Best Adult Tricycles for Leisure Riding in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 6, 2018
It doesn’t matter whether you want to try something new, have balancing problems or any other condition prohibiting you from riding a two-wheeled bike, a tricycle is a way to go. Keep reading our review of the best adult tricycles and choose one for a relaxed, comfortable, and safe riding experience. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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WARRANTY
 
PROS

The aluminium frame of this bike is heat-treated, which has significantly increased its durability and resistance to mechanical damages. A large seat with an optional backrest will provide maximum comfort to a rider.

CONS

The assembly instruction is rather tricky.

OUR VERDICT

The AMMACO three-wheeler has a super-durable yet lightweight frame, comfy seat with backrest, and a capacious basket with locking lid. Everything you need for a comfortable ride in your neighbourhood. Due to the six-speed shift system and large wheels, it will be an excellent choice for riding in the countryside as well.

detailed parameters
Frame/Fork

Heat-treated aluminium frame, High-tensile fork

Speeds

6

Brakes

V front brake, Rear brake

Wheels

26" lightweight alloy wheel rims

Extras

Extra-wide saddle with backrest, Large basket, Reflectors

Weight

28 kg

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

A fairly wide and comfortable handlebar with adjustable height and angle of tilt makes it easy to customize the bike for people from 1.5 to 1.8-meter tall. As for extras, it has a silver bell, battery light, and reflectors.

CONS

The folding/unfolding might be a bit complicated.

OUR VERDICT

The foldable Scout tricycle has a classy design and is excellent for cruising around the town. With 24-inch wheels and an adjustable handlebar stem, it's suitable for users of almost any height. It's very stable on the road, which is especially great for seniors and people with disabilities.

detailed parameters
Frame/Fork

16.5″ folding high-tensile frame and fork

Speeds

6

Brakes

Front alloy "V" type brakes, Rear disc brake

Wheels

24" wheels, Alloy rims on steel hubs

Extras

Silver bell, Large rear basket, Battery light, Sprung-adjustable comfort saddle, Reflectors

Weight

27 kg

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

The Mantis 67520 is equipped with Kenda tires which are manufactured using the latest technology and boasts improved performance. The trike comes with a front suspension that makes for a super smooth ride.

CONS

The pedals can start creaking over some time.

OUR VERDICT

The Mantis Tri-Rad Folding Adult Tricycle is an excellent pick for first-time buyers. It's affordable, compact, and foldable for the ultimate convenience of use. It has 20-inch wheels that provide better stability and make the trike almost impervious to toppling.

detailed parameters
Frame/Fork

Folding steel frame with steel suspension fork

Speeds

1

Brakes

Front V-brake with parking brake

Wheels

20" wheels with 1.75" whitewall Kenda tires

Extras

Rear basket, Bell, Reflectors, Sprung-adjustable comfortable saddle

Weight

20.4 kg

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

This trike has Shimano derailleur and six-speed Shimano shifter. Due to a 6-speed gearbox, it can reach 20-25 km/h, which is quite a high speed for tricycles. The saddle comes fitted with a comfy backrest.

CONS

The brakes are not that good on the slopes.

OUR VERDICT

The Ridgeyard adult bike can perform well almost on any type of terrain. All three wheels are fitted with full-wrap fenders that can guard you against splashes and dings from dirt or debris. So if you often ride muddy trails, this model is a worthy buy. Moreover, the bike has a capacious storage basket for your picnic stuff.

detailed parameters
Frame/Fork

High-tensile steel frame and fork

Speeds


Brakes

Front V-brake, Rear brake

Wheels

24" wheels

Extras

Soft comfortable saddle with backrest, Rear folding basket, Reflectors

Weight

27 kg

WARRANTY

30 days

PROS

This cruiser has an extendable frame with 10 slots that can accommodate riders from 120 to 185cm in height. The bike uses unique rear-wheel steering system that can increase arm and leg muscle strength.

CONS

You might need some time to handle this bike.

