What is a Recumbent Trike?
A recumbent trike, or tricycle, places the rider in a laid-back reclining position with the added advantage of high stability. This enables the rider’s feet to be placed comfortably in line with their body allowing the legs to provide maximum power generated against the seat and not dependant on lifting handlebars or needing to wear padded pants.
In a recumbent trike, the rider reclines into a comfortable seat which provides plenty of support for the back and buttocks. The rider’s weight is spread over a large area as opposed to a normal upright bike which focuses the body weight on an often small seat as well as on the feet and hands.
Tadpole refers to the trike having the two wheel up front as opposed to two wheels at the rear and a single wheel at the front. The tadpole style gives much greater stability in cornering and heading down hill especially on unstable ground (gravel etc). Tadpole trikes are generally shorter than their counterparts as they require longer overall bodies to maintain some stability.
Recumbent Trike Benefits
A recumbent trike provides many benefits to the rider. Recumbent trike benefits include:
- support for the back, buttocks and neck. This is especially essential for people with back and neck problems.
- comfort – the reclining seat supports the body which means less stress in the back, neck and shoulders. Also, the hands and wrists are not supporting the body as they are on an upright bike.
- body weight is spread over a larger, more comfortable seat which means no more ‘saddle soreness’ as often experienced on an upright bike.
- improved aerodynamics. Recumbent riders have a lower frontal area which reduces air resistance. This means riders expend less energy having to overcoming air resistance than traditional upright bike riders.
- less balancing required. With three wheels on the ground, the rider feels securely supported. This makes trikes the perfect vehicle for everyone, including people with disabilities.
- low speed stability. Unlike an upright bike, trikes maintain their stability at slow speeds.
- resting support. Riders are able to relax and come to a complete stop with ease, not having to worry about dropping their feet off the pedals as they have to on a two-wheeled upright bike. A recumbent trike provides a lounge chair in the outdoors! What more could you ask for!
- speed. A recumbent trike holds the world speed record for a bicycle!
- low and light. Queensland Recumbent trikes are often low to the ground which means in the event of an accident, there’s a shorter distance to the ground … not that anyone really wants to do this in the first place!
- easy to ride. Recumbent trikes come with a wide range of gearing which enable riders to pedal smoothly over a variety of surfaces and inclines/descents.
- the high seat back provides more leverage when pedalling as the rider can push with his/her back against the seat.
- the feet-up-position is more efficient as it allows the body to circulate more oxygen-rich blood to the muscles.
- can be fitted with one or more power driven wheels.
- can tow a trailer for camping gear, a canoe and alike.
- you can ride to your fishing spot, pop up an umbrella and throw a line and all staying seated.
- ride to the footy or soccer with the kids and your seat arrives with you.
- with up to a 40 kilo capacity rack you can take home lots of shopping.