We hope you’ve been enjoying the summer on your bike or trike! We’re excited to share with you two great events coming up in September in Vermont: the Kelly Brush Ride and the Tour de Farms.
A "delta" trike is a recumbent tricycle with one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back. (A trike with two wheels in the front and one in the back is called a "tadpole" trike.) While tadpole trikes might be more popular at the moment, delta trikes have a lot of great advantages that deserve a closer look!
1. Small Turning Radius
The front wheel on most delta trikes can turn almost 90 degrees, giving the trike a very tight turning circle; the radius is nearly its own length. Generally delta trikes have a smaller turning radius than tadpole trikes, making them more maneuverable in tight spaces. The video below gives you a good look at how little space you need to turn a delta trike:
2. Easy Access to the Seat
Many trike riders find it easier to get on & off a delta trike. This is an important consideration for riders with mobility concerns. Many delta recumbent trikes are built with easily adjustable seats - the Hase TRIGO, for example, has a seat configuration that allows for adjustments in several directions (height, forward position, seat tilt, etc.) to ensure a comfortable ride. Delta trike seats are usually higher up than tadpoles, which makes mounting & dismounting easier.
3. Vertical Parking Function
Yes, recumbent trikes are a bit bulkier than a traditional bicycle, but HASE delta trikes can be parked upright, using the seat back as a "kickstand" to minimize its storage footprint.
4. 2WD with Differential
Hase's delta recumbent trikes offer an optional differential that transfers power to both rear wheels for better propulsion on variable surfaces, providing the ultimate off-road experience.
5. Trike Trailer Option
Hase delta recumbent trikes can easily be adapted for use as trailers, which provides a lot of flexibility for adaptive or special needs riders.
6. Good Ground Clearance
In general, delta recumbent trikes offer more ground clearance than tadpoles, which is great for riding on uneven terrain and negotiating obstacles like curbs.
7. Trike Tandem Option
What's more fun than a delta recumbent trike? TWO delta recumbent trikes! Most Hase recumbents can easily be converted for use as tandems. You can even create a "trike train" with multiple trikes hooked together - the video below shows 27 recumbent trikes in one train!
8. Top Handlebar for the Trigo UP Model
Most recumbent trikes utilize under-seat steering, but if you're more comfortable with the more traditional above seat steering, the Hase TRIGO UP has you covered!
9. Higher Seat Offers Better Visibility by Cars
Recumbent trikes are, by design, lower to the ground than a traditional diamond frame bicycle. This can be a problem if you're riding on the road, as drivers in cars won't be able to see you as easily. This is why most trike riders attach a flag to their trike to increase their visibility. Delta recumbent trikes generally offer a higher seat position than tadpoles, which helps to keep you safe on the road. The Hase TRIGO offers one of the most adjustable seats, allowing you to ride much higher than the average recumbent.
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The 8th Annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is on Saturday, June 23, 2018 and RAD-Innovations is excited to be a sponsor of this great event!
We're having a great time helping disabled veterans in Puerto Rico learn about the freedom and mobility provided by adaptive cycling! Check out the photo album below - we'll be updating "from the road" all week!
Adaptive Adventures and the Puerto Rico VA Hospital are hosting an adaptive cycling clinic in San Juan, PR, and RAD-Innovations and HASE Bikes USA are proud to participate!
The Caribbean VA Healthcare Adaptive Cycling Clinic Series, held from April 20-27, will provide cycling instruction and equipment fitting with the goal of providing disabled veterans with the skills to independently engage in community cycling programs and events.
Recumbent? What does that mean?
When you ride a recumbent bike, you’re not sitting on a small saddle seat, hunched over your handlebars. You ride in a semi-reclined position, with your legs in front of you. As a result, your body’s weight is distributed over a wider area. It’s really comfortable and reduces bodily wear-and-tear and fatigue compared to a conventional bicycle.
Trike? Like Tricycle?
Yes! Three wheels on a recumbent cycle means lots of stability and less worry about balance! There’s no need to dismount or place a foot down on the ground when you slow down or stop on a recumbent trike. One of the pleasures of riding a recumbent trike is that you have a comfortable seat to rest, no matter where you go!
The BerkelBike Pro is a unique combination hand and recumbent cycle that offers a variety of benefits to individuals with limited mobility due to spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, amputations, MS, and neuromuscular diseases. It was developed in cooperation with physicians, therapists and researchers from rehabilitation centers in the Netherlands, and is used in physiotherapy programs that work to help patients regain strength and motion in impaired legs.
“You can just tell it was designed by people who love bikes.”
- Maria Jeanne Dompierre, EVOlution rider & recumbent bike blogger
The ultimate in recumbent design from Hase Bikes
Hase takes their Kettwiesel recumbent trike to the next level with the EVOlution, providing superior comfort and performance with the ultimate combination of design and componentry.
We love hearing stories from happy customers! We recently heard from Charles and Denise of Granby, Quebec, who love their Hase Bikes Pino.
We are delighted to announce that RAD-Innovations will be supporting handcyclists and other adaptive bike riders at the 12th Annual Kelly Brush Ride in Middlebury, Vermont on September 9, 2017. The event is attended by hundreds of cyclists and dozens of handcyclists every year and promises to be a great day!