We all know the saying “different strokes for different folks”. When it comes to adult tricycles we have choices … many choices actually. But I am only interested in talking about “recumbent” so that narrows down the selection some. Basically there are tadpole trikes and delta trikes.
One big difference in these two configurations is the seating position. On a delta trike the rider sits “on” the trike. On a tadpole trike the rider sits “in” the trike. That is to say the seating position is much lower so that the rider is much closer to the ground. There are exceptions to this, of course, as some customers want to sit up erect and high rather than be “recumbent”. There are big trade-offs with this in the handling dept. A low slung tadpole is a blast to ride as it handles like it is riding on rails. But a tadpole with a high seat has no advantage over most delta trikes in the handling dept. Oh well, if that is what they want they can have it. I may be nearly 74 years old but I still enjoy riding a “recumbent” trike which handles great and is so much fun to ride.
Anyway, most delta trikes and tadpoles with high seats can’t begin to compare to a low slung tadpole when it comes to handling.
A few months ago I rode a Catrike 700 … a trike built for speed and handling with a 25 degree seat back angle. I have always wanted to ride one so I asked my local Catrike dealer if I could. That is about as recumbent as one can get on a recumbent trike. My trike is a Catrike Trail which has a seat back angle of 45 degrees. That is quite a difference. I have to admit I preferred riding my Trail over riding the 700. Maybe if I were in my 30s instead of my 70s I would choose the 700. Truthfully at my age I did not find the 25 degree angle very appealing to me. I have never ridden a Catrike Expedition which has a 37 degree seat back angle. I think I would like that angle as the 45 degree angle always has disappointed me in that it won’t go back down any further. If I am going to have an adjustable seat back I would prefer it go back down further rather than up further. Oh well, Catrike didn’t see fit to provide this in their design build. They seem to cater to those who prefer not having a recumbent trike.
Delta trikes can tip over easier than a tadpole. Again, there are exceptions to this. Tadpole trikes can and will tip over. As dirty Harry said … ” a man has to know his limitations”. Delta trikes tend to be much longer than tadpole trikes. This may not be an issue for some folks but it is a real “turn off” for me. Definitely most folks seem to prefer the tadpole design over the delta.
IN vs ON … speaks volumes to me. IN equates to a sports car. ON equates to a family sedan. So whether you ride a “Corvette” or a “Rambler” (and I am not talking about TerraTrike Rambler) be safe and …
ENJOY THE RIDE!
A FREE GIFT awaits you!
A Rambler isn’t all that bad. Do you remember this song?