My Trikke Page

updated 12-Aug-2011

What is a Trikke?

A: Great form of exercise
A Trikke (pronounced Trike), is a three wheeled scooter that leans and carves to gain momentum. The Trikke beats everything else in exercise and in my opinion fun as well. In fact it is so fun to ride, I end up carving the neighborhood if I just hop on it. It is relaxing, calming, therapeutic, and an amazing workout. So this really combines everything I love. I'm outside, having a ton of fun and getting a great workout.
Here are two videos incase you have never seen a Trikke in action:  T12 workout ride / T12 Roadster cruising video.

Is a Trikke easy to ride?

A: Yes
A Trikke has three wheels which provide both support and gives stability. Simply step on it, no extra balance or skill needed. A Trikke also has brakes with helps keep control, especially down a hill. I personally think it is the easiest of everything I've tried to ride (bike, scooter, ripstik, waveboard, roller skates, ice skating, skiing, skate board, etc.). To illustrate this point, I have let more then 75 people ride my Trikke, and none have fallen or hurt themselves! And that is without me helping or holding on. I don't think that can be said for riding anything else. So yes, it's easy to ride, and easy to learn. That's not the same as saying that you will pick it up instantly though...

How long does it take to learn to ride?

A: 10 to 45 Minutes

For children 6 -12 they are able to propel themselves within 10 minutes at around 2-4 mph. Adults take 2 to 3 times as long, and usually propel themselves around 5-7mph. That's the basics. From there it is learning skill and improving your timing, see the videos below. It took me about 10 minutes to get going on it at around 2-3 mph, a fun speed to start with. After about 30 minutes on it, I could cruise around at 5-6 mph. I felt a little sore, “not a bad hurting sore,” “a muscles aren't used to that” sore. I rode about 3 miles on and off that first day. To my surprise, trying it the next day, I was much more comfortable and riding much faster, I could cruise around 7.1 to 7.6 mph without really working (not sweating like crazy, did I mention I was pretty much drenched the first day riding this thing. I was having so much fun riding it, that it didn't bother me). Anyway, I was now cruising a comfortable speed, and getting a nice easy workout, without sweating or breathing hard. It's great cardio workout with no impact.

Are they good exercise?

A: Absolutely

Amazing exercise. Unlike anything I've done before. Riding a Trikke exercises my entire body, from my toes to my head to my fingers. I can ride for hours, and be fine the rest of the day as well as the next day. After 20 days of ridding the Trikke (~112 miles), I lost 15 lbs and 1.5 inches, I feel great and enjoy it. I also look forward to riding every day, can't say that about any previous workout program. I've been riding more then 8 months now (as of Nov 2010), and I still really enjoy and look forward to rides. Several friends have purchase Trikkes, and enjoy riding also.

Which Trikke should I purchase?

A: T12 Roadster, now questions or hesitations

As you can see by the list below there are several different styles and kinds of Trikkes. This is a question that most sites, and people humm around. And it's actually quite easy to answer. I recommend only 1 Trikke to purchase, the T12 Roadster. As of Nov 2010, it's the biggest and best Trikke out there. As the names suggests it has 12" wheels, it also has disc brakes, which are really required if you start going above 8 or 9 mph. All the other Trikks have scrubber breaks (a peice of aluminum pushes down on to the rubber tire to slow it down, this creates a lot of heat, and doesn't slow well, especially if going down a hill). The main reason I recommend the T12 is it's so easy to ride. Beginners pick up a T12 faster then any other air wheeled trikke. It also rides better, and doesn't slow down as much. On most other Trikke's once you stop carving your speed drops quickly, the T12 maintains your speed and momentum phenomenally better. It's only marginally more expensive then the T8 air (which is the next best Trikke), but monumentally better. Making it well worth a small difference in price. If you any more questions or disagree with me, my contact info is below, I'd love to hear from you.

How many should I purchase?

