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. 

Abilities

Riders who experience various challenges ride weekly at specific locations.
All rides are COMPLIMENTARY.

FUN

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.

Adventures

Our Adventures take you all over Southern California.

FITNESS

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.

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.

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.

SAFETY

HOW SAFE ARE CATRIKES AT NIGHT? (and DAY)

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.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.

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.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.

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.

VISIBILITY

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.iding 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.

BALANCING

RWith 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.

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.

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.

COMFORT

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 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 ARE THE SEAT ANGLES?

700                                      25°

Expedition                          37°

Pocket                                  41°

5.5.9  adjustable from   41° – 57°

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE 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.

WHAT'S THE ADVANTAGE OF THE INCLINED SEAT?

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'S 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.

ARE THE HEADRESTS ADJUSTABLE?

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

CLOTHING

You can wear comfortable clothing.

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.

CONTROLS

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;  conversely 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.

 

IN WHICH GEAR SETTING SHOULD YOU 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 of gears are almost identical to another eight combinations.

 

WHY ARE THERE 3 GEARS IN THE FRONT AND 10 GEARS IN THE REAR?

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 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.

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.

 

HOW DO YOU BRAKE?

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

STORAGE

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.

 

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.

MISCELLANEOUS

WHAT IS THE WEIGHT OF A CATRIKE?

Pocket          33 pounds,

 700              34 pounds,

 Expedition   35 pounds

 5.5.9            39.5 pounds. 

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.

Our Company – Our Passion

Let’s Trike began in 2019 inspired by persons with greater and lesser challenges. God provided us a vision of everyone riding. Therefore, Veterans and persons “with challenges” ride for FREE. Seeing people’s joy and excitement riding for the first time is priceless. Individuals exit wheelchairs and walkers and have freedom of mobility.
Others enjoy the “chill” nature of riding, socializing and/or ripping down hills.

Family, Friends, Fun, Fitness and Faith are our passion. 

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