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Commute By TRIKKE Review

by RL Policar
Disclaimer:
As a product reviewer for Commute By Bike, I am providing my unbiased opinion of any products provided to us by any company. I do not posses any type of relationship with the product’s company or parent companies. Companies that send in their goods to be reviewed do not compensate me in any way. It’s quiet, it folds small enough to fit under your desk or in the trunk of your car. It has dual sided brakes for great stopping power.
Product Tested: Trikke T8
What I liked:
This has to be one of the most unique man powered vehicles on the planet. I loved how smoothe it feels when riding it. You definitely get tons of attention on it. Anyone that tries out the TRIKKE immediately fall in love with it. Once you fully understand how the contraption works, there’s no stopping you from going pretty fast.

Test Location: Streets of Fullerton and Brea California

What I didn’t like:
It doens’t do too well on streets that have pot holes. You must ride it on smoothe surfaces like sidewalks or a well paved street.It takes some time to learn it. But once you do, you can kick some butt with it. It’s very difficult to climb hills. I’m not saying its impossible because when I rode the LA Bike Tour in 03 and 04, I saw the Trikke Street Team riding these things through 23 miles of Los Angeles streets.
Would I recommend it?
Yes I would, but not for commuting long distances. The TRIKKE provides an awesome full body workout and its just plain and simple, fun! However, I wouldn’t recommend anyone commute distances over 3 miles with it until they get the full understanding on how to use it. But once you do, then knock yourself out. It’s an awesome ride and I have a great time on it everytime I ride it.
Cost: $279
For more information, visit Trikke’s SITE.
Check me out riding the TRIKKE

 
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14 Responses to “Commute By TRIKKE Review”

  1. Charles says:

    If you burn it do you get your Man Card back, or is it just lost forever?

  2. RL Policar says:

    Burn the Trikke? No way buddy, I challenge anyone to ride this thing to work. It takes balls to do it.

  3. Jay says:

    Seems too expensive. Basically a $279 piece of workout equipment, I rather spend that kind of money toward upgrades to a regular bike or toward a new bike.

  4. Charles says:

    Then I guess it’s lost forever.

  5. Charles says:

    Sorry, this is a weird site maintence report thing. When I posted that above, a post to Nick from someone named Tao about a route appeared. I was thinking wow, someone posted at the same time as I. Went back to the main page and back to this comment and it disappeared.

    It’s 7:20 in the morning for me and I haven’t been drinking. Just waiting to see if the rain will slow down enough for the morning ride in. Doesn’t look good. Anyways, I’m using Firefox and there was a strange floating post. Dam, thunder! I guess no ride today.

  6. nick says:

    i think this thing rocks, can’t wait to get mine.

  7. Anon says:

    I commute 12 miles one way on the Trikke T8C Air tires with a bunch of hills and would take the Trikke over my mountain bike any day. The Trikke is so much fun and addicting I cannot believe more aren’t on it. It’s addicting, addicting, addicting!!!! If you’ve ever skiied or snowboarded, you know how addicting that could be…well the Trikke gives that same feeling! I’m not athletic by any means, but since I’ve been riding the Trikke I’ve gained so much endurance and I’ve definitely toned up. This is a great machine and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants a fun challenge.

  8. Deniz says:

    So, how do you do the maintenance on this thing. What happens if for example you break one of the wheels? Do they sell the parts as well?

  9. DougC says:

    Deniz,
    You can easily get parts. You can order directly from TrikkeTech or for a number of dealers around the country. You can get tons of info at Trikketalk.com

  10. D says:

    For the last month, I’ve been riding a Trikke T12 about 20 miles into work, roughly three times a week. The course is about 10 miles of sidewalk (some of it pretty rough) and 10 miles of bike path. The commute is slow: 2 – 2.5 hours, depending on weather. This compares favorably, however, with the time it usually takes me to commute one way (1 hour) and work out at the gym (1.5 hours). I do not Trikke to and from work: I fold and carry it on the train ride home.

    The durability of the Trikke is a big advantage. I ride sidewalks out of necessity: street riding is too risky. The Trikke handles sidewalks well. It’s even quite fun: a continuous slalom, avoiding big cracks, sign posts, etc. There are few walkers or bikes on my route, but when I approach them, I go slowly so as not to drive them off the sidewalk.

    The workout is good. I used to bike into work (many years ago). I believe I getter a better workout on the Trikke. The Trike also seems safer. I’ve not fallen much, but when I do, my lower center of gravity is a real win. I’ve never hurt myself and usually end up laughing.

    Falls on the Trikke can be avoided entirely by: 1) replacing front tire before center tread wears down, 2) not “cranking” too hard with front wheel near edge of sidewalk (you can catch an edge and cause a spill), 3) not “cranking” on slippery surfaces, like wet docks along riverside bike paths.

    Maintenance of Trikke has been fun. Parts are available at trikke.com, as well as trikketampa.com. Anyone who has worked on a bicycle will find Trikke maintenance fun and easy.

  11. Kurt Klefisch says:

    I’m concerned about the wear on my knees. I’ve been riding my Trikke to and from work (four miles round trip) three to four days a week. I’m hooked on riding it! Only I’ve heard the Trikke is hard on the knees, and my knees are sore several days after I ride it. My knees otherwise do not bother me. Is there a special technique to carving our balancing? (Aside from my knee pain, the Trikke is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made in my 50 years.)

  12. nancy says:

    this looks like such fun. and good exercise

    would it be too dangerous for an active 70 yr old woman?

  13. RobQ says:

    Does anyone know if there is a delaer anywhere around New Jersey? I’m a little skeptical but curious, would love to try one out before purchasing it. Thanks.

  14. patvencool says:

    Just bought a Trikke at a garage sale. Learning and loving riding it. Cool, smooth & tight!

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