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Why is a 3 wheel bike a better option than a normal 2 wheel bike?
Before talking about the 3 wheel bike itself: Cycling is simply great for your health!
It has, among other things, positive effects on the psyche, the brain, and the heart. These positive health effects should not be underestimated, it is therefore important to choose a bike you enjoy using everyday!
Buying a good bike is also good for your wallet. It means daily and long-term savings: especially if you replace daily car journeys with cycling. You also save a lot of time: no more waiting in traffic and wasting valuable time and nerves.
A 3 wheel bike has all of these perks and many more. Let’s have a look!
Advantages a 3 wheel bike has that a normal bike doesn’t have!
As mentioned above, there are additional perks to a 3 wheel bike that normal 2 wheel bikes don’t have.
The first one is stability:
When riding a 3 wheel bike you don’t have to have good balance like when riding a bicycle.
Three wheels allow the bike to be more stable which means you maintain your balance better. You can therefore ride, get on and off without worrying about falling! Even on hazardous roads, when you cross a wet street, ride on gravel surface, etc.
The second one is comfort:
Besides, it is safe to say that many bike saddles aren’t too comfortable… However, a 3 wheel bike usually has a seat that is! The three wheels allow the bike to have a seat rather than a saddle. This also helps stability, reduces pain, pressure and discomfort that can happen while riding a bike.
The third one is that you can ride at your speed:
Thus, thanks to the third wheel and the seat, you don’t have to worry about maintaining your speed. Even when riding up a steep hill. Its stability allows you to avoid tipping over and hurting yourself.
Unlike a normal bike, you can ride up a hill as slowly as you need!
Lastly, the fourth on is that it’s easy:
If you are a beginner or aren’t used to riding a bike you probably aren’t bothered with performance. You just want to enjoy cycling. However, riding in a city can be quite difficult, you have to be aware of a million things. Cars, taxis, buses, other bikes, signs, but also keeping a good balance. This can cause a lot of anxiety!
That’s why a 3 wheel bike is a great solution for you. All you have to do is enjoy the scenery. Although you still have to keep an eye on what is going on around you. You can get to your destination without being overly tired or in pain!
To sum up, a 3 wheel bike is a perfect option for people who want to enjoy cycling without thinking about performance! Beginner, expert, adult, teen, tricycles can be an option for everyone!
There are many types of tricycles and it is not always easy to know which one to choose. That’s why we have created a little guide!
3 wheel bike: types you should choose according to your needsAs we said above, a 3 wheel bike can be a great option for everyone. But which ones are there and for who?
For all ages:
First, we can talk about the type that probably appears in your mind when we say “3 wheel bike”: the classic tricycle.
The classic tricycle has two rear wheels and offers all the qualities listed above: stability, safety, comfort… It is suitable for all ages. If you are looking for stability while still staying fit and in control this is the type to choose!
There is also the electric tricycle. Almost every tricycle model can now have an electric drive that allows you to reach 15.5mph or 25 km/h (according to the EU regulations on e-bikes). Electric tricycles are proven to be beneficial for cyclists of all ages. Damaged roads can be tackled easily even if they are slightly uphill, windy or if you need to start quickly.
However, you still need to consider that an e-trike is more expensive than a trike. You need to think about how often you will use it and on what types of roads before choosing an electric 3 wheel bike.
For seniors, choosing a suitable bicycle is particularly important. A 3 wheel bike can be a good solution. Often, muscle strength is not at its best and/or you have difficulties keeping your balance.
Nowadays, brands offer special seat equipment that ensures a safe and comfortable experience. The adjustable seat with a forward pedalling system allows you to easily ride without over-straining or pulling a muscle.
A recumbent 3 wheel bike could also be a good option if you have muscular problems. It reduces arm and shoulder pressure as it is closer to the ground.
And if you still think that you’ll struggle, you can always go for an electric tricycle! Check the different types you can choose from and why here !
Many different types of adult tricycles exist and all of them can also be electric! You can choose a bigger or smaller bike with a suitable saddle to easily get on and off.
Two front wheels:
An alternative to a normal tricycle is a tricycle with two front wheels. On this type of tricycle you will have a better overview of the width. You see the larger part of the bike at the front. Partly because of the high saddle which ensures an upright position. You can therefore take turns easily! In this case, you can easily carry loads such as your dog or your children. We’ll show you how this is possible in a moment. The only drawback: you probably won’t be as comfortable as on a normal 3 wheel bike with two rear wheels. This is because as said before, they often have saddles.
Folding trikes, as its name suggests, have a folding frame which makes it easier to store or travel with. This type is ideal for people that live in small apartments and don’t have enough room to store their bike.
If you want a bike that is very comfortable but you still want to go very fast. The recumbent tricycle is the best option. It allows you to ride in a semi-reclined position which is very comfortable and reduces straining. Thanks to this aerodynamic profile you can ride very fast! The only drawback: it is much lower than a normal bike. You have less visibility and need to be capable of paying attention to everything that is happening around you.
For people with learning, physical or sensory impairments:
Tricycles are made for everyone and that includes people with learning, physical or sensory impairments.
The Dutch company Van Raam, the German manufacturer Pfautec and Benur from France have designed special models. They have several options for people with physical disabilities. Some of them can even be ridden by two people!
There is also a British company called Tomcat. Twice Queen’s Award Winner manufacturer of disability trikes. This supplier has created and engineered solutions to help children and adults safely explore the world outside. No matter their challenges. They offer child, teen, and adult trikes that adapt to your needs. Such as supervision, propulsion, trailers, easy access…
According to the Tricycle Association, riders with a wide range of disabilities and difficulties have found that a tricycle has given them greatly increased mobility and independence!
AddBike+: having a 3 wheel bike doesn’t have to be expensive
Another 3 wheel bike option exists. It is for people who want to keep their beloved bike but want to carry a child, a dog, or other loads.
What if we told you that you could just replace your bike’s front wheel with a frame to transform it into a cargo bike?
Believe it or not, this is possible thanks to the AddBike+. This is a less expensive way to make a 3 wheel bike out of an ordinary bicycle. Without having to part with your bike!
This reversible system can be adapted to almost any bike on the market. Including electric bikes. (if the motor is not on the front wheel!) And it is designed for carrying different types of loads for everyday travels rides in urban environment thanks to its wind, sun and rain resistant fabric.
Cool, isn’t it?
You can choose different kits depending on what you want to carry:
The Carry’Box Kid
This module allows you to transport a child up to 3.30 ft/1.20 m tall. The steel frame provides protection. It is an ideal solution for parents with their child who travel daily by bike. And also like to be able to keep an eye on their child without having to turn around to do so.
You can even add a child seat to the back of the 3 wheel bike if you need to carry an extra child!
The Carry’DogNever travel without your furry friend again! The module is suitable for dogs up to 3.30 ft/1,20m sitting down or 77 lbs/35 kg. There are side reflectors and other great features like the built-in leash, the foldable bowl, a pocket for its toys… This way you can go on an incredible adventure with your doggo!
The Carry’Box, was designed to make it easier for you to transport any type of load (shopping, personal belongings, or professional loads).
This box can be assembled on the AddBike+ thanks to its metal structure and its textile cover. The resulting carrier can hold a volume of up to up to 110 litres or 77 lbs/35 kg. This module is the largest of the three modules created by AddBike. Which makes it the ideal solution for bulky loads.