Hase Bikes introduces the second generation of its multitalented Trets children’s recumbent trike
Trets, the one-of-a-kind children’s recumbent trike from Hase Bikes, has always been incredibly versatile. It’s fun to ride as an autonomous trike and can be easily converted to a comfortable trailer-bike. The new Trets has been redeveloped from the ground up, boasting improved handling, greater adjustability, and a lower frame for easier mounting and dismounting.
Just step over and take a seat. The child’s hands rest naturally on the handlebar grips, keeping the shoulders in a relaxed position. After their feet are strapped quickly and securely into the pedals with toe clips and straps, they’re ready to roll. The only problem is convincing them to take a break now and then: with the new Trets, kids from 3’3” (1 m) in height – with or without disabilities – can experience the thrill and exhilaration of triking with loads of comfort and safety. In terms of looks, the Trets has never been so sporty. No one would guess that, in many countries, it’s listed as a therapeutic appliance with a medical-aid number and a wide range of accessories for kids with special needs. The Trets is ideal for adaptive inclusive cycling.
Easier mounting – improved sitting position
The frame of the new Trets is significantly lower, and the standard model comes with under-seat steering. Both features make it much easier to get into and out of the seat. The bottom bracket with crank arms and pedals is now positioned lower to the ground for a better foot position. Shimano’s smooth-running 8-speed Nexus gear hub is low-maintenance and ensures a healthy cadence for little legs. The under-seat handlebars allow for a relaxed sitting position. Kids find the controls not only intuitive, but also cool. The above-seat handlebars of the previous Trets version are still available as an option.
Adjustable without tools – safer riding
A recumbent trike for kids should be able to keep up with their growth spurts. The Trets fits riders from 3’3” (1 m) to 5’3” (1.6 m) in height and can be quickly and easily adjusted. In the past, the length could only be changed by extending the front boom. With the new Trets, length adjustment is as easy as sliding the seat into the right position: once you’ve opened the quick-release levers (no tools required), the seat can not only be pushed forwards or backwards within an adjustment range of 6 inches (15 cm), but also raised or lowered within a range of 4 inches (10 cm) or adjusted to a different angle. When larger changes are required, the complete seat frame can be released and slid into the appropriate position. In this case, a few tools are required. Owing to the new, lower frame with rear wheels that are further behind the seat and a larger front wheel (16 inch), the center of gravity is further forward, which translates into more fun and safety. The Avid BB7 disc brakes guarantee reliable braking in any situation. The rear wheels are covered with spoke protectors and fenders. And the modern LED lighting system with a rechargeable battery also works in trailer mode.
Easy to hitch – comfortable to push
But what can you do if the tour is too long, the traffic is too busy, or the rider too tired? Simply open the quick-release, remove the front wheel, mount the tow bar to the frame of the new Trets, and hitch it to the back of the towing bicycle. In a flash, the trike has been converted to a safe children’s trailer. Then your child can either relax in the seat or help with the pedaling. A special bonus: every new Trets comes with a tow bar.
The trike is also easy to push: just insert the guide bar at the rear of the frame, and you can take over the steering – and even braking – while walking behind the Trets. Every Trets also comes with a 5-point harness. Special pedals and other accessories from the extensive Hase Bikes catalogue make it possible to adapt the trike to practically any special need.
Space-saving when parked – easy to transport
Triking is fun. But trikes are wider than bikes. So where can you park them? And how can you take them with you on vacation? The new Trets can be parked upright with its front wheel in the air in order to save space. And it’s also easy to transport. For example, it can be strapped onto your car’s rear-mounted or roof rack if it has three channels (one for each wheel). And if you want to transport the Trets in the trunk of your car or in a train, you can easily remove the seat with no tools. If you also take off the front wheel, the trike measures a mere 29 x 20 x 52 inches (73 x 52 x 132 cm). With tools, you can even reduce the length to 45 inches (115 cm).
Available January 2020