The tips below are the opinion of TRIKKE Tampa only and are intended
to provide helpful hints on learning how to ride your Trikke.
Using these tips will get you going and then you'll need to work on
optimizing your riding style. They have worked for many new
riders. It may seem confusing but if you take your time and
think about what's being said it will help you start carving on your
new Trikke. You're embarking on the ultimate in Fun and
Important Note: On the Trikke models that mount the
rubber air tires you MUST ensure you have 80psi in the rear tires
and 75 in the front. Don't check the pressure by feeling the
firmness of the tire, you MUST MUST MUST use an accurate tire
pressure gauge capable of measuring pressure above 80psi.
If your tires are even 10lbs below specifications it WILL impact
your learning ability! You'll need to check the air pressure
about every 10 days and add air as needed.
1. We always recommend that you ride with a helmet and safety gear.
Pay special attention to where you are riding, your proximity to
other people, and especially your proximity to cars if you are
learning to ride on a street or in a parking lot.
2. Never pull back on the handle bars unless the brakes
are applied. You don't want the front end to come up and the
rear wheels to roll out from under you. You will land flat on
your back if you do.
3. Some people will tend to jerk forward and backwards
trying to make it go. Don't do that. You could pull the
front end up and your Trikke can go out from under you.
4. When learning to ride it's recommended to keep your
handle bars on a lower, if not the lowest, setting. This keeps
more weight on the front wheel while you're learning to ride.
Once you become experienced then you can experiment with raising the
handle bars for a more optimal carving experience.
Who rides a Trikke?
People of all ages and abilities are riding the Trikke.
Mostly, they are in their 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's because of the
health and fitness benefits. There are also youngsters over
70 riding the Trikke. The Trikke IS also very popular with
the younger generation but they are more into the fun
aspect of the Trikke hence, "Fun Fitness-Machine". People of all levels of fitness
are carving on this phenomenal
human-powered machine. You get a full body workout and burn
100's of calories with no impact on your joints.
Athletic abilities required?
An athletic background is absolutely NOT required.
However, people who are accustomed to skiing or inline skating
typically pick it up in a matter of minutes. Don't be
discouraged if you can't climb on and speed away at 15 miles
hour. Being an entirely new vehicle, it requires some new
skills. Regardless of your athletic background, you can learn
to ride a Trikke cambering vehicle in a relatively short period of
time --- usually in less than an hour. Just think about when
you learned or taught a child to ride a bicycle. You nor they
caught-on immediately and it took some practice to learn how to
balance and go with the flow of the bicycle. Unfortunately, we
didn't have cambering vehicles when we were kids so we're having to
learn a new concept as an adult. Just as with anything that is
new it takes practice and determination. The Trikke doesn't
require so much of balance as it does in rhythm. The rhythm is
in the turning of the handle bars back and forth and distributing
your weight on the foot platforms. The most important thing to
learn first is how to move the handle bars.
How to make it go?
you need to be determined that you will learn to ride your new Trikke.
Second, you need to be on a completely flat surface or maybe a very
slight downhill. Try to find somewhere that will give you the
most distance before you have to turn around. An outdoor
tennis court or basketball court are ideal places to learn. Do
not try to learn how to ride on an incline.
easier to quit than it is to conquer. It's really not that
hard if you don't put too much into it. Remember,
always keep going until you feel the sweet spot. You'll
know it when you feel it.
the Trikke is NOT in motion:
Stand perfectly normal on the foot platforms. Don't squat,
don't bend your knees (don't lock them either) but stand up in a
normal posture. Get comfortable on the Trikke and know that
it's not going to tip-over. All three points stay on the
ground at all times due to the cambering mechanism. DO
NOT think about weight distribution at this time. You need to
focus on properly turning the handle bars continuously to the left
and right. Weight
distribution will come in another step. Sometimes it will come
While continuing in a stationary position and keeping your shoulders
parallel to the handle bars rotate the handle bars about 60 to 70
degrees in each direction continuously .
Once in motion the degree of turning the handle bars back and forth
won't be as much. The steering column will remain pointing at
the center of your chest at all times while riding the Trikke.
Do NOT move the steering column to the left and right.
