73 is the current number for me. One thing I have noticed is that the older I get the harder it seems to be getting to get up out of my trike seat. I mean, where is a proverbial “sky hook” when needed? That would make it so much easier, don’t ya know?  I think I would benefit from assist bars but I don’t know where I could mount them as I already have other bars mounted that I have my computers mounted on. I may have to look into the matter as the situation is getting worse. I have written about assist bars previously.

Another answer may be a different trike with a higher seat but that is out for me as I can’t afford it nor do I want a higher seat. I like the handling a lower seat offers and would not want to give it up. Maybe I will just have to be the person who actually invents a sky hook. I am quite certain that there is a definite market for them in this world. Hey, maybe I could go out a multi-millionaire.

I don’t think they make a small drone powerful enough to lift me. Heck, even a big drone would be challenged.

Losing weight … lots of weight … would help immensely. I may not even need anything to help me then. Unfortunately that is not likely to happen. Life isn’t fair. I have found that it is a whole lot easier to put weight on than it is to take it off. Nope, life isn’t fair!

One thing is for sure … I need to do something if I want to continue riding as this problem keeps getting worse. A sky hook is needed as I do want to …


I reckon I can safely say that Getting Up While Getting Old is Getting Old.

FREE GIFT awaits you!

BTW, I just ordered some assist bars from Power On Cycling. Hopefully they will help me. I am sure I will have to make some changes in order to mount them and use them.

Author: Steve Newbauer

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  1. I’m 80 and it’s starting to get difficult to get off the etrike. I’m looking at installing a linear accelerator behind my seat that would lift the trike like a assist chair

  2. LOL, ya I can relate, we are now both 65 and retired and have reg. seat height trikes, JoLynn’s is a bit lower than mine, (hers: 2010 Trident Stowaway II, his: 2014 Terra Trike Traveler). I’ve noticed I have to do a bit more of a PLOP to get into my seat properly and now grab the bars to pull up and out where I use to just “rock” forward and up!! Won’t surprise me if I need to add assist bars soon! BTW, great blog! Have a excellent day! 🙂

  3. Have a look at Matt’s (Jayoe) setup. He has combined the grab assist with all his various cell phones, computers etc. I have 4 yrs advantage on you, but have incomplete tetraplegia after a MTB accident in late 2017. I bought cheap Tadpole trike to be able to get out on the road again, but struggled with the seating, the grab assist solved the problem.

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