Trikke Riding Tips


Riding Tips

What makes them go?

The design of the HPV (Human Powered Vehicle) is based on a cambering mechanism that allows the vehicle to move with you on turns by leaning from right to left. Forward propulsion comes from the fork design in that the axle is located behind the fork.
First Give these Trikke Riding Tips a Try...
How to ride a Trikke?
First Things First
1)Read your Owners Manual, especially the Riding Manual.  It’s good stuff.  
2)Handlebars should ALWAYS be pitched forward, away from the rider.   (40-45 deg.)
3)Always wear a helmet.

Now that that’s out of the way…  Understanding Your Carving Vehicle
Carving Vehicles (CVs) don’t operate on the normal principles of propulsion.  So, there is definitely a learning curve.   Unlike a bicycle,  a CV is designed to literally "fall" into a turn.  (*Exp:  Leave your CV unattended and the handlebars will end up turning and facing backwards.)   
The key to propulsion is allowing the momentum of one turn to fall into the next turn, and the next,....   For a carving vehicle, turning is like pedaling on a bicycle.   Stop turning and you stop going.    Lean into the turn, and you’re “carving”.

The Basics
Make sure you're on level ground.  You're not ready for hills yet. Make sure the brake cables run free, and are not wrapped around the steering column       
Now, make sure your CV is set for your height.   Your hands should be somewhere between the belly button and belt loop.

Handlebars should ALWAYS be pitched forward, away from the rider at approximately 40-45 degrees. (For safety purposes, please ensure your handlebars are set correctly.)
Get comfy standing on the vehicle.   This is a sport, so assume an athletic position with your weight on the balls of your feet. (*Do NOT lean back or stick your butt out. This can un-weight the front wheel, causing it to lift up and a possible loss of control.)
Always wear a helmet.

To get started, feel free to kick start like a scooter.   Then, start turning rhythmically.  Consider the pace of a standard military march.   Don't stop turning.   (You don't need to turn more then 45 degrees each way.)   Keep both arms strong, your elbows out, and turn from your core.   Each turn will generate a small amount of momentum.   Find your rhythm, as you try to build momentum with each new turn.   You will eventually find that you just keep going, even if it is a bit slow.  
As you pick up speed, you can elongate each turn by leaning into the turn, allowing you to start skating the vehicle with your legs.   Now, your whole body is working to keep you moving. It takes practice, but eventually, you will start to have little Ah Ha" moments, as you start to develop the easy, rhythmic feeling of shifting your weight and carrying your momentum.   This is commonly referred to as the "sweet spot". Like most learned things, it's easy once you get it.  With practice, your body will soon develop muscle memory.   So, don't give up.  It is a challenge, but the first time you feel yourself starting to control your momentum, propelling yourself simply by carving into turns like a skier or speed skater, you will find that it was worth every minute.
TRAINING & LESSONS Just like any sport, learning is an experiential process.   Training is something that we would hope could be passed on to you on a personal level, with lessons and classes offered in your own community. This is why we created our Trikke Trainer Program.  It is an important part of our brand, allowing us, as a company, to help people quickly get up to speed, riding, and enjoying their carving vehicle.   You can locate a trainer near you, under trainers and testimonials Trikke Trainers go through an intense 3 Day Trikke Academy where they are certified by us to teach riding skills and represent the Trikke brand in their communities, earning money in the process.    Our Trainers are everyday people, who started out just like you and became avid riders. So, get out there and practice, and perhaps you'll be interested in becoming one of our Trainers.   We also have different Trainer levels (1,2, or 3) based on riding skill.  We hold Trikke Trainer Academies all over the country at various times throughout the year.    Feel free to contact us for more information. We believe in you.  So, Good Luck!... and 

Just like any sport, learning is an experiential process. Training is something that we would hope could be passed on to you on a personal level, with lessons and classes offered in your own community.This is why we created our Trikke Trainer Program.  It is an important part of our brand, allowing us, as a company, to help people quickly get up to speed, riding, and enjoying their carving vehicle.
Remember the basic riding rules of thumb:

1)  Know Your Terrain     
2) Protect Your Momentum    
3) Rhythm is King 
Give this a Try and see if it Helps...
When moving forward the front wheel wants to naturally fall to one side or the other. This natural movement creates forward propulsion. As your skills increase you begin to lean more so than turn all the while shifting your weight side to side.

