A three-wheeled bike is commonly called a trike, and for many adults, a trike is a vehicle for children learning to ride. Doing a cursory search of adult trikes online will show that these human-powered vehicles come in an extensive range of styles and designs. There are many options for an adult three-wheeled bicycle, so how do you know if this type of bike is right for you?
One way to determine if you would be better suited on a bike or a trike is weighing the pros and cons for both types. For this article, we will only be discussing the pros and cons of three-wheeled trikes.
A tricycle offers riders exceptional stability and balance. You do not need to maintain forward motion to help balance. This pro is excellent for those with balance issues and for those who do a lot of mellow city/town riding.
When riding a two-wheeled bike up a hill, riders must keep a certain amount of motion to stay the bike upright. With three-wheeled bikes, riders can shift to a low gear and sit comfortably while peddling.
Adult trikes are also great for transporting gear or cargo. Frequently, businesses prefer three wheels for cargo bikes and utility bikes. Baskets are placed in the front or back of the trike, which allows individuals to safely and efficiently move heavy gear. Many businesses use cargo bikes to replace cars and vans.
A cargo bike is bigger and heavier than their two-wheeled counterparts. You need to have extra space to store the bike safely. If you live in a walk-up apartment, it could be challenging to bring your trike in and out.
A broader wheelbase makes turning more difficult. A bike can quickly maneuver itself, whereas a cargo bike cannot. A three-wheeled bike needs more space to turn than a traditional two-wheeler.
If you have more questions about which type of bike is best for you or your business, do not hesitate to reach out to us.