You must turn the handle bars left and right using your shoulders and
keeping your upper body parallel. Your arms will remain fairly
straight with a slight bend in your elbows. Most people will start to move very slightly at
Once you start moving just keep on that track. If you don't
start moving go ahead and put a foot down and give yourself a
push-off. Remember, keep turning the handle bars left and
right using your shoulders and upper body.
the Trikke is in motion:
You have to be "FLUID" with your Trikke. Think of this; when
you're riding your bicycle and you make
a turn does
your body remain at 90 degrees to the ground, NO. While turning
your bicycle you're at an angle to the ground because inertia is
keeping you in the seat. While on your Trikke and while
turning the handle bars to the left you want the weight of your
upper body to very slightly go towards the front left of the Trikke.
This happens naturally IF you're staying parallel to the handlebars.
NOTE: Do not exaggerate this move by putting too much weight
towards the front left. Please be careful and do these riding tips in small steps until
you get comfortable and more confident. Click on the picture
of the couple riding their Trikke. Notice how they are going
with the flow.
Coming over to the right. Since we talked about turning to the
left now lets bring you over to the right. Keeping your upper
body parallel to the handle bars you should now start turning to the
right. When you start to turn the handle bars back to the
right you should already be starting the weight distribution to the
other foot. Don't wait until you're already
turned to the right to start distributing your weight but instead you'll need to time it to when
you're coming through the center of your turn. In other words,
when you're coming from the left to the right and the handle bars
are at center you should have most of your weight already on the
turning to the left you're putting most of your weight on the RIGHT
turning to the right you're distributing your weight to the LEFT
awkward and causes the most confusion in learning to ride.
Your brain is programmed to keep you upright and balanced but with
riding the Trikke you're almost defying this natural feeling.
This is why in step 1 and step 2 I want you to get familiar,
comfortable and more confident on your Trikke before getting too
aggressive. Don't try and do too much at one time but take
steps in learning to ride. Once you can make the Trikke go and
you're feeling pretty good then it's time to start trying different
ways of riding. Move your feet further to the back of the
platforms. Move your feet to the inside of the platform.
Once you learn the basics of making it go you can experiment to find
out the different ways you can ride the Trikke and the different
ways to accelerate and go faster.
Keep the handle bars parallel to your shoulders. The center of
the steering column will always remain pointing towards the upper
center of your chest. Reference the picture.
Use your shoulders to turn the handle bars thus, keeping your arms
fairly straight while your upper body and shoulders stay parallel as
you turn the handle bars left and right.
Don't move the steering column to the left and right.
Turn ONLY the handle bars left and right.
Once in motion you will start distributing your weight on the
opposite foot of the direction you're turning. Turning LEFT
put weight on RIGHT foot. Turning RIGHT put weight on your
Don't try too hard. Relax, get comfortable and apply one
technique at a time. First, turning the handle bars
continuously left and right to make your Trikke move
slightly - your weight will start distributing naturally.
Once you start moving then realize what's happening and hone in on
When you feel the "Sweet Spot" you'll know it. It will come
briefly and go away. Then it will come again and go away.
Then, you'll get it, you'll feel the "Sweet Spot", and it will stay
more often than not until it never goes away. It's like they say "once you learn to
ride a bike you never forget". The same applies with the
Now, click on the picture of the couple again and study their
body positions. Their upper body is parallel to the handle
bars. The steering column is pointing to the upper center
of their chests. They are carving to the right and you see
their right knee is up. This is because they are releasing
weight off the right foot and applying pressure to the left foot.
What if I just can't make it go?
One last tip to help you grasp the concept. Get on a bicycle
and ride in a zig-zag. Lean to the left and lean to the right.
Go several hundred yards and keep going in a zig-zag and try to
grasp the feeling. Feel how you're going back and forth but
staying with the flow of the bike? With a bike you mostly
lean to turn left or right. With the Trikke it's basically the
same except you're standing rather than sitting. Think about it and apply it to your
Re-read these tips, think about the motion you had on the bike
and try to apply any similarities to riding your Trikke.
IMPORTANTLY is to stay determined. IF you're
having troubles learning to ride, DON'T GIVE UP!
Try to find others in your area that have Trikke's. Call us at
TRIKKE Tampa and we'll try and help you over the phone or to find
someone in your area that has a Trikke. Get involved with a
Trikke club. There are active Trikke clubs all over the
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are only meant to help you with the basics of learning to ride.
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