Calgary's recumbent trike store

Why Ride a Trike?

Other than sheer fun there are many reasons why riding  a recumbent trike is preferred over a traditional upright...

  • Spreading your body weight over a much larger area than on a conventional bike explains “recumbent comfort”.
  • A much more comfortable seat reduces or eliminates back, neck, shoulder, and butt pain ~ even the next day.
  • No wrist pain, wrist pressure, or numb hands from bearing your weight
  • Eliminates prostate pressure in men. 
  • Smaller frontal area means better aerodynamics which have allowed recumbent (bikes) to set every bicycle speed record. (86.50mph / 139.45kph)
  • The heads up position lets you enjoy the scenery instead of the grit on the road.
  • In the event of an accident, there is a shorter distance to fall and the rider will fall feet first instead of head first.
  • The high seat back allows you to leverage more pedal power by pushing with your back against the seat. Human power is maximized under these conditions.
  • The feet up position is more physiologically efficient because the body can circulate blood more effectively, providing more oxygen to the muscles.
  • They are virtually impossible to flip forward (endo).
  • Better stability – loose gravel, sand, ice, tire blowouts, etc. will not send a trike crashing to the ground.
  • Ride during the winter – better stability equals much safer riding!
  • Do you have trouble balancing? No problem with a trike.
  • No need to drop a foot off the pedal in tight turns to protect against wipeouts.
  • Leaning into the turns makes cornering on a trike fun. They handle like a sports car or go-cart – with practice you can even brake-steer.
  • Pull up to a stop and never put your foot down on the road.
  • No wasted energy balancing the trike on those slow steep climbs.
  • Easier to track a straight line while climbing
  • If needed you can stop and rest on a climb without tipping over.
  • More respect from motorists, they slow down and give you a wider berth when passing – primarily out of sheer curiosity.
  • No need for a kickstand or leaning post. Just apply the parking brake (s).
  • Great platform for attaching accessories.
  • Instant celebrity status – you may be the first person in your neighborhood with a trike – people will know who you are.

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