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We considered the best tricycle for adults and chose a variety of trikes that meet different needs. So, whether you like to cruise, or you’re overweight, disabled, or short, or simply enjoy shopping for new innovative items, there’s something for you.
Our reviews will show we considered durability because some frames are more prone to bend or wear than others. Comfort was another important feature, as was cost – for the budget-constrained. Practical issues like baskets and foldability of trikes are also important because of issues with storage space. Additionally, we included features such as night reflectors and brakes for reasons of safety.
More features: has a cargo basket, fits riders 5,4 to 6,2 feet in height, linear-pull brakes
The Schwinn Meridian is the best adult tricycle we’ve tested, and here’s why: Firstly, it is made by a reliable company, and the parts are likely to be around for quite some time. Secondly, it’s a sturdy tricycle and gives a smooth, easy ride. It’s fairly lightweight, which makes maneuvering simpler. Its aluminum frame also makes it corrosive-resistant. A comfortable seat means you ride over the bumps without much discomfort.
There is only one speed, but that leads to a very user-friendly functionality. The fenders keep your leg and clothes from being damaged. The Schwinn has a basket at the back, which is ideal for carrying shopping and other small items. The bike is excellent for the budget-end of the market. We chose it for its simplicity, style, and functionality. The trike is built for taller people, so if you’re a woman and you want a bike built for shorter people, search here.
We chose this model as our Premium Pick because it is very functional. It gets you around from A to B in a very simple, straightforward manner. Whilst there are no frills or fuss, it is sturdy, solid, and practical. It was the Editor’s pick because it is a sound bike for the budget-end of the market. It’s easy to ride, and you will be able to entrust it to many disabled people without fear of them injuring themselves. This trike can be compared with the Viribus, another 1-speed vehicle. The Schwinn has the name and reputation behind it, and you can trust that the parts will be around for years. The Viribus may have a folding basket and saddle with adjustable height, but these can be overcome on the Schwinn.
What do we love it for?
Wide, comfortable padded seat
The basket for carrying goods
Straightforward riding and so easy to use
Lightweight aluminum frame
What were we disappointed with?
The brakes could be stronger
The suspension could be improved
The packaging that the bike comes in could be sturdier
More features: has a front basket, full wrap fenders, extra-soft seat
We chose this as one of our top 10 because it has seven speeds, and the handlebars and seat are adjustable. This is actually pretty important, given the varying sizes of people. What’s more, it has a very wide, extra-soft seat, which is invaluable for seniors and disabled people. It has both front and back baskets, which permit carrying quite a lot of shopping. It has full wrap fenders to protect both you and your bike from dirt and hurt. It also carries a greater weight than a number of other tricycles.
We chose the Godecor Adult Tricycle as our Premium Pick for its sturdiness, style, and speed. This cycle is reliable and gives a beautifully-smooth ride at a greater speed than some tricycles. This means that it would be suitable for long-distance rides and exercise over rougher terrain than sidewalks. Although, just note it’s not a tricycle that can be considered an off-road vehicle. We are pleased with its sturdiness and safety features like reflectors.
When compared with the Schwinn Meridian, the Godecor Adult Tricycle is able to produce greater speed – with 7 gears. This enables it to go up hills and over rougher terrain than the Schwinn. However, the 7 gears may be a little difficult for a beginner, which is where the Schwinn Meridian is preferable. The Schwinn Meridian also has both front and back baskets, making it ideal for errands or bigger shopping trips. The Schwinn Meridian’s handlebars sweep back more than the Godecor, which makes for a more upright ride. Both have comfortable seats and big wheels, adding to the comfort experience.
More features: front V-brake, adjustable padded seat, large basket, flexible rear derailleur
We chose the Vevor foldable Adult Tricycle for its value. Not only is it inexpensive, but durable. What’s more, it’s made of carbon steel, which makes it light, anti-corrosive, and anti-rust. You can get it in bright colors – even pink – which will please those of you who are aesthetically minded. It has 7 speeds, so it can travel fast in an emergency. Its most amazing feature is that it’s foldable, which means that you can put it in your garage without it taking up much space. It has dual brakes, which make for a smooth stopping experience. This model has a comfortable padded seat and a backrest for extra comfort and support.
We chose the Vevor as the Best Value bike because of its low price, but also because of its quality. The frame won’t rust easily, and it is sturdy. It’s got speed and is a comfortable ride with extra support. The very best thing is its foldability.
