Cycling on a tricycle for adults

If you have experience with cycling on a normal bicycle, you should take into account that a tricycle cycles totally different. Small children or adults who have never ridden a tricycle before simply ride it. Adults have to get used to a completely different cycling behaviour. On the Van Raam website, we have listed the specific characteristics of each three-wheeler model. We advise you to find out for yourself which model you like best. If you want to try out a bike or if you have already bought a tricycle, we advise you to follow the instructions below.     

Video: How do I cycle on a Van Raam tricycle for adults?

Getting on? Getting off? Steering? Braking? In this video we explain how you cycle on a Van Raam tricycle! 
Tip: Dutch is spoken in this video. Feel free to turn on the subtitles for accompanying text and explanations. 

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Riding a tricycle for adults


  • Make sure the bicycle is on parking brake so it can not move forward or backwards.
  • Make sure the saddle, the handlebar and the seat are properly adjusted so you can control all the relevant parts of the bicycle (think of the brakes and gears).
  • Sit in a relaxed position on the saddle or seat, put your feet on the pedals and look in front of you, not at the steering wheel.
  • Try to forget the fear of falling, you can’t fall because you have got three wheels.
  • Put the gear in it’s lowest position and preferably do not use the electric pedal support initially.
  • Make sure you know how to brake and keep your hands near the brake.
  • Start on a flat terrain with little hills or bumps in a quiet area.
  • Do not think about your balance and do not lean into the curve with your body or legs. Keep the knees together as much as possible and sit upright.
  • Keep your feet on the pedals as much as possible as you brake or come to a halt. The three wheels will keep you balanced.
  • Start taking a large turn at minimum speed and accelerate slowly.
  • Brake regularly and keep your feet on the pedals.
  • Brake regularly and keep your feet on the pedals.
  • Don’t cycle for too long the first time, give yourself the time to process the experiences.
  • Don’t be ashamed if you experience some difficulty, almost everybody has this.
  • Step off when you are at your place of destination and put the tricycle on parking brake.
  • If you are walking with the bike you can injure your legs on the rear fenders.
Read also more about this in the article How to ride on a trike bike.

If you decide to purchase a tricycle, please read the instructions properly and comply the maintenance requirements.

A tricycle has to do with other power relations than a normal bike. Readjustment of the spokes, chain and gear on time, will certainly increase the life span of your bicycle and gives you more cycling- pleasure.

Most of Van Raam's tricycles are also available with pedal assistance. Read more about this in the article 'An adapted e tricycle from Van Raam'.

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