Choices

Discussion in 'Electric Bikes' started by Phaeton, 1 Feb 2018.

  1. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    I'm trying to gently get my wife back into exercise, I know this could all end in tears, but I have to try, I mentioned buying a tricycle the other day as my sister has one, it wasn't immediately rejected which I have taken as sign of 'possible' acceptance. I did also suggest it would be an electric tricycle, so with that in mind I've just Fleecebay'd & found the following,

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mens-lad...779555?hash=item3f897f9563:g:eO8AAOSwxp9Z5LF6

    Is this a good price, is it a good make, I have no knowledge of these

    Alternatively I did wonder about

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ladies-Trike/152882178021?hash=item23987ce7e5:g:Y4EAAOSwAHtaIBua

    Then adding a motor kit, which may work out slightly cheaper but I don't know if it's a better option.
     
  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    I'd go for the cheap one then think about fitting a kit to the front wheel.
    The only snag I had doing that with mine was the front fork dropout wasn't thick enough to accept the anti-rotation fitting on the front wheel so I had to change forks and with that in mind I fitted some for a 26" wheel and bought an appropriate electric wheel kit,

    trike 001.JPG

    I changed a few other bits too but have all the standard bits safely stored in the loft.
     
  3. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    I bought my wife an electric trike from a forum member last year together with help from @raleighnut

    She loves it. Took a while to get used to. First time I rode it I nearly crashed it!

    Trike 2.jpg
     
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  4. OP
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    Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Location:
    Oop North (ish)
    Thanks both, I don't see the trike on their website @Salar have they stopped making it?
     
  5. Salar

    Salar Über Member

    Location:
    Somewhere
    Hi @Phaeton

    Ours is a 2016, it was only one year old when I bought it, virtually unused.

    I think they have stopped making trikes, shame as it's a nice solid trike, well put together and it pulls well in high with my weight!

    I took a risk as the the battery had stood for a year, but it's fine.

    The pulling to one side takes a little getting used to on trikes which have only one rear driven wheel.
    https://www.cyclechat.net/threads/problems-riding-a-trike-helppppppppppppp.145248/
     
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  6. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    Yeah the handling is strange at first, completely different to a bike but you soon get used to it.

    3 tips
    • When cornering you need the inside pedal down with all your weight on it to shift the CoG inwards and stop the inside wheel coming up.
    • Never ever put your feet down unless you're getting off, there is no need to and you risk running your leg over.
    • Don't 'fight' the trike, allow it to move about underneath you and just concentrate on steering it instead of trying to 'balance' it like a bike. Just keep yourself vertical (or leant in on corners)
     
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