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Buying an Electric Tricycle - 3 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Purchasing

Hey everyone. I'm Dustin and today I'm going to tell you three things I wish I had known before buying an electric trike. Stick around.

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Behind me, I have the SixThreeZero electric tricycle, which is available in four colorways that you see behind me and I ride one of these and there are three things I really wish I knew before getting an electric trike, so let me tell you what they are.

Number one. Trikes and electric trikes ride differently than electric bikes. That is really important to know. If you've never ridden a tricycle before, or if you're someone that only rode a tricycle when you were three, four, or five years old, and you've just been on a bike most of your life, when you get onto a trike, especially an electric trike, I think it's really important that you're prepared for the experience that you are going to have on an electric trike.

What I say, when I say they ride different, they feel different, it is a completely different experience. The way you turn. The way you accelerate, decelerate, and also what this type of mobility, what a tricycle is capable of, versus a bicycle is totally different.

One thing I'll point out is how you turn is a little bit different. You want to lean into your turns on tricycles. On bicycles, if you're going fast enough, you can take your turn, not worry about it. Now these are the kind of things when you first get on an electric trike, they may concern you a little bit, or you may feel like, how am I ever going to get used to riding this thing? But I will tell you, once you start to understand the way you move your body, the way it feels, it will become second nature.

But I wish I had known that before I got back on a trike because the first thing you do in your head is you, judge, "Oh my God. I can't do this." Or, "Oh my God, this feels so crazy." In fact, we made another video with seniors riding electric trikes for the first time and you'll see that the first time people get on the trike, it feels different and they're not used to it because a lot of adult riders have spent most of their time riding on two wheels. And for whatever reason now they're choosing a trike, albeit for errands or they have balance issues, or just in general they want to be safer, so it feels different.

You need to lean into turns as I said. You can accelerate out of turn. You want to be more careful going down very steep hills on a tricycle, because you need to brake a lot more weight, to name a few. It's going to accelerate slower. You're dragging more rubber. So again, it's important that when you get your electric tricycle for the first time, don't judge it based on it being a two-wheeled bike and also give it time. As you get comfortable with it will become second nature. It's just like when you learn to drive a car or ride a bicycle. It was uncomfortable at first because you didn't understand the nuances of how you turn and all of those different elements, but once you get comfortable, it will feel great.

Now, the second thing I wish I had known is all tricycles, all-electric tricycles, are not created equal. What I mean by that, in this case with the SixThreeZero electric trike, we have the capability for pedal assist and full throttle, meaning you can have the motor assist you when you pedal, or you don't have to pedal at all. You can simply push the throttle, which is located up here, and the bike will do all of the work for you. Not all electric trikes are going to feature this option. So, you have to think about what is most important to you. Would you like to have that option of the throttle? Do you not care?

In the case of our electric trikes, it doesn't cost any extra. It's simply adding a little plastic piece here to connect the throttle to the motor, so you can control the motor here with your thumb, not just with the pedal assist. So, that's important to remember.

In addition to that, there are different things that make the SixThreeZero trike stand out from other trikes but for you, think about what is most important and what you really need. In our situation, we have a very low step-through, upright riding position, so if comfort is important to you, and reducing body pain on your rides is important to you, the SixThreeZero electric tricycle would be a great option.

If speed is something that's really important to you or going off-roading on a tricycle is important to you, there are going to be better options for that. If you're going to do a lot of time riding around in the dirt, or it's going to be primarily a utility trike, maybe you're driving it around a farm or a ranch towing things, you might want thicker tires, shorter tires, and maybe a very large motor.

So again, not all electric trikes are created equal. What we're talking about here with the SixThreeZero electric trike is comfort, practicality, ease of getting on and off, and a general all-purpose great around-town electric trike. But if you have more specific needs, make sure you do your research because there are electric trikes out there that may fulfill those needs.

Now, the last thing I wish I had known before I bought an electric trike is I didn't realize how much fun they would be, honestly. I say that because a lot of people turn to a trike or an electric trike for practicality, meaning they lost their balance or they just want to be safer and they don't want to be on two wheels for the fear of crashing.

I will say two wheels, three wheels, four wheels, it doesn't matter. Trikes are so much fun, especially electric trikes. The reason I love it and I have one in my garage, in addition to having other two-wheel bikes, is it's such a different experience.

Number one I can get on here. I don't have to worry about balancing it all. I don't have to worry about tipping over or keeping the bike upright. Also, it's just so enjoyable. I can push the throttle like this. It just goes. I actually choose this when I really do not want to keep my balance. I just kind of want to have fun, throw some stuff in the back, and ride to the beach. That's what also makes it fun you can take your dog so easily.

If you actually check out the SixThreeZero Pedalers Group on Facebook or Instagram, we've posted photos. A lot of people put their dogs in the back. You can hook up a baby seat to this as well. So, there are just so many different types of uses and different things you can do. We've also had a lot of fun with the electric trike here at our office by putting somebody in the back. I don't recommend that but that option is there. So yeah, I mean, I think if you're turning to an electro trike and there's a practicality reason for it, don't be discouraged. Don't think, "Oh, I'm not on two wheels anymore." This is so much fun. I love it and honestly, I look forward to getting on this for rides. But I will say, when I was looking to buy a trike, I was a little worried about the stigma at first, but I can tell you right now, not anymore.

In addition to that too, having the power makes it that much more fun, where you can just get up and go. Again, I'm not doing anything. I'll just back up for you here. Actually, I'll do a quick loop and you can see how easy that is. And again, I'm leaning into the turn-on trikes and I can go ahead and park it right here and there you have it.

So, if you are in the market for an electric trike, those are the three things I wish I had known before I bought my electric trike, my SixThreeZero electric tricycle, which is available in teal, cream, navy, and matte black. You can check it out on

Number one. Not all trikes... Actually, number two, not all trikes are created equal. Number one was trikes are different than two-wheel bikes. They're going to ride differently. They're going to feel differently and it may take you a little time to get used to it. Number two, not all trikes are created equal. Make sure you find the right trike for your riding needs. There are options out there. This is a great all-purpose, comfort trike that can do a lot of different things for a lot of different people. And number three. Trikes are so much fun and if you thought they wouldn't be, I recommend giving it a try and getting out there and going for a ride.

I hope that helps. If you have any other questions at all, please comment below. We'll get back to really fast or you can shoot us an email. The team at or call us at (310) 982-2877. Don't forget, if you are in the market for an electric trike, visit our website you can also take our body fit quiz on the website and we can recommend the perfect bike or trike for you. Or if you just know you want our electric trike, visit our website. You can see these bikes on there.

In addition to that, we have a 90-day test ride your E-bike policy. If you don't love your bike or trike within 90 days, your E-trike, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket. And on regular bikes, nonelectric, we have a 365-day test ride your bike policy, so we want to guarantee that you love your bike.

Lastly, be a part of our community, either before or after your purchase, and own a SixThreeZero, before you can download the app and join the Pedalers Group. It's a great place to connect with our current riders, hear their experiences, and ask them questions about their electric trike or any of their bikes, so you can get more information before you purchase.

Then once you have your trike, you can log your miles on the app, be a part of the competitions on the app, win prizes, and of course, log miles to help us achieve our People Pedaling goal for this year, 150,000 miles.

I think that is it. Thank you again for sticking around and don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.


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