We compared the Vevor with another foldable tricycle, the Freego EV. Yes, the EV is electric, and the Vevor manual pedaling means the EV has a battery, LCD screen, and buttons for moving forward. What we wanted to compare was space usage, and it’s clear that the EV is not only smaller but can fold up into smaller units. The EV is also lighter and easier to step through, making it ideal for people with mobility impairments. The EV also doesn’t have to be pedaled, which, once again, is good for people with some form of disability. However, if you’re looking to increase the amount of exercise you’re getting, then the Vevor is the tricycle of choice for you.
What makes it special?
Low price for high quality
Comfortable padded seat
What cons did we find?
Not great weight capacity
Suspension should be mentioned in the manufacturer's description
More features: reflectors for night riding, wrap-around fenders, folding basket, durable saddle with adjustable height
We chose this bike for its excellent all-around features for larger people. It can take up to 400lb in weight, and the seat is extra wide. You can ride it at night because it has reflectors, and the frame, made of carbon steel, won’t bend, buckle or break when you’re riding around town.
You get a supremely comfortable ride from a spring-loaded, extra-padded seat. You also have a foldable basket with a dust cover to prevent your groceries from getting wet or dirty. This product got onto our list because it’s made of sturdy materials and because it has a high weight capacity. If you compare this with another one-speed trike, like the Schwinn Meridian, there is no doubt that the Schwinn wins on quality and sturdiness. However, it carries a greater weight than the Schwinn, so it could be useful for those who are a bit heavier.
What are its best features?
Sturdy, anti-corrosive frame
Impressive weight capacity 400lb
Swept back handlebars
Foldable basket with dustcover
What could be improved?
The quality of the bike could be improved. For example, the pedals
The rigid suspension could offer less of a comfortable ride
More features: sturdy design, padded seat, front and rear brakes, large basket, one-year warranty
We chose this tricycle because it comes with 7 speeds and has a very sturdy design. The seat is padded, and you have extra back support for those who require it. It has both front and rear brakes, which means that braking is safe and smooth. What’s more, it has a warranty, so you’re making a smart and safe investment.
This one is made to bear shorter people, so perhaps even the kids can enjoy it. This trike won’t work for everyone because it’s designed for shorter people but can still bear considerable weight. Also, there are some shipping and quality issues. But, it’s still a good buy and caters to aesthetic needs since it also comes in lovely colors and performs well in terms of braking – an excellent safety feature. The backrest helps those with poorer backs or weak muscles. Compared to the Docred, which is very similar, the Lillipele is better suited for shorter people.
What are its best features?
Made for short people
Has a backrest
Has front and back brakes
Is aesthetically appealing
It can take up to 350lb in weight
What could be improved?
The assembly of the bike will probably require an expert
Some of the parts, like the fender, could be better quality
More features: large basket, adjustable handlebar, backup seat
We chose this trike because of its narrow girth. This makes it possible to access doorways and store your tricycle inside the house or apartment. Furthermore, it has adjustable handlebars. This makes it handy for those with a taller upper body. It’s made of steel, which makes it solid, and the basket is useful for transporting pets or shopping. The backrest is a great comfort feature.
We placed this a little lower on our list because the company does seem to have some shipping or quality issues. However, it is also made of sturdy steel, which makes it reliable, and the backrest gives support, leading to a comfortable ride. You can also take your pets, picnic, or go shopping in the basket – it can handle quite a bit of weight.
If you compare this to the Viribus, which also takes greater weight, then it could be useful for people who are overweight but who are shorter. It also has 7 speeds, which gives it just that much more power.
More features: equipped with user manual, assembly tool, water bottle cage
We chose this because Slsy has a good, reliable brand, and it’s a solid, sturdy trike with a good backrest and large back-basket. It has a rear suspension, which makes for a really comfortable ride. You’ll also have wheel reflectors for night riding, and it’s made of sturdy steel, preventing them from buckling easily. The bike also has a rear derailleur.
This Slsy got its good rating because it’s good quality and can be used by people of different heights. It has a comfortable ride due to the suspension but is tricky to put together, which is why it didn’t end up being an outwinning option.
This is very high quality, and when compared to the Ridgeyard, it excels even more. It doesn’t fall apart like the Ridgeyard, and it’s well built. The backrest is in the correct position. The Slsy doesn’t have dual suspension but is still comfortable. You may also appreciate that it can take more weight than the Ridgeyard, making it practical for more people in the family.
