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How to Convert a Bicycle Into a Tricycle or Trike

Convert a bike into a trike.
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It’s easy to convert a bicycle into a tricycle. Although there are various reasons why someone would want to convert the bike into a trike, tricycles can be effortlessly equipped with practically any side item you’d ever need. Bike riders can convert their bikes into trikes by either paying a bike mechanic to do it or by buying a conversion kit and doing it themselves. The kit is the less expensive of the two options.

Use the wrench to remove the bolts from the seat stabilizer. Take off the bicycle post and seat. Place them both to one side on the floor. Utilize the screwdriver to remove the screws holding the handbrake assembly in place. Take off the brake lines. Move and attach the brake lines to the handlebars. Flip the bike upside down and steady it. Use the wrench again to get rid of the bolts holding the brake clip in place. The clips keep the braking arm attached securely to the frame of the bike.

With the wrench, take off the nuts holding the back wheel in place. Carefully move the back tire forward toward you. Take off the back tire. Place the tire to one side. Undo the nuts holding the back fender in place. Take the dual-wheel conversion assembly and place it on the floor. Use the cinder blocks to hold the bike’s wheels in place. Turn over the frame of the bike. Put the bike on the conversion kit’s axle.

Put the nuts found in the kit on the side of the mount. Now, slowly turn the nuts by hand until they begin to tighten. Hold the arm extension. Move it toward the bicycle in a forward motion. Align the seat mount with the post. Now put the seat in the post. Lock the seat into place. Put the bike chain back on and sandwiched between the petal sprocket. Make sure the chain has a “give” of an inch. Remove the arm from the petal brake. Line it up underneath the frame of the bike. Put the retainer clip back in its original place. Put the back of the slip into the frame.

Things You'll Need:

  • Cinder blocks
  • Bicycle
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Conversion kit
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