Having a frame failure or some other component failure leaving you broken down while out on a ride would be quite frustrating. I knew a guy who bought a low cost Taiwanese made tadpole trike which I won’t name. (It no longer exists.) He rode it until the frame broke and left him with a pile of chrome-moly tubing. The manufacturer had gone out of business so he could not get any help from them. He probably could have taken it to a good weldor to have it repair welded, but he didn’t. Finding someone who is qualified and capable of repair welding it would be challenging. If he had bought a better quality trike to begin with it would probably still be serving him today.

I understand that money is an issue for many. It was for me. However, I learned long ago in life that it is best to buy quality … even if you have to delay to save up more money or buy used to get more for your money. It is well worth it. There are lots of really nice used trikes for sale which you could take advantage of. If fact, I would have to say that the majority of used trikes I see are still in very good condition. And sometimes you can get a really good bargain.

I waited for awhile until I had saved the money needed to make my purchase. I am not a rich man so I knew I would probably only have this one opportunity to buy a trike. I chose Catrike. It is American made which meant a lot to me. That was 2009. I now have over 106,000 miles on it and am well pleased with it’s quality with the exception of the stock wheels which I have replaced with heavier duty BMX wheels. I have all of the confidence in the world that it will keep on serving me as it has thus far. Without doing one thing to it I would not be afraid to take off on a cross country journey.

I have a webpage with trikes listed according to their price. It is a very handy resource. However, be aware that it has not been updated since I first published it in 2014 with the exception of just a few brands which I updated in 2019..      TRIKE PRICES

There is an old saying that rings true …

The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” ― Benjamin Franklin



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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 (

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