We do a lot of work with folks needing special assistance when they ride their Catrikes. We try our best to make that experience as safe and as comfortable as possible.
One of the big challenges with many of our customers is entry and exit. This includes those with prosthetics, those who have had knee or hip replacements, or those who just don't have the leg strength just yet.
Our exit assist bars go a long way to helping with those issues. Built of 6061 aluminum, these bars are lightweight yet very functional. They clamp securely onto the horizontal handlbar mount on the Catrike. A two bolt clamp allows you to swing them left and right to fit different sized riders and then securely clamp them in place. Midway up the bar is another two bolt clamp giving you both vertical adjustment and a flat yawing of the actual grip part of the bar.
If you own a newer Catrike with the left or right hand mirror mount, you'll need to remove those. There's not enough room for everything on your horizontal stem and the ends of our exit bars are a convenient place to mount your mirrors.
We've found that installing a T Bar or similar device in the derailleur tube often leads to problems. This is so far forward that when your rear end leaves the seat, the front of the trike will dip sharply to the ground often leading to a tumble.
A simple yet elegant solution to make your already fun triking experience a safer and less painful one.
I am a Disabled Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and have had a number of Service Connected Surgeries that have resulted in residual problems in both knees and my right shoulder. The surgeon recommended riding recumbent trikes to keep the knees flexible and keep the strain off the shoulders, wrists, forearms, neck and back, as well as the pelvis.
I bought a Catrike Road and the POC bars were among the first additions to the trike. I added a Catrike 700 this year, and the POC bars were part of the initial order.. they were on the bike when it was delivered. Without the bars, it would be difficult for me to get on and off the trike.
An unexpected benefit is the extra space to mount mirrors, computers, GPS carriers and cameras; and still leave the bars fully functional to assist in your transfer on and off the trikes. Well made, and sharp looking, I'm always getting questions. An easy choice for me and we are adding a set to the wife's Villager.
Bottom LineYes, I would recommend this to a friend