A Bike Doesn't Have to Be So High Off The Ground
Riding a bike is great exercise and fun — unless you fall off. It has to be faced that the older set (i.e., seniors) have to be a lot more careful when they ride, and that’s not just because helmets and elbow/knee pads are warranted, but because hitting the ground at speed can result in damage 20 year olds don’t face. So having a bike with a low center of gravity — meaning the rider isn’t up high off the ground — can be a good idea. Even better is making that bike unable to tip over by going the 3 wheel route. As in one wheel in the front and two in the back. So as a senior looking to increase mileage outdoors (fah to the indoor recumbent bicycle), the mobo Triton Pro looks to be a good bet. Actually it looks to be a safe and sensible way to proceed.
The mobo Triton Pro has 3 wheels so, see above. It also, see above again, has you sitting back down where falling off can’t happen. Let’s add that the strain of working those pedals is a lot less than that of a conventional bicycle too. So it seems to be getting even better. So it’s as good a time as any to describe what we’re going to get into
It Comes Assembled Once You DIY
Now we know what you’re thinking, “Putting a bike together is so hard that it’s been made into jokes and cliches reaching back to the dawn of time.” So sure you need a little bit of hand-eye coordination, but it’s even more so for patience and approaching the whole process with plenty of time. mobo provides a paper guide and that helps — first though spend a couple of repeat views from their website on the video showing how it all goes together (also check out below that the "paper" guide as it has added bits worth seeing). Then make a space — for example the garage having moved the car out — and enough time to do a good amount without going crazy and being able to put all the parts that didn’t get done in a corner of the garage along with that that did get done. So for some, a few hours on an afternoon without interruptions will do the job. For others, such as us, we moved it across 2 days as other things kept cropping up, and we didn’t want to feel rushed.
But do check the tire pressure before your first time out -- if it's low you're not going to have an enjoyable ride and you could damage the tire(s). So have that old analog tire pressure pen and the bicycle pump ready just in case.
What You Do Isn't So Complicated
So basically the process is as follows, and of course you’ve taken out all the parts from the box and placed them down and wearing clothes you don’t mind might get dirty "just because" (work gloves don’t hurt but really not necessary). The tools (i.e., Allen Wrench, etc.) are provided too:
1)Assemble the front wheel and real wheel frame
2)Assemble the rear wheels — the wheels are already inflated, by the way, and so ready to go
3)The Steering handle then gets positioned and so does the linkage steering to the Steering handle
4)The padded seat goes into its frame and then positioned on the bike. This is followed by the rear wheel covers (with their cool flame signage) and then the pedals get their time.
5)The bike’s length is now adjusted for the rider and then the rear reflector and the cool little flag on its pole.
Here’s two things to look out for: the first being to make sure to use the washers and nuts that are provided for use with their proper screws/bolts. The second is to make sure the braking cable goes over the two handlebars and not below — otherwise it could scrape against the ground.
And yes there’s plenty of accessories for customizing, from a tote basket to pedals and more. And speaking of pedals, did you hear anything about bike chains that have to be properly positioned and which can come loose? Or that need oiling? We neither. And the steering process and braking is pretty simple, once you read how to do it and try it out a bit.
Time For Specs
And for those wondering, here are the specs — and no it’s not waterproof, which is why that space we made in the garage is where the bike is going to be kept. Others might just use a cover on the porch, so go with what works best for you.
Back to the specs — it’ll handle up to 250 pounds and remember that’s for a single person. There’s 20” front and 16” back, with the seat 12.5” above the ground (enough to avoid road burn, natch). There’s 10 slot adjustments in 16” length and the height capacity is 4 feet to 6 foot 3 inches.
A mobo That's Right For You
But for all this talk about safety and ease of riding and it’s a good decision to get — blooey to all that because while good, what’s really important is that it’s a fun ride. You move around at a reasonable speed but because you’re low to the ground it can start feeling like you’re working a go-kart. And that means you feel like you’re zooming even though you’re not. Or go sedate down the gated community’s 15 mph street without feeling like you’re behind a slow moving garbage truck. It’s a fun ride, so much so we said it twice! And because you have to say it to make it so -- this bike brakes.
That’s not to say that wearing a bike helmet and pads shouldn’t be done — make that a personal decision based on the individual is the best path forward
mobo makes a number of bikes, including a trike that looks too amazing to be just for a child (but unfortunately is far too small for anyone over toddler size). The kids version continues the good looks, ease of ride and fun, but this review stops with the mobo Triton Pro. Which, for good measure, comes in Blue, Red, Sliver or Orange. And mobo also provides online tips for maintenance which is well worth reading through (like keeping the bike in proper alignment and how to replace an inner tube). For more information, and to get off your backside and out and about already, go to https://www.mobocruiser.com/