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Frank from Kreuzlingen/Switzerland
Walter (80 years) from Bad Hersfeld/Germany
Adam from London/England
„I have been using the Varibike Trike for 6 weeks now and so feel I have enough experience to write a review. The trike has an adjustable back rest so you can alter the angle. I find it exceptionally comfortable when using it even for 3-
The machine itself takes no getting used to and you have all the options available on the Varibike ie legs only, arms only, one arm at a time. It is an engineering masterpiece with steering no problems.
I regularly use the bike in London but have attached a flag pole to increase my visibility, with this I am confident on the trike even in rush hour traffic.
The bike provides a great workout and there are no "off limits" in terms of hills. In the lowest gear I have mastered the steepest hill in my area ( approx 18 degrees at some points).
Although the wheels are only 20 inches there is no real loss of speed when compared to the bike version I regularly average 26-
The Varibike Trike is comfortable, easy to master, enables you to climb hills utilising both arms and legs and provides a great workout. If you have the budget for it I would highly recommend it.“
Robert from Trondheim/Norway
„My motivation for wanting combined arm and leg drive are twofold: I need to improve and maintain fitness. High intensity interval training is supposed to be good for that, but I get bored in gyms, and when cycling, my legs get tired before I really get out of breath. I thought adding the arms would take care of that. And it does. On my commute to work, there are four climbs long and steep enough to get my pulse and breathing rate up, especially when I am late. I was surprised by how much difference arm power makes to uphill speed. I thought with the arms having so much less muscle than the legs, there would be little added speed, but it mattered even at the beginning, and now that I have adapted enough that I can go one gear higher on the hills, it matters even more.
My other reason for wanting the combined leg and arm drive is that one of my knees is weak. Having the cranks attached to the fork helps, but I thought reducing peak load would still be a good thing. The Varibike Trike's front wheel drive is just right for me on both counts. I had tried two other designs with combined arm and leg drive before, neither was quite right for me.
I got the Varibike Trike set up to my satisfaction on Christmas Day: I added lots of reflectors, extended the front mud guard a little so salty spray doesn't reach the steering (Norwegian roads are salted when the temperature is still close to freezing, gritted when it is well below), and I fitted a screen between front wheel and chain to protect the chain from salt, too. It works. In fact, it all works well enough that the Varibike Trike has been the only transport I have used for distances up to 20km ever since I started riding it.“
Erich from Kapfenberg/Austria
The Varibike is unfortunately completely unknown not only in Germany but also in my homeland (Styria Austria).
I was looking for a bike with which I could primarily use my arms.
Since I suffered an incomplete paraplegia in an accident four years ago, the varibike is, for me personally, a great achievement.
This great bike enables me to continue practicing my beloved sport!
Greetings from green Styria in Austria!
Andreas from Oberösterreich/Austria
I've been an enthusiastic Varibike trike rider for almost a year now and have been reluctant to get on a conventional bike ever since.
Since I am very challenged in my job, varibike triking is my ideal balance both physically and to come down to good thoughts.
Mainly I ride along the very well developed danube cycle path, where I can be seen regularly even in winter.
I can also transport my varibike trike in my station wagon, which of course gives me a lot of flexibility in choosing my tours.
On my trips I have a lot of spectators because such a “bike” is still very rarely seen here. The children in particular are enthusiastic and marvel at my special vehicle, which I lovingly call my “power plant”.
I appreciate this special training device that will warm you up very quickly, even in winter when it is just above freezing point.
I use lambskin for this, which I put over the very comfortable seat.
The training effect is insanely great for the whole body in the fresh air, and gentle on the joints.
Thanks to Varibike for this great invention!