The Older Crowd
Advantages of The 3 Wheeled Recumbent Bike
- Spreads the weight: Standard upright bicycles or trikes, focuses your body weight on two small sit bones, the hands, and the feet. A recumbent bike, with its reclined seating position focuses weight on the rider’s bottom, back, legs and feet, effectively spreading the weight.
- More aerodynamic: 3 wheeled recumbent bikes have a lower level of gravity and a triangular shape to cut through the wind. This results in less drag and as a result it is less taxing on the arms or legs, depending on the model you have.
- Speed: Having the body positioned so low to the ground really makes a huge difference in speed, especially in windy conditions.
- Balance: For many older riders, or anyone else for that matter, not having to worry about balance is a big plus.
- Adaptability: Can be adapted to people with disabilities.
- Hard to see in traffic. Flags can help you overcome it.
- On hills, you can’t stand up to gain leverage or power. Gearing should allow for you to overcome this.
Advantages of The Upright 3 Wheeled Bike
- Better visibility in traffic. The higher seating position allows more visibility above car hoods and other obstacles.
- Step through design for easy mounting and dismounting
- Bicycle stores love you, much more availability of parts for easy repair. Also are easier to work on.
- Typically more cargo area.
- Built to last.
- Less efficient than a recumbent.
- Upper body weight is placed on the rear end and hands the same as a normal bike.
- Typically built cheaper than a recumbent.
A Lot of Choices – The Best 5
With what seems like hundreds of different configurations, styles, prices and types of 3 wheeled bikes out there, it’s almost counterproductive to state that any bike is better than another. It depends on your individual needs. With that in mind, here are some different options:
Small trike with a lot of personality. Designed to be easily transported so you can fold it up to fit in your car, or take up less space in storage. It is quickly folded with only a 6mm hex wrench and one quick-release for the frame hinge.
What to Use it For
This bike is great for weekend warriors, commuters, or even assisted touring. Available in small and standard sizes, it’s easy to find one that fits. With a weight limit of 265 lbs, it accommodates most people with ease. $2,690
Easy to ride for adults and kids with easy adjustments. Think of it as a more affordable version of the tadpole design. Sturdy and stable. $499.00
The new Mission SOLO has been specially designed with a low step over of only 6 inches from the ground making it easy to mount and dismount. It’s proven to be very popular with the elderly and physically challenged. The Mission SOLO helps to raise the independence of disabled people and achieve a greater sense of self-worth. It’s ideal for those little shopping trips with a large basket on the rear to carry groceries. $820.
This is the basic 3 wheeled bike for beginners which might remind you of the trike you had as a child. It’s also the most affordable at only $269.