would not have any idea how many of us started off quite young riding a tricycle. Some of us skipped this and started off on a two wheel bicycle (usually equipped with training wheels). I never rode a tricycle as a child to the best of my recollection … at least not until later and I think I just rode someone else’s briefly. My parents are both deceased so I can’t ask them about tricycles in my childhood. To the best of my knowledge my first experience on a human powered cycle was a 20 inch bicycle and no training wheels. An older cousin worked with me and helped me learn to ride it.

But, hey, I am not here to talk about me … at least not at this time. Most of us go the “normal” route … tricycle, conventional bicycle, recumbent bike, recumbent trike .. or perhaps directly to a recumbent trike from a conventional bicycle. My point is there seems to be somewhat of a “cycle” going on here and I am not referring to cycle as in bicycle. The question is … “are we in our second childhood in turning to a recumbent trike?” I guess it could be worse. We could be like one of these guys …

dad tested too

3 adults on tricycles


Now they may be having fun, but it just doesn’t look like nearly as much fun as riding a tadpole trike. I mean … just look at this guy. Doesn’t he look like he is really enjoying himself?


Oh, that’s me! Well, then I certainly should be in a position to know and yes, I was having a lot of fun riding. In fact, this picture was taken the day of my first ride on this 2013 replacement frame with mostly new parts so it was like having a brand new trike.

But you know even a young child I am sure would say that it is more fun to ride a tadpole trike than a tricycle.

boy on tadpole trike

There is just something about riding a tadpole trike which is so very neat. And I think mom would approve!

I don’t know whether to try to apologize for Tiny Tim as he attempts to sing in this video. Anyway, the theme is right … having fun riding on tadpole trikes.

Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (

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