Non-electric tricycles have the advantage of a more affordable price because they do not have an electric assistance comprising: a motor, a battery and complete electronic system. They are suitable for people in very good physical condition who do not wish to travel too many kilometers because non-electric tricycles require a lot of effort. Indeed a tricycle weighs a certain weight, between 25 to 30 kilos, so it’s not like a bike, you pedal with a heavier load, especially when you encounter a climb, or facing the wind.
The Advantages for you
The advantage of adult tricycles is that it will support your efforts and facilitate your pedaling. You can choose to activate or not the electric assistance according to your shape and your desires. Some tricycles have a large LCD screen, useful for viewing the various parameters (battery level, speed, assistance level, kilometer traveled, etc.). You can choose the assistance level (engine power) and adapt it according to your needs.
From our experience, it seems essential to us to choose an electric assistance tricycle which will be much more suitable and which will keep its interest and its usefulness for many years. The versions without electric assistance appear to us valid only over very short distances (less than 2 or 3 kilometers without ascents) in the case of rehabilitation for example.
They are designed in a very basic way: absence of a derailleur, simple pad brake see without braking system, less comfortable frame. These are tricycles studied for medical use in the context of rehabilitation allowing to do exercises to resume muscular work or synchronization of movements. These tricycles are not intended to travel great distances.
What type of assistance to choose?
There are two types of electrically assisted tricycles:
Manual assistance tricycles with throttle grip:
these are tricycles with a handle on the accelerator. To activate the assistance, the speed must be adjusted using the throttle grip like on a scooter or a motorcycle. This requires constant speed control, and be careful when taking a turn not to activate the engine too strongly. It is an advantage for those who do not want to pedal but it is still a shame not to take advantage of his tricycle to do some exercise!
Please note, manual assistance tricycles are not legal as they are assimilated to mopeds. They are not eligible for the 200 € premium granted by the State because they do not have real pedaling assistance.
Tricycles with pedaling assistance:
They are equipped with pedal assistance, that is to say that the motor starts automatically when you pedal and it stops when you no longer pedal. Everything is therefore automatic and this greatly facilitates use. Just select the assistance level (power) on the LCD screen and adapt it according to your feelings and needs (for example, you will choose a higher power to cross a hill). The assistance is intended to facilitate pedaling in order to make more or less long journeys and without much effort.