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Turning a Tricycle: Don't Make this Mistake! How to Turn and Adult Trike

Tips for turning your tricycle. Watch your rear tires around the turn.

Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry, and today we're gonna talk about watching your rear tires when turning a tricycle. All right, right here I've got two of our awesome electric tricycles, our Simple Step-Thru, 750 watts with the 20-inch rear, and 24-inch front. You've got an optional seat in the back, or you can put a basket on the back. And our EZ Transit foldable e-trike, which is also a 750-watt. We've also got tons of other YouTube videos walking through all the details and information about these trikes. Now, I've done a lot of videos with first-time tricycle riders, and electric tricycle riders, and I've taught a lot of people how to ride a trike. Getting onto a tricycle is much different than riding a two-wheel bike. Now, just takes a little getting used to. Most people figure it out after five minutes, 10 minutes, an hour, or at least one day of riding, but it's much different. And something that I see is when people take turns, they forget that they've got a wide body in the back here versus being on a two-wheel bike. So when they take that first corner, they go a little too close to the curb sometimes, and that rear near wheel on the inside ends up hitting the curb and maybe elevating the wheel. So it's like driving a U-Haul, right? And you've all of a sudden got that big rear end in the back. You got to take that turn a little bit wider to make sure the back clears. The same is true on a tricycle. When you're coming, you can't cut that corner. You got to come out, get the front wheel past, and then go around to ensure that those rear wheels are clear. Now, another great option is you could put some rearview mirrors on here. Now, you'd have to have them pointed down to see the actual rear end of your trike, but that is an option as well.

But just know, you've gotta take that turn either wider, stay farther from the curb, or make sure the front end of your trike is cleared before you turn around. Now, the cool thing also on a trike is it's a zero-turning radius in that you can go all the way past the curb and then go like this and basically the rear end is gonna follow and the bike will still stay balanced. You don't have to cut the corner like this like you would do on a two-wheel bike. You could really come up past the curb and then just go around like this, right? Then you can safely clear those two rear wheels in the back. My dad is a good example. I put him on an electric trike for the first time. He got the steering with no problem, but actually, he wasn't mindful of how the width in the back was wider than a two-wheel bike, and he cut the corner just a little too much. The rear wheel popped up, thank goodness he went back down and balanced, but it just takes getting used to, it just takes awareness. You have to be aware that it's different, and once you come to terms with that and you're okay with it, riding it is simple and easy. But just make sure if you're jumping onto a three-wheel bike for the first time, you think about that as you take your first turn or your first corner. Now, any other questions or thoughts on riding a tricycle, please pop them below. Also, don't forget, linked in the description below is our e-trikes.

We also have regular trikes. You can check them out on our website, We also have a 30-day test ride your bike or e-bike policy. If anything happens in the sorry, if you don't love your bike or e-bike in the first 30 days, send it back, no questions asked, no money out of your pocket. In addition to that, we're gonna warranty everything for one year on your bike, e-trike, or e-bike. If anything happens, we'll take care of it, parts and labor. Lastly, there are two great ways to connect with our community, our Facebook group is called sixthreezero Pedalers, and there are thousands of members in there. Jump in before you have your bike, ask existing riders how they like theirs, then when you have yours, post in the group, make friends, and then download our app in the Google Play Store or iOS, just type in sixthreezero, and you can track your rides on the app, post in the group, and also see on the leaderboard who's logging the most miles on a weekly basis. Alright, so thanks for sticking around and don't forget, it's your journey or experience, enjoy the ride.


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