Why Ride A Trike?

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Why Ride a Recumbent Trike

The many reasons recumbent cycles are preferred over traditional uprights include the following:

  • Spreading your body weight over a much larger area than on a conventional bike explains “recumbent  comfort”.
  • A much more comfortable seat means less back, neck, shoulder, and posterior pain compared to a conventional bike.
  • No wrist pain from bearing your weight.
  • Smaller frontal area means better aerodynamics which have allowed recumbents to set every bicycle speed record.
  • The heads up position lets you enjoy the scenery instead of the grit on the road.
  • In the event of an accident, there is a shorter distance to fall and the rider will fall feet first instead of head first.
  • The high seat back allows you to leverage more pedal power by pushing with your back against the seat.  Human power is maximized under these conditions.
  • The feet up position is more physiologically efficient because the body can circulate blood more effectively, providing more oxygen to the muscles.
  • They are virtually impossible to flip forward (endo).
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We prefer trikes because they have all of the recumbent advantages mentioned above plus the following three-wheeled benefits:

  • Stability – loose gravel, sand, ice, tire blowouts, etc. will not send a trike crashing to the ground.
  • Ride during the winter – hitting a patch of ice is fun on a trike.
  • Do you have trouble balancing?  No problem with a trike.
  • No need to drop a foot off the pedal in tight turns to protect against wipeouts
  • Leaning into the turns makes cornering on a trike fun.  They handle like a sports car or go-cart – you can even brake-steer on a Trike.
  • Pull up to a stop and never put your foot down on the road
  • No wasted energy balancing the trike on those slow steep climbs – this is the reason that trikes are  better climbers than two-wheeled recumbents.
  • More respect from motorists, they slow down and give you a wider berth when passing – primarily out of sheer curiosity.
  • Easier to track a straight line on the side of a road – no need for wobble room during a steep climb in traffic.
  • No need for a kickstand or leaning post.
  • Less road friction/tire scrub from a rider’s side-to-side balance shift (wobble).
  • Instant celebrity status – you may be the first person in your neighborhood with a trike – people will know who you are.
  • Great platform for attaching fairings and accessories.
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The Fringe Benefits

  • Cool, Fun and Green!
  • Great conversation piece.
  • Be a part of “our club”.
  • Environmentally green.
  • It turns the head of everyone you pass.
  • When you pass a “bike guy” on a racing bike, you can see how annoyed he is that he spent more money and is enjoying it less.
  • All your friends will want to try it out (and everyone else too).
  • Endorsed by the Michigan Association of Chiropractors.
  • How many things do you own that are just plain COOL?

Serving Leduc, Greater Edmonton, Northern Alberta and North Westen Canada

(This Info has been gleaned from http://www.laidbackcycles.com)

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