Let's Trike

Bringing Catrikes to you!

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ABILITIES

Riders who experience various challenges ride weekly at specific locations.

All rides are COMPLIMENTARY.

ADVENTURES

Guided tours at the beach.

Locations include Balboa, Santa Monica, and Coronado Island.

(Dates TBA)
Custom tours available. 

ABILITIES

RIDERS  who experience challenges ride:

            Once a week

            Free

            Specific locations

            Specific times

RIDES are coordinated with various agencies.

            Current Schedule

                                            2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month          10am

                                            Belmont Shore – Long Beach

            Long Beach Veterans Administration                                         

                                                      February  25

                                                      March 10

                                               Yorba Regional Park, Yorba Linda                                    

                                                       March 17             10am

Catrikes are great for anyone. Riding becomes magical  for those with challenges.

Riders easily steer, shift, and brake with one hand. With no balancing on a Catrike, riders just go.

ELECTRIC ASSIST Catrikes:   available for those who need a boost – availability limited.

 

 

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Walk and Roll to Cure ATAXIA

September 14, 2019

Anthesis Family Fun Festival

October 5, 2019

Adaptive Sports Expo

Paralyzed Veterans of America and Long Beach VA

 October 10 and 11, 2019

ADVENTURES

Enjoy a guided tour at the beach.

Locations include Balboa, Santa Monica, and Coronado Island.

 

Beach Rides are low in difficulty.

Any hills or bridges are small.

A trailing rider follows everyone to assist with any issues that may arise.

Adventures are led by a Pilot with the entire group riding together.

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NIGHT RIDES 

Illuminated by LED wheel lights (Wheel Brightz), 500 lumen and 650 lumen head lights and bright tail lights.  Trikes are visible up to one mile away. 

Adventures Start at $50 per person.

Veterans discounts and group discounts are 20%. A group is 4 or more. Contact us for specifics.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY A CATRIKE?

Performance and comfort; recumbent riders generally experience no neck, shoulder, or back pain that is common to cyclists. Your weight is comfortably distributed throughout your back and the seat. Conventional bikes produce a lot of pressure on your seat, hands, arms and shoulders. Anyone can ride a Catrike. There are no balance issues, they are lightweight, low to the ground, and have a small frontal area so they are very aerodynamic and efficient. It is a different cycling experience; Catrike have a go-cart feel and can be very fast. 

DO I HAVE TO BE FIT TO RIDE A CATRIKE?

No. Since there is no balancing involved, one can ride as slow as they desire.

WHAT IF I HAVE A BAD KNEE?

Catrikes place very little strain on knees. Electric assist systems place very little strain on knees while allowing you to easily “keep up” with the group.

CAN DRIVERS SEE CATRIKES?

Yes! It seems counterintuitive since Catrikes are so low to the ground. However, since they are so unusual, drivers see them better than anything else on the road. Additionally, 7-foot tall spinnies spin while providing greater visibility.

HOW SAFE ARE CATRIKES AT NIGHT?

The use of high-powered Serfas headlights and tail lights, along with Wheel Brightz wheel lights produce a great deal of visibility. This configuration may equal or exceed daylight visibility. Our headlights are either 500 lumens or 650 lumens. “The ideal brightness for a bike light is between 300 to 600 lumens.” The Geeky Cyclist.

IS IT COMFORTABLE RIDING A CATRIKE?

Yes! The mesh seat supports a rider’s posterior and back. Weight is much better distributed. The bottom does not get sore. The Catrike 5.5.9 has an additional seat cushion.

HOW DO YOU STOP?

There are brake levers in front of each steering grip. Squeeze both of them to apply both brakes.

HOW DO YOU SHIFT GEARS?

At the top of each steering grip is a bar shifter. Pushing the bar     forward and backward shifts to higher or lower gears.

Shifting backwards, on the right bar shifter, lowers the rear gears; 

shifting forwards raises the rear gears.

The opposite affect occurs on the left bar shifter: forwards is a lower gear, backwards is a higher gear.

FUN

Riding low, either fast or slow, is pure fun! Speed gives the sensations of riding on a go-cart. Riding slower allows you to enjoy your surroundings.

NO BALANCING

With three wheels, there’s no balancing. No special skills are required to ride. You can be immediately successful. Riders can go as slow as they like or just stop. your focus is just pedaling and steering. Essentially, there is no falling off. (CAUTION: if you go around a corner too fast, you can tip over). Riders spend more time looking up and around. Conversely, bicycle riding requires more attention to the roadway. 

CONTROLS

Since there is no balancing, you can easily steer, brake and shift with one hand. This is key for riders with challenges.
Most of the time, your wrist rests on the wrist pads, hands are always ready. The trike wants to go straight, slight adjustments to the steering is sufficient.

VISIBILITY

Catrikes sit low, BUT since they are so unusual, they attract more attention than bikes, motorcycles and cars. Spinnies, 5-foot long on 6- foot poles, provide more attention as they spin.      
At night, your presence is announced by: LED wheel lights, headlights and tail lights (all visible from far away).

EXERCISE

Ride for aerobic exercise and/or anaerobic exercise. The rider determines the intensity. Going up hills is work, going down hills is a blast.

COMFORT

Your back and posterior support you, unlike a bicycle. Your body does not get tired of sitting in the seat for long distances. Head rests allow riders to relax their heads and necks.ost of the time, your wrist rests on the wrist pads, hands are always ready. The trike wants to go straight, slight adjustments to the steering is sufficient.

