I got my new Rover x8 to keep up with my eight year old who loves riding a bike. I rode everywhere as a kid, but in my early to middle adult years let myself weight wise get up to a whopping 350. I went with the rover and a trike because I have a bike I purchased 10 years ago when my oldest children were growing up but they refused to ride their bikes, and mine sat there. Once my daughter started riding a bike I needed to keep up with her but was causing myself some serious pain in the butt that was having me limp everywhere.
I've gotten the rover and took it out for my first drive around the neighborhood and I'm having a couple of issues.
First, and the kinda frustrating one is on a hill climb in low gear, I end up pushing my seat back. No matter how tight I try and make that lever, when I get up hill in low gear and really push my legs are strong enough to shove the seat back until I can't reach the pedals any more and I have to stop and wallow off the trike. Any tips to lock that seat down better or any options out there? one time the push was so strong I shaved some paint off when the seat slid.
The other is the width of the trike is pretty tight. my thighs are banging on the steering handles and I can't 'squeeze' any tighter width wise right now while I'm riding. I think both of these problems will go away as I stay consistent with my riding but early on they're going to be annoying. The 'wider' handles I see in the accessory section will those even help? an inch or two would be good but that's a lot of money to spend on handles.
The last issue for me is the tires. I live in a cul-de-sac and was doing circles in the oval getting the hang of the riding. I think I'm almost rolling the tires off as I turn at a mild speed. Again, weight related but I was hoping with this rated at 400 pounds it might handle some of that. Do I need wider tires than the ones that came with it?
Thanks for humoring me. This is really hard for me to ask help on figured I'd do it here than try and speak to someone in a store. It's amazing to me believe it or not as you slowly get heavy over twenty years in life you don't tend to see it until you try to do something you did as a kid and your body doesn't respond like you expect. The days of me screaming around on my raleigh pursuit are way behind me, I'd like to get halfway there again at least.