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Are You Scared of Riding a Tricycle? Why You Shouldn't Be: Adult Trike Safety Tips

Are you scared of riding a tricycle? I'll explain why you shouldn't be. Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry, and today we're gonna talk about if you're scared to ride a tricycle, and why you shouldn't be. All right, I've got three sixthreezero electric trikes here, our Simple Glide, our Easy Transit, and our EvryJourney Rickshaw. Now, I read a lot of the comments on our YouTube videos, and I have a lot of firsthand ride experience, and I see a lot of riders who wanna get tricycles, e-trikes, but they're scared, there are also stories of riders tipping, falling over, and struggling to adjust to a tricycle or an electric tricycle. Now, I want to explain a couple of reasons why these things may happen, and then also why you shouldn't be scared. Now, tricycles are different than two-wheel bikes, and a lot of riders who move into buying a tricycle are not prepared for how different they are from a two-wheel bike. And I think a lot of riders come in with overconfidence and they don't give themselves enough time to adjust and get used to how a tricycle steers and rides differently than a two-wheel bike. So, you probably hear horror stories of people tipping, or falling over. Now, on the flip side, those same stories exist for two-wheel bikes as well. There are accidents that occur, unfortunately, That's the nature of anything, including cars. However, there are ways to be prepared and reasons why you shouldn't be scared if you take the proper precautions. So if you are scared and you're going to get a tricycle, there are a couple of different things to think about. Number one, when you get a tricycle, give yourself time to get used to it and ride in very open spaces. You want open spaces so you can get used to turning, get used to the trike, get used to how it handles so you're familiar with it. Number two, if you have a fear, don't go on hills, don't go on angles, stay on flat ground. Now, ideally, you probably take your trike all over.

I can take my trikes all over. I ride on hills, I ride everywhere. But if you're scared, if you stay on flat ground, in controlled environments without hills and angles, you will feel and be a lot safer on your tricycle. So control your environment, choose the right environment, choose the right trails, and ride so you're not putting yourself into circumstances that may put you more at risk. Now thirdly, tricycles are safe, it's mostly just getting used to it. I've witnessed a lot of first-time riders get on a trike and the first thing they do is zoom off, thinking that they know what they're doing, and then what happens is they end up veering somewhere, they're not used to the steering, and they crash or they run into something. Now, if you're scared, that's good. Prepare yourself, ride, practice. The other thing is go slow, right? Don't speed off, go slow, get used to it, get used to how to control the turns. I have lots of videos on our channel detailing how to turn trikes. How to drive trikes. How to ride trikes. Watch all those videos so you can get comfortable and prepare yourself. So when you hear horror stories or if you feel like, trikes tip, remember that there are ways you can prepare yourself and be ready so you're not experiencing what somebody else is experiencing. Because what I find is a lot of people don't take the time to practice and prepare and get used to a tricycle. It may take you two days, a day, or two hours, or it may take you a week, two weeks, three weeks, or four weeks.

But trust me, if you're someone who can no longer ride a two-wheel bike and you're thinking about a tricycle, it's worth the effort, especially now with electric tricycles because there are so many options that can keep you moving your legs and moving your body. But just understand, you may not just jump on and immediately pick it up, but don't be discouraged, right? When you first learned to ride a bike, it didn't happen overnight. For some of you, it might have. For others, it may have taken weeks or months to learn. Just like driving a car. You don't just get in a car and all of a sudden know how to drive. You practice, you get better over time. I think too many people think in their head, if I can't do this right now, something's wrong with me and I'm gonna tip it and it's dangerous and I don't feel safe, right? So don't judge the tricycle based on your first encounter. And I've witnessed it firsthand. Many riders feel discouraged after the first time. They feel afraid. And then after getting up, moving, I coach them a little bit. They get used to it more and more. We have some videos on our YouTube channel where you see first-time riders getting used to riding a trike and ultimately loving it once they figure it all out. So, tricycles are different than two-wheel bikes as you learn and prepare and understand, you'll be safe. There's no need to be scared. But again, take your time, ease into it, and do it at your own pace so you can feel prepared and safe when you're out there on the open road.

Now, if you have any other questions at all about riding a tricycle, reach out to us at, or call us, at 310-982-2877. We also offer a 30-day test ride, your e-trike or tricycle policy. If you don't love it in the first 30 days, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket. In addition to that, we warranty everything for one year. If anything goes wrong in the first year, we take care of its parts and labor. Lastly, two great ways to connect with our community, are our Facebook group and our app. Download the app to track your rides and compete on the leaderboard, and also join our Facebook group to connect with other sixthreezero riders before you purchase. Then when you have yours, post in the group and make friends, it's a lot of fun. So thanks for sticking around and don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.


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