Why Ride a Recumbent Trike

The many reasons recumbent cycles are preferred over traditional uprights include the following:

  • Spreading your body weight over a much larger area than on a conventional bike explains “recumbent comfort”.
  • A much more comfortable seat means less back, neck, shoulder, and posterior pain compared to a conventional bike.
  • No wrist pain from bearing your weight.
  • Smaller frontal area means better aerodynamics which have allowed recumbents to set every bicycle speed record.
  • The heads up position lets you enjoy the scenery instead of the grit on the road.
  • In the event of an accident, there is a shorter distance to fall and the rider will fall feet first instead of head first.
  • The high seat back allows you to leverage more pedal power by pushing with your back against the seat.  Human power is maximized under these conditions.
  • The feet up position is more physiologically efficient because the body can circulate blood more effectively, providing more oxygen to the muscles.
  • They are virtually impossible to flip forward (endo).

Why ride trikes?

We prefer trikes because they have all of the recumbent advantages mentioned above plus the following three-wheeled benefits:

  • Stability – loose gravel, sand, ice, tire blowouts, etc. will not send a trike crashing to the ground.
  • Ride during the winter – hitting a patch of ice is fun on a trike.
  • Do you have trouble balancing?  No problem with a trike.
  • No need to drop a foot off the pedal in tight turns to protect against wipeouts
  • Leaning into the turns makes cornering on a trike fun. They handle like a sports car or go-cart – you can even brake-steer on a TerraTrike.
  • Pull up to a stop and never put your foot down on the road
  • No wasted energy balancing the trike on those slow steep climbs – this is the reason that trikes are  better climbers than two-wheeled recumbents.
  • More respect from motorists, they slow down and give you a wider berth when passing – primarily out of sheer curiosity.
  • Easier to track a straight line on the side of a road – no need for wobble room during a steep climb in traffic.
  • No need for a kickstand or leaning post.
  • Less road friction/tire scrub from a rider’s side-to-side balance shift (wobble).
  • Instant celebrity status – you may be the first person in your neighborhood with a trike – people will know who you are.
  • Great platform for attaching fairings and accessories.

Why ride TerraTrikes?

Our TerraTrikes have all of the recumbent advantages and trike advantages mentioned above plus the following benefits:

The Products

  • Clean, simple, sporty designs.
  • All kinds of built-in adjustability without the need to alter the chain length on most occasions.
  • Custom slung mesh seat with recline and forward/back adjustments.
  • 3 to 27-speed drive-trains with wide gear ranges.
  • Schlumpf speed drive option for you gear fanatics.
  • Ackerman and center point steering geometry for high speed stability
  • Fine component packages.
  • Less weight to push around than most other trikes.
  • The low center of gravity makes you feel like you’re driving a Ferrari.
  • Under-seat steering hand position means no more aching wrists and arms.
  • All three wheels are the same size – no need to carry two sizes of spare tubes and tires.
  • Wide range of accessories.
  • Top notch TIG welding quality.
  • Green solution to fuel free transportation (Why pay high gas prices?)

The Company

  • American company. TerraTrikes are developed, assembled and shipped in Kentwood, Michigan, USA.
  • TerraTrike is an established, proven company that has been in the business of making trikes since 1996. We love it and we’re not going away.
  • Personalized customer service.
  • You speak to an actual human when you call us.
  • You can speak directly with the manufacturer and order from us or through a dealer.
  • Lifetime warranty. We are very responsive, easy to talk to, and we stand behind our products.

The Price

  • The price is hard to match and the value can’t be beat.  You can explain to your spouse how much money you are “SAVING” by buying a TerraTrike.
  • Lowest shipping and handling charge in the industry. We can ship fully assembled trikes to your house.
  • Mail ordering directly from us means no Michigan sales tax if we’re shipping outside of our state.
  • 30 day risk free test ride on your roads and trails.
  • Cheaper than gas.

The Fringe Benefits

  • Cool, Fun and Green!
  • Great conversation piece.
  • Be a part of “our club”.
  • Environmentally green.
  • It turns the head of everyone you pass.
  • When you pass a “bike guy” on a racing bike, you can see how annoyed he is that he spent more money and is enjoying it less.
  • All your friends will want to try it out (and everyone else too).
  • Endorsed by the Michigan Association of Chiropractors.
  • How many things do you own that are just plain COOL?