Trikke Bike Is a Great Workout

A Trikke* bike is actually a three-wheeled scooter that you power by pumping with your arms and legs. It looks like a walk in the park, but it gives you a great workout. Not only that, but it’s loads of fun.
*Trikke is actually pronounced “trike” (like tricycle), not “tricky.”

Shopping Guide – Best Prices and Selection

The Trikke website does an OK job of showing off their goods, but it doesn’t explain why you should choose one model over another, and they don’t stock all models and colors. So let me be your virtual Trikke sales rep and guide you around the showroom.

Click Here for the Complete Product Line**

1. Do you want a human-powered Trikke? There are 7 models to choose from. (There’s also a motorized Trikke, and a ski Trikke, called the Skki.)

2. Are you buying for a child or an adult?
The 2 kids’ models are the T67 and the T5.
There are 5 adult models: the T78 series (3 models), the T8, and the T12.

3. Are you willing to pay a little extra money to get air-filled tires? The old Trikkes had small hard plastic wheels. Air-filled tires give the rider a much better grip on the pavement and make riding uphill easier. Plus the ride on air tires is much softer. Trust me: you don’t want plastic wheels. Nowadays, the only adult Trikke with plastic wheels is the T78 Convertible, which has an air tire on the front and 2 plastic wheels on the rear. For a $50 upgrade you can get the Convertible with air tires all the way around.

4. Would you rather have a heavier, cheaper Trikke, or a lighter, more expensive one? The T78 series has a steel frame and is slightly smaller than the T8 and T12. Available in 3 models: T78 Convertible, T78 Air, and T78 Deluxe.
The T8 and T12 both have aluminum frames, with a 50% weight reduction over the steel frame T78 series. The steel frame models are only a little heavier to ride, but they’re a lot heavier to carry when folded.

Steel frame – 23 lbs.
Air tire on front, plastic wheels on rear (can be upgraded to all air for $49.95)
Pad caliper brakes
Assemble yourself easily with toolkit included
Colors: black

Steel frame – 23 lbs.
Air tires
Pad caliper brakes
Assemble yourself easily with toolkit included
Color: denim blue (gorgeous and hard to find!)
This is your best buy if you don’t mind the weight.

Steel frame – 23 lbs.
Air tires all the way around
Pad caliper brakes
Assemble yourself easily with toolkit included
Tricked-out custom features like clearcoat paint, deluxe handlebars, black painted machined rims, animal free leather hand grips, upgraded brake cables, aluminum brake levers, bolted aluminum stem, and black foot decks (you pay $70 more for these features above the price of the T78 Air, or the T78 Convertible with air tire upgrade)
Colors: metallic green. Also available in pink, but this seems to be permanently on backorder.

Aluminum frame – 10 lbs.
Air tires
Their bestselling model
Colors: choice of black, green, blue.

Heavy-duty aluminum frame – 13.6 lbs.
Air tires
Disc brakes
Sits higher off the ground than the other models
Colors: graphite, white, blue, red

Why Do So Many People Want a Trikke?

Burns More Calories Than Running
Trikkes are a hot item and have been since 2002 when Time magazine named it one of the best inventions of the year. It’s an incredible aerobic fitness machine. A 2006 study in Germany found that a 9 mph ride on a Trikke burned 520 calories per hour, while a light jog burned only 350 calories per hour. Riding the Trikke at near top end speed of 12.5 mph burned a whopping 1,000 calories per hour.

Not Just for the Relaxed Fit Generation
Unlike jogging, riding the Trikke is a zero impact sport, and unlike bicycling, you can do it standing upright. This has made it a huge hit with the 50+ crowd who are looking for ways to keep fit and get outdoors without torturing our joints. But the Trikke trike appeals to riders of all ages. Athletic types enjoy pushing it at top speed and using it for skateboard-like stunts, and kids love the “cool factor” of having a scooter that they can ride farther and faster than the lowly razor scooters their friends have.

Trikkes are rated safe for riders up to 250 pounds. On one retailer website, they state that riders weighing 250-300 pounds do ride the Trikke, but at their own risk. If you fall in this bracket, you should think about getting the T12 with its extra heavy duty features.

Learning Is a Bit Tricky*
When you first step on the Trikke, you’ll quickly find that riding it is harder than it looks. Riding up even a small hill really tests your technique (and makes your heart rate go up). The vast majority of Trikke owners pick up the technique quickly, but occasionally someone will have trouble learning to ride it, or just not like how it feels. If you’re in doubt, put an ad on Craigslist to see if anyone in your area owns one and would let you test drive it. There are Trikke clubs in many cities and towns across the U.S. Check Yahoo Groups, Google Groups, and to see if there’s one in your area.
*Once again, Trikke is actually pronounced “trike” (like tricycle), not “tricky.”

Pavement Only
Trikkes only work on paved surfaces. The ideal place to ride one is on a bike trail or jogging path. The back-and-forth skating motion of riding takes up about the width of the average sidewalk, so you probably won’t want to ride on a sidewalk with a lot of pedestrian traffic, or a busy street. If you don’t have low-traffic paved surfaces in your neighborhood, don’t be discouraged. The Trikke is ingeniously designed to fold down into a compact shape that will easily fit in the trunk of your car.

