– All 12” pneumatic air tires
– Aircraft grade aluminum frame
– Rear independent disc brakes
– New brake levers with parking lock
– Handlebar with extensions for accessories
– New Velo Atune molded handgrips
– Black finished machined aluminum rims
– New rear fender
– New front fender
– T12 Roadster rubber grip matt
Suggested Weight Limit: 250lbs
Suggested Height Limit Range: 5'4" to 6'10"
Recommended Ages: 14+
Dancing in the Streets
Denver, CO October 5, 2011
Trikking is by far the most fun form of aerobic exercise I have discovered. The movement is smooth and gentle, even though it takes some solid pushing to get up hills. It is downright whimsical. Trikking makes me smile and usually makes others smile too, unless they're trying to pass you on a narrow bike path.
Warning: I've tried to convert many people to become trikkers. Most remain unconverted. It takes some persistence to get good enough to even go up slight inclines. Many people give up too soon. This is probably not a great impulse purchase. Be sure that you're excited enough to practice for the weeks or months to get good at it. I kept learning better techniques even in my second year of trikking. And when I rode different models in following years, I learned even more. If you've got a friend with one, try theirs, and get some instruction from them. You might even consider finding a local dealer who can let you try different models, and help you with adjustments and maintenance.
Also, the energy input to forward momentum conversion is fairly indirect, you can't just stand up on the pedals and power forward like you can on a bike. This means you put in twice the effort to go only 2/3 the speed as a bike. But as another reviewer mentioned, since that effort is spread so evenly across different muscle groups in your body, you don't get sore muscles (or a sore butt from a bike seat).
The T12 is solid, high off the ground, and has disc brakes that are almost dangerously effective. It's easy to lurch forward into the handlebars if you brake too hard. Also Important: The handlebars want to pivot 180 degrees from their normal position. It's supposed to be this way. It's part of how you get the pushing effect from the turning, but you have to be careful not to let them turn too sharply or you'll go right over them.
Another reviewer recommended helmet and knee/elbow pads. I have people wear bike gloves when learning to Trikke, because when you take a spill, the speeds are usually low enough that you try to catch yourself with your hands rather than rolling. This leads to scraped palms if you don't wear gloves.
Trikkes are pretty low maintenance. I generally just check adjustments once a year, and tire pressures once a month. It can sometimes be tricky to fold, but if you wiggle its arms while pulling on the release mechanism, you can get it to work.
I have now purchased 4 different models of Trikkes so I can bring other people out Trikking with me. Since I'm a big guy (over 6' & 230 lbs), the T12 is my favorite model. But be warned, it is large and can be hard for newbies to handle. Stick to a T8-Air if you don't need the largest model.
Finally, a few tips on getting started...
Start by practicing standing on the trikke while it's still. Stand on the balls of your feet toward the front of the footpads with your toes pointed out (heels in). This lets you use all your leg muscles (including calves) instead of standing flatfooted and using only quads/thighs. Practice leaning the whole trikke from side-to-side and notice the upright steering tube can lean over pretty far while you're still standing solidly. Once you try "pushing," be sure you're leaning the trikke like this instead of just turning the handlebars. You'll get a much better feel for it this way.
Don't try to make it go from a stand still, take a few good pushes with your foot like a normal scooter to get up enough speed to try the rock-and-roll style pushing. Avoid hills for a while when you're learning. Downhill gives you false confidence. Uphill tends to rapidly drain the small amount of confidence you may have started developing. :)
Good luck. Enjoy dancing in the streets on your own Trikke!
| Trikke Master
The T12 is the Trikke I want when I'm going places. I enjoy exploring new paths and streets. The larger tires and extra weight of the T12 make for a smoother ride in less than ideal terrain. The disc brakes give me the confidnece that I can stop on dime if need be. Also, I can put my whole body into the T12 for maximum workout. The extra weight of the T12 does make going up hill more difficult than a lighter Trikke, however, now a days I'm looking for that extra work out as my Trikke muscles are very developed. I love my T8 but the T12 is the one I ride the most.
I love my t12.
Great fun great workout and a great conversation starter. Some people that I have let ride it are not crazy about it but generally most other people like it as well. Definetley not an activity for the lazy. I ride mine hard and the only problem I have had is the bolts in the cv joints or bushing area back out if I really ride hard. I just carry an allen wrench with me no big deal. Trikking is great! wish I could figure out how to make a living doing it. Thanks for an awesome machine, Dorsey Lewter
The greatest transpo ever
New York , NY 6/3/2009
I hopped on my trikke in January. A cold winter in nyc. I was immediately addicted. It is not uncommon for me to do 30-40 miles in a day. I just go everywhere and absolutely love it. I crave hills, up AND down. I don't really want everybody to have one! I like being one of few. Go ahead though, buy asap...it is the best thing in the known universe.
|T12 Roadster • 2012
|T12 Brake Adjustment||T12 Steering Axle
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