A handcycle can be defined as a bicycle or tricycle that is powered by arms instead of legs. Although a wide variety of handcycles exist, most are being built with three wheels—two coasting tires and one steerable powered front wheel. Besides being called handcycles, they are commonly referred to as handbikes (even though they usually have three wheels). Below, we will be going over a list of different handbike styles. Knowing the main differences allows riders to find a handbike that is more conducive to their body and riding habits.
- A fork steer style bike is the most commonly sold variant. The bike is easy to use for those who have suffered from high- and low-level spinal injuries. The cycles come with adjustable footrests, seat angle, and tire configurations for the intended use (racing, touring, recreation).
- Lean steer versions turn by leaning into turns. The cycles have a learning curve when first riding and they are less stable at high speeds. Those with lower-level injuries frequently use the handbike, but athletes with high-level disabilities use them too.
- Off-road handcycles do what the name says: they go off-road. The design is different, and two wheels are in front while the other is in the back. The bike has lower gears and can go many places regular hand cycles cannot.
For more information on different hand-powered trike bikes, give Worksman Cycles a call. We also sell a full line of cargo bikes for business and recreational use.