What makes it special?
What cons did we find?
It could have a padded cushion
The bike should have handlebars that adjust forward or backward
More features: adjustable spring cruiser seat, smooth-riding tires
We chose the Ridgeyard for the price, among other welcome features. It has all the features of other tricycles but is cheaper. It has a large basket and is able to take 300lb of weight. The bike has a spring seat, which is wonderful for comfort. Also, it comes with a backrest and low step-through, rear suspension, and smooth-riding tires.
Despite the great features, there is a concern about quality, and components tend to fall apart fairly quickly. So, it may require more maintenance than some others. Still, it has dual suspension and a spring seat, which makes for comfort, so if you’re prepared to do regular maintenance, you’ll love the bike. Also, the seat is adjustable, and the basket is a folding type
When compared to the Docred, you may not be impressed with the quality. However, this isn’t an issue for everyone—it depends on what you want to do with the tricycle and what type of surfaces you’ll use it on.
More features: perfect for low impact exercise, dual-joystick steering, designed for cruising and exercise on flat paved surfaces
We chose this Mobo Triton Pro, a recumbent cruiser because it is of very high quality compared to many others in this niche. It has innovative dual-joystick steering, which is very easy to steer, and the bike can take up to 250lb in weight. This capacity isn’t the best in the business, but still good enough for most customers.
It’s chainless, which means your clothes and legs won’t get caught in anything. This bike is good for flat, easy surfaces. Note that it only has one speed and rigid suspension, so don’t expect it to go fast over rough terrain.
We gave Mobo Triton Pro a good rating for its quality as a recumbent cruiser. It has accurate rear steering, and you’ll have the ability to pedal at high speed, even up slopes. However, it doesn’t have good suspension, and the turn radius is very wide. Luckily, it’s also very easy to put together if you read the instructions properly.
When compared to the Schwinn, also a good quality trike, you can see that they both have one speed. The Schwinn is adapted for shopping or errands, but the Mobo Triton is simply for exercise and enjoyment. Its gear seems to be more powerful than the Schwinn because it rides extremely easily. However, it’s also lower on the ground, which is great for people who are mobile. If you have a disability, then it would be best to get the Schwinn because it’s easier getting on and off and navigating.
More features: LCD screen, 30KM range, durable battery, portable, lightweight
We chose this as an inexpensive, eco-friendly alternative mobility unit for those with limited mobility. You can use it instead of a wheelchair and can travel at various speeds due to the 3 gears. It is a fairly comfortable ride and easy to get used to and put together.
We gave this e-bike a high rating because it’s an eco-friendly option for transport. It can also replace a wheelchair – some find the balance perfect; others don’t, so it does depend on personal preference and ability. It has a narrow width, making it easier to fit through doors, and it can be folded. All beneficial for using in tight spaces.
It’s difficult to compare this to any other trike on the list, but if you compare it to a standard Vevo, it can travel at faster speeds without effort. It can also be folded, like the Velo, but it takes up less room. This item doesn’t have the extra-soft cushion of the Vevo, nor suspension and greater wheel size, which make for a less comfortable ride overall. However, many users are perfectly comfortable, so it warrants being on your list of considerations.
What makes it stand out?
Easy to ride for the disabled
Easy to assemble
Electric and can travel for 30 km
No pedals or chain
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
Seat comfort should improve
It needs a wider seat option for some people with wider girth
Lithium batteries carry environmental issues
Things to Consider
We’re going to look at all the features you would use in considering the purchase of an adult tricycle. From wheel size to weight capacity, you’ll be given the tools to draw up a list of the pros and cons for your particular situation in order to pick a bike for your needs.
What Are Tricycles?
Tricycles are 3-wheeled cycles that are more stable than bicycles.
They are now intended for any age and can carry goods more easily than bicycles. A basket can be fixed to the back and wouldn’t overturn or spill easily. If you’re looking for bikes for more than one person, you might prefer to look for tandem bikes.
These aspects, along with your preferences, will influence your ultimate selection profoundly, so consider your needs with care.
Select your wheel size according to the terrain you cover. Smaller wheels are stronger, such as in the Freego EV, but don’t go over bumps well and can get stuck in cracks. A very small wheel might be used for shop floors or around the home.
