Bicycling is a great low-impact activity that is easy on aging joints, improves heart health, helps with weight loss, fights depression, and can even strengthen the brain. However, as we age, trusting ourselves on a two-wheel bike can be tricky. Bikes with three wheels are great father’s day and retirement gifts as well as an alternative for seniors to feel safe, in control, and confident while enjoying the many benefits of bike riding.
While technically, a three-wheel bike is called a “tricycle” or a “trike,” what differentiates them from a traditional bicycle is the extra wheel in the back. This design makes it easier for riders to balance and prevents the bike from tipping when you stop. Additionally, three-wheel bikes can accommodate more weight, and allow heavier riders an easier time balancing.
Exercise is a vital part of keeping you healthy, both mentally and physically, and bike riding is a great way to achieve those goals. Following our review, we include a buying guide with tips on how to find the right three-wheel bike for you.
The Best 3 Wheel Bikes For Seniors
The Schwinn Meridian Adult Trike is a stylish three-wheeled design that offers comfortable cruises around town or in your neighborhood. The aluminum frame has a low standover height, making it especially easy to get on and off. The design comes in multiple colors and allows users to sit upright with handlebars that can be adjusted close to the rider.
We love the rear folding basket that provides plenty of room for cargo like bags, groceries and more. This model also comes with a wider saddle, making the seat extra comfortable.
This bike is not made to navigate through routes with hills and lots of elevation, as it is only a single speed. However, it is a great option for those looking to get outside and cruise down boardwalks, through flat bike paths or around the neighborhood.
- Fairly simple to assemble
- Good sized basket
- Smooth and stable ride
- Super low stand-over aluminum frame
- Alloy 24-inch wheels
- Large springer cruiser seat with quick release adjustment
- Large fold-down rear basket for storage
- Wide, upright handlebars adjust from 37" to 40"
- Brand: Schwinn
- Suggested rider height: 5’4"-6’2"
- Recommended weight limit: 300 pounds
- Rear basket is 18. 5" (H), 22. 5" (W), and 11. 5" (L), with a 50 lb weight limit
- Front and rear linear-pull hand brakes
- Ships ready to be assembled and comes with a 5-year limited warranty
The Mobo Triton Pro is a recumbent three-wheel bike, great for exercise, leisure rides or a quick trip to the store. The ergonomic recumbent seat provides evenly cushioned back support and extra comfort to let you ride for longer. Dual-joystick steering offers smooth maneuverability with simple hand movements.
We love that the frame on this model is adjustable, making it suitable for riders 4 feet 2 inches tall to 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing up to 250 lbs.
While designed for adults of all abilities, the Mobo Triton Pro also functions as a bike for autistic and special needs adults who have problems with balance.
- The recumbent style allows you to move faster
- Great for adults of all abilities
- Sitting lower to the ground can make riders harder to see
- Dual-joystick steering
- Adjustable aluminum frame
- Cushioned back support
- Brand: Mobo Cruiser
- Suggested rider height: 4’2" – 6’3"
- Recommended weight limit: 250 lbs
This choice from Slsy offers both comfort and style, thanks to the wide range of color choices available. The sturdy steel frame can support up to 350 pounds and offers plenty of stability while riding. The bike offers 7 speed options and is suitable for riding on a variety of surfaces.
The bike is also available with two different tire sizes, with the larger tire size model adjusting to accommodate larger heights. We especially like the large capacity basket in the back, perfect for toting around groceries, personal items, and anything else you may need while out on a ride!
- Accommodates more weight than other models
- One-year warranty
- 30-day return and money back guarantee
- Comfortable, padded backrest
- Some users mention this model is hard to install
- 24" or 26" models available
- Comes in a variety of colors
- Supports up to 350 pounds
- Sturdy steel frame construction
- Large rear basket
- Brand: Slsy
- Recommended weight limit: 350 pounds
Our Best 3 Wheel Bikes For Seniors Guide
A three-wheeled bike or tricycle is a great option for seniors who may not be comfortable on a traditional bicycle, but want to enjoy the freedom and benefits from bike riding.
Here are just a few things to consider before making a purchase.
Type Of Use
Depending on where you will be riding, and the type of riding you intend to do, consider if you need a bike with shifting gears, or if a single shift will suffice. For riders that plan on cruising along mostly flat roads and trails, a single shift is likely all you need. However, if you plan on biking along hilly terrain with steep elevation, you may want to consider a shifting gear bike to make those hills more manageable. Unlike many standard bicycles, three-wheel bikes can be quite heavy, making steep hills seem extra difficult.
Consider also, three-wheel bikes and tricycles are not made to be speed machines. Their size and design make them great for casual commutes and bike rides, but you shouldn’t be trying to break a record with them. Recumbent bikes are easier to go fast, because of their low profile.
Be sure to review the size and weight capacity for each bike. In general bikes with bigger wheels will be better for larger riders. Consider also if the frame and/or seat of the bike is adjustable to your needs.
Review how complicated assembly will be, and if you will need assistance. Most manufacturers will provide instruction manuals but if the assembly is not your thing, consider taking the bike into a specialty store for assistance.