’s first fully foldable and fully assembled electric tricycle, The XP Trike includes the award-winning features our XP series e-bikes demonstrate, plus a bigger battery, hydraulic brakes, and a third wheel. A sturdy rear hub motor setup with a differential axle provides a whopping 65NM of torque – accommodating even the heftiest of payloads without a problem.”

And they weren’t kidding about hefty loads, as the trike comes with a 415 lb (188 kg) payload rating for rider and cargo. That includes up to 330 lb (150 kg) riders, as well as a max rating of 75 lb (34 kg) on the rear rack and 35 lb (16 kg) on the front basket.

The bike even includes the front and rear baskets as part of a free cargo bundle, though it’s listed as “while supplies last.” The cargo package seems to be part of a launch promotion, so if you’re on the fence but really like the free front and rear cargo baskets, then you may want to consider pulling the trigger on this one before that option is gone.

The XP Trike itself weighs 69.5 lbs with the 48V 14Ah battery, though unlocking and removing the battery can probably get the trike down to around 60 lbs even. That battery is probably larger than most riders will even need, offering around 60 miles (96 km) of range on pedal assist, and probably at least 40 miles (65 km) on throttle-only riding considering the lower top speed of the trike.

The top speed of 14 mph (22.5 km) is obtainable under throttle or pedal assist, though only in the highest speed setting (level 5).

Lower speed levels can keep the trike from getting away from new riders while they get re-accustomed to being back on a bike (or trike).

The single-speed drivetrain means there is no shifter to deal with, though it also precludes having a lower gear to shift into on hills. But with two-wheel drive from a 500W motor that peaks at an actual 1,092W and puts out 65 Nm of torque, hills won’t be a problem.

And I’m not just saying that – I recently visited the company in Phoenix to test out the first XP Trike on a massive hill up the side of a small mountain. It was tough to walk up the road, which wasn’t even a public road, but rather sort of an access road to an antenna at the top of the mountain (I’m not sure public roads are allowed to be this steep). Even so, the XP Trike pulled me up just fine. I was blown away by how much torque it had, even when we added a pile of steel weights into the rear basket to drag up the hill with me. In fact, the road was so steep that I was thankful Lectric outfitted the trike with hydraulic disc brakes so I could make a confident descent. It’s also great to see the the XP Trike has a parking brake, in case you ever need to park on a hill.

Despite that impressive power, keeping the pedal assist in lower speed levels made the power gentle and manageable on startups so that it didn’t feel overwhelming.

I’ll have a complete first ride experience coming soon. But if you don’t mind spoilers, know that I’ll definitely be recommending this trike to those who are looking for an accessible three-wheeler that won’t break the bank. At just 1,499, this is a seriously good deal.

Top comment by tanker

I’m getting one for my in-laws (in their 80’s), likely they will never get 15 mph on their rides, but just having a trike with electric assist allows them to get out and try different things.

It’s been tough to get the older folks outdoors since COVID, they’ve got their indoor equipment to keep active, but just getting outdoors makes a difference.

Electric tricycles have become a growing category in the e-bike world and even a hot new battleground after Lectric eBikes followed Rad Power Bikes’ launch of the RadTrike with their own Lectric XP Trike announcement.

Other companies are also getting into the trike game, though these are definitely the two major players at the moment.

Having ridden both, I can say that the RadTrike felt a bit more stable with an extra wide rear end, though both were more than comfortable in turns and I had to go out of my way to try to get them up on two wheels. With Rad offering what is likely a more elegant ground up design and Lectric coming in with arguably more features (including that key fully-assembled delivery), both e-trikes have strong selling propositions.

I’m definitely excited about the future of electric trikes. Companies like these are pushing the industry forward, and that’s good for everyone.

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Swingtrike: Foldable three-wheeler carves through corners

Getting about on a bicycle is environmentally friendly, great for your health and cost effective. One drawback – particularly for those learning to ride or for whom balance is an issue – is the instability that comes with being on two wheels at low speeds. Tricycles offer a way to overcome this problem, but three-wheelers have their own set of stability issues when it comes to cornering at higher speeds. Like the Deliver-E Trike we looked at earlier this year, the Swingtrike aims to provide a best of both world solution by employing a tilting design that keeps all wheels on the ground across bumpy terrain and through corners, making it safer – and more fun – than traditional fixed frame trikes.

The front wheel drive Swingtrike uses a strong rubber spring between the rear wheels to allow it to rock and sway in a controlled motion while keeping all wheels on the ground.The trike’s track can also be adjusted from 300 mm (12 in) track to 500 mm (19.5 in) to offer more stability for the rider without effecting the lean functionality.

