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Anybody know about adult three-wheelers?(5 posts)

Anybody know about adult three-wheelers?Cory
Mar 22, 2001 9:56 AM
My dad's 81 and very active, but he has balance problems that keep him from riding a bike. He'd like to get a three-wheeler for exercise and neighborhood transportation.
I'll do a Web search, but I know diddly about those things and I'd like to find one that's not junk. Has to be fairly good-sized, too--he's 6'3", with some knee problems so he can't pedal all scrunched up. Any information will help.
Thanks
re: Anybody know about adult three-wheelers?Akirasho
Mar 22, 2001 11:00 AM
Don't have any firsthand experience, but you should try http://www.recumbents.com

They have a forum where many questions about trikes (both recumbent and uprights) could be answered. They also list many makers that specialize in ummmmm specialty vehicles.

Most of today's upright trike market probably lies in the utility market (for factories and such) and are generally heavy and ill fitting. Custom might be the way to go.

Be the bike.
With great reservationMaillot Rouge
Mar 22, 2001 11:32 AM
Check out http://www.worksman.com/ . Worksman bikes are used extensively in industry such as in large auto plants. I used to maintain a fleet of about 1000 of the HD industrial trikes at the Mitsubishi Plant in Normal, Illinois. The workers beat the hell out them and they broke frequently. The quality wasn't great, they used a lot of Wald parts. It sounds like yur dad abuse the trike as much as the bored UAW guys did so it should hold up. It may be something you want to check out.
Just bought oneDog
Mar 22, 2001 1:08 PM
Just bought one for my mother-in-law, who is about to turn 80. She grew up riding a Bianchi in Italy, and until she broke her arm 2 years ago, rode her 'normal' bike every day. She swore she'd never get on one of those 'old people bikes,' but she has given in now, missing the riding too much.

I got a 3 speed Torker bike, bright red with a big white basket on the back. I removed the basket before I even took it to her. The quality on this one isn't that great, about the equivalent of a $150 discount store bike. But, it does have the Shimano 3 speed rear. Cost $349 at an LBS.

Not sure how it would work for a larger rider. It seems pretty small. However, I as setting it up for her at 4'10".

Doug
re: Anybody know about adult three-wheelers?zelig
Mar 24, 2001 4:30 AM
They are still popular in England, both upright and recumbent. In fact they still have races for the upright category. Unfortunately, most of the upright stuff is custom but if you're looking for something fancy, let me know and I'll email you some manufacturers numbers and addresses. Otherwise, the sites from other poster's should be helpful and some of the bigger manufacturer's continue to make three wheelers which are probably better suited for your father.