Savvy Senior: Adult tricycles for boomers and beyond

BY JIM MILLER Published: May 21, 2012
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DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What can you tell me about three-wheeled bicycles? I'm 67 years old and would like to take up recreational bike riding but don't trust myself on a two-wheeler.

Unbalanced Bonnie

DEAR BONNIE: Three-wheeled bikes — also known as adult tricycles — are a great cycling option for older boomers and seniors, especially those who have concerns with their balance or stamina.

Here's what you should know, along with some tips to help you shop for one.

Types of tricycles

There are literally dozens of different types of adult tricycles to choose from with prices ranging anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. To help you figure out the right kind of tricycle that meets your needs and budget, here's a breakdown of the different styles and costs, along with some popular models to checkout.

Upright: If you're primarily interested in a leisurely ride around the neighborhood for pleasure, fitness or running errands, upright trikes are a good choice. These are upright-positioned tricycles that come with rear cargo baskets and limited gear options usually ranging from one to three speeds. Some popular models in this category include the Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle sold at Walmart and Target for around $270, the Sun Traditional 24 trike (see sunbicycles.com) that retails for around $375, and the Torker TriStar three-speed (torkerusa.com) which costs $500.

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