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Greenspeed Cease Operation in Australia

It appears most likely that Ian’s former love Greenspeed, is on it’s way over seas.

It was a huge task for the family to take on and get it back on track. Very understandable that it was simply too big and too difficult.

Good tail winds Ian and thank you for the start.

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Arkel

Feb 2020 and the new Arkel items are enjoying a stay with Australian Customs while the merits of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) (no additional tax on Canadian products).

The job is in the hands of DHL Transport, so we’ll see how long it takes to get them from Brisbane to Tewantin.

At this point we will only have a very limited inventory for Arkel but if there is something you want, please let us know.

Arkel RT-60 recumbent Trike Panniers
Arkel RT-60 Recumbent Trike Panniers – this one is our favourite.
Arkel RT-60 recumbent Trike Panniers
Arkel RT-60 Recumbent Panniers – 30 litre each (x2) 60 litres capacity with quick release.
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2020 Price Rises start February

ICE Trikes are implementing an across the board price rise on February 1st 2020.

Only a few days left to place an order at 2019 prices.

Most courier companies increasing rates particularly international transport.

Expect other Brands to follow suit.

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New from Hase in 2020

Small Shifting Ring, big effect: thanks to the HASE BIKES accessory for the Nexus hub, it is now possible to effortlessly switch from a fixed gear to an 8-speed drive with a freewheel mechanism, and back again.

This is the perfect solution for any rider who has a hard time pedaling in a circle (= fixed gear) but also likes being towed behind another bike in trailer mode now and then (= freewheel). And riders who, thanks to the training effect of the fixed gear, have learned to apply a more circular pedaling pattern don’t have to have a new gear system built in when they are ready to ride with a freewheel and 8-speed gear system.

This is a facility we have been asked for many times and that we have asked for many times. Good work Hase Bikes from Germany, looking forward to seeing one or two…

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How To Maintain Your E-Trike Battery

An e-battery on your recumbent trike, or e-bike, can make a world of difference to your riding! Here’s all you need to know about how to maintain your e-trike battery.

How to maintain your e-trike battery

There are many reasons people use battery assistance when riding … but that’s a topic for another post. For now, let’s talk about how to care for and maintain your e-battery.

Beginning Life with a New e-Battery

As soon as you get your new battery home, charge it. There’s no way of knowing when the battery was last charged or how full it really is. Lithium batteries need to be kept charged in order to maintain their maximum performance.

Installing an e-battery on Your Trike

The e-trike battery bracket

Your trike will come complete with a specially designed bracket to hold your battery in place. Make sure that when you put your battery onto your trike that it is securely installed and connected. The obvious reason for this is that you don’t want the battery to fall off your trike.
If the battery drops and cracks, it’s highly possible that will be the end of your battery. This would prove frustrating and expensive.

Charging

It is best to keep your lithium battery fully charged. This means charging your battery after each use.

However, never charge a battery as soon as you get home from your ride. Give your battery about 30 minutes to sit between its last use and charging it. This allows the battery to adjust from ‘discharge’ mode to ‘charge’ mode.

There are two ways to charge your battery:

  • You can charge the battery while it is still on your recumbent trike. This may mean running an extension power cord to your trike.
  • Alternately, you can remove the battery from the battery holder on your trike and take it with you to a convenient power plug. Use the key to unlock the battery from the bracket.

How to maintain your e-trike battery: charge your battery regularly

Slide the battery out of the bracket

Avoid letting your battery completely drain of power. A battery that is continually allowed to go flat will struggle to maintain full power. So, to improve the life of your battery, keep it topped up.

Charge your battery for approximately 4 or 5 hours. Don’t leave the battery on charge for hours and hours at a time. If there is a problem with the battery charging system, and the battery is left on charge for longer periods of time, the battery could overheat.

Easy Safety Tip

Use a timer when charging the battery

Put a timer into the power point and then plug the battery charger into the timer. Set the timer for 4 to 5 hours. When the timer turns off, the power will no longer flow into the battery. This will prevent the battery from overheating.

Shimano batteries have been designed to turn off from ‘charging mode’ once they are full. However, a timer is a fantastic safety backup device. It will take the worry out of charging your battery. If you get distracted or forget about turning your charger off, the timer will take care of it for you. In other words, a timer makes the charging process efficient, safe and easy.

Charge your battery at room temperature. This is especially important in winter or in temperatures below freezing. Very cold batteries may not charge as well or even at all.

Battery Covers

If you are riding in cold temperatures, a battery cover will help give you more range out of your battery. Fortunately, this is not something we need to worry about too much in Queensland!

Cleaning Your Battery

While your battery is waterproof, never submerge your battery in water! Electricity and water never mix well so it’s best not to tempt fate and give your battery a ‘bath’!

Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe over your battery.

Keep the contact points on your battery clean and dry. Use a damp cloth to wipe the contact points and dry them thoroughly. If need be, use an electrical contact cleaner to make sure the contact points are clean.

Transporting your Battery

To be on the safe side, remove your battery from the bracket when transporting your trike. There are two reasons for doing this:

  • Firstly, the trike will be a little lighter to move without the battery.
  • Secondly, there’s less chance of the battery being dropped or damaged as your trike is jiggling around in the back of your vehicle.

Wrap your battery in a towel and stow it on the floor of your car or under your seat. Never transport your battery up near the back window, or any other place. The batteries are heavy and the last thing you’ll need is to have a flying battery hit you in the back of the head in the event of you having to slam on the car brakes.

The other reason for stowing the battery on the floor of your car is that it will be protected there from falling and being damaged.

Never Ever Tamper with the Battery

Never try to open your battery. Lithium powder is extremely flammable and is not something to play with. If you are concerned about your battery, contact the battery manufacturers as they know the battery inside and out and will know how to deal with it.

Battery Damage

If you have knocked your battery badly, get it checked out. If one cell is damaged, this will lead to the adjacent cell becoming damaged which will lead to the next cell becoming damage … and so the process continues. As a result, the battery may overheat dangerously. So, if in doubt, get your battery checked at your local dealer.

Battery Storage

Lithium batteries are best stored in a cool place. Avoid storing your battery in places of extreme temperature …. anything outside of -10◦ and 60◦ celsius. As humans, we don’t do well in extreme temperatures either … so if you’re comfortable in the ambient temperature, your battery will be too!

If you are not going to be using your battery for an extended time, store your battery with a charge of between 60 – 80%. Then every couple of weeks, top of your battery with a little more charge. By doing this, the capacity levels in your battery will be optimally maintained.

Like all things, your recumbent trike battery needs a little tender care in order to prolong its life. By knowing how to care for and maintain your battery, you will get more enjoyment and cycling time out of your battery … which means you can cycle up more of those hills with less pain and effort.

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Entry Level Trident Trikes available now

Our new entry level trikes finally they are here, Trident Trikes (Sorry, we couldn’t afford to keep working with Greenspeed).

As per usual when we get things sorted we will give you prices in Australian Dollars including all import transport, duty, quarantine fees, GST and alike landed at Tewantin. No hiding behind