A: 1 for every 2 or so people

I just discovered after 8 months of riding a Trikke, that the best way to ride is to have someone on a bike ride with me. What I used to do is ride with other people on Trikkes. Here's the problem, I go fast, and I go far, and unless they are very active riders, I end up just coasting along at their speed, and get a very small workout, and they get exhausted. Most people can only ride a few miles on a Trikke and they are done for the day. Keep in mind that a 20 min Trikke ride is more intense and much more oversize then 4 hours on a bike!

Because of these reasons, I started riding with my companion on a bicycle. Then after a while we switch. A bike is a great break from Trikking, yet still a form of exercise. By the way, the first time you do this you will realize how easy a bike is compared to a Trikke (on required energy to propel forward). So after my riding buddy has gone a mile or so they are ready to switch back. We do this (the person on the Trikke decides when to switch) until we have both received desired level of activity. For this reason I am selling all my Trikkes except my T12. Now when my wife and I go riding we go much farther then 3 miles, and when I go with friends, we go much farther then 1 or 2 miles. So I get great activity, without killing anyone else. Plus switching off with a bicycle feels great after several miles of Trikking.

This is another reason I do not recommend Trikkes for kids. My 7 & 8 year old daughters can keep up with me on a bike, if I don't go over 10 mph, but on a trikke, not a chance.

Should I get one for my child?

A: nope
They make small T5 for kids, but I don't suggest them, children go much faster and easier on scooters and bikes, than they can on a Trikke. Really a Trikke is to difficult in my opinion for kids to really "love" or "enjoy" it. Don't get me wrong, my gilrs and neighbor children really enjoy riding my Trikkes (T67, T78, T8, T8 Air, T12 Roadster), they like every kind, but they are a novelty fun. Similar to purchasing a trampoline, they will use it like crazy at first, but after a week or two, they are on their bikes and scooters and the Trikke is left in the garage. Children are really not into the "exercise is fun" mentality that most adults interested in Trikkes have.

How much do they cost?

A: T12 is around $520 to $599
They are priced by model number (which is somewhat based on wheel size). For example a T67 has  6” rear wheels and  7” front wheel, a T78 has  7" rear and  8" front , and a T8 air has three 8.5” air wheels. My faverite and the only Trikke I really recommend is the T12 Roadster, which has 12" wheels. There are also the Trikke Skii for hitting the slopes, and the much more expensive battery and motor based Pon-e Trikkes which can propel themselves very quickly, but they are way out of my budget. The best prices I've found are on SouthBayTrikke.com. I've ordered several parts and accessories from South Bay Trikke, they are incredible to work with, I cannot say that highly enough. If you have any questions or problems I recommend them. At any rate, the place not to purchase a Trikke from is Trikke.com, they are the most expensive, and as far as ordering goes, they are awful. I've been double charged, waited weeks, couldn't get returned called, etc. I do not recommend the manufacturer under any circumstances. Use South Bay.


Here are the models with approximate price (updated April 2011):

  • Trikke Bikee Balance ($59.99) - The Bikee is great for kids learning to balance themselves. Trikke is proud to announce a new product for the little ones. Bikee balance bike.  Gildo (Trikke Inventor) really recommends this product as he has tested it. Gildo’s twin boys started using a balance bike when they were 2 ½ years old and by  3 ½ years old they were riding a pedal bike without training wheels. Transition from the balance bike to a pedal bike was easy and smooth. No tears, no scratches but confidence since they already had learned the balance. They just thought pedals were weird…but they got it.. they took off in an hour!  When Gildo and the boys used the balance bikes in the neighborhood many people asked them about it because it is not well known in the States (more so in Europe). It appears that now the US is on a nice trend with this product. Parents with kids 2-4 yrs old should consider this as a tool to help your child to the next level. Trikke's Balance Bikee has the best price on the market with normal prices averaging around $99. I also highly recommend a balance bike for kids, no training wheels (which teach the opposite of proper bike balance).

  • Jogo ($99.99) - The Jogo has steel construction with poly urethane wheels. A plastic fairing with matching foot platforms and grips give the Jogo its own personal look. Great entry level trikke for your child. Retail $99.99. See my comments on T5WS and other poly Trikke's.