Bigger wheels go over cracks and bumps more easily. For a 24 – 26-inch sized wheel, select, for example, the Schwinn Meridian. The wheels won’t get stuck, and the ride will be smoother with bigger tires.
One of the most important considerations when buying an adult tricycle is the material of which the frame is constructed.
There are four options. Aluminum, steel, titanium, and carbon steel.
Aluminum: This is a budget-friendly option. It is not as expensive as any of the other materials and will suit the elderly, children, and students wishing to keep costs at a minimum. It’s corrosive-resistant, comparatively light, and has a high strength-to-weight ratio. It’s stiff, which is both positive and negative. The substance will make it strong, but it doesn’t absorb the bumps in the road as well as some other materials do. So, it fatigues more than other materials, and it is challenging to repair. As an example, have a look at the Schwinn Meridian.
Steel: This is the heaviest of the materials used for frames, and the manufacturing process is expensive. However, it has ride-smoothing properties and takes the bumps well. It is denser and stronger than aluminum and is less expensive and easier to work with than carbon. It’s durable, resistant to fatigue, and can easily be repaired. The big downside is that it can rust. The Ridgeyard is an example here.
Titanium: Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio. It is more resistant than steel to corrosion and fatigue and can be easily fixed. Also, it has the best road-smoothing abilities but doesn’t seem to be used in adult tricycles.
Carbon-steel: This is steel with a higher carbon content than ordinary steel. It is more lightweight than steel but cannot be worked easily. It gives greater ride-smoothing properties than steel. However, it’s more susceptible to rust and corrosion.
The weight capacity of the tricycle depends on its intended function. The lower-weight capacity bikes are intended for users such as students riding around town. The higher weight capacity is for people who are heavier or who carry heavier goods. As an example, consider the Viribus that takes up to 400lb.
You can also look into different types of bikes if weight is an important factor. For example, if you’re looking for normal, two-wheeled bicycles for overweight females, try this page. Or perhaps you’re looking for a two-wheeler for an overweight youngster, then this site discussing bikes for heavier people is the resource for you.
You can see picking the right type depends on your needs. If you’re traveling around town for errands now and again, you can choose any suspension you like without worry.
Suspension is about the ‘spring’ in a bike protecting the rider from bumps in the road. There are three types of suspension in tricycles: rear, dual and rigid.
Rigid means that there is no suspension, and you’re going to feel all the bumps and ridges in the road. This may not be a dealbreaker over short distances, but if you’re looking at riding around on a tricycle for long periods, then this would be one of your main considerations.
Rear suspension means that the suspension is on the back wheel, and dual suspension means that the suspension is on both back and front wheels. Having rear suspension only gives you a comfortable ride, but your basket in front may bounce around a bit. With the dual suspension, you travel very comfortably, even over slightly rougher terrain. Remember that tricycles aren’t meant to be ridden over bumpy paths – they don’t have the balance for that. Your basket in front also gets protection from the lumps and bumps in the road.
The bikes come in several speeds – from one gear to several, even as high as 7. One gear means that you don’t have to concentrate on changing gears – just on steering and pedaling. These bikes also require less maintenance. That would be ideal for beginners. However, it makes it more work when traveling uphill and across rough terrain. So, then you would look into a trike with more gears, like the Slsy Adult Tricycle, which has seven gears. With seven speeds, you can negotiate tougher terrain by adjusting the gears.
When shopping, see if these are included or whether it will require an additional expense, so you can budget correctly.
Some of the accessories worth looking for include:
Baskets: These enable you to carry your goods and paraphernalia around most conveniently. It’s preferable to use a basket at the back because baskets at the front tend to destabilize the tricycle and make steering a little difficult. Baskets over two wheels are also more stable and less likely to tip.
Adjustable seats: This is useful for changing the height of the seat so that you can ride in the best position to comfortably reach the handlebars.
If the seat is too low or too high for your height, then your arms are at the incorrect angle for the handlebars, and you may get bodily aches and pains from using the tricycle. This would be important if you’re using the tricycle for more than just short periods in the day.
Full-wrap fenders: These are the mud- and chain-guards that protect your clothes from getting dirty or entangled in the chain. They also prevent your legs from injury from the chain. If you are concerned about these issues, then make sure your trike has this feature.
Extra-soft seat: The seat is especially important if you have a sensitive rear end or if you’re going to be riding the cycle for extended periods of time during the day. It will help prevent saddle-sore.
Reflectors: Reflectors are for night-riding. The Viribus has them and will assist you with visibility in the dark.
