“I have been married for 32 years to the same woman and never once thought of upgrading. It’s not even been a month and I’m on my third Trikke.”
Hi, my name is Paul and I am a Trikke-o-holic. I need just one more ride. How did I get hooked on Trikkes, you ask? It all started one day when I met a pusher on the beach named Randy Boyd [TrikkeWorld publisher]. He turned me on to his connection at SouthBay Trikke, Andy Pliska, who got me started on a T78 Air. It wasn’t long before I got started on the hard stuff. Yes, two Pon-e lite’s and now a T12 Roadster. I’m hooked!
I’m 50 years old, and have been dealing with diabetes and recovering from a partial amputation of my right foot. When I met Randy, I was looking for something to help with the circulation in my legs. It appeared the Trikke would give me a full body workout, so I went to SouthBay Trikke to find one to meet my needs.
I got started with a T78 air with some upgrades. I LOVED IT! I rode it twice a day, every day, extending my ride by 100 yards each day until I reached nine miles. This little thing was working me out. I was coming home with my shirts soaked, I was feeling good, I wanted more…
The winds were kicking up in April and I remembered that Randy’s Trikke had a battery. I was thinking I could workout one way and use the battery to help with the winds, because when they kicked up, I was going nowhere! I contacted Randy (my pusher) and got the scoop on the Pon-e lite he had when I met him.
I had been considering getting a Vespa scooter for my wife, so she could use it to go into town and pick things up from the store. (We live on the beach and parking is hard to find.) We decided to use the money reserved for the Vespa, trade in my T78 and get two Pon-e lite’s — one for me and one for my wife. Now we are known as the “Pon-e Express” around town. We go everywhere on our new Trikkes. We even got a season pass to El Dorado Park to do our morning rides.
“…we feel better then we have with any other exercise routine.”
I then made the mistake of reading about the T12 Roadster and watching some of the videos on YouTube. I ended up finding a T12 Roadster on Craigslist for $250. I called my pushers (Andy and Randy) to make sure this was a good deal. The next day, Andy tuned up my newly acquired T12 and I was on a 12-mile ride in Long Beach. It felt soooo good, I did not want it to end. Lets go again!
I still like our battered-powered Trikkes. Laura and I go all over on them. In the beginning, we used the battery a lot and would drain it on a single ride. Now, we hardly use one line [of the four-line battery meter].
I need to stop reading all the cool stuff that the other Trikkes do. Funny, I have been married for 32 years to the same woman and never once thought of upgrading. It’s not even been a month and I’m on my third Trikke. If I keep this up, I will not have a wife (they just don’t understand).
Laura and I have been using our Trikkes for almost a month and we feel better then we have with any other exercise routine. With diabetes, I could give you many excuses why not to ride a Trikke. Even with my disabilities, I have been able to accomplish a lot. And for those thinking they are too old, my wife will be celebrating her 60th birthday this September, 2013. The more we do, the better we feel. So, Trikke on…
Out of all the Trikkes that I have had, I would only make one recommendation. Get disk brakes! I find the bigger the Trikke, the easier they are to ride. As for a body powered Trikke, the T12 Roadster is the Trikke for me. But I would not give up my Pon-e’s. They are a blast. You can put them in your car and go anywhere!
A special thank you to my local pushers, Randy Boyd and Andy Pliska, for all their help on our journey. Laura and I would have been lost without all their advice and help. We look forward to years of Trikking.
Paul and Laura Saumure