When I had to give up cycling because of joint issues, I was worried I’d never be able to get back on the saddle ever again. But how wrong I was! Buying and riding a tricycle has been a breath of fresh air and has undoubtedly helped me to stave off old age for just that little bit longer! There are no two ways about it – riding a three-wheeled bike (of the adult variety) can be one of the most enjoyable and fun pastimes for those that enjoy cycling, but unfortunately, are no longer able to ride a standard bicycle due to health reasons.
But it’s not just those who can’t ride traditional bikes that are enjoying the benefits of a tricycle; there are countless amounts of people who have ditched their two-wheeler for its three-wheeled counterpart (and I don’t blame them!).
In today’s article, we’ll delve into the world of three-wheeled cycles and offer up some expert advice on using a tricycle and how to make the most out of it during your rides. We know that making the change from two to three wheels can be a little frightening to some, so we’ve written this to make the transition that little bit easier.
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Top three tips for riding a three-wheeled bike
1) Getting on and off: I’m sure you’re thinking ‘Do people really not know how to get in a three-wheeled bike?’, and although it may seem like an obvious and straightforward thing to do, some people do struggle with it. Why? Because the seat position of a tricycle is different from that of a standard two-wheeled bike, i.e. it is both lower and cannot be tilted like the saddle on a traditional bicycle.
So how do you get on safely? Simple. Firstly, hold down both of the brake levers, so the bike remains stationary as is unable to move; once the bike is secure seat yourself comfortably on the saddle and only release the brakes when you are seated correctly and feel safe. To get going simply use your foot to push off.
2) Plan ahead: Being aware of the road or path that you’re riding on, other bikes, vehicles and pedestrians is paramount to ensure as safe a ride as is possible. This is even more important when making turning or changing directions on your tricycle. Doing so is different when compared to a regular bicycle, as two-wheeled bikes prefer to be ‘on an edge’ when turning, whereas tricycles do not (and it is dangerous!). You do not need to lean into turns; merely keep your weight low and central and allow the handlebars to do all the work.
Remember, the turning circle of a tricycle is larger than that of a traditional bike, so ensure that you factor this in when making turns.
3) Uphill climbs: This is one area where tricycles most definitely have an advantage over bicycles. When riding a threw-wheeled bike, your weight is lower to the ground; therefore, when riding uphill the chances of the bike tipping backwards is almost impossible. This means that you don’t need to maintain a certain speed while climbing as you’ll remain stable regardless of the velocity you’re travelling.
However, don’t forget that tricycles weigh more than bicycles, so you’ll need to either put extra effort into climbing the hill or take off a few gears to make the ascent as easy as possible.
We hope you found that informative (and entertaining, perhaps?!). If you have any feedback, please let us know.
Oh, and don’t forget to visit the website linked at the beginning of the piece if you’d like further information on tricycles.
Thanks for reading!