There are various types of tricycle to suit different people’s needs. When planning to buy your first trike, you might find all the different brands, designs and models a little overwhelming. Here are a few pointers to help you familiarize yourself with tricycles.
Delta vs. Tadpole
These two terms may seem new to you, but they are actually fairly easy to differentiate. A delta tricycle has two wheels at the rear while the tadpole has the two wheels at the front.
Upright vs. Recumbent
There are two forms of tricycles; upright and recumbent. An upright trike is similar to a children’s tricycle, with the rider remaining in an upright position, whereas recumbent tricycles place the rider in a more reclined position. There are many designs of recumbent trikes, some of which are fairly tall and some of which are quite low.
Tandem vs. Sociable
A Tandem Trike is designed to be ridden by more than one person, with the riders seated from front to back. Trike where the riders are seated side by side is called sociable trike.
Generally, upright tricycles tend to be cheaper than recumbent trikes. The price of a tricycle depends on its mechanical features, such as if it has a folding function, the materials it is made from, whether it is single or multiple speed, etc. The more solid or complex built a trike has, the higher its price is likely to be. The most expensive trike would be a hybrid or motorized tricycle, which cost in excess of a thousand dollars.