Water bottle holders: If you’re going for a long ride in the hot sun, water bottles are essential. A water bottle holder gives you the ability to have your water bottle secure and not bouncing around whilst giving you the ease of access to your liquid. You don’t have to scrabble around in your basket to find it.
LCD Screen for electric tricycles: A screen gives you the capacity to see what is going on with your electric tricycle at a glance – how much battery it is left; what speed you’re going. The challenge comes in bright sunlight – these screens are difficult to see in bright light. That may not be a problem for you, especially if you use the bike inside a building or have cloudy weather for most of the year. So, it really depends on your individual circumstances.
A tricycle is very straightforward and easy to ride. Always wear a helmet when you ride a tricycle and do the following:
Place the cycle on a flat surface and sit on the seat. You will be sitting lower than you would on a bicycle.
With the one-speed models, you simply place your feet on the pedals and push one pedal at a time to go forward.
Steer the cycle by the handlebars in the direction you want to go.
When you wish to stop, you pull on the handbrakes which are on the handlebars.
You normally have a bell to ring to warn people to get out of the way.
With a 7-speed model, you have to change gears – you stop pedaling, turn the gear lever on the handlebars, then start cycling again. It can be tricky to get used to, but most people get used to it quickly.
Tricycles are harder to handle than bicycles, so get used to them on a flat surface first. Tricycles are also more prone to tip over at high speeds when going around corners, so slow down to turn.
For both electric and pedal trikes, make sure that you take the width of the cycle into account when you pass obstacles.
The road regulations for tricycles vary a little between states, but the rules are overall the same as described below:
You’re required to wear a helmet in order to drive a tricycle.
Riders must drive on the right-hand side of the road, as close to the curb as possible.
You may drive on the sidewalk if you drive slowly, but not in the central business district.
When turning left, indicate your intentions with your arm. Make sure there is no traffic behind you, move to the center, then left of the lane, and turn when safe. The same goes for motorized tricycles.
Watch carefully for cars backing out of driveways.
When storing a tricycle, brush off the dirt and mud first before locking it away. You can store it outside, simply securing it with a padlock and key. However, we would recommend a tarpaulin cover to prevent dust and rain soiling.
You can also store it indoors if you have a door that would fit the trike’s width. If indoor space is a premium, you can store it in a garage or a shed. And if even that space is limited, you can use racks or ceiling mounts and lift your trike onto them to keep them out the way. However, the last option can be tricky if you’re weaker or have limited mobility, so consider having a small tricycle box just outside your door, where it can be kept safe from the weather and from thieves.
Cleaning a tricycle will extend its life and help prevent rust. First, take off all the removable parts and wash them with soapy water. Be gentle and careful not to bend. Never use harsh chemicals for any of the parts of the tricycle. No bleach, gasoline, or oil-based soaps should come near your bike.
Place the main section of your trike on a soft, fluffy towel. Wash with soap and a cloth. Use a toothbrush for tricky areas or stubborn dirt. Use some toner for the underside of your trike, especially where there may be oil stains. To clean your chain, use a toothbrush or cloth. Rub vigorously over the chain, and wipe clean with another cloth.
Tricycles can be used on pedestrian countryside paths if they are wide enough. Just remember the width of the cycle when passing, or you will bump into other people and objects.
They can be used, when permitted, on sidewalks. Take care when passing driveways because cars may be reversing out. Always look out for kids. Naturally, you need to find out if your central business district allows you to drive on the sidewalk – very often, they don’t. Otherwise, you can use the road – just keep as far to the right as is humanly possible. Remember, cars have to pass you and may not be used the width of tricycles.
We would highly recommend attaching a bright flag on a pole at the back of your bike so that it sticks up high, catching the attention of any vehicle.
The Tricycles offered a range of solutions that caters to different needs and requirements. Our Editor’s Choice, the Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle, gives you the value of a good name combined with a solid build. The Godecor is the Premium Pick for its good construction at a low price, and the VEVOR is the Best Value Pick for its foldability.
With our guide, you can select your frame for durability and anti-corrosiveness. You can look at which has the most comfort in terms of cushioning, backrest and suspension. Then, there is the adjustability of the seat and handlebar height to consider. Furthermore, look at what you want to use it for – a recumbent trike may suit your needs more than an upright one. Lastly, you want to consider if you want an electric tricycle – especially if mobility needs are high.
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