How do You Make it Stop?!

In all likelihood, nobody has ever asked you this before.  You’ve put your heart and soul into learning to make your Trikke go.  You’ve worked your way from being stiff as a board and grinding to a halt after a few yards to being able to carve flowingly mile after blissful mile.  Then you stop to talk to a curious passerby on the trail, the one who is admiring your unique ride and asking the inevitable questions of, “What is that?” and “How do you make it go?”  You explain with enthusiasm what a carving vehicle is, how much fun it is to ride, and how much weight you’ve lost with it.  Then you turn back to your Trikke to give a quick demo, only to find it has gotten a mind of its own and started rolling back down the trail you came from.
It’s ironic just how easily a Trikke will go when you don’t want it to.  If you ride a steel-frame Trikke or an older model T8 or T12, you’ve probably experienced this frustration at least several times when you’ve stopped to take a break.  Or you’ve watched the Trikke tip over because it just doesn’t like to stand still.  Fortunately, there is a simple solution for this.  Any Trikke can be upgraded to use the same locking brake levers currently available on the T8’s and T12’s.
Installing them is easy, and will take about 10-15 minutes.  The hardest part is getting the handgrips off, which can be done with the aid of either compressed air or soap and water.  Loosen the old brake levers with an allen wrench, and slip the cable out of the notch it rests in.  Slide the old levers off the handlebars, slide the new ones on, then reverse the process to re-attach the brake cables and re-install the handgrips.  (This would also be a good time to replace your hand grips if you so desire.)  When adjusting the new brake levers for easy reach, it is a good idea to tighten them enough to hold them steady, but enough that they can be rotated slightly if you apply some force to them.  This also lets them flex instead of break should you drop the Trikke.  (Thanks go to Preston Hewitt of Trikke Virginia for this tip.)
Brakes Locked
Brakes Unlocked
You can now lock the brakes when you stop your Trikke by holding the levers and pressing the spring-loaded pin down.  To release the brakes, simply squeeze the levers then release them.  It’s as easy as that.  Your Trikke will stay obediently wherever you park it.  You’ll also enjoy the higher-quality feel and good looks of these metal brake levers.  I recently installed them on my T78 Deluxe and have found them to be a must-have accessory.  Now that I’ve solved the “how do you make it stop dilemma”, I can return to the age-old pursuit of learning to “make it go” even better.

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