  • T5WS ($119.95) - Trikke designed this for children hight 42" - 52." These have really small 5" wheels, which I think may limit what children are able to do on them. This is the only human powered Trikke on the list that I haven't personally owned or ridden. I still would not recommend this being purchased for children though, see my comments above.

  • T67CS ($199.99) - Trikke recommends this for small adults hight 4'0" - 5'4". The T67s is the newer model of the T67 which replaced the original T6. This was my first model and I'm 5'8" I only noticed it was small after purchasing a T78. My youngest daughters (ages 6 & 7) can ride this, as well as children their age in the neighborhood, it looks a little big on them, but my guess is they could go faster on it then a T5. My daughters can ride and enjoy every Trikke I have. I rode this Trikke over 30 miles, I've had friends ride this who are over 6' with no problem (except they do look really big for it). It has all hard poly wheels (ie no air wheels), so it rides rough similar to a razor scooter. The wheels are much bigger then a razor, so they don't get stuck as often. However, unless you have sidewalk smooth (with no seems or cracks) surfaces to ride on, this is really not a good fit. I used to think that poly was easiest to ride, but I think a T12 is easiest for Adults to ride. I really don't recommend this one at all. I would put it's max speed at 7 to 10 mph, and that would be working it on a flat surface. Since the wheels are so hard, and the scrubber break press against the wheel, it is really easy to create flat spots on poly wheels (T5, T6, T67, T7, T78) if your wheel stops and drags. You need to be really careful how hard you press the break when slowing down. The new T67s can now be upgraded to all air wheels, similar to the T78.



  • T78CS ($219.99) 

    Trikke recommends this for adults

     
     hight 5'0" - 6'12". 
     

    The T78 air is the newer model of the T7. It has hard poly wheels on the back and an air wheel on the front. An air front wheel makes all the difference for faster rides, because of the increase in control. Any speed over 6 to 8 mph really needs air wheels all around, but I wouldn't recommend that speed without at least an air in the front.



  • T78 Air ($259.99) -

     

    Trikke recommends this for 

     
    adults
      

    hight 5'0" - 6'12"

     

    . This was the first and only Trikke I've purchased brand new. All the rest have been used ones that I've fixed up. This is the low end model of Trikke for Adults. It has a small footprint and feel lighter then all the others. I don't recommend this unless you are not going to trikke very much, of then I wonder why get one at all? This doesn't ride nearly as nice as a T8 or T12, it slows down quicker, and it's much harder to keep a faster pace, anything over 10 mph is difficult compared to a T12 or T8. This is really the first Trikke to consider if you are on a budget, it has all air wheels, and is fairly inexpensive.

     


  • T78 Deluxe ($369.99) -

     

    Trikke recommends this for 

     
    adults
      

    hight 5'0" - 6'12". Okay, when they talk about upgraded "brake cables" and "mud guards" for an additional $, I'm really not interested, plus you can't select a color (while, now you can choose between green & pink). If you are going to purchase this one, then do a search for promo codes, sometimes you can get a better deal. Overall, the exact same as the T78 air.



  • T8 Air Sport ($479.99) -

     

    Trikke recommends this for 

    adults hight 5'0" - 6'12". This is similar to the T78 Deluxe, except has an "aircraft aluminum" frame instead of a steel frame. Actually it rides much nicer then the all the lower Trikkes (T67 through T78 Deluxe). It gets up to speed quickly and maintains it much better then the others mentioned so far. If I were to purchase a Trikke today that wasn't a T12, this would be the only one I would consider. I've put more miles on this Trikke then any other (I've only had the T12 Roadster for 4 days, it's already over 60 miles :) I have to say, now that I've had virtually every model, I would only consider and recommend the T12. Hands down, it's an easy decision.


