Riders of recumbent tricycles all agree they are much kinder to your back, butt, and hands then other bikes. It’s a different kind of trike with a sit
back and grin attitude And,they are just plain FUN to ride.
These are the tricycles that you pedal with your feet in front of you instead of below you.
It's kind of an easy rider look with a much more comfortable seat than a more conventional bike or tricycle. They actually have a seat back so you can lean back and relax.
People that ride them usually love them and seldom ride anything else. I have a two wheeled recumbent that I alternate with my other bikes depending on where I am riding and if alone or with a group. They sure do get a lot of smiles from folks that you meet. Generally, when with a group it's best to use a similar style bike.
When riding recumbent tricycles you can't use your body weight to help you on a climb but the seat back actually helps and makes up for not being able to use your body weight.
The balance is different on the two wheeled version. Think sitting on a fence rail lengthwise vs straddling it. This is probably why most manuf -acturers have gone to the three wheeled design. The three wheeled designs are heavier but they alleviate any balance problems and can be easier to ride. A recumbent tricycle or a semi-recumbent tricycle is a great choice for most boomers.
There are too many configurations to show here. Some have the pedals well in front of the handlebars and others don't use conventional handlebars at all.
Here are a few good choices
The recumbent position of the R-2 trike provides a lower center of gravity for improved stability.
The tricycle has a large sling seat together with backrest and 21 speed index gears.
The Trailmate Fun Cycle is a great name for this bike. What makes it really unique is it has front wheel drive and you steer it with your body. You hang on to the handles on either side and just lean right to go right or lean left to go left.
The Triton Three Wheeled Cruiser is a chainless recumbent tricycle that is extremely maneuverable and is great for active adults. The design is beautifully simple with a really unique steering mechanism and no chain. So, maintenance couldn’t be any easier.
The folding recumbent tricycle, from Greenspeed, is designed as an easily transportable trike that you can fold up to fit in your car or to take up less space in your shed or garage.
A folding electric recumbent
is the latest in the “now anyone can ride” category. Not only is it
pedal-optional, it has the sit back and grin feature of a recumbent, and
seats two riders.
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