OUR VERDICT

The Mobo CruiserTri-501O is an excellent bike for leisure rides on flat paved surfaces and gently sloping terrain. Its reclined seat provides evenly cushioned support for superior comfort. This three-wheeler is suitable for children from 12 years old, and its maximum weight capacity makes 113 kg.

detailed parameters
Frame/Fork

Steel extendable frame 

Speeds

1

Brakes

Hand caliper brake system 

Wheels

20" front and 16" rear wheels, Inflatable rubber tire

Extras

Large cushioned seat, Reflectors

Weight

20 kg

WARRANTY

30 days

AMMACO 26"

Heavy-Duty Tricycle

The Ammacco FREE AND EASY 26" Tricycle is a super-sturdy bike for all ages. Unlike most other tricycles on the market, this one has full-size 26" wheels. The larger wheels mean the better performance and the easier riding. Thus, the road camber won't be a big deal for you. It's a pretty big machine for men and woman that need to be around 150 cm minimum. And compared to the majority of other tricycles, this model has a lightweight alloy frame rather than a heavy steel frame. At 28 kgs, it's reasonably light so that you won't experience any inconvenience while cycling or pushing this tricycle at all. The frame has an ultra step-through design (just 16" from the ground to stopover section), so you'll easily get on and off. And of course, you won't need to balance or put your foot down. The frame is finished in sleek silver colour and is heat-treated for greater durability.

The bike is fitted with Shimano gears and has as many as 6 speeds for riding in different conditions. It has front and rear brake systems that are very efficient and sturdy. The rims are also made of lightweight yet durable alloy, and each wheel features mudguard to protect you from dirt.

For the ultimate comfort, the bike has an adjustable handlebar stem allowing you to customize the handlebar for yourself. The handlebar is fairly wide to help you maintain an upright riding position. The seat is well-cushioned and has a double-spring design for comfortable rides. If needed, you can attach an additional backrest (comes in the package) for better support. Also, the set includes a rear metal mesh basket with a lockable lid for your shopping bags. Some users note that the basket is on the heavy side and can add unnecessary weight when riding. However, you can simply replace it with a plastic washing basket that you can buy in any local shop. Overall, this is a heavy-duty bike made only of top materials to bring you so much fun and delight for long years to come.

Review of AMMACO 26" ADULT TRICYCLE

How to Handle This Trike

This tricycle is awesome. However, if you're new to riding on three wheels, you might need some time to get used to it. The bike offers a different riding action compared to a two-wheeler bike. You should steer with the handlebar rather than lean on it. For the first ride, we recommend you to find a quiet place. Practice until you manage to go in a straight line. Then, try steering from one side to the other in a zig-zag motion. Once you feel that you can really control the trike, start extending your riding distance, but do take it slowly at first. If required, you can use "parking" brakes to keep yourself stationary. Once you've got the hang of riding this trike, it will open out the new world for you. You will be able to go to local shops, ride in parks, and even set off on country trips. The Ammacco FREE AND EASY trike can really restore your independence and mobility.

AMMACO 26" ADULT TRICYCLE in the use

 

Scout 24"

A Stylish Cruiser

The Scout 24" trike with swept-back handlebars and full-wrap fenders is designed especially for cruising around the town. It has a stylish design, so you'll definitely receive many compliments when riding it. It has a glossy black frame with a silver detailing, which looks really luxurious. However, the high-tensile frame is not only beautiful and durable but practical as well. It features a quick-release folding mechanism and can be folded/unfolded very swiftly. This design makes the trike easy to store and transport. You can simply put it in the trunk of your car and enjoy riding just anywhere. When folded, it makes 43″ x 28.7″ x 35″, and when unfolded - 68″x 28.7″ x 35″.

The 16.5″ frame is best suitable for those users who are about 150-182 cm tall. However, thanks to the height-adjustable saddle and handlebars, the bike can comfortably accommodate riders of most other heights. The front and rear 24" wheels provide good stability during both rides and standing still. Each wheel has an alloy rim on steel hubs with 36 spokes. Also, the wheels are fitted with mudguards which are a nice addition as they can keep you from staining your legs and back with dirty water and loose gravel.

Just like most other cruiser bikes, this one comes with a solid rear wire basket. The basket is delivered to you in its natural state. The basket is very handy if you are going to have a picnic or do shopping for groceries, for example. By the way, this nice-looking three-wheeler is available in 3 vibrant colours (Black, Blue, and White) to suit your style best.

Review of Scout 24" Adults folding tricycle

Attention to Details

The bike uses 6-speed Shimano gear, which allows you to use this tricycle for a wide range of riding – from leisure cruising to long-distance commutes. Even the hills won't get in the way of your relaxation. And since the Scout adult trike has powerful front V-brakes and a rear disc brake, it ensures fast braking in all conditions.