  • T12 2011 Roadster ($649.99) -

     

    Trikke recommends this for 

     
    adults
      

    hight 5'0" - 6'12". This has upgraded everything, better grips, disk breaks, etc. O

     

    kay here is my advice, if you can afford it, then this is what you should buy! This doesn't require any more "effort" or "energy," to move, actually I would say it requires less. It also has more potential for speed and momentum then any other Trikke. Beginners and first timers pick up this Trikke much faster then the rest as well. I've had several adults, just hope on and take off cruising around 5 to 7 mph without ever having ridden before. I can't say that about the others. People pick this up faster, the go faster for the same amount of energy, and going longs rides on this Trikke is doable and enjoyable. It is a little bigger then the rest, and required slightly more room (though I can ride it on the same slim sidewalks as all the rest). I've owned all the rest except a T5 and this is the "only" one to have. I'm selling my T8 Air, and not replacing my 2nd Trikke. Now that I ride with someone on a bicycle, Trikking is funner, less expensive, and the rides can be much longer.



  • Trikke Snow SKKI ($899.99) - I haven't tried these, they look fun, no special bindings or boots, so you can just step on and off just like your Trikke. Trikke claims that these are easier for beginners and that experienced skiers really enjoy them as well. So all around fun. They work on the lifts, and look easier to get on and off lifts, then both skis or snow boards. That's all know.



  • Trikke Hybred Electric T78 Free Rein (discontinued) -

     

    These are the older model (first generation) electric Trikkes that have an electric motor integrated into a 10" air front wheel. The battery (36-Volt Lead) mounts where the water bottle holder usually is. They go 12 mph or 17 mph and about 10 miles on a charge. The frame is a T78 with the standard T78 scrubber brake. This is heavier, slower and doesn't have the distance of the new 2nd gen Pon-e (see below). They do not make these anymore though sometimes you can still find them on SouthBayTrikke.com

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  • Tribred Pon-e Electric Trikke (36-Volt is $1899.99 or 48-Volt is $2199.99) - These are 2nd generation Trikkes that have an electric motor integrated into a 10" air front wheel. The battery (36-Volt Li-ion or 48-Vol Li-ion Poly) mounts where you could normally mount a water bottle holder. It features a key and lock for lithium battery, it also has disk brakes. Then you have a button on one of the handle bars to make it go, it has two speeds (36v has 10mph econo mode for 20 miles or 16mph express mode for 12 miles) (the 48v has 12 mph econo mode for 28 miles, and 18mph express mode for 16 miles)and costs around 7-10 cents per charge. You can also still use it as a Trikke for carving fun and fitness. This is for up big hills, when you are tire, when you are carrying someone or something that makes it difficult to carve. I haven't tried one, but will as soon as I get a chance. I generally think the Trikke Tech overprices all the Trikkes. These though seem like astronomical prices! I wonder how many would be in use if they sold for less then $800? Which is where I think they should start at. That might just be me...



  • (Note, I've found that Trikke's sell on ebay.com for much more then new ones on South Bay Trikke

    , so be careful)
  • Also when purchasing from South Bay Trikke, they inspect and fix any problems on arrival (which happens) Andy also adds some of his upgrades and modifications that make certain models (such as the T12) ride better and quieter then originally would.

Trikke Tech, LLC (trikke.com) suggests at least a T78 for adults. I started on a T67 ($80 craigslist.com) that I put 32 miles on in 8 days. Then I purchased a T78cs from Amazon and upgraded the two back wheels to 8.5” air, making it a T78 Air (at the time a T78 Air was over $100 more then a T78). I put on over 100 miles on it in the first 17 days. Next I purchased and old T8 Poly model for $40, I put another $51 and lots of hours into it, and made it a T8 air. I put over 200 miles on it. I also purchased a used T8 air for $260, and fixed it up and my Wife put on over 100 miles on it. Finally I purchased an older used, and in poor condition T12 Roadster. It needed $46 worth of parts and about 7 hours, and now looks and runs great. In the first 4 days of riding it, I've got over 60 miles on it. If I had known this much about trikkes to begin with, I would have just purchased a T12 Roadster and been happy as can be this whole time on it. It's really the only one I would recommend. If interested you can see 

more details about all my purchases here.

Ebay & Craigslist Warning!

