Frequently Asked Questions About the Side
by Side Team Dual Trike
The Team Dual Tricycle is truly one of the most unique cycles
on the market today. First introduced in 1995, The Team Dual Trike has become an
extremely popular cycle. The Team Dual Trikes are not only fun for family
recreation, but also a solution for many couples with special riding needs. This
self-balancing cycle is also ideal for resorts, rental businesses, personal use,
special needs use or other special applications where fun and ease of use is a priority.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the
Team Dual Tricycle:
Do Both Riders Have to Pedal?
Not necessarily. The Team Dual Trike features two
independent power trains. In other words, each rider powers the wheels
on their own side. Therefore, as long as one person pedals, the tricycle
is driven in the same way as on single seat adult trikes. One wheel can
power the tricycle. Consequently each rider can pedal the Team Dual
Trike either alone or together with their partner. This is particularly
important in a case where one rider is physically unable to actively
Do both cranks (pedals) turn simultaneously (in cadence) as is the case with a tandem bicycle?
Absolutely not. Each rider pedals at their own rate.
When you are not pedaling on your side, your pedals do not turn. Pedal
when you want at your own pace. However, in the case of physical therapy
where you way wish to force one
rider's pedals to turn all the time, this can easily be accomplished.
Inquire at the time you order.
Is the Team Dual Trike available with different gearing?
Yes. The standard model SBST is a single speed model.
The SBST-3CB is a dual three speed. Each rider controls their own gear
shifter. This is a very unique feature of the Team Dual Trike as each
rider selects their gear that they are most comfortable using. This is
important because in most cases riders have different pedaling strength
and abilities. The Three speed is an internal system so shifting is as
simple as clicking 1,2 or 3 on the gear selector. This is another
example of the independent features of these quality cycles.
How Do You Stop The Team Dual Trike?
The Team Dual Trike has 3 independent brakes for sure,
safe stops. Either rider can stop the cycle by simply back-pedaling.
This applies the coaster brake. In addition, there is an automotive
style drum brake built into the front wheel of the cycle which is
controlled by a hand lever located on the center of the steering tiller.
This lever also acts as a parking brake. Simply push a button on the
lever and the parking brake is engaged. This is particularly useful when
parking the cycle on a slight incline or also simply to prevent it from
rolling when getting on or off the trike. You will also appreciate the
fact that all three brakes are functional in wet conditions, so should
you get caught in an unexpected rain shower, your Team Dual Trike will
still perform reliably and safely.
How Do You Steer The Team Dual Trike?
Steering is easy and natural with our steering tiller
system. The common tiller simply pivots from left to right, controlling
the front wheel just like a bicycle. Normally one rider is designated as
"The Captain" and controls the tiller. This can be accomplished from
Can Different Size Riders Ride Together?
Certainly. Each seat on the Team Dual Trike is
independently adjustable without the need for tools on the glide rail
system. Unlike vehicles with a single bench seat, the dual trike allows
for each rider to set the seat for their own comfort level. In most
cases, the dual trike is appropriate for riders from 4'10" to 6'3".
Approximately 24" Inseam.
What Seating Options are Available?
The standard seats on the Team Dual Trike are thickly
padded High Back
Captain's Seats. This will add even more support and also allows for two
additional options: 1) Swivel Down Armrests and 2) Seatbelt.
The Armrests are important because they not only add lateral support
during turns, but they also provide a convenient way to rest your arms
and relax. You can either choose to order one pair of armrests for each
seat or one set of armrests mounted to the outside of each seat.
Is the Worksman Team Dual Trike Appropriate for Active Seniors?
No doubt about it. Today more than ever people
recognize the benefits of aerobic exercise. Seniors are more aware of
this than most as their doctors are urging them to stay active to stay
young. Seniors are seeking safe, low impact activities. They also want
to have fun! Riding side by side with a companion is not only good for
physical activity but also provides a stimulating, social experience.
Is the Team Dual Trike Suitable for Children to Ride?
The Team Dual Trike is a true family vehicle. Since
the seats adjust so easily on our "glide track: system, they can be
easily adjusted to most size riders. (from pre-teen to super senior).
However, the captain of the Team Dual Trike should be a responsible
adult. Since seating is side by side, riders can truly share the
experience. Parents can bond with their children from generation to
generation. With the optional seatbelt, even smaller children can be
strapped in to the seat and be taken for a ride.
Can People with Physical Disabilities Ride the Worksman Team Dual Trike?
Since our introduction of the Team Dual Trike back
in the early 1990?s, we have seen and heard of so many wonderful uses of
the cycle for special needs situations. In fact, this has been so
rewarding to us as we have received so may letters, e-mails and
correspondence telling us just how wonderful the Team Dual Trike has
been for special needs riders. First, since the Team Dual Trike has
independent pedals systems, as long as there is one able bodied rider,
the cycle can be useful. Physical Therapists has found the Team Dual
Trike to be ideal for developing motor skills and other therapeutic
activities. Since the seating is side by side, monitoring and
communicating with the special needs rider is easy, safe and convenient.
The Dual Trike has proven useful for those with balance problems, motor
skills challenges, strength issues and more. These cycles are ideal for
visually impaired riders as they can share the riding experience with
the sighted partners. Many leading institutions now use our Team Dual
Trike for physical therapy, occupational therapy, coordination training
and the like.
Seeing the smiles of many special people who have benefited from riding our cycles is a wonderful reward for all involved.
Where Can the Team Dual Trike be Ridden?
The Team Dual Trike is designed for use on paved or
smooth hard-pack surfaces. The overall width is 45", so plan your routes
accordingly. As is the case with all adult trikes, you will want to
ride on relatively flat areas. If you wish to ride in hilly areas, you
may wish to consider our electric power assist options. (see below).
Today, there are so many wonderful trails and paths that have been
created for cycling. Get out and enjoy yourself. Naturally all rules for
safety should be obeyed.
What other Options are Available for the Team Dual Trikes?
We try to offer choices to help make the Team Dual
Trike just right for each customer. That is one of the advantages of
being a full fledged cycle manufacturer. Here is a listing of many of
the popular options
High Back Captains Seats Swivel Down Armrests
Rear Fender Sets Kevlar Belted Tires
White Wall Tires Custom Pedals systems (one side)
Foot/Pedal Straps Seatbelts
Canopy Roof Custom Colors
Electric Power Assist Rear Cabinet Trunk
Bar End Mirrors Battery Operated Lights
Mega-horn Ding-Dong Bell
Can the Team Dual Trike be Motorized?
Yes. We currently offer a battery operated electric
drive system for the Dual Trike. This Hub engine is integrated into the
front wheel and is operated by a spring-loaded thumb throttle. This
powerful system is ideal for hill climbing, long rides or simply for
those who have limited pedaling capacity. The battery and controller are
installed out of the way beneath the drivers side seat. While this
system is not inexpensive, it has been very successful for those people
who require this assistance or truly use their Team Dual Trike as a
primary transportation vehicle.
How Does the Team Dual Trike Ship and How Much Assembly is Required?
We are happy to report that the Team Dual Trike ships
via truck, fully assembled in a large carton. Simply adjust the steering
tiller to the desired height, adjust the seats on the glide track to a
comfortable position and you are ready to ride. Call our sales office
for cost of shipping or any other details.
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