The bike features a sprung-adjustable saddle that will make each ride as comfortable as possible. The seat can support users up to 160 kg. The bike itself weighs 27 kg. It comes boxed with all assembly instructions included. The set up is hassle-free and won't take you long. So, if you're looking for a simple, stylish bike with a comfy saddle, front suspension, and foldable design, the Scout Adults 24" folding tricycle can be the best bet.

Scout 24" Adults folding tricycle in the use

 

Mantis 67520

The Best Trike for Beginners

The Mantis Tri-Rad adult trike is a great option for beginners and first-time buyers. It's the most reasonably-priced model on the market, and as the old saying goes you will get what you pay for. Compared to 26-inch bikes, the tires of this one are much lighter and perfect for average-height people. Three 20" wheels make the bike compact and agile. This trike will perfectly cater to needs of young or seniors alike who have balancing issues. Although it has one speed only, it's still fairly quick, powered by a Shimano drivetrain. With a V-brake on the front rim and traditional strap or linear pull brake located in the rear, this bike ensures a stable, secure, and worry-free ride. For extra safety when riding on the street, it comes equipped with a silver bell on the handlebar. The long handlebar, as well as a comfy cruiser seat, features a quick release adjustment for customizable height. The seat is made of soft foam, vinyl and springs, thus, it's comfortable and good for both long and short rides. Also, it's a pretty lightweight tricycle for adults.

Constructed from 90% steel, 5% aluminium, 3% rubber and 2% plastic, the bike is nicely built. The low-cut frame and handy parking brake allow users to easily mount and dismount this bike. The frame feels very sturdy and strong, however, the best part is that it can be quickly folded in half with a twist and pull of a quick release lever and then locked with a simple cable lock. Also, using the lever on the stem of this trike, you can fold down the handlebars. The Tri-Rad's folding design makes storage and transportation much easier. You can take the trike in your car or RV and go wherever you need. Unlike other trikes, this one comes with a front suspension that makes for a super smooth ride.

Featuring whitewall Kenda tires with a front fender, long handlebars, and rear basket, it has a beautiful retro look. The bike is available in blue or silver designs to call people very own and give them the freedom they want. An excellent entry-level three-wheeler!

Review of Mantis 67520 Folding Adult Tricycle

Easy Assembly

This folding adult tricycle is not only easy to ride but easy to assemble as well. The bike assembly requires just a little time and effort after delivery. The pedals, seat, handlebars, basket, front fender and all three wheels should be installed. Also, you should mount 3 reflectors onto the front and rear wheels, which adds to the safety a lot. The package includes a step-by-step guide with clear pictures. The assembly will take you about an hour from unboxing to fine-tuning.

Mantis 67520 Folding Adult Tricycle in the use

 

Ridgeyard HW-ZXC-2-W

For Picnics

The Ridgeyard 24" 6 Speed 3 Wheel Adult Trike is another quality cruiser-style bike with the folding basket. It has excellent price/quality ratio. Boasting a TIG welded and high tensile steel frame, it’s extremely stable and durable. It can handle the weight up to 135 kg, which makes it quite comfortable for people of any built type. And its height-adjustable handlebars and seat post make the bike ideal for tall users. The saddle itself is broad and comfy. It is fitted with an additional backrest which can make cycling more relaxed and comfortable.

The bike itself weighs 27 kg and is available in three vibrant colours (Black, Silver, and White) to suit your taste. It features standard 24-inch wheels that provide excellent stability on most surfaces. All three wheels are finished with full-wrap fenders that can guard you against splashes and dings from dirt or debris. So, if you’re a picnic lover who rides muddy trails every weekend, this model is a worthy buy. Moreover, the bike is fitted with the capacious rear storage basket that can support up to 20 kg. You can easily put there your backpack, picnic blanket, lunch, and other stuff. The basket is foldable, and you can quickly install or remove it after watching the installation video.

The bike comes pre-assembled, and some parts need to be put together. You can get all the directions in the video. The package also includes optional reflectors which you can install on the front, back, and in the spokes of wheels to prevent accidents. This adult tricycle has low step-over which enables you to get on and off the trike easily. Overall, the bike is pretty agile and stable. The chances of tipping over are minimal. This is the right cruiser trike to ride long distances to have picnics with your friends. It can really keep you forever young at heart.