Be Careful If You Buy Retail
With all this buzz about the Trikke, the manufacturer is barely keeping up with demand, and when I went to buy mine last year, the retailer told me I’d have to wait three weeks while it was on backorder. When I went back to pick it up, he told me that Trikke has streamlined its manufacturing process and the backorders will soon be a thing of the past. I wasn’t much inclined to believe him, because he didn’t tell me about the backorder problem until I had already placed my order! If you decide to buy from a retail storefront instead of online, be prepared to ask some very specific questions about which models and colors they have in stock. Even finding a retailer can be a challenge. I had to drive 200 miles round trip to buy mine, once to order it and once to pick it up.

Pros and Cons of Buying Online
The two big advantages of buying from a bricks-and-mortar retailer is that they’ll assemble your Trikke for you. The best shops do this at no extra charge, so be sure to ask about this up front. The other advantage is a free riding lesson, which, depending on how athletic you are, could be a big advantage or no big deal.

The biggest advantage of buying online is that you know the seller will have the model you want, in the color you want, in stock and ready to ship, and you won’t have to drive an hour or more to go get it.
Until there’s a shop in every town with a full lineup of Trikkes in stock, online shopping is the way to go. If you buy a T8 or T12, you’ll probably have to pay your local bike shop to assemble it for you, but the money you save by not paying sales tax for your online order should cover it. The T78 series ships with most of the assembly already done for you.

Additional Gear
You don’t need a lot of accessories for your Trikke, but a helmet is an absolute must. Some riders wear bike helmets, which come in cool multicolor patterns that will be easy to match to your Trikke’s color scheme. Others wear inline skater-style helmets, which come in a limited selection of basic solid colors so you’ll probably end up choosing black or white. Padded cycling gloves are nice to have, and a warning bell is a good safety item to have on bike trails, sidewalks, and roads. The tires should be inflated to between 80 and 95 psi, so a good quality bike pump is a must. The tires are expensive to replace, so it’s not worth the chance of blowing them up with the air machine at your local gas station.

**Please note the link above directs to amazon as I have found they offer great deals on Trikkes.

7 Responses to “Trikke Bike Is a Great Workout”

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  1. Jeannie Eads says:


    This is what we need!!

  2. Thanks for the video, I was trying to figure out how one would pedal a trikke! These look like a ton of fun.

  3. That’s not a typo – it’s a trademark name. I want to try it but I have never seen one except on an info-mercial. You take it outdoors like a bike but you stand on the thing as you step on the pedals and turn the handles. I wondered if anyone has purchased one and how they like or don’t like it.

  4. Ms Bob says:

    I’m a “newbie,” & I’m Trikke addicted. Within 2 months I had 3, buying pre-owned & a cheaper version, cambering vehicle that has the same concept before I could decide the Trikke T8 was for me. (Just sold 2 & ordering my new one this week) I got on Trikke Forum to find others in my location & was able to try one of theirs. You don’t pedal, you don’t push, you use your human power as well as the 3 things you need to make it go. I learned so much from watching videos @ YouTube & the finding answers @ the Forum. It has done wonders for me I have had no back aches the last 2 months. I have R arthritis; I’m 5′ 102# & 58. Not only is it an all body, low impact, workout but it is soooo Much fun too. Try It You’ll Love It Also. Oh learning was difficult, because I didn’t listen but watch the videos, that to learn was NOT on asphalt or (you’ll feel & know the slightest) on a slope, & my 1st one was from a school teacher, pretty worn tires. So when I did find the “sweet spot” – I Trikke when it’s lunch time ;*)

  5. Chris says:

    Bike paths are NOT an ideal place to ride these.
    Try going under darkened underpasses swaying back and forth
    with bikes, joggers, kids, people walking dogs, everybody
    goings both directions. You are begging for a lawsuit.

  6. Hannah says:

    I avoid bike trails on weekends due to the high volume of traffic. However it shouldnt deter you from going on trails. Lunch time is a good time, mid morning is best where i live. The trail i frequent is sectioned into pedestrians, dog walkers, people with strollers and small children have the inside track. Roller blades, skateboards, cyclists and anything with wheels (Trikkes) have the outside track.

    use your own judgement and you will be just fine

    its the most fun you can have with out having to count repetitions, stare at a tv while walking on treadmill or being in the midst of a meat market i mean gym. get outside and have some fun! you will be surprised at just how many people you will meet !

  7. L.C. says:

    Try going under darkened underpasses swaying back and forth
    with bikes, joggers, kids, people walking dogs, everybody
    goings both directions.

    I don’t really care for bike paths like that because I like solitude, but I live in a rural area, so I have the luxury of being able to choose. When I said bike path, I was thinking of a rail-trail through a rural area where you see other riders once every 10 minutes or less, which is ideal for riding a Trikke. Wear a helmet, put a bell on your Trikke, and don’t wear earphones or earbuds so you can hear other riders behind you.

    If you ride in urban areas, do like Hannah says and pick times with low traffic.