Laid-back Mickey here and today we are going to go over how to choose a recumbent trike. And you know what, sometimes you think it could be hard but let's make it easy. There are three w's that you want to ask yourself when buying a trike:
1) Why do I want one?
2) Where am I going to ride it? and,
3) What do I plan to do in the future?
That way you don't waste any money by buying something that won't meet your future needs. You want to make sure that you meet your needs today and the needs of next week or next year. Why do you want a recumbent trike over a two-wheel bike anyway? A lot of people say, “I want something stable” or “I want something comfortable” and so that's why your first question is why. It could be because of a bad knee, bad back, bad hip, or it could be a ton of different things. I found out that there's always a reason why people want a trike over a two-wheel bike. A lot of it is stability and comfort, but it could be something different for you. The next thing you want to ask yourself is where are you going to ride it? Are you going to ride it in your neighborhood? Are you going to ride it on the streets around town? Are you going to ride it on a bike trail? Or maybe you want to take it across country. Where you will ride your trike is an important question to ask because different trikes will suit different needs. Some trikes will suit only some people while other trikes will suit all. But there's definitely some that will not fit if you're going to do a lot of hills, or if you're going to go on longer distances. For those, you're going to want more gearing or you're going to want a motor. So, where you ride is very important when it comes to choosing to become a recumbent trike. You also want to know, what you plan to do in the future. A lot of people get on a trike and they say, “this is comfortable, and it met my comfortability need” or “this is very stable, and it met my stability need.” Next thing you know, you aren’t going three or five miles, but you could go 20 or 30 miles now because you're so comfortable and stable. Maybe it has a motor, so it helps you get up places that you normally wouldn't go. What you plan to do in the future is just as important as what you're going to do this week when you get your trike.
The next thing you need to ask is "Am I able to get in and out of this trike?" You should ask the questions:
1) Is it too low for me? and,
2) Is it higher than I want to ride for that speed?
Determining if you like low, medium, or high is another feature that you're going to look at when buying a trike. There are some trikes that are pretty low, and some people can't get that low and then there are some that are pretty high, and you can't go around or turn really fast when it's that high. So sometimes you just want something that can cruise and something that you can tour with. So, low, medium, and high seating are very important when choosing a trike. Another important question is “how are you going to transport that trike”? Luckily there are many different ways to transport your trike. You can put it on a trike rack that goes on a receiver hitch on your car or truck. If you have an SUV or a hatchback, a lot of them will fit in the back of a hatchback or SUV. If you want to do multiple trikes, then you’ll want a double rack for your car. Another option is that you can get folding trikes. So, there's a lot of things to think about.
So that is how you choose a recumbent trike. Now I know there are a lot of trikes to choose from and it could be a little confusing. So, once you ask yourself why, where, and what you plan to do, you can give us a call or email us and ask more questions. We will be glad to help you finish choosing your perfect trike. Laid-back Mickey here and thanks for watching this video. We'll see on the next one.