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Trikke for Beginners: 5 Quick Trikke Tips to Get You Trikke-ing Within An Hour
by: Jae Winters




The Trikke cambering vehicle is one of the latest and most innovative technologies in sports and has been adopted by a number of fitness and physical education programs. Amazingly, this fun and easy to master vehicle is designed for all age groups, from children to adults. In fact learning to ride the Trikke scooter is as easy as, or even easier than, riding a bicycle. Here are five easy steps to help you become familiar with the skills required to get started riding your Trikke.

Prior to the actual ride, the first step before engaging in any sport is to ensure safety. Remember that all sports are prone to accidents. In Trikke-ing, make sure you don protective gear including a well-fitting helmet, elbow and kneepads. And don’t forget a pair of comfortable gloves. Use proper footwear, and keep your shoelaces securely tied. Always inspect your vehicle prior to riding. Make sure that the handlebar quick release is tightly locked and the dual rear brakes are functioning properly. Do not ride in wet weather and avoid your Trikke through puddles because Trikke wheels become very slippery when wet.

Next, you’ll want to find the appropriate place to practice. Beginners should choose level or straight, smooth and wide pavement with little or no holes, bumps and inclines. Bumps when Trikke-ing are accidents waiting to happen, since they can snag the Trikke’s front wheel and result in loss of control and in worse cases, throw both the rider and vehicle heels over head. To prevent an injury-inducing spill, it is advisable to jump over the bump by using a low hop maneuver. This is a more advanced technique performed by pulling the handlebars upward then slightly pushing your body forward.

Furthermore, though riding downhill is relatively easy, a steep descent may cause you to go too fast and be unable to control your Trikke, again, causing a nasty fall. Since Trikke-ing uphill is more difficult, it is advisable to wait until you’ve mastered Trikke-ing on level ground with many hours of practice before you jump in to trying to Trikke-conquer hills.

Be sure to choose an area with few pedestrians and traffic, so you don’t get distracted. Pay special attention to how close you’re getting to other people and cars, you don’t want to injure yourself or someone else. We want you to have fun on your Trikke scooter, not at the hospital getting stitches…or even worse!

Now, that you’ve gotten a few of the basics, you’re ready to start Trikke-ing. Learning is relatively easy and fun and can be accomplished in less than an hour for most people. The following steps can serve as guidelines to facilitate your training:

First step: Mount the Trikke scooter. Place both feet securely on the Trikke foot platforms, and then grip the handlebars firmly with both hands. Use the hand brakes to keep yourself from rolling until you are ready. Stand up straight and get comfortable on the Trikke. Do not be afraid of falling because the Trikke scooter is very stable. Test the extent with which you can rock the steering column left and right.

Second step: Weight distribution. This is important to prevent you from falling backwards and will insure sufficient traction on the front wheels. Your weight should be distributed evenly between the front and rear wheels of your Trikke scooter, with your weight centered on the balls of your feet and toes.

Third step: Propel the Trikke scooter. With your shoulders parallel to the handlebars, quickly and continuously rotate the handlebars from right to left to generate a slow forward movement. Once in motion, lean and push the handlebars towards the right then left continuously to increase your speed.

Leaning on one side will naturally cause the weight of your upper body to move very slightly in the same direction. Don’t exaggerate this or you could fall. The Trikke scooter is designed to follow your body motions, so as long as the steering column remains parallel to the center of your chest, there is no danger of falling off your Trikke.

This technique is fondly identified as the rock (pushing on the handlebars) and roll (rotating the handlebars). As you begin to add the rocking motion and as your Trikke speed increases, the degree of your rotations should diminish. Continue practicing this technique until you establish a comfortable rhythm.

Fourth step: Here’s where the fun kicks in: further accelerating the Trikke via weight transfer once the “sweet spot” is felt. The “sweet spot” is the part of your turn where most of your propulsion is generated; i.e. when you will feel the outside wheel (your left rear wheel during a right hand turn) drift away from you as you rock your Trikke to the opposite side. This feeling comes and goes during your run. If you apply a little weight or kick on the opposite foot of the direction you’re turning, i.e. weight on right foot when turning left and vice versa, then your acceleration will become more rapid. Its creators claim that the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 18+ mph on flat ground.

Fifth step: Stop the Trikke via proper braking techniques. Learning how to stop and slow down is essential in establishing control. Since the Trikke cambering vehicle contains brakes on both rear wheels, it is imperative that both brakes are applied evenly at the same time. Remember not to lean on the handlebars when braking.

Of course it takes practice and determination to master any sport. Do not rush. Move only to the more advanced Trikke-ing techniques once you’ve mastered the basic ones.


About The Author
For additional information on the Trikke HPV, the Trikke Skki, and the electric Trikke's, and to get your two free Trikke reports "How To Set Up A Trikke Obstacle Course" and "Low Impact Workout on Your Trikke," please go to http://www.Trikke4Fun.com/?artmkt

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Thank You Again.
To Your Many Trikke Adventures.
~~Jae Winters




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