To up comfort levels, the Swingtrike’s to saddle is located 20 cm (8 inches) behind the cranks and the steering bar is in a high position to give the rider a more upright seating position. The ergonomic position also ensures the rider is looking straight ahead, not orientated toward the ground. The seat is 6cm lower (2.5 inches) than on common bikes and the frame height can be adjusted for easier mounting and dismounting.

The Swingtrike has disc brakes all around, 20-inch wheels at the in front and 16-inches in the rear. Its standard three gear system can be upgraded to a Shimano eight gear hub and other options include include a child seat, aluminum carrier, lighting system and mudguards. It’s also foldable for storage and transportation and retails for EUR1,699.

The German company also has plans for electric motor-support (pedelec) as well as some some interesting concept designs for electric tilting three-wheelers.

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There is a Tricycle called Fun2Top in Japen, which have two wheel in the front, each with independent suspension, rear wheel with normal gears, all wheels with disc brake.http://www.waica.jp/fun2top.html

The whole idea about higher weight source around corners is a graat reason for tadpole trike and delta trike design. Tilting wheels are helpful, but the seat height and rider weight are pretty important considerations!

This looks like a clever idea, that has already been solved in a much simpler (and cheaper) way.compare this to most of the tadpole-style recumbent trikes, and it looks overly complex, with a poor basic design.The gearing choices and overall design indicate that this is more of a neighborhood toy than a serious commuting or touring machine.I ride a recumbent tadpole trike regularly (ICE Trice Q), and on most surfaces it will slide before tipping. The secret is in the recumbent riding position, which keeps the center of gravity low, and minimizes wind resistance. I doubt that the Swingtrike will corner any better, thanks to the high CoG.The recumbent seat is far more comfortable than any upright bike I have tried, and with simple polymer-based rear suspension (current models have available polymer front suspension as well) and 20\ wheels all round, ride will be far superior.For about the same price as the trike in the article, I have a machine that can carry 90 liters of stuff optional paniers off the rear rack, has a 27-speed gear set with an 800 % gear spread from low to high, disk brakes up front with a rear parking / drag disk brake, as well as the rear suspension. 20\ wheels all round (as well as on my trailer) mean only one spare tube has to be carried.

TigerTony,Your Trice may be comfortable, but it\’s impractical in city traffic. It\’s way too low, leading to poor visibility for both rider and other drivers. It\’s also difficult to get in and out because the seat is so low. Width at about three feet is also too wide to comfortably share a lane with cars. Center of gravity height is meaningless. The tilting keeps the Swingtrike COG in line with the cornering force, which is why it doesn\’t fall down, just like on any two-wheeler.I\’ve owned and ridden both uprights and recumbents. The problem with the \recumbents are the perfect bicycles\ attitude is that it usually strikes others as arrogant overstatement. And they\’re right. Recumbents have their own drawbacks, which rabid proponents like to omit.

The comment from Tiger Tony is not really helpful. The Swingtrike shown on GIZMAG was designed for elderly people who have balancing problems. Swingtrike offers also sport trikes with rear wheel drive. Please check the pic of the new vehicle on my account. The new model will be on the market in summer 2011.And. by the way: If anybody has really built a tilting three-wheeler he knows that dynamic inclination is definitely impossible with most of the ordinary inventions. I have tried all simple solutions. nothing worked. When you design a tilting trike with a very low seating position you get almost no view to the traffic. If your seating position is high enough (at least 600mm) you soon will get painful contact with the ground. I mean: your seat is located somewhere in the rear and the single front wheel tends to lose grip when inclining due to the additional steering function the wheel has to provide. That’s a situation you want to avoid. So it would make sense to put two wheels in the front. But on a light weight vehicle the main weight comes from the driver not from the chassis. Hence the two wheels have to support the area where the driver is located. Now the Swingtrike offers a patented feature that reduces the steering forces on the single front wheel. As the vehicle starts to corner the two rear wheels. which have maximum grip compared to the single front wheel. start steering according to the inclination. The only idea that competes with the technical stability of the Swingtrike is possibly the Trikke-concept.

There are many folks, especially the elderly, who have arthritic knees or worse, who simply cannot easily get onto a recumbent and would find it almost impossible to get off of one without help. This is the reason why I’m driving a minivan now instead of a sedan and why I had to hang up my beloved Schwinn Moab mountain bike in favor of an Electra Townie. I’d love to try this swing trike, but the 2,000 price is too rich for my blood.

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