How to Select Adult Tricycles

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Adult tricycles exist in two basic formats. These include the delta, which has two wheels in the rear, and the tadpole, with two wheels in front. A wide variety of adult tricycles are available in both formats for prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars. Adult tricycles also come in motorized versions. Selecting the best tricycle for you will involve Internet research and visits to tricycle dealers for test rides.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Determine Your Needs

  1. 1

    Prepare a budget for your tricycle purchase.

  2. 2

    Stick to your pre-set spending limit when researching tricycles. Browsing tricycles you cannot afford can be disheartening.

  3. 3

    Decide if you will use your tricycle for more than pleasure riding. Load carrying tricycles are available for work uses.

  4. 4

    Look into recumbent (reclined seat) tricycles for long rides. Recumbent tricycles take the stress of long distance riding off of your back.

  5. 5

    Jot down a few reasons you wish to buy a tricycle. Motorized tricycles won't help you get exercise.

    Review Your Capabilities

  1. 1

    Limit your choices to upright tricycles if you are having trouble with mobility. Recumbent (reclined seat) tricycles require a stronger ability to balance than traditional upright trikes.

  2. 2

    Test ride a few tricycles to see which style suits you. Tadpole and delta style tricycles handle differently.

    Browse the Internet

  1. 1

    Visit specialty sites such as to find the largest variety of tricycles. This makes comparison shopping easier.

  2. 2

    Select a tricycle category. Traditional, recumbent and motorized tricycles are all available.

  3. 3

    Consider folding tricycles for easy storage and transportation.

  4. 4

    Peruse the various heavy-duty tricycles used to haul goods. Some can haul up to 450 pounds (including the weight of the rider).

    Consult a Tricycle Specialist

  1. 1

    Ask a tricycle dealer for her opinion. Specialists can give you tips on how to select the best tricycle for your needs.

  2. 2

    Tell the tricycle seller your budget, and stay within it when you select your tricycle.

  3. 3

    Read tricycle information from experts at Bike Mania. Click on the "Hints for New Cyclists" button on the home page to see the latest tips.

Tips and warnings

  • Know your inseam measurement (the distance from your cuff to where your pant legs meet). This measurement is used when determining the correct tricycle size.
  • Tricycles handle differently than bicycles, so you will need some practice.
  • Adult tricycles are generally more expensive than traditional bicycles.

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