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Trikke trend takes hold

Santa Clarita Sports Complex hosts ride for enthusiasts of three-wheeled vehicle

Posted: February 26, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Quincy Jeffries, of Canyon Country, center, leads fellow Trikke riders as they begin their Leap Year Ride outside the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday. Several members of the group wore colorful knee-high socks in a show of Trikke solidarity. Quincy Jeffries, of Canyon Country, center, leads fellow Trikke riders as they begin their Leap Year Ride outside the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday. Several members of the group wore colorful knee-high socks in a show of Trikke solidarity.
Quincy Jeffries, of Canyon Country, center, leads fellow Trikke riders as they begin their Leap Year Ride outside the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday. Several members of the group wore colorful knee-high socks in a show of Trikke solidarity.
Bill Green, of Temple City, folds his Trikke vehicle after meeting with fellow enthusiasts at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday. The Trikkers chose from a 18.6-mile ride, a 10.5-mile ride and 6.6-mile ride. Bill Green, of Temple City, folds his Trikke vehicle after meeting with fellow enthusiasts at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday. The Trikkers chose from a 18.6-mile ride, a 10.5-mile ride and 6.6-mile ride.
Bill Green, of Temple City, folds his Trikke vehicle after meeting with fellow enthusiasts at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Saturday. The Trikkers chose from a 18.6-mile ride, a 10.5-mile ride and 6.6-mile ride.
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The Trikkers left the sports center at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, with more than just a few celebratory cheers to begin their ride.

Nearly three dozen three-wheeled riders from the Santa Clarita Valley and other areas of Los Angeles County gathered at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Sunday morning for a Trikke ride.

A Trikke is a lightweight, three-wheeled vehicle powered by electricity or the person riding it, event co-organizer and Canyon Country resident Quincy Jeffries said.

Jeffries organized the event with his wife, Monica, after he fell in love with the vehicle.

“I saw a Trikke on YouTube and had to have one,” he said.

Bicyclists, Rollerbladers and skateboarders were also invited, but the event was dominated by Trikkers.

“The most fun of this event is the fitness aspect and meeting people,” Trikker Deidre Heimer said. “This is our very first organized Santa Clarita ride.”

Jeffries, Heimer and most of the other Trikkers were member of the Southern California Carver Club, a group that meets at least once a month for Trikke rides in various parts of southern California.
“This is a club event,” City Arts and Events Supervisor Pat Downing said. “They’re enjoying our beautiful 30-plus miles of trails.

It’s very healthy and safe,” he said.

The “wow factor” of the event, as Jeffries said, was on full display as many Trikkers wore colorful socks to celebrate the day’s ride.

Safety was as prominent a factor at the event as fun, Heimer said.

“The helmet is the most important piece of gear,” she said. “You got to love your brain.”

This makes sense considering Trikkers can sometimes travel as fast as cars, Heimer said.

“Quincy was tracked coming down a hill in Santa Clarita at 45 mph,” she said.

Monica Jeffries said she lost more than 50 pounds while riding a Trikke.

“It’s a great full-body, healthy workout,” she said.

Santa Clarita’s bike trails are popular with Trikkers across the county, Monica Jeffries said.

“They love the trails here because they’re so well-maintained.”

The Trikkers chose from a 18.6-mile ride, a 10.5-mile ride and 6.6- mile ride.

“There’s going to be a long ride,” Andy Pliska, president of SouthBay Trikke said.

“If you don’t think your skill are up to it, don’t do it,” he said to the assembled Trikkers. “There’s a lot of hills out here.”

For more information, visit www.southbaytrikke.com.

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