I highly recommend against purchasing used Trikke's. In my experience of purchasing used trikkes and fixing them up, I've walked away from 80% of them because of frame problems. All someone has to do is ride backwords for a few feet, and the frame is damaged! This is just as important to remember if you have one, be careful letting other ride it, if they go up an incline (such as a driveway) and let it roll back, then the frame will be ruined! I do not consider it fixable, I have tried to bend it back, and it made little difference. Plus frame parts are expensive, and the work takes many hours to replace them.

There are ways you can tell if a frame is bent:
  1. Measure the distance from foot-pad to foot-pad and compare it to Trikkes measurements. However that will not tell you if it was bent and then bent in the opposite direction, which I've seen. 
  2. A bent frame (usually wishboned, ie bent outward) will pull in when riding and pop back out when carving. So riding forward with weight on both feet, the wheels will pull toward each other (because they are no longer strait), then when you lean to one side to carve, that wheel will pop out (or spring out) and get back to it's incorrect position. 
This makes prevents riding very fast (more then 5 - 8 mph depending), and turn with speed really not possible or stable. A bent frame also makes fast speeds (10mph - 18mph) unattainable, even by experienced Trikkers. 

Use great caution when purchasing used, and never purchase a Trikke you cannot ride! That is why I will not purchase from ebay, and I approach every craigslist add with caution. I end up walking away from most of them because they have bent frames. Most also have the handlebars mounted backwards. A well used Trikke is more valuable then a "in new condition because we couldn't figure it out" Trikke, the used one was probably taken care of, and the non-used was probably abused. That's my advice and caution.

What accessories would you suggest?

