Folding tricycles are convenient. With a folding trike, you don’t need to worry about having to find a parking space near your house or keeping a full-sized tricycle in your home. You can just fold it up and put it in the basement or take it upstairs and put it in a closet. Similarly, if you need to transport the tricycle somewhere (say, if you’re moving), then you can easily put it in the trunk of your car and save a lot of space.
That all sounds good, but you need to get the right folding tricycle that works well and has a secure lever lock. A good folding tricycle is lightweight but also sturdy enough to be safe. Here are my top 3 picks:
1. Worksman Port-O-Trike
The best folding tricycle on my list is the Port-o-Trike by Worksman. There are a lot of reasons why this is the best folding trike in the market. Most importantly, it passes the three checkboxes: Stability, durability, and user-friendliness. Before we go into that in detail, here is a list of all the features of this tricycle:
- 3 speeds
- 20-inch wheels
- Vinyl-coated rear basket
- Ideal for riders between 4’6″ and 6’0″ tall
- Maximum weight capacity 215 pounds
So, let’s talk a little about why this bike has really good stability. It has a low center of gravity, which you can probably tell from looking at it. That makes it grounded and easier to balance. The wheels, which are a modest 20-inch, give the bike a smooth ride. It’s easy for a folding tricycle to have a weak frame, but this tricycle manages to overcome that disadvantage. You’ll finding that this trike is just as stable as any other tricycle, if not more so. If you have a balance problem, then this tricycle is specifically a good one to get.
The Port-O-Trike’s structure and frame are compact. It’s easily foldable and weighs less than 60 pounds, so it can be stored anywhere with ease. The most popular places to store it are basements and closets. It’s also very easy to move from one place to another. Despite its compactness, the trike also has a rear basket for storing items which is useful.
This tricycle can be used by anyone below the weight limit (215 pounds) and it’s ideal for riders between 4’6″ and 6’0″ heights. It’s a great tricycle for children especially aged 8 and above, and those with special needs and balance problems.
2. Mantis Tri-Rad
Mantis Tri-Rad is a blue folding adult tricycle that’s designed for a lightweight and comfortable ride. It’s also featured on our list of best adult tricycles. Like the Worksman Port-o-Trike, this is another trike that’s popular among riders with special needs, such as poor balance and dyslexia. Here are the features and specifications:
- Single speed
- Foldable steel frame
- Aluminum rim and Kenda tires
- Large padded saddle
- Front V-brake and parking brake
- Rear basket
Mantis Tri-Rad is a very lightweight and portable tricycle, weighing only 45 pounds. Despite being lightweight, it’s an ideal bike for adults. It has 20-inch wheels, which are smaller than regular adult tricycles, but that helps with making the bike portable. Folding trikes usually have a smaller wheel size than regular adult trikes, because it’s harder to fold large tricycles. This trike is also available in 24-in wheels, for those who want a bigger tricycle.
The foldable frame includes collapsible handlebars to further ready the bike for storage.The folding works through a quick release lever. It’s both easy to use and also secure so that it doesn’t spontaneously release. The brake style is quite unique; it uses hydraulic rim brakes, unlike the v-brakes that tricycles usually use.
One of the frequent complaints, and why this trike is not as good as it could’ve been, is that assembling it can be a pain. The instructions are not worded well, and lots of customers cite having problems with assembling the bikes. This usually means they have to take it to a bike shop to get it assembled. So unless you have some expertise in bicycle mechanics, you’ll probably need to spend some extra money on it. But after that, it’s smooth riding.
3. Kent Westport Folding Tricycle
Kent Westport is a durable adult 3-wheeled tricycle. One of the unique things about this tricycle is the design; it has a distinct blue design along with big handlebars and a thick frame. The rear basket is also durable and can haul all sorts of heavy items. There are also some drawbacks to this tricycle, which I will discuss below. Here are the features and specifications of the Kent Westport adult folding tricycle:
- 20-inch wheels
- Adjustable upright handlebars
- Suspension fork
- Linear pull brakes
- Extra-wide seat
One of the strong points of this tricycle is its durability. Made from a steel frame with suspension fork cushions, it shows the importance of folding trikes to be sturdy. The last thing you want is a foldable tricycle with a weak frame, because that causes structural problems and isn’t very safe. As you can tell by the thick frame of this tricycle compared to other folding trikes, it looks stronger and more durable. And it is.
Having a rear basket designed to store and load a lot of weight is also a plus. If you need to carry plenty of stuff, then a basket like this comes in handy. It’s spaciously designed to handle cargo, groceries, pets, shopping items, etc.
One of the drawbacks, much like with the Mantis Tri-Rad, is that this tricycle is hard to assemble and you’ll probably need to take it to a bike shop for assembly. The instructions won’t help. The particular part you might face problems with is the brake cable; fitting and adjusting it can be a pain if you don’t know what you’re doing. You will need some basic tools to assemble it, if you’re planning on doing it at home. Getting it assembled at a shop will probably cost between $50 and $60.