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The top 7 benefits of riding a tricycle

Written by Fiona

September 21 2020

A tricycle can be the perfect piece of equipment to get you out and about and enjoying the outdoors in a safe and comfortable way. 

The history of the tricycle reaches back a long way in history, to a time when it was invented as a means of getting around easily when carrying heavy loads. The tricycle is also great for children, before they learn to ride a two-wheeled bike, and for people with a range of disabilities, both physical and mental.

Tricycles are accessible to a wide range of people

One of the biggest benefits of tricycles is their accessibility. Compared to a normal bicycle, they provide so much more stability and safety. This is important for young children, the elderly, those with mobility issues or those who do not feel confident riding a two-wheeler. 

So, why do tricycles offer more stability? Tricycles usually have much bigger and sturdier wheels than normal bicycles, and they have three. So, with balance on your side, it’s very unlikely you will topple over while riding a trike. 

Just choose your road or path and head off for a ride.

Tricycles are easy to ride 

Because they are significantly more stable than a standard bicycle, tricycles are much easier to ride. Also, they are lower to the ground, which means that while climbing uphill, riders don’t need to keep the same forward leaning motion to gather momentum. Instead trike cyclists just lower the gear and climb with ease. 

They also provide great comfort when riding, which makes cycling a much smoother and enjoyable experience. There are a range of different seating options, too, and one of the most popular options in recent years is the recumbent trike.

Tricycles help with coordination and muscle strength 

Like a bicycle, riding a tricycle ensures you’re working many of the muscle groups in your body, which makes it a great low-impact aerobic activity. The legs, back, shoulders, arms and abs are all used at different times when cycling.

Trikes are also great for improving coordination. When riding a tricycle you will be required to using your eye-hand coordination in a more concentrated manner, this is mainly due to having to look out for obstacles when riding. It means you need to focus on the actions you are taking on your trike. 

Tricycles are great for the environment 

This is an obvious one, but an important one. Like bicycles, tricycles are a form of transport that is very low impact environmentally. You could even choose an electric tricycle as an alternative form of transport car, especially for longer distances and commutes.

There are many tricycles available to choose such as, Jorvik Tricycles and Jorvik Electric Tricycles, which allow you to ride with less effort. 

Tricycles allow you to be more social 

This is particularly important for older people or people with mobility issues who may feel restricted in where they can go and when. A tricycle is great for getting around, whether it’s short distance or long distance, whether you’re just popping to the shops or meeting your friends at the café. You can ride a trike and chat to your friends at the same time.

There is also a large tricycle community in the UK and there are many tricycle social media groups ready to be joined. These groups are great to get to know people with a similar interest in tricycles, or for finding out the best tricycle routes in your area. They also provide a sense of belonging to those who may not see their friends or family that often. 

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