Before You Buy

What You Should Know Before You Buy.

Did you say Adult TRIKE? Bike trends come and go, like the now popular 4” wide rims on bikes. Adult Trikes have been used in large industrial plant setting for decades, allowing plant repairmen to be mobile with their tools. I remember touring an aluminum plant when I was a kid in Iowa, and saw plant managers cycling the huge plant floor on trikes. But one niche of this industry is showing a slow and steady growth: adult tricycle sales. And more are being sold online than in shops. Trikes sold for recreational use are now really catching on! Some baby boomers are determined to get more exercise, some are trying to rehab from knee replacements, and others are determined to enjoy the good life. To the consumer, online shopping allows for finding a wide selection, mostly because the typical local bike shop doesn’t have the room to showcase the wide variety available. Here I offer a few tips about making an online purchase. Despite the fact that it is a web based business, I recommend calling the company to learn more about them. Ask how long they have been in business, and check out their knowledge of bikes and trikes in general. If you are confused by the wide variety of trikes out there, ask if they have consultants that will help you zero on the model best suited to your needs. Beware of companies that can only be contacted by email. The company may not be legitimate.

For many people price is a big factor. But for so many things in life, you get what you pay for. Finding that killer deal online (or even in a big box store) may have seemed great at the time, but “remember the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price”. Well- made trikes may cost more, but they will last for many years. If you order on line, get it shipped assembled. Consumers always think trikes are easy to assemble, and they are – for a professional bike mechanic. Allow for 2-6 hours or more to do the job yourself at home. If you buy online from Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target or any other big box store, the assembly manual you get with the trike is not much help, so you better be mechanically inclined and like puzzles.