I have always been one to joke around and try to get laughs. I guess I got it from my dad. It has got me into trouble more than once starting back in my childhood. Throughout school I was the class clown … always doing or saying things to get a laugh out of my classmates. Once a teacher sent me out of the classroom to stand in the hallway when I said something in response to him that he didn’t like. The class laughed but he didn’t. I don’t think he had much of a sense of humor.

Why am I sharing this you ask? Well, I am leading up to something which has to do with tadpole trikes. Really, I am. One of the things I have said numerous times with people about tadpole trikes concerns how comfortable they are to ride. I tell them that “THE HARDEST PART OF RIDING A TADPOLE TRIKE IS TRYING TO STAY AWAKE”. Although I say that jokingly it is not far from the truth. It would not be all that hard to fall asleep while riding along as they are just that comfortable to ride. Riding a tadpole trike is much like having a recliner chair on wheels. I won’t go as far as saying it is “overstuffed” but, hey, it sure beats the extreme discomfort or riding a diamond frame bicycle.

Here is a well made video on the subject …

There are things some manufacturers do to add additional comfort to their trikes such as extra padding on the seats and wrist rests. And there are things individuals do to add additional comfort such as seat pads, neckrests, pedal extenders, shorter crankarms, etc.

There are some adjustments on some trikes which can be made to accommodate the individual. Seat back angle is one of those. Some riders prefer to be very reclined while others want to sit quite upright. Seat height also comes into play but that is usually a matter of the particular model of trike one chooses as the seat height varies between manufacturer’s models.

I have written about the subject of comfort before. Yep, riding a tadpole trike is quite comfortable. DO TRY TO STAY AWAKE! We all want to …


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overstuffed chair trike

Now ya gotta admit sitting in the chair shown above looks like it would be a whole lot more comfortable than sitting on the diamond frame bicyle seat shown below.

df bike seat

Personally I am not a fan of being in discomfort. And it makes absolutely no sense to do so when it isn’t necessary. And that brings me to my point. We do have a choice. I know people try all sorts of things in an attempt to be more comfortable. There are hundreds of bicycle seats available making various claims as to how much better one is over another. I have tried a few of them and still found them all uncomfortable. They make special clothing (very expensive, of course) for cyclists to aid them with comfort.

panel gel cycling shorts

Personally I think this is ridiculous and the wrong approach to the problem of discomfort. First of all there is nothing sacred about a diamond frame bike, but there sure seems to be with many cyclists. I don’t get it. Not only is there the serious problem of discomfort and serious physical damage to the body occurring over time, but there are other factors such as going down in wrecks and getting hurt or even killed. The fact that one is so vulnerable seated on a diamond frame bike is something to consider. Recumbents are the answer and especially recumbent trikes since a recumbent bicycle can also go down. I know … been there … done that!

Yep, riding a tadpole trike has so very many advantages. As far as I am concerned it is a “no brainer”.  They are far more fun to ride. They are far safer to ride. And they are far more comfortable … even more comfortable than a recumbent bicycle.

It is a choice …

this: bicycle crash

or this: TerraTrike Rover 8

Both are smiling but one is a cartoon. In the real world it is not likely the rider would be smiling under those circumstances.