14 inches … let’s face it … 14 inches is not very wide. Most of us have bigger butts than that. Yet trike manufacturers seem to be dead set on designing and fabricating their trikes with seat frames that are only 14 inches wide. That means that a very large percentage of tadpole trike riders deal with varying degrees of “overhang” going on and the result is we are not as comfortable as we would like to be or could be if the seat was only a couple of inches wider.

Some people do something about it to try to help while others just deal with it. They add various types of cushions and pads to sit on. This may work but it raises them up higher in the seat effecting the center of gravity and the handling of the trike. This is not good. Also sitting on a cushion is not as safe as sitting down “into” the seat. Sometimes foam is added to the seat frame to make things a bit more comfortable. It can help but it is not as effective as a cushion. The dealer where I bought my trike did this for me. It helped for awhile but the foam did not hold up and self destructed.

There are a whole lot of us who weigh more than we should and subject our trikes to more weight than they are suppose to carry.

Yeah, I know … these aren’t trikes, but they do illustrate my point. I am sure that neither vehicle are made to haul that much weight. And some of us are exceeding the weight limits of our trikes. When I first bought my 2009 Catrike Trail the dealer told me that he has customers riding Catrikes that weigh over 400 pounds  (no, not the trikes … the riders) … far beyond their rated capacity. Yet the dealer said that all of the trikes are doing well handling the weight. Certainly some things are bound to  wear out or fail prematurely as a result of the extra weight they are subjected to.

It would be rather embarrassing to have to have signs like the one above attached to our trikes. No one in their right mind wants to be fat and certainly it is a sensitive topic and a difficult thing to deal with.

I personally started gaining weight in my early 20s while I was serving in the Navy. I was never overweight prior to that. I have battled obesity all of my adult life. It runs in my family, particularly on my mom’s side. I have lost all of my excess weight twice in past years but I have always put the weight right back on and even more. Presently I am about 23 pounds less than I was at the highest point in my past. It is very difficult for me to lose weight. I practically have to starve myself and be very careful what and how much I eat. I currently weigh nearly twice as much as I did when I graduated from high school. That’s not good and the older I get the more of a concern it is. I am 74 now. Fortunately I am healthy as far as everyday life. I can’t even remember the last time I was sick. I haven’t had the flu for more than 30 years and I have never had a flu shot in my entire life nor would I ever get one.

14 inches … just is not wide enough. Why do the trike manufacturers do this? It would be so simple for them to make them 16 inches wide and that would help so much.


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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 (@gmail.com)

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