Review of Ridgeyard HW-ZXC-2-W Adult Trike Tricycle

Top Quality Gearbox

Shimano is probably one of the best companies that manufacture top-quality bike shifters and derailleurs worldwide. Ridgeyard doesn’t compromise on the quality of their bikes and, thus, equips them with Shimano gear. This trike boasts Shimano derailleur and six-speed Shimano shifter. The shifter needs to be installed on the handlebar to help rider swiftly change the gears by hand. The derailleur should be installed between the rear wheels and connected to the shifter with a highly durable metallic wire. This Shimano gear system allows you to shift the chain of your trike extremely smoothly. Due to a 6-speed gearbox, the trike can reach 20-25 km/h, which is quite a high speed for tricycles.

Ridgeyard HW-ZXC-2-W Adult Trike Tricycle in the use

 

Mobo Tri-501O

Sporty Design

The Mobo Triton Pro 3-Wheeled Cruiser can deliver you the most extraordinary ride you've ever experienced. Its durable hi-ten steel frame with low centre of gravity provides maximum stability on flat smooth surfaces, while dual-joystick steering and free-wheel design ensure great manoeuvrability with just simple hand movements. This bike takes the pressure off your knees and hips, while its ergonomic recumbent seat adds minimal pressure to your back. Still, it can work your hamstrings and glutes very well. This three-wheeler is easy to pedal and turn. Also, the bike requires low maintenance as it has a chainless design.

Since it has no variable gears to adjust for any type of terrain, it's best for cruising on flat paved surfaces and very gentle slopes. Small sections of dirt and gravel will be also okay, however, the bike won't be able to go uphill. With one gear only, the bike is not very fast. So, if you want speedy rides, prepare to pedal like crazy.

This trike comes partially pre-assembled and it will take you about an hour to put it together if you follow all provided directions. Once assembled, the bike feels solid enough. It fits people from 120 to 185 cm and with max weight up to 115 kg. Since the front wheel of this bike is 20" and rear wheels are 16", even 12+ riders can use it. The bike features an extendable steel frame that has 10 slots to accommodate people from 120 to 185 cm in height. Overall, it'a great sporty bike low centre of gravity that offers unprecedented stability. Although it's not ideal for long rides or hilly areas, it's perfect for leisure rides.

Review of Mobo Tri-501O 3-Wheeled Cruiser

Not Just for Fun

This cruiser bike is good not only for relaxed riding but also for gentle exercising. The unique rear-wheel steering system can increase your arm and leg muscle strength. This type of bike ensures low-impact cardiovascular workout and improves hand-eye coordination. So, if your goal is to get exercise with minimal stress on your back and legs, this tricycle is the right choice for you. The more you ride, the stronger you get!

Mobo Tri-501O 3-Wheeled Cruiser in the use

Additional Info

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What Is an Adult Tricycle?

Adult tricycles are extremely safe and fun to ride. The key benefit of a tricycle is that it keeps your balance to prevent any injury. You won’t tip over even when you are cycling up a hill or try hitting loose gravel. Unlike a two-wheeled bicycle, a tricycle allows you to ride as slow as you wish and rest both your feet on the ground if needed. Thanks to its freestanding design, a trike is much easier to ride, as you don’t have to ride and balance at the same time. You can just relax and ride. For this very reason, it’s a perfect choice for seniors or people with balancing issues.

Most tricycles have wide cushioned seats that distribute your weight evenly, allowing you to take longer rides. Tricycles have low-profile designs, so they are very easy to mount and dismount. You won’t strain your legs or pelvic joints. Also, they feature ergonomic handlebars which won’t make your arms hurt or cause back pain.

So, if you want a more relaxed, stress-free cycling experience, read our review of the best three-wheel bikes for adults and take your pick. For sure, little riders like to copy adults. If you like the idea of cycling with your children or grandchildren, get a children trike and have a great fun all together.

What Features to Compare

Type

Before getting a bike, think where you’re going to ride and what type of trike will suit you best.