CLOTHING

You can wear casual clothing.

STORAGE

Pannier bags provide storage for personal items; phone, snacks, jacket, hat, spare tubes, tools, etc. Don’t forget to empty your pockets when you ride to avoid losing items  ?
there is no balancing, you can easily steer, brake and shift with one hand. This is key for riders with challenges.
Most of the time, your wrist rests on the wrist pads, hands are always ready. The trike wants to go straight, slight adjustments to the steering is sufficient.

SAFETY

Riding on bike trails is the first choice. “Deserted” streets are the second choice. Catrikes are the width of a wheel chair. Most everywhere a wheelchair can go, a Catrike can go. If you are not on a bike trail and the street is busy, ride on the sidewalk. Of course, take care of pedestrians. Please know that, in some large cities, riding on the sidewalk is illegal.
there is no balancing, you can easily steer, brake and shift with one hand. This is key for riders with challenges.
Most of the time, your wrist rests on the wrist pads, hands are always ready. The trike wants to go straight, slight adjustments to the steering is sufficient.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF SITTING INCLINED?

The inclined-seating position takes pressure off of the hands, arms, shoulders and necks. Because you’re not looking down at the path, more time is spend enjoying your surroundings. 

WHAT ARE THE SEAT ANGLES?

700                     25°

Expedition        37°

Pocket                41°

 5.5.9  adjusts   41° – 57°

IN WHICH GEAR SETTINGS SHOULD I RIDE?

Most of the time, we ride with the chain in the middle gear upfront. Subsequently, most shifting occurs in the rear gears. Please avoid using the highest gear with the highest gear combination, or the lowest gear with the lowest gear combination. Cross chaining can occur and cause damage to the chain and derailleur. The preferred combinations are large/small and small/large when not in the middle gears. (see this diagram /#shiftingtechnique.

        Eight combinations are almost identical to another eight combinations.

HOW DO YOU SHIFT GEARS?

At the top of each steering grip is a bar shifter. Pushing the bar forward and backward shifts to higher or lower gears. Shifting backwards, on the right bar shifter, lowers the rear gears; shifting forwards raises the rear gears. The opposite affect occurs on the left bar shifter: forwards is a lower gear, backwards is a higher gear. 

WHY ARE THERE 3 GEARS IN THE FRONT AND 1O GEARS IN THE BACK?

3 gears and 10 gears provide 30 different gear combinations. Lower combinations of gears are suitable for initial take-off and climbing hills. Middle combinations are suitable for cruising. Higher combinations are for downhill accelerating and for speed.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF HAND REST PADS?

Catrikes “want to go straight”, and don’t need to be balanced. Riders don’t have to hold the steering grips tightly. Hands are in the ready position for incremental steering adjustments, and for occasional shifting and braking. Your wrists can relax on the hand rest pads, while your hands are ready to move.

HOW DO YOU BRAKE?

There are brake levers in front of each steering grip. Squeeze both of them to apply both brakes.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF TWO FRONT WHEELS?

Stability is greatly enhanced with two front wheels. It is almost impossible to flip over. When one wheel encounters a bump or hole, the other wheel usually moderates the resultant affect.

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF A CATRIKE?

Pocket          33 pounds,

 700              34 pounds,

 Expedition   35 pounds

 5.5.9            39.5 pounds. 

CAN YOU STORE ITEMS WHILE RIDING?

YES. The seat back bag, pannier bags, storage bags and cell phone bags provide storage for cell phones, tools, wallets, keys, light jackets and pants, hats, snacks, speakers, spare inter-tubes, pumps, extra water, etc.

ARE THE HEADRESTS ADJUSTABLE?

 Yes, they adjust to be comfortable for both your head and neck.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HEADREST?

Some riders prefer resting their head against the headrest the entire ride. Others use the headrest only when stopped. Some do not use the headrest, at all.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE CATRIKE MODELS?

Simply:

Pocket is for riders who are 4’10” and taller,

Expedition is the great all-around trike,

5.5.9 sits more upright and folds,

700 is for speed.

All Catrikes are great.

HOW DO YOU DRIFT?

While going at speed on concrete, with a thin amount of sand, or while on dirt, hit one or both brakes. You may also   turn the front wheels while hitting the brakes. This is an advanced move, not for novice riders.

The Expedition offers a beautiful and sleek machine combined with a long, comfortable body position for all-day riding.

The Pocket is a compact space frame that offers all the features of our Expedition and 700 models. The perfect ride for smaller riders.

Classic comfort combined with long distance performance, the 5.5.9 is the best of both worlds.  The ingenious design of the Catrike’s folding frame with roller wheels.

OUR TEAM

With over 14,000 miles of experience riding Catrike recumbent trikes, our Ride Leaders are passionate about sharing the adventure  

We are trike mechanics and CPR-First Aid Certified.

Glen McWilliams

Pilot - Master Mechanic

Darwin Dallas

Trailing Rider

WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING including  FUN!

To Enhance Your Experience, Bring the Following:

  • Water Bottle (ideally, reusable)
  • Helmet
  • Snack
  • Sunblock
  • Light Jacket
  • Cell Phone

ONLINE WAIVER

(Coming soon)

OUR PROFESSIONAL FRIENDS

For the Young Ones:

Mobo Mity Disney-Pixar Cars 3 Lightning McQueen

Razor Rip-Rider 360

Triad Countermeasure 2 Drift Trike

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CONTACT US

Please contact us with any questions that you may have.

(949) 656-5800

Let’sTrike@gmail.com

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