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Side-by-side tandem recumbent tadpole couch trike!

My sister recently emailed me an interesting photograph of what she wants for her next trike, something a wee bit more comfy, something that our 89 year old mom could also enjoy right along with her daughter. She would be upgrading from her TerraTrike Rover if she were to actually pursue this unique side-by-side tandem couch tricycle, however, this may be a one-off unit, so may be unavailable for purchase by the general public. Also, I suspect the weight of this recumbent trike might be significant, thus it would require two people simply to get around on flat smooth paved streets. Looks like the benefit of the comfort would be outweighed by the extreme effort to keep it moving. Although, if there is a downhill section of road, watch out … this thing might really get moving!

Couch Trike

The side-by-side recumbent couch tadpole tricycle

Note: This trike reminds me of a similarly designed side-by-side made by ICE a number of years ago, but their trike was more practical for most folks:



4 responses

  1. Kevin Baughman

    adjective: tandem

    1. 1.
    having two things arranged one in front of the other.


    July 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

  2. Jerry Forster

    Looks cool, but I’m not sure where could ride the thing.

    July 8, 2016 at 1:32 pm

  3. trike hobo

    Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
    tandem: noun tan·dem \ˈtan-dəm\ : a group of two people or things that work together or are associated with each other : in partnership or conjunction

    Source: Wikipedia
    : side-by-side seating – An alternative configuration is side-by-side seating, which is common in civil aircraft of all sizes, trainers and large military aircraft, but less so in high performance jets and gliders where drag reduction is paramount.

    Operators of trikes are trike pilots, thus the apropos association with the Wikipedia aircraft discussion. Drag reduction is not a factor with this tandem couch trike, so in-line configurations are not necessary as with fighter jets ;-)

    July 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  4. armadillozack

    What would Trump think about this trike…! LoL…! I mean just look at what he thinks of normal trikes,as is , nonetheless a side by side version which increases the width in size by one … Not a popular topic for him as he would like to see them already outlawed in regular size…! But the guy is a _ _ _ _ _ anyway…! LoL…!
    Armadillo Zack

    July 13, 2016 at 3:37 pm