When first introduced to the Trikke, many people get on and just go. Anyone can ride a Trikke. With a little practice you too will be carving it up like a champ. The Trikke can even climb hills as high as 15 to 25% grade. How you ask??? With some skill and technique, you learn to shift your weight and preserve your angular momentum as you climb. The challenges are endless. Not everyone wants to climb hills.

The Trikke is a great way to stay in shape, get around town or help you to clear your mind. As you ride your brain and body are crossing meridians. What did he say? Simply put the right side of the brain controls the left side of your body and left brain controls the right side of the body. Yeah so what! Well as you may or may not know crossing the meridians of your body helps you think clearer, concentrate better, learn easier, all while improving muscle development . By getting both parts of the brain to work together you end up in a sort of yoga state where things just seem clearer. Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself and see what all the talk is about.

Many folks purchase the Trikke and find themselves stuck and unable to figure out how to ride. Here are a few tips to get you up and running. Remember we have to start off with BABY STEPS before you can get up and run.

The setup is very important, Make sure all parts and bolts are secure. Handlebars should be slightly forward of perpendicular to the ground. Assure that the brakes are in proper working condition. Oh and make sure the tires are pumped up to 80psi. You will not move well without this pressure.

Ok now before we get any further, you need to be aware of a few things.
Dont jack knife the steering wheel while riding. It wont feel good. 10 and 2 o'clock rotations.
Dont move your weight too far off of the back of the trikke’s center of gravity.
Always be prepared to dismount if the front wheel comes off the ground. It will happen very quickly. (Exponentially)
Approach surface changes on an angle, not straight perpendicular to your direction (may pop up front end and send you on your butt if you are not paying attention to what you are doing).

Rider Tip Orientation

1. Grab the bars and lightly apply the brakes.

2. Mount the Trikke and relax. Go ahead move the neck side to side, See you are not going to fall unless you let go of the bars (again relax)

3. Check bar height and adjust even with waist to belly button area.(Adjust while standing on ground) If you raise the bars a bit, it will be a little easier. But we dont want to fall off the back.

4. Place feet directly above the rear axles on the foot pads. Get those heels on the slight riser of the deck pads. As you ride keeping your body straight, your hips will get cues to push off that side as the hip rises. Remember to not bounce around. (Too many video’s watched will ruin a good lesson)

5. Focus @ 6-10 feet in front of you. Watch where you are going. Don’t look at the front wheel. Your natural balance is hard looking at the wheel, you need to sense of the horizon.

6. Ok, Imagine a barrel with a small hole in the top and a steering column protruding from it. Without leaning the bars side to side keeping the column completely vertical, Turn the handlebars as to pull the front wheel across the front of your body The neck must be parallel with your body at all times. The goose neck should always be near your belt buckle. If you were to look at the steering column while riding you should see straight down the neck, not the side. Typically when learning people are turning from one direction to the other but the steering shaft is moving side to side as well, because you may be afraid that you are going to fall. This is Bad

7. Dont bounce your body up and down. Stand naturally and in an upright relaxed position.
Begin the turns left and right forcefully (Quickly 1-2-3-4) and as you move begin to ride each turn out fully. Your carves should cross the front of your body at least standing width. Carve those passes from 10 to 2, back and forth. If you carve back too soon you will kill your own momentum that you’ve just generated. Remember to commit to the turn, lean into it a bit and then back to the other side to help with the opposite turn. Leading with the shoulders into the turn helps to keep you from moving your weight to soon. Remember to dip that shoulder. Dont move your butt to the side you are turning. You need to be in an upright position and straight. Start with a steady rhythm and then begin to open you carve up maximizing all you can from each turn.

8. Allow your body to feel the natural motion. That’s the key here. (Don’t over think it, allow yourself to relax. Imagine a soundwave. It starts off violent deep sweeps back and forth and as it travels the wave elongates. Equate that with your acceleration. The slower you are moving the more turns or bigger turns you may need to keep moving, Where as the faster you go the less turns you need but more leans. This is a big key to understanding the basics of movement with speed and how we get there.
Are we moving yet? Practice moving about 10 feet forward and stop. repeat several times. This is what I call Crawling (Baby Steps).

9. As you pick up speed open up your carve to preserve the angular momentum and begin to push out with the outside leg. Remember the cues we mentioned, This means if you are turning left push off the right leg, Turn right and push off the left leg. All the while leaning into and committing yourself to the turn.

I hope these tips help. Remember Patience is needed when you first learn. We all can do this, Some just need a little guidance. A video is forthcoming of these techniques.

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