Tricycles aren't just for kids anymore! You can pedal your way to better cardiovascular health by triking, which is becoming the hottest new way to get from place to place — and get a little fresh air and exercise in the process. As the COVID-19 pandemic wages on, adult tricycles also offer an exciting way to engage in some socially distant fun in the great outdoors (and even accomplish some errands while you’re out).
These sturdy, self-powered vehicles are fun for people of all ages, but they’re an especially nice choice in workout and transportation equipment for older people. That’s because they're comfortable to ride, more stable than a two-wheel bicycle (meaning they’re great for people with balance limitations) and have fewer maintenance requirements than mobility scooters. Plus, getting regular physical activity can help seniors improve stamina and muscle strength, reduce symptoms of health conditions like arthritis, limit the risk of falling and even promote a more independent lifestyle — and the novelty of a trike can definitely make the decision to start exercising much more appealing in the first place.
If a tricycle sounds like it might be the encouragement you need to get active and find some simple pleasures outdoors in the time of COVID-19, take a look at a few of the best trikes on the market for seniors.
How to Ride an Adult Tricycle Safely
When you take steps to stay safe on your trike, you’ll have added peace of mind that makes it easier to enjoy the ride. Knowing a few key things and prepping ahead can simplify the process.
Best for Low-Impact Exercise: Mobo Triton Pro Adult Cruiser Trike
Are you looking to get moving without overexerting yourself or putting extra stress on your joints? The Mobo Triton Pro Adult Cruiser Trike is an excellent cycling choice to meet your needs. This trike is a recumbent bike, which means it's low to the ground and places you in a reclined position, so you can sit back and take in the scenery. The positioning of this type of seat eliminates pressure on your neck, back and knees, keeping you as comfortable as possible while riding.
Best for Saving Space: Foldable Bkisy Adult Tricycle
If concerns about storing or transporting a clunky trike from place to place are holding up your decision, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. The Foldable Bkisy Tricycle for Adults is a simple solution for anyone lacking the roomier storage area this type of cycle often requires. This space-saving trike's rear frame folds into itself, allowing for easy collapsing so you can tuck it away, out of sight — it’s ideal if you’re living in a condo community or don’t have a garage.
Best for All Terrains: Dirt King Adult Dually Tricycle
This trike is built for fun-loving cyclists (and those who don't live on the smoothest roads — check out those heavy-duty wheels). Emulating the classic build of a dirt bike, the Dirt King Adult Dually Tricycle has four rear wheels and a super-wide front wheel for maximum stability. The trike's thick wheels and shock-absorbent seat make it ideal for all-terrain conditions, as it can roll over rocks and uneven ground that might cause trikes with thinner tires to jolt and tip.
Best for Different Speeds: Slsy Adult Tricycle 7-Speed
Do you like the idea of mixing up your triking routine? The Slsy Adult Tricycle 7-Speed trike is ideal for those who swap between riding speedily while trying to get a bit of cardio exercise in and taking things slow to enjoy the scenery on a leisure ride. The seven available speeds make this trike ideal for variation in an exercise routine, as the settings let you choose how hard you want to push yourself physically while riding up hills. You can easily shift between gears to accommodate incremental sprints or relaxed pedaling.
Best for Carrying Shopping Goods or Pets: Viribus Adult Tricycle With Front and Rear Baskets
If you're planning on using your trike to commute to the store, visit the farmers' market or take your pet out on the town for some fresh air, the Viribus Adult Tricycle is your best choice. This trike comes with both a front basket — which is ideal for small dogs, cell phones, wallets and other essentials — and a large rear basket, which is ideal for bigger dogs and groceries. The rear basket is built with its own wheels, and you can detach it from the bike and roll it around like a shopping cart. It’s perfect if you’d rather not try to lug a heavy basket or armload full of farmers’ market produce around while you shop.