I’m going, to be frank, I don’t own a tricycle. I own an adult trike, and it’s pretty nice. But because I don’t quite have the spare cash for the high-end models with all the bells and whistles out there, I thought it best to find out what is does and doesn’t have, so you can decide for yourself.
Table of Contents
- What are the benefits of an adult tricycle?
- Difference between an electric tricycle and a regular tricycle
- What is the weight capacity of an adult trike?
- Do you need one with an electric tricycle?
- Do you need a low step over height?
- Are there any extra features you should look for?
- How much should I expect to pay for an adult tricycle?
What are the benefits of an adult tricycle?
Here are some benefits of owning adult tricycles:
1) It’s easy to transport: the trike folds down into a compact size, making it easy to stack in the trunk of a car.
2) All you have to pay is for gas, which is pretty cheap if bought during low-price times. Being able to make regular trips can be a great way to exercise and use up calories, losing weight, and toning muscles. People who are able to exercise on their tricycles tend to have better physical health and report having more energy.
3) You can take your dog with you on a bike, so long as it can perch itself well. I know that a lot of people like to ride with their dogs, and a tricycle is one of the easiest ways to do so.
4) Rides can be fun: If you’re able to get an adult trike for a good price, riding around town is enjoyable. However, even if you buy the best tricycle in the world, riding one is still cumbersome. If you have problems with your balance, or if you tend to feel light-headed when riding, it wouldn’t be the best option.
5) You can ride with confidence: When I used to own a tricycle, I was very nervous about riding one around town. It was always an effort to get up and start riding again. My hands were sore from holding on so tight. After practicing a lot, I got more relaxed about my bike and was able to ride more easily. You never feel like you’re in danger, but it is quite an adjustment.
That’s about it. Of course, all of the benefits that I mentioned are based on having a bicycle that is truly well-made. It’ll be easier to ride around the park and enjoy your trips if you feel safe and balanced.
Of course, there are a lot of reasons why people would want to get an adult tricycle.
Difference between an electric tricycle and a regular tricycle
The main difference between an electric tricycle and a regular tricycle is power. Electric wheelchairs have a motor to push the chair. Electric tricycles, on the other hand, have a motor to propel the bike, so it can be ridden faster than it would otherwise go and help up in “hills” better since you don’t need strength for pedaling. Good brands of electric tricycles are Trike Motors, A&D Mobility, Fury Mobility, and Handicap Mobility. They have good-quality tricycles.
What is the weight capacity of an adult trike?
The weight capacity varies wildly from model to model, but most adult tricycles are rated between 300 and 900 pounds. I have one that I can use on the beach, and it’s rated for a maximum of 600 pounds. Other adult trikes are made for hauling and may be able to hold over 1000 pounds. Finding the right weight capacity should be a major factor in your decision if you want to use your trike for hauling.
For me, a 600-pound weight capacity works fine. I’m approaching the upper limit of it, but it’s still safe and I can use it for hauling other than just myself.
See also: Adult Tricycle Weight Limit
Do you need one with an electric tricycle?
I have a trike that has an electric tricycle and it’s pretty nice. It has variable speed settings and is capable of speeds up to 12 miles per hour.
They may not have the highest top speeds, but they’re still fast enough to get out of trouble if the need arises.
Do you need a low step over height?
I think a low step-over height is important, especially if you plan on taking your kids out for a ride. I have kids, and one of the things I like most about my adult trike is the low step-over height. It makes it easy to get my kids on and off the trike without me having to struggle.
If you have a trike using regular pneumatic tires, I would definitely consider it. Low step-over heights are necessary for an adult trike that is going to be used as a kid hauler.
Are there any extra features you should look for?
There are a few other features that you may want to look for, but they will run out of the price of the trike and might not be things that would make your purchase dependent on it.
Things like shocks, electric pedals (like on a bicycle), wide seats, and the ability to carry a passenger could all be nice additions depending on your needs. If you’re looking for a trike for hauling or just general use, then these things may end up being deal-breakers.
How much should I expect to pay for an adult tricycle?
Adult tricycles vary wildly in price from $100 bucks to well over $1,000.
There are pros and cons to both ends of the spectrum. You can find some really cheap tricycles, but they will probably be low quality and won’t last too long. I’ve purchased some cheaper trikes in the past, and I haven’t been impressed with them at all. In the end, you get what you pay for.