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TerraTrike Rover Tandem Review

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Category:Recumbent Bikes

Summary:

The TerraTrike Rover is a great option for people with slight to moderate disabilities or who might require some level of assistance. The standard single Rover offers an accessory feature which transforms it into a tandem unit. The feature can be removed and turned back into a single unit when the tandem feature is no longer desired. (It is advisable to work with an authorized dealer for both adding and removing of this feature to ensure proper fitting of the components and rider seating).

Review:

The TerraTrike Rover is a great option for people with slight to moderate disabilities or who might require some level of assistance. The standard single Rover offers an accessory feature which transforms it into a tandem unit. The feature can be removed and turned back into a single unit when the tandem feature is no longer desired. (It is advisable to work with an authorized dealer for both adding and removing of this feature to ensure proper fitting of the components and rider seating).

It features a higher seating option than their other recumbent models which provides better visibility and is great for riders who find it difficult lowering into position (assisted or through individual effort). We reviewed the Rover Tandem 8-Speed with the IPS (independent pedaling system). This option is a great addition for riding pairs in which the back seat rider aka “the stoker” may not be able to keep speed with the captain. It allows the stoker to rest where needed and moderate their level of exertion so as not to over-due it. Our reviewers loved the solid and secure feel of the steel frame and the remarkably tight turning radius. The 8-Speed system is straightforward and easy to use for both newer riders, as well as, more experienced riders. This is the perfect choice for easy cruising around town on relatively flat terrain. The seating space and angle are easy to adjust for maximum comfort and efficiency. This is one of the most affordable Tandems on the market, with a clean look, easy operation, and fun to ride!! If someone you know has lost the ability to safely ride an upright traditional bike this could just be the solution to get back to the basics of enjoying the “freedom to ride”.

We highly recommend working with a local dealer who specializes in recumbent bikes, specifically TerraTrike’s. We found our local dealer “Laid Back Cycles” very adept at handling special needs adaptations i.e.….seat harnessing systems, single hand dual braking options, peddle options to support riders who don’t have the same range of motion in both legs…etc.

For the more hard core tandem riders looking for a tandem ride that is a bit easier to transport, a little lighter, a more robust breaking system, and offers more speeds to better manage a varied terrain you might want to check out our review of the TerraTrike Tandem Pro.

Overall, we found the TerraTrike Rover Tandem to be a wonderful choice for a low cost, well designed, fun ride for people with slight to moderate disabilities. Your doctor or physical therapist may prescribe riding as part of your ROM (Range of Motion) exercise program, and as a result it could qualify as a medical tax write off (consult your tax professional).

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