Glad you asked, I had as much fun purchasing accessories as I did purchasing my Trikkes. Amazon also has tons of bike accessories that can make your Trikking (or biking) more enjoyable. I may have gotten a little carried away, but I enjoy all my accessories immensely. One of the benefits of using Amazon is their reviews posted by previous clients. I used these review heavily to make my decisions, so if you see a pump or iPhone holder for less on Amazon then what I purchased, check the reviews and make sure it fits your requirements. Here is a list of my accessories and what I think of them:
  • Planet Bike Stainless Steel Bicycle Waterbottle Cage $5.99 - An aluminum one will work as well, I just went with stainless steel because it is stronger and I hang a backpack from mine (it rests on my Cargo Net, see below) as well tie and hook things to it.
  • Topeak Turbo Morph Bike Pump with Gauge $31.94 - This is a great little pump, it has a gauge and can pump up to 160 psi, so it works great for a Trikke, it also doesn't loose any pressure when I take it off. It does get a little hard to pump when I get close to the 80 psi a Trikke needs, I use two hands and it gets me there every time. Really folds up small, and seems to be great quality. This is one of my favorite and most used tools, and essential for riding (for "when" your tire goes flat or low).
  • Cargo Net $24.94 (plus $7.50 shipping = $32.44) - I was a little put off by how much this cargo net costs, especially with shipping, however it is my most used and utilized accessory, I wouldn't want to be without it, I always have a full sized backpack full of stuff on my Trikke thanks to this cargo net. The actual cargo net is made by PowerTye.com, and is available here for $7.95 in black, red or blue. However, that is just the net, it is missing the industrial velco connectors, the bungie that connects around the front of the Trikke frame, as well as the bungie on the back of the cargo net. So if you want to build it yourself you can, or if you want all the work done for you, then get it from South Bay Trikke.
  • Schwinn 12-Function Bike Computer $12.99 - This will need some modification, but is WAY more accurate then a GPS device. I do not recommend wireless bicycle computers. The cable on this will have to be lengthened, so unless you can purchase a sheilded cable and extend this one (ie, cut the current one, solder and extended cable to it, etc.), IT WILL NOT WORK on a trikke, the wire is much to short. For more information on my modifications see my email below. For a T8 Air (or T78 air or T67 air) the number is 717, for a T12 the number is 947 (for April's bike the number is 2095).  The number represents the distance in milimeters per one rotation. The cable has to go to the back wheel, the front wheel is not accurate for speed or distance. Amazon also has a 17-function Bike computer as well, which has even more features.
  • Planet Bike Protege 9.0 9-Function Bike Computer with 4-Line Display and Temperature $27.99 - I just upgraded from the above Schwinn 12-Function Bike Computer to this one, I wanted to be able to see speed, ride time, distance, avg speed & max speed all at once. Since Trikke handlebars are constantly in motion, it is not convenient to try to watch the Schwinn computer cycle through those items (ride time, distance, max, avg speed). I will write more once I've used it for a few rides (currently it's Aug 2011 will update soon).
  • Third Eye Round Helmet Mirror $9.56 - This is great for seeing behind me while riding without having to constantly look. It takes a little while to get used to it, but it is incredibly continent. Trikkes are not a good fit for handlebar mount mirrors, because the handlebars are constantly turning and leaning side to side while riding, so helmet mount mirror is the way to go. The same is true for lights, go with one that mounts to your helmet instead of your Trikke.
  • Arkon Bicycle Mount for iPhone (Black) $19.99 - I really didn't want to spend $20 on a iPhone mount. My accessories were already starting to get as expensive as my Trikke. Again I use this so much and this mount is very stable and really high quality. There are cheaper ones on amazon, none with this rating or as high praising comments. This works with my iPhone 3G and iPhone 4 (as well as with my iPhone 4 in it's feather case, though it's a really tight fit). With a bike computer, I hardly ever use this anymore though.
  • Delta Airzound Bike Horn $23.95 - This really is optional, although it has already "saved" me from being hit several times. It is exceptionally loud (115 db), and cars hear it when I press the trigger. It's also one of my most popular accessories with people who see or use my Trikke, everyone loves it. I also recommend a "regular" horn for when you want to pass pedestrians or bicycles, this is really to loud for that.
  • Ergon GP1 Grip $26.13 (No longer needed for New 2011 T12) - I just received these today (April 22nd, 2010) they are amazing, I highly recommend them. They make all the difference in riding, especially on a Trikke since so much pressure and force is applied to the grips while riding. These do a great job to make it comfortable even on long rides. Other grips hurt my hands and wrists after a few miles of Trikking. 
  • Ergon GR2 Bicycle Handlebar Grip $34.89 - I upgraded from the Ergon GP1, I wanted the side "horns" so I could modify/change my grip throughout my ride. These just arrived, and the horn is "much" shorter then what I was expecting, may return these and go with the Ergon GC3 grips ($41.64) (currently it's Aug 2011 will update soon)
  • Pyramid Tech Seven Locking Bicycle Brake Lever Set $13.58 (No longer needed for New 2011 T12) - The two annoyances I have with Trikkes are, the handle bars flip around when you let go, it's inconvenient, they can hit you in the head depending on what you are doing, and if you turn them the wrong way when you start, one brake will be on constant. 2nd annoyance is there is no parking break, if the ground is not level or there is no grass or rocks to put a wheel in, the Trikke can coast away once you leave it. These are not only high quality levers, they are able to stay pressed when you need them, as a "Trikke Parking break." (haven't purchased these yet as of April 11, 2010).
  • Cycling Gloves $7.69 - These are great to have for a Trikke, any cycling gloves will work. The important thing is that hey are light weight and allow lots of breathing, fingerless is best except in really cold weather.
  • Trikke Upgrades: for any Trikke Parts or upgrade, contact Andy from SouthBayTrikke.com, his email is on the site, and he is amazing.

Some Trikke Videos:

About me:

My name is Jared Howell, I purchased my first Trikke (a T67 for $80 on craigslist, I do not recommend purchasing on craigslist or ebay, see my warning above) on March 18th, 2010. After 10 days of riding it (I average 5 miles / 35 minutes per day), I lost 10 lbs and 1.5 inches. Unlike previous exercises or going to the gym, I really enjoy riding my Trikke (don't really care for the name though). I look forward to riding it every day, and also enjoy the workout it gives me. I think as a Country (USA) we are grossly over-weight and mal-nourished (see the rest of my health site for help in this area), I think beside changing ones diet to a healthy and natural diet, getting 30 to 45 minutes of activity several days a week is important and helpful. I cannot think of a better way to get activity then on a Trikke, it is low impact, easy to use, and a great workout, plus it is really enjoyable and fun to ride. The only down side is it costs money, but less then a gym membership or some silly treadmill/ski machine people purchase then never use. I try to use my Trikke every day I can, and the days I don't, I miss it (and think about riding it during the day).

