Recumbent vs. Upright: Which E-Trike Is Right for You?

One of the most unique attributes of an electric tricycle is anyone of any physical ability can enjoy a smooth and leisurely ride. There are many health benefits, from increased cardiovascular health to improved muscle mass. Before investing, it’s essential to understand what is available to you and how to choose the right e-trike. Here is a closer look.

What Is an Adult Tricycle?

First, let’s understand what an adult tricycle is and what it offers. Adult tricycles are also known as adaptive tricycles, or three-wheeled bikes. They are excellent options for those with reduced balance, impaired coordination, or a lack of mobility. A rider must be able to pedal and brake efficiently.

Generally, e-trikes will feature upright seating positions, one wheel in the front and two large wheels in the back. Because of the trike’s nature, a rider receives a lot of support from the tricycles and can ride comfortably.

Why Do Adults Enjoy Tricycles?

The amount of stability offered to an adult on an electric trike enables them to remain upright and safe while riding. Specifically, the frame is suitable for negating those issues and providing support for those with balance and coordination flaws.

An e-trike is also lower to the ground than traditional two-wheeled bicycles, making getting on and off an easier process. The seat’s design also distributes the rider’s weight more evenly, reducing riding pressures and making the ride more comfortable for senior riders.

The Different Types

To choose what’s suitable for you and your lifestyle, you need to know the different e-trikes available to you. Here, we discuss an upright and recumbent e-trike.

Upright Trike

If you’re someone who still enjoys their standard two-wheel, an upright tricycle may be the most suitable option. With the exception of an additional wheel, these tricycles are most similar to traditional bikes. You can carry cargo, run errands, or ride through the neighborhood. It’s essential to note these are not suitable for sports rides or intense cycling.

A few pros of an upright trike include:

  • Easy mounting and dismount
  • Comfortable seating
  • Additional storage for cargo
  • Resistance to tipping

Recumbent Trike

In contrast, a recumbent e-trike is suitable for a sport or intense ride. These tricycles offer lower-seated positions, enabling those with back pain to enjoy a neutrally inclined position with their weight evenly distributed. Depending on riding style and needs, various handlebar positions are available, and there are steering pulls on either side of the seat.

The pros of a recumbent tricycle include:

  • An excellent choice for intense cycling demands
  • Reduces back pain with a neutral spine position
  • Rider stability
  • Designed for easy steering

Voltaire Cycles offers a quality collection of electric recumbent tricycles ready for your cycling journey! Connect with us today to learn more about our selection. We offer customized experiences tailored to your lifestyle.