Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen
Yeah, I got bent, but not in the typical sense where I go drinking with my friends. This time my getting “bent” refers to my purchase of a recumbent tricycle.
MJ with Walter, the designer of the recumbent tricycle model shown here – The Artifice
Getting fat comes with getting older and not exercising. I love to exercise but I dislike pain. I’ve had enough of that already. I’d like to be doing fun things for exercise and this is one of the most fun experiences you can have while getting quality exercise.
Not your typical “adult tricycle”
The wide seat is unbelievably comfortable. The leg position is like sitting on the sofa with your feet on the coffee table. This takes pressure off one’s heart and actually makes fitness goals easier to achieve.
Here, Kevin Kao, the owner of TW Bents adjusts the length of the boom for my “x-seam” size. Just looking at this photo of how fat I look in the trike makes me want to ride until I drop. That’s ok. I’m not the first person who bought one of these trikes to get into shape. The goal is to ride something and keep riding it. The angle of the seat and the headrest perfectly supports my spine and neck. This is the most comfortable thing I’ve ever ridden. The first ride I took when I got it home was over 7km long, with speeds topping 30KPH. When I’m finally in shape the possibilities are endless. Many recumbent riders have toured the entire island of Taiwan. I’ve met a few of those riders.
In addition to the speed, since this design (called a tadpole trike) doesn’t lean in turns, you feel G-forces similar to a sports car.
One cool feature about the Artifice is that it is a folding trike. You have to disassemble some parts to get it to fold up small enough to fit in your car, but it only takes about 10 minutes to do the disassembly and the parts are designed to come off and go back on easily. You could pack it up and ship it somewhere for an adventure ride. I haven’t tried to take it on a bus or the THSR, but I imagine if you had a couple of bags you could manage it. In this photo, the rear rack is preventing it from folding up small and we took the rack off to put it in our car for the ride home. Daily transportation would be better served with an automotive roof rack to get to ride sites, rather than folding. But still the folding feature is great when you need it.
Look for more articles about trike riding as I put on the miles!