  • Electric Tricycle. An electric tricycle has a built-in motor and rechargeable batteries that can power the vehicle. Still, the main power source is pedalling. You can use the motor only when you want to rest a bit.
  • Recumbent Tricycle. Recumbent trikes are positioned very close to the ground. They have reclined seats, so you’ll be able to lean your back and relax. This type of trike has an expandable frame, thus, you’ll be able to stretch out your legs and enjoy leisure ride. Recumbent trikes can work out your major muscle groups.
  • Upright Tricycle. As it goes from its name, this bike ensures that you’ll be in an upright position. It features a front wheel in a central position and two wheels at the back. It’s very stable and can carry high loads.
  • Folding Tricycle. If you enjoy cycling in the countryside, a folding trike can be the best option for you. Usually, it has a foldable frame and handlebars and can easily fit into your cargo without taking too much space.

Size

Typically, trikes come with 20”, 24”, or 26” wheels. 20” models are considered to be the most stable, manoeuvrable, and easy to pedal. They are excellent for those who have never used a trike before. Take a note that such tricycles might be uncomfortable for very tall riders. Tall users might hit their knees at the handlebars while riding it. 24” three-wheeler is an optimal option that suits adults of average height and body type. The most heavy-duty bikes use 26” wheels. They are usually faster, however, they might not fit people of less-than-average height. We would like to note that some bikes have combo front and rear wheels for better performance. Also, consider the overall dimensions of a bike.

Materials

Most tricycles are made of steel, quite strong material. Still, the high-end models are made of different alloys which make them extremely durable and more lightweight. However, such trikes cost more. The best trikes use pneumatic tyres that ride smoothly on most surfaces. Kenda tyres are considered to be the gold standard for tyres.

Extras

Do you want to hit muddy trails and ride uphills? Or do you need a bike just for scouting your neighbourhood? Depending on your needs, you can choose a trike with a fixed gear or with a variety of gears. Also, you can get a model with a capacious rear basket for your shopping bags and other stuff. If you would like to subtly lean your back during your rides, opt for models with additional backrests. And in case you want to make your rides as safe as possible, consider such extras as reflectors and bells.

Did you know?

Dangers of physical inactivity

The World Health Organization (WHO) informs that more than 3 million people die each year because of insufficient physical activity. The WHO recommends you to spend at least one hour each week doing some moderately-intensive aerobic workouts. Riding a trike every day will cover those physical activity needs. Moreover, a three-wheeler can work not only your muscles but your brain as well. Studies also show that older people who maintain high activity levels are more mobile. Keeping joints moving also reduces the chances of getting arthritis and osteoporosis.

What muscles do tricycles target?

Just like bicycles, tricycles work out many muscle groups: quads, glutes, calves, hamstrings, abs, and even Tibialis anterior.

Other benefits of using a tricycle

Cycling is the key to a good health. This aerobic exercise can:

- increase your heart rate;

- pump oxygenated blood throughout your body;

- strengthen your immune system;

- prevent age-related inflammation;

- lower the risk of Alzheimer’s;

- improve stamina;

- combat insomnia;

- improve balance and coordination;

- boost metabolism;

- prevent obesity.

And all this without causing too much stress on your knees and joints.

Tricycles vs Bicycles

Three-wheelers offer plenty of advantages over standard bicycles, especially for seniors. It’s hard to believe, but trikes allow you to ride faster, since they have a low-frame design and can place your body closer to the ground. Even in the strong wind, you can ride quite fast because trikes have a triangular design that helps them cut through the wind better. Also, tricycles are more adaptable. If you are limited in mobility, tricycles can be adjusted to suit your special needs. They offer better balance and prevent tipping over or falling off a bike. Unlike standard bikes, they have wider seats that are particularly comfortable for those with hip problems. However, tricycles have quite a bulky frame that makes them a bit tricky to manoeuvre through turns.

When was the first tricycle invented?

The early prototype of tricycle was invented by disabled German watch-maker, Stephan Farffler. It was a small carriage that had three wheels (one on the front and two in the back). This vehicle was propelled by rotating a crank situated around the front wheel. And the first three-wheeler powered by pedals was created by two Frenchmen in 1789. They gave this vehicle the name “tricycle”. The world's first handlebar-steering trike was introduced by the Leicester Safety Tricycle Company in 1881.

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2. Cycling - health benefits, BetterHealth.

3. Tricycle, Wikipedia.

4. 9 Impressive Benefits Of Cycling, OrganicFacts.

5. The top 5 benefits of cycling, HarvardHealth.

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Publish Date: 2018-03-19 15:42:52