I Want a cute Adult Trike or Tricycle!
Ok, I'm over 50 and I want a tricycle. I know it may sound dorky but there is something about those trikes that just strike my fancy. Maybe I'm starting my second childhood earlier than most but I've been yearning for one of those contraptions for awhile now. I think they are geeky cool if you know what I mean.
Besides that, I am short. How short? Very short. Let's just say that one of my main purposes in life is to make normal short people feel tall. So, being a vertically challenged person I find riding a regular bike intimidating. Whenever I get on one my heart starts racing and I'm scared to death I'll not be able to gracefully slow the bike down or get off of it. It's way too much stress at my delicate post-50 age! Oh and several of the trikes have normal seats (read wide bottomed seats), not those wretched bike seats that normal bikes have that I'm convinced might be the cause of hemorrhoids or something equally as dire, some trikes have chair seats and they look super comfortable.
Moreover, I like the idea of riding a trike. I don't own a car, nor do I ever want to own a car again. When I arrived in Manhattan I gleefully sold my car and never looked back. I can't say I've ever missed owning a car since. I don't miss having to clean it, maintain it (although I never did) or having to pay payments and insurance on it. And I sure don't miss worrying that it will break down in the middle of nowhere while I have to fight off serial killers who try to take advantage (ok maybe I've watched one too many horror flicks). But, uno no one gets killed while riding a trike, nope, not a one! Nope, don't miss it and don't want another one ever.
So, my thoughts meandered wildly to what alternative methods I could use to move my person from one place to the next. I currently use public transportation and I'm all for it, but the idea of getting around on my own steam has always been my preferred method. So I started looking into bikes and I stumbled upon the adult trike, joy of joys! I think it's a great idea. I mean, no more fear factor trying to stop my bike gracefully in Manhattan traffic or any kind of traffic, no more balance issues when having to slow down and there is also a little storage compartment (in the one I want...because I haven't purchased it yet).
In addition, for those of you out there that need a little extra added power they have electric trikes..yes electric trikes! These Tricycles charge on a nickles worth of electricity every night and they can go up to 20 miles an hour. These trikes are perfect if you don't want to have car payments, gas payments, or insurance payments and they do not require a license or have any added fees. You can ride them like a regular trike but you can use the electric motor if you need help getting up a hill or if you just get tired. I love these trikes because you have no added costs after you buy them. They are a bit more pricey than regular trikes and may run around $1,300 or so. However, if you are using these instead of a car they are a steal. If you are undecided between a car and a bike these are for you!
Yes, the trike is the perfect pre or post-senior mode of transportation in my mind. Not only do you save on gas, have storage capacity, increase your activity output but it's cute with just a touch of eccentricity thrown in for good measure!
Postscript: I have since purchased my adult trike and I have to say I just love it. It is everything that I thought it would be and more!
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