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TerraTrike Tandem Pro Review

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Category:Recumbent Bikes

Summary:

If you are looking for a Tandem Trike that is light, sleek in design, fun to ride, and offers more gearing options so you can more easily traverse a wide range of terrain this trike is definitely for you. This Tandem is an excellent option for riders with balance or stability issues or other physical limitations. Not to mention it is a real “eye turner”.

Review:

If you are looking for a Tandem Trike that is light, sleek in design, fun to ride, and offers more gearing options so you can more easily traverse a wide range of terrain this trike is definitely for you. This Tandem is an excellent option for riders with balance or stability issues or other physical limitations. Not to mention it is a real “eye turner”.

The light chromoly frame, breathable mesh seats, easy gearing and ability to be adapted make this ride the Cadillac of Tandems. The Tandem Pro sits lower than the Rover, more like the TerraTrike Tour that we reviewed. Although the seat is a light breathable mesh material, the seat provided phenomenal stability and steadiness, not to mention easy adjustability for seat angle and peddle distance for our different reviewers. We did not test this model with the IPS (Independent Pedaling System) although we highly recommend it for anyone with physical challenges that might possibly impact endurance, strength, range of motion, or pedaling speed. It is simply an excellent option to allow the stoker the flexibility to moderate their pace and exertion without impacting the captain. The Tandem Pro is simple to assemble and disassemble for easy transport in a minivan or small SUV. We loved this feature as it makes it easier to transport your trike to many more destinations for riding.

The seat sits lower than the Rover; its features and build are much more like the TerraTrike Tour. The lower seat provides a better center of gravity and more stable ride, especially on hills when turning or descending with some decent speed. Although we found the stoker seat a little small; its angle is easily adjusted which seemed to do the trick.

Work 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.

Both the Rover Tandem and the Tandem Pro allow people with physical limitations and their riding companions to enjoy the “Freedom to Ride” while also enjoying the physical nature of riding.

The Turning radius of the Tandem Pro did not seem to be as tight as the Rover 8 (as the TerraTrike Tandem Pro is a bit longer), however, we felt the Tandem Pro offered even greater stability for riders with increased physical challenges, especially in the area of upper body strength and core balance.

Tandem Pro is the more expensive option, but with its sleeker design, lighter frame, better braking and gearing systems, it is a great option for any disabled riders. 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).

A quality recumbent trike fit from your authorized dealer is just as important as a quality trike or bike. If you're not fit correctly, you're more than likely not going to enjoy your new ride. We found the local TerraTrike authorized dealer “Laid Back Cycles” in Fair Oaks CA to be passionate about recumbent trikes, and even more passionate about giving riders with physical challenges the “freedom to ride”. Since 30-40% of their customers have some sort of physical limitations they seem determined to work with most any limitation to see how they can provide an option to overcome it and get you out there riding.

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