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Best Adult Tricycle

Three-wheeled bikes for men and women

3-wheeled bikes are great for older riders, riders with disabilities and those who just don't feel confident on a 2-wheeler. And then there are those who just think trikes are cool! Whenever I travel in Scandinavia I see lots of tricycles, they are used for general transport and carrying things around, instead of buggies for young kids, and by people who wouldn't be able to manage with a normal 2-wheeler.

I'd love to see 3-wheeled bikes more widely used in other countries. I don't drive a car myself (hard to believe in today's car-centric culture) so I'm always on the look out for alternatives that will help me get around.

If you're looking for a great value tricycle for a teenager or adult rider then this page can help you find a good match. I've included a great electric trike too for those who need a bit of extra help.

Best 3-Wheeler

We've chosen the Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle because it gets so many positive reviews and the price is affordable.

The RRP is $400 but Amazon usually have it on offer below that - click through to check the price. Shown here in blue, this 3-wheeler is also available in Cherry Red (see below).

Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle Features

* Single-speed, 3-wheeled bike with lightweight aluminum step-through frame

* Rear hand brake and front linear pull brake for reliable, sure stopping

* Alloy rims with stainless-steel spokes and smooth-riding tires

* Comfortable padded spring cruiser saddle; upright handlebars

* Folding rear basket is perfect for picnics or storing groceries

Adult Tricycles Overview

A quick preview of the main trikes we're going to look at, whether you want a regular 3-wheeler, a folding model or an electric version with extra zip when you need it.

Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle Reviews

These extracts are from reviews by owners of the Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle.

  1. "providing me the opportunity to bike ride with my grandchildren."
  2. "sturdy, stable and extremely easy to ride."
  3. "he puts his little dog in the basket and they could stay gone all day long if the seat were just a little more comfortable."
  4. "I BOUGHT AN ADULT TRICYCLE FROM AMAZON...SCHWINN, MERIDIAN.....THE BEST MONEY I EVER SPENT"

Improve Comfort with a Padded Saddle

Schwinn Meridian Problems

What are the issues?

Two problems are commonly mentioned by owners of the Schwinn Meridian:

1. The assembly does require some skill. Some owners have had no problems at all, others have had to ask someone more mechanically skilled to assist. If you are buying this tricycle for an elderly or disabled relative then make sure that someone is able to assemble the trike for them.

2. Damaged packaging and sometimes a bent fender. Amazon customer service has been able to resolve issues, but if you are buying for a birthday or other special event then it's best to order in advance so you don't have a last minute panic.

Adult Trike Accessories

You'll probably want to add some accessories to your trike to customize it to meet your needs. Consider how you will store your trike at home and when you are out and about.

A cover is handy if you'll need to store your 3-wheeler outdoors. Consider a lock for when you need to leave it somewhere. You also want to make sure you're visible so maybe a bicycle flag and reflective clothing or stickers.

Think about comfort, safety and security.

Who uses Adult Tricycles?

Older people, disabled, balance problems, dog owners

Adult Tricycles are popular with quite a range of riders. One common group is older cyclists who no longer feel confident on a two-wheeler. There are some lovely stories of grandparents and even great-grandparents being able to cycle with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I love that idea!

3 Wheelers are also good for bikers who have balance or stability problems due to disability or illnesses such as stroke and Parkinsons. This applies to all age groups from teenagers up.

Dog owners are another group that loves Tricycles. Smaller dogs can ride in the basket at the back. Bigger dogs can get plenty of exercise as their owner keeps up for longer distances.

And then there are those who are just Tricycle fans! There is something rather cool about a Trike. They are very popular in Scandinavian countries with all age groups and abilities, and why not :-)

What do Adults use their Trikes for?

Picnics, Dog walking, Shopping, Factories

Many people use their trikes to run everyday errands. The basket means that you can store a good amount of shopping.

Leisure rides are common too. A lot of active cyclists buy adult 3-wheelers for their partners who are not confident on a 2-wheeler. This means they can share leisurely cycle rides on cycle paths or in the country. The basket means there's plenty of room to take a picnic too.