I've been riding since March 2010 and have put over 1,700 miles (as of Aug 2011) on the different Trikke's I've owned. The new 2011 T12 has several upgrades and is still the only Trikke I recommend to anyone. See my log below for more details on my miles, as well as updates.

You can contact me with the following email address (intentionally not a link) Health@JaByte.com or by phone on my main Health page.

Why this Trikke Page?

A: For you
As I ride my Trikke around, I constantly have people asking me questions about it. Being the nice person that I am, I stop and talk with them for a few minutes about it, and my experience. I even let them ride on it to see what they think (I've had over 75 people ride my different Trikkes). I enjoy helping others and sharing information that I have. I did a lot of research and reading to learn about Trikke's, and this page is a reflection of that information I've gained, in hopes others can find it beneficial.
I originally wrote a one page "flyer" to pass out to people who I talked with about Trikkes, I kept wanting to put more information in it, and didn't want it to be longer then one page, so I decided that if someone was interested in more information, they could visit this page. Now I just print this address (trikke.jabyte.com) and stick it to a Trikke card to give to people. Besides a link to this page, the reverse side of my flyer had a Ubuntu "flyer" as well as a link to my health site (the site this page is on).

If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area and would like to go for a ride, or test drive a Trikke, just let me know (Health@JaByte.com), I'm located at the US 60 & 101 in the Dobson Ranch community. You can also call me directly from the link at the bottom of this page.

Local Phoenix Trikke Club/Group (Meetup / Facebook)?

I'm glad you asked, yes there is a local Phoenix area Trikke group, it's called Phoenix Trikke Riders, started by John Morril (some think that our speedy rider Rhonda started it, don't believe everything you hear on TV ;). We have riders of all skills, ages, experience, etc. We welcome any new Trikke riders as well as roller bladers, bike riders, etc. Come join us and lets have some fun rides together. We also have a Facebook Group page for the same purpose, so join us there as well, or add me Jared Howell, and I will add you to our group.

My Trikke Log

I'm now using MapMyFitness to log workouts/rides each time I ride my Trikke. It is updated within 24 hours of the ride. I also have a summary of all previous months on my original log that I made with Google Spreadsheet here. Since I just started using MapMyFitness, my activites do not go back past June of 2011. If you are interested in long distance Trikke rides, look at the Tampa Trikke Rock-N-Miles Club. I'm on the 25 Mile list so far, my longest ride has been 32 miles, I'm not sure if they update that list anymore.

I used to use my iPhone to record my stats, here are the two program I used:
    RunKeeper Free:
Pros: Very fast compared to MotionX, on startup, screen switch calculations, etc. Nice a live current speed only delayed by a second or two, which is very nice. It seems to cache maps which is perfect. This is my 2nd day using it (Apr 14) so I will add a better review later. It also lets me make as many trips (activity) as I want, then when I get back home, I can upload them to RunKeeper.com. Then I add them to my log above manually from the RunKeeper website. With MotionX I would write down my stats for the trip, then bring to paper to my computer to update my log.
    MotionX GPS Lite: 
Pros: It gives me average speed, max speed, miles traveled pretty well, and seems accurate. I like that it caches the maps that I look at, since I don't have internet through my cell plan. It's free. 
Cons: Current speed doesn't seem to work at all, it stays around 3 to 4 mph regardless of my speed, even though my avg can be 11 mph. The max speed also doesn't seem to be very accurate, it stays pretty close the the average, so I think they changed how it is calculated in the last update. It's slow to load and slow to switch to map and back to stats. 
General complaints about updates: I hate that when an app updates, it seem to get worse more then better. I keep getting burned by updates on iPhone apps, might have to just stop updating them, and treat them like I do Microsoft & Apple updates.

