Is it hard to learn how to ride a Trikke?

Most people can learn the basics of carving in under an hour. Children often hop on a Trikke and make it go intuitively, while adults benefit from having other riders or trainers to help them. Your next few outings will help you learn the nuances of carving as you build your endurance, and the last thing you will learn is how to climb hills. In fact many carvers claim they are always learning new techniques which is one of the sport’s appeals.

Where can I ride my Trikke?

Finding great places to ride is part of the adventure of Trikking, but certain factors must be considered in selecting a location. Trikkes require dry, smooth pavement or concrete that is free of debris, major cracks, and potholes. Trail width is important too, as the slalom motion requires more width than bicycling. A good rule of thumb is to find a trail at least twice as wide as a typical sidewalk. For climbing hills or negotiating heavy trail traffic, even more width is better.

Trikke Universe maintains a database of rider-submitted trails, parks, and other locations that are known to be good for Trikkes. You can search the database here, and if you have a favorite trail of your own, don’t forget to add it.

How fast do Trikkes go?

For BPV’s, the top speed depends on the ability of the rider. The better your carving technique and the stronger your muscles the faster you will go. Beginners tend to ride between 4 to 6 mph, while more experienced carvers cruise at 8 to 10 mph. Some very fit and capable riders reach speeds in the mid-teens, and it goes without saying that you’ll pick up even more speed going downhill.

Top speeds of electric models vary, and Trikke Tech posts the following specs on their website:

  • Pon-e 48V: 17 mph
  • Pon-e 36V Lite: 15 mph
  • Freedom: 15 mph
  • Colt: 13 mph

How far can you ride a Trikke?

You can ride a body-powered Trikke as far as your level of fitness will allow. Beginners will find that a mile or two is all they can manage, while those who ride regularly typically range from 5 to 30 miles. If you’re used to biking, a good rule of thumb is to say your average Trikke ride will be about 1/2 to 2/3 of the distance you normally cover on your bicycle. The shorter distance is due to a combination of the Trikke’s slower speeds and greater fatigue because you are using your whole body to power it. Avid riders often ride half-centuries (50 miles) and centuries (100 miles) just like their bicycling counterparts.

The ranges of electric models depend on factors such as speed, rider weight, and whether a trail is flat, uphill, or downhill. Riders can extend the posted ranges by carving manually as well, but Trikke Tech posts the following flat terrain ranges on their website:

  • Pon-e 48V: 20 miles
  • Pon-e 36V Lite: 15 miles
  • Freedom: 11 miles
  • Colt: 6 miles

Can body-powered Trikkes go uphill?

They sure can! However, a rider needs to develop good strength and technique before venturing away from flatter terrain. Climbing hills requires a more aggressive “punching” technique and also requires more width for carving side-to-side. As such, climbing hills is usually the last skill Trikke riders learn, but many embrace the challenge as a measure of their progress as a rider.

How can I learn to ride a Trikke?

Your best bet is to find a Trikke Certified Trainer who is specially trained to help beginners. Local riding groups also have capable riders who are eager to help new riders. In fact many groups will lend you a spare Trikke so you can try it before you buy it. If you have the time and money to travel, the Trikke Academy is a great experience to learn under the supervision of multiple Trikke trainers. It is also a great way to make friends with fellow riders.

Am I too old to ride a Trikke?

NEVER! Most Trikke riders are between the ages of 40 and 70, but there is no upper limit. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are avid Trikkers at the ages of 92 and 89 respectively. Older adults are drawn to Trikking for its benefits as a no-impact exercise that is easy on the joints, leaves no saddle sores like biking, and helps improve balance. Learning a new skill like Trikking is also a great way to keep your mind sharp at any age. Many older riders enjoy Trikking so much that they affectionately dub it their “fountain of youth.”

Do electric Trikkes have any exercise value?

YES! For starters, they can be ridden with the same manual technique as a body-powered Trikke. This is actually better exercise because electric Trikkes weigh more and thus take more effort to propel. But even riding on electric power alone can be beneficial to many people. Riding will help develop your balance, and you’re still expending energy leaning into turns. People recovering from injuries or dealing with disabilities have often credited electric Trikkes with giving them a lighter level of exercise that is within their ability to perform.

What should I check before riding my Trikke?

As with any sport, safety comes first so be sure to do a through pre-ride check of your Trikke. Be sure the tires are inflated to 80 to 100 psi. Under-inflated tires are the most common cause of a Trikke that “just won’t go.” Adjust your handlebars to the proper height (between your waist and navel) and be sure they are clamped tight. Check all bolts for tightness and brakes for proper adjustment.

Are Trikkes reliable?

Trikkes are reliable vehicles, but like all things mechanical they occasionally require repairs. The most common repair involve new tires and tubes. Tube punctures do happen, but less often than on bicycles due to the Trikke’s thicker tires. More commonly the tire treads will wear down and require a new tire. The front tire wears out the most quickly, and you can expect to replace it about 2 to 3 times as often as the back tires. Another typical problem requires what is called a “head compression” to keep everything in the steering column tight and rattle-free.

Do Trikkes require regular maintenance?

Compared to bicycles, Trikkes are simple to maintain because they lack the complexities of a chain, gears, and shifters. Routine maintenance involves maintaining tire pressures, checking bolts for tightness, adjusting brakes, and keeping bearings lubricated.

Where can I get my Trikke repaired?

If you’re fortunate enough to live near a Trikke dealer, you can take any repair issues to them. Certified Trikke Trainers are also taught repairs and maintenance as part of their certification process. They can handle any of your repair needs, and odds are there are at least a few in your area. Riding groups typically have one or more members who would be happy to help you. Even bicycle shops can help you out, particularly if the repair involves tires or brakes. Many Trikkers learn to do their own maintenance and repairs as most work is not difficult.

Do I need to wear safety gear for riding a Trikke?

You’ll want to take care of yourself as well as you take care of your Trikke. Always were safety gear, which starts with a helmet, gloves, and sneakers with good grip. Some riders opt for knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards too, especially when first learning. If you’re going to ride in traffic, wear brightly colored clothing. Night riding will require reflective clothing and lights on your Trikke. You’ll work up a sweat so bring plenty of water, and remember the sunscreen on bright days.