Businesses also buy trikes to allow workers to get around quickly and carry small loads. Much more stable that two-wheelers and riders are easier to spot.

Dog owners love to take their dogs with then - puppies and little dogs ride in the basket.

Teenagers who are unable to ride a 2-wheeler will enjoy having a bike that they can ride to join in with their friends. Lots of kids who aren't stable on a 2-wheeler can manage a trike.

Other Adult Tricycles we like

Westport Folding Tricycle for Adults

Adult Folding 3-Wheeler

3-Wheelers are big! This can be an issue for storage and transportation. If you have limited space or need to transport a trike in a vehicle then a folding 3-wheeler is probably your best option.

The Westport Adult Folding Tricycle is well-loved by its owners. The folding feature makes it easier to store and transport.

Whoosh!

Fold and Go 3 Speed Electric Trike

An Electric Tricycle

This tricycle has a battery-powered motor so it's great for riders who need a bit of help to get around. Those who live in hilly areas will need that help a little sooner.

Having the backup of an electric motor can give riders the confidence to travel further and attempt longer journeys. It can be used as a regular pedal bike so you can still get plenty of exercise.

Why are you considering a 3-wheeler?

What's your reason?

  • It's for a senior citizen who wants to be able to get some exercise
  • It's for an older child or teen with balance or coordination issues
  • It's for someone who has experienced an illness or injury that makes cycling harder
  • It's for someone who has never cycled and is nervous about using a regular bike
  • It's for someone who just likes to take it easy!
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 Last updated on September 11, 2014

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Comments - Did you like the tricycles? 20 comments

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bamajaw 3 years ago

Great lenses.


Edutopia 2 years ago

A few summers back my friends and I started doing casual distance rides and a friend wanted to come along but had no bike. After looking around for one to borrow all he could find was a trike like on here. Poor guy.

But then the next week when we wanted to haul a bunch of stuff down to the park for the day he got the last laugh so it all evened out, haha.


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Countryluthier 2 years ago

I love em! I may be sporting one of these in my golden golden years. I think this was a really nicely done lens. Blessed by the COUNTRYLUTHIER.


anonymous 2 years ago

Interesting lens!


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Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha Level 4 Commenter

Yes, I would absolutely ride one for sure. :)


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poorwendy lm 2 years ago

I wouldn't mind trying one of these.


anonymous 2 years ago

These are kinda boring. Anyone know anything about Urbantrikes?


anonymous 2 years ago

Uh-huhhhhhh!! actually , I am preferring quadricycles for its stability.. I like to make sharp turns so four wheels is best! Amazon.com is offering quadricyles for really cheap and they are funky looking though!


anonymous 2 years ago

@anonymous: you ought o look at quadricycles at Amazon! Cool!@


anonymous 23 months ago

where can i buy this tricycle and how much does it cost


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safereview 22 months ago from Kansas City

Very nice lens... I enjoyed it!


anonymous 20 months ago

@anonymous: Try Di blasi r34 sold by bike mania.biz. It folds like a transformer toy and not boring at all!


anonymous 20 months ago

Very good lens. Thanks for sharing this with us.


giftito 18 months ago

Hi, great lens

Thank you for sharing :-)


anonymous 18 months ago

I am not old, disabled, or fearful. I just want to carry more than I can on my regular bike. There would be room for my weenie dog too and less chance that she'd be hurt in a spill.


anonymous 16 months ago

I so so want one!!! Iwant to buy one I would be pleased with ridin around on one! !


anonymous 16 months ago

I do. Where would they get repaired if something broke?


anonymous 16 months ago

Please clarify...you can ride w/out use of battery right? How do you switch to e bike once in motion?


anonymous 15 months ago

I didn't see enough options here. There are versions by Schwinn, Miami Sun, Worksman, Torker, Manhattan, Trek, Kent and Summit. I would like to know the total weights, step-through heights and pluses and minuses of the different styles of handlebars. Are any particularly "tippy".


Carolin 3 weeks ago

I owe a Belize Capri trike , i couldn't be happier!


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