Can’t climb hills on your Trikke? Do not despair! With patience, practice, and determination, you can make your Trikke scooter tackle even the steepest of hills. Here are some tips to help you achieve your goal…
First, you have to ask yourself several questions. Do you already master the basics of Trikke-ing? Can you “rock and roll” without concentrating too much on your movements when riding your Trikke scooter? If the answer is no, then you are rushing. You are not ready to try Trikke-ing uphill yet. Remember that the first thing you have to learn in Trikke-ing is the basic skills of riding on flat ground. Without such skills, you will never be able to nail down more advanced techniques.
Going up hills on your Trikke scooter is one of the toughest challenges you will face when Trikke. So it takes practice, practice and did I mention? More practice.
For very slight inclines, increasing the speed of your Trikkes considerably before you hit the incline can help you propel yourself up the incline. However, higher and steeper inclines require a wider carving motion with quick turns rather than straight thrusts. Due to the effect of gravity, your Trikke scooter tends to drastically slow down as it begins to climb. To prevent your Trikke from rolling backwards or coming to a complete stop, you need to perform wide, continuous pushes on your Trikke’s handlebars out and then forward alternately to the right and then to the left with your weight leaning slightly in the same direction .
You should also kick your right foot out and then forward simultaneously by doing a left deflected push followed by a left foot kick along with the right arm push. This is similar to basic Trikke-ing skills that he should already be familiar with. Only this time, he must increase the strength of his upper body movement to drive his Trikke sideways in a wider curve. After the wide lateral movement, he jerks his whole body to quickly turn (“slam”) the Trikke’s handlebars in the opposite direction that he is leaning. The timing of this blow is essential to increase his forward momentum. Experts describe this technique as a “series of quick punching motions to force the front wheel of the Trikke in order to gain a few more feet of pavement.” The steeper the hill, the tighter the turns on the Trikke scooter need to be.
If you feel the front wheel dragging as you shift into reverse, simply turn the wheel a little more sharply as you go back and forth. This problem will eventually go away with practice.
Also, some find it best to lower their Trikke handlebar height to the lowest setting before going up a big hill to give your upper body more momentum when cornering and hitting. You should first practice this technique on flat ground until you feel comfortable before applying it on slopes to increase your chances of success.
We recommend that you start slow and work your way up higher and steeper hills as your riding ability increases. Going up hills on your Trikke scooter is definitely tough, but ultimately achievable. The key to success is simple perseverance and determination. If you keep this up, you’ll master it. The feeling of satisfaction when you finally get your Trikke up the hill is worth all the frustration and hardship you may experience. And then you can label yourself as a seasoned cyclist, on your way to becoming a revered “Trikke Master”.