If you would like to know why I think a $13 modified bicycle computer is VASTLY SUPERIOR to a multi-hundred dollar iPhone 4 with a GPS program, then you may be interested in the following email I sent out on May4th, 2010 concerning that very matter:

Trikkers,

I discovered a new trick on how to get better speed and efficiency while riding a Trikke. Before I tell you what the trick is, let me first explain how I figured it out. Which is easier to say how I didn't figure it out, here we go:

Step 1). Don't calibrate a device with something less accurate. While attempting to calibrate Heidi's new Schwinn bike computer with the iPhone GPS (multiple programs), the Bike computer was all over the board. Small adjustments made the results jump all over.

Step 2). Don't measure distance with a GPS (especially one made by a piece of fruit). I had April drive around the circle, and I marked the sidewalk (with sidewalk chalk) every 0.1 miles. Just for the record the distance around on the inside lane is within 5 feet of 0.5 miles.

Step 3). If your measurement and timing device is lazy, so will your results, regardless of effort. What I discovered with several tests (three tests at 0.1 miles and one test at 0.5 miles) is the accuracy of the GPS is +/- 0.04 miles (distance). In comparison the accuracy of a properly configured Schwinn 12 Function ($10.95) bike computer is +/- 0.006 miles (distance). Here is what that means in just a half a mile of riding:
  • GPS (made by a piece of fruit with a bite missing, should have told me something)
    • Distance = 0.47 miles
    • Average Speed = 10.46 mph
    • Time = 2:41 minutes
  • Schwinn Bike Computer (set to 8.5" tire size)
    • Distance = 0.507 miles
    • Average Speed = 12.0 mph
    • Max Speed = 14.5 mph
    • Time = 2:30 minutes
Not only did a shave 11 seconds off my time, I increased my speed by 2 mph! That was on the same run with both systems starting, running and stopping simultaneously. That may not seem like much at first but we are talking about 2mph difference in only a half mile run. Not only that the feed back from each was totally different. When I sped up to 12 mph mph on the bc (bike computer), I was only going 6.43 mph on the Apsi (Apple piece of $#%^ iPhone). Whenever I changed speed, within a fraction of a second the bc was showing my real-time speed, the Apsi was looking at squirrels or something, it could say anything.

Modifications needed to make bc work on a Trikke. I purchased 7.5 ft security cable (which has 2 leads, a ground and foil shielding). Since the bc states the longest run is 36 inches (it came at 36 inches), I wanted to get slightly better cabling to try extending the cable so I could put the pick up on the back wheel and the display on the handle bar. I was able to successfully go the entire 7.5 ft (90 inches) without any interference or loss of signal. I did solder both sides, to make sure I had the best connection possible. The cable cost $1.40 from Home Depot. I purchased a grey cable so it would match Heidi's Trikke, which is does nicely I think. I still need to come up with a more secure way to attache the magnet pickup to the wheel (right now I'm using a wall molly, and it holds, but I don't think it will long term). 

This was just for a test to see if I could get the computer to: 1). Be accurate for a Trikke, 2). have a cable long enough to be useful and convenient and 3). Replace the iPhone as a trip tracker both inexpensively and more conveniently (the iPhone really struggles to get a good signal a lot of the time, not that a good signal helps it that much). 

Check, check, check. We are all a go with bc on Trikkes. I can easily modify them and make them accurate, and they are much more convenient and accurate then the iPhone.

So finally my trick to getting more speed and efficiency on a Trikke is to get a more accurate tracking device! 

So next time you ride a Trikke, you can see how much faster you ride without any change at all.

Enjoy your day,


Jared

My Trikke Purchases

Here are all my purchases organized by Trikke model, if you want to see what it costs me in my Trikkes, here's the place. View my Trikke Purchases. For the most part I've purchased beat up abused Trikkes, spend hours and lots in parts to get them running, and then I use them for a few hundred miles. Once they are running top notch, I sell them and hope to make a small profit. So far it has worked out great.
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