Throttle only Tricycle for use in France/Spain - Thoughts!

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    Ginny's electric bike has got to go because her balance issues make it too dangerous for her to ride safely. (I'll have it up for sale on here shortly - it's a Pro Rider E-Wayfarer).

    Prices for a new one start at about £1300, Powerbikes in Long Eaton Notts start at about £1600 but they are pedal assist and conform to the new UK regs on any new cycles.

    I've just come across this on eBay which looks pretty good value but it's throttle only. In Benidorm last year we saw so many variations of two and three wheeled I'm tempted to go and have a look at this one.

    Thoughts please people?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Powatryke...249196?hash=item1c6dbdf26c:g:HBUAAOSwgZ1XvsZV
     
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    Would you need an A frame for that ?
     
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    It does look good but be prepared to buy a new battery as its not been charged for over a year...
     
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    Throttle electric are banned in Spain.
    Pedal assist are ok.
    Even walk assist throttles (4kph) are banned.

    Your choice but would you argue with a man with a gun ?
     
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    If it's the one below it does have pedal assist as well as throttle only:

    http://www.tricyclesales.co.uk/Item/Electric_Trikes/Trilogy_Electric_Tricycle.aspx

    • Front Brake: V
    • Back Brake: Drum
    • Saddle Width: 30in
    • Sadle Length: 56in
    • Features:
    • Step over height of 16 inches
    • Tubular steel frame
    • Adjustable handle bar stem
    • Alloy wheels
    • 6 speed Shimano gears
    • Parkng brake
    • Comfortable coil sprung saddle
    • Large shopping basket
    • Advanced & Efficient 36v Brushless Motor,
    • 36v 6ah Lithium Battery, Superior Design Combined Battery and Controller Pack
    • Throttle operation Twist and Go (Pure Power)
    • 3 LED Level Battery Meter, Blue LED "On Switch"
    • 15mph (Varies slightly with Wheel Size)
    • 8-10 Mile Range with no Pedalling, 20+ rabge with pedalling,(continuos test: Flat surface 100KG/14 Stone Rider Weight).
    • Splash Proof Plug In Connections for Throttle/Motor/Charger.
    The choice is yours about using it in Spain but I've not heard of a single person yet that's been fined and been able to tell anyone first hand!
     
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    I imagine that the Spanish rules are in line with ours as it is new legislation and not retrospective. i.e. illegal to sell new after January 2016 but not illegal to buy or own older models pre 2016
     
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    I spent 5 weeks in Benidorm cycling past the cops, all I got were smiles.

    Didn't someone post about a trike that was labelled medical so came under mobility scooter laws.
     
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    I would not worry about the battery if lithium ion, it does no harm to leave part or discharged.
     
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    If you're seriously considering it though why not give the original suppliers a ring and ask them about the spec first.
     
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    We have a Di Blasi folding trike - it's not the electric version but our experience is it does fold easily and I can (just) lift it into the motorhome for transport. The list price of the electric version is eye watering at £2,150 + VAT but you might find a second hand one if you're lucky.
     
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    I want a saddle that big....mines like being given a permenant wedgy :eek:
     
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    Unfortunately that wont fit.
    Mine has a sandwich type clamp which grips the two metal longitudinal bars under the seat, with a sprung post.

    Edit...just had a closer look and it might fit depending on the width of the parallel bars which the pinch clamp is removed.
     
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    The clamp on that saddle can be discarded to allow the fixing you describe John.
    However there still may not be enough length of rail
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    Obviously the electric motor is front wheel drive, but as I don't see a diff on the back axle and the sprocket and brake drum seem to share the same solid axle, I wonder what they corner like ?
     
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    Yes Andy, i just edited my last post to that effect.
     
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    No diff it wont corner, all the weight is on the rear axle so the front wheel will slide.
    Could be a single wheel for drive and the other for braking....unless it has some kind of free wheeling hubs.
     
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    I was looking at a towball fitting bracket something like this one:

    http://www.getcycling.org.uk/details.php?id=467

    I don't think it is going to be assist as well Minxy Girl, we're going to take a look later so will know better then.

    Same here Brian whilst we were away last year in Benidorm; I've never seen so many variations of cycle, powered trikes etc. We rode past loads of Police with Ginny on her twist and go and as you say, all smiles.


    We were currently looking at two UK Trike suppliers; Powered Cycles in Long Eaton and Jorvik that look very nice...just a bit of a delivery deadline issue with them.

    We're also following up the disability issue with her consultant which would get the VAT off the purchase price of a new trike...we're treading cautiously though as she doesn't want to have her driving licence revoked or cause insurance com[any concerns. She has a rare neurological condition called Myotonia.

    Thanks for all the replies, we'll see what this trike is like...especially as it's only 5 miles down the road!
     
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    Well the test ride didn't go very well I'm afraid to say :(. The trike is in lovely condition and will be a bargain for somebody but not Ginny I fear. Certainly not something I would recommend anyone to buy without trying one first. I found it really quite difficult to ride after a normal cycle. Even a modest camber had it wanting to steer left and I had to put quite a lot of weight to the right to make it feel anything approaching comfortable. Ginny couldn't cope with it at all.

    In fairness it's a smaller tricycle than the one we will be trying in a day or so from Power Bicycles. Have to keep fingers crossed that a slightly larger frame may help...although I being more optimistic than realistic.

    Could be back to the drawing board :cry:.
     
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