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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, and it is therefore important to choose a bike that you enjoy using in everyday life!
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.
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:
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. Bumpy or damaged roads can be tackled much more easily even if they are slightly uphill, if it’s windy or if you need to start quickly.
However, you still need to consider that an e-trike is more expensive than a trike so you will have to think about how much you will use it and on what types of roads you will ride before choosing an electric 3 wheel bike.
For seniors, choosing a suitable bicycle is particularly important and so, 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 because 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 !
For adults:Many different types of adult tricycles exist and all of them can also be electric! Depending on your size, you can choose a bigger or smaller bike with a suitable saddle to easily get on and off. 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 because 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 is that you probably won’t have the same comfort as on a normal 3 wheel bike with two rear wheels 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 is that it is much lower than a normal bike so you have less visibility, you 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 with 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 all 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 expensiveAnother 3 wheel bike option exists 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:
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!