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How to Trikke

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Learning how to trikke is very much the same as learning how to ride a bicycle except most people know how to ride a bicycle and finding someone to help you learn is usually an easy job. You father, mother, brothers, sisters or friends are usually great help when it comes to learning how to ride a bicycle. Learning how to trikke is a totally different scenario though.

How many people do you know who know how to trikke? The number decreases dramatically and when you consider the amount of people in this group who are actually willing to teach you or have the time to teach you then you see the numbers decrease even further to a point where there is a need to either learn on your own or get a trainer.

How to Trikke

If you were to say to your best friend, “I am going for my bicycling lessons now, see you in an hour” they might think that’s odd. The truth of the matter is that when bicycles were first invented in the 18th and 19th centuries there were numerous people and organizations that would give you lessons to help you learn how to ride a bicycle.

The first Trikkes were available in 1990 and by 1992 the inventor, Gildo Beleski, had given up his quest to fill the world with them. With renewed interest in 2000 he again gave it a shot and they became more popular than he originally had hoped. Due to the fact that Trikkes are relatively new it is not uncommon today to take lessons on ‘how to trikke’, and in fact there are a lot of people in your area that offer to teach you how to trikke.

How to Trikke

When learning how to trikke the first thing is to ensure safety. Make sure the trikke is in proper working order, you are in a safe flat area to learn and that you have appropriate safety equipment on like a helmet, gloves, knee pads and elbow pads.

When riding a bicycle, the energy used to pedal is transferred through sprockets via a chain to an axle which spins your wheel. Trikkes do not have pedals, sprockets or chains. They have a universal joint that transfers camber energy from turning into forward propulsion. When you look at a sleek racing car head on, you notice that the wheels are not a 90 degree right angle to the pavement. The wheels are usually around 88 degrees or so from right angle to the ground towards the driver. That is, the bottom part of the wheel is further from the driver than the top part of the wheel. This is called negative camber.

Trikkes are designed to fall, collapse or lean into a turn. When you turn to the left, the handlebar post will fall, collapse or lean to the left. If the handlebars are 3 feet above the ground when going straight then when taking a left turn the handlebars tilt or lean to the left and could be anywhere from 1.5 feet to 3 feet from the ground according to how sharp the turn is. This leaning into the turn is called carving and this is why they call it rock ‘n roll. Just like a skier on snow, they lean into a turn and put their skis on in a slight camber angle. Skis are not at a right angle with the snow surface when turning.

Turning the front wheel of a Trikke from one side to the other and leaning or carving into each turn is how you propel yourself forward on a Trikke. It’s a very fluid, rhythmic motion. As you turn from one side to the other, you create a momentum that you need to capitalize in order to increase your speed.

You hands need to be a between your waist and belly button high when holding the handlebars. It’s ok to push off the ground when starting like a skateboard, but you need to turn 45 degrees to each side rhythmically to keep going and speed up. You can say one and two and one and two and one and two and one and two to keep a rhythm with one and two being a full cycle of one side of the turn.

How to Trikke

As you lean into each turn, you generate a small amount of propulsion. If you speed up the frequency of the leaning or turning or increase the cycle length of each turn, you will pick up speed. The shifting of your weight from one foot to the other is very much like you would do when skiing on snow. At one point there is a feeling of synchronicity where things are very comfortable and you are satisfied with your speed. It’s like the smooth rhythmic process of a pneumatic press, strong consistent resistance but very fluid and controlled. This point is sometimes referred to as the sweet spot by Trikke enthusiasts.

How to Trikke

Learning how to trikke is not difficult but it’s not easy either. You need to practice and be persistent. Remember back to when you were learning how to ride a bicycle, you didn’t learn the first time, in fact you probably had to try several times and you kept trying until you were successful. It was worth it when you finally caught on to how to ride and the freedom, joy and fun you experienced is hard to quantify. The same is true with Trikkes, once you learn how to trikke, the freedom, joy and pleasure is the same as when you were a child except now you’re an adult.

If you want to buy a trikke you can find many trikkes for sale on the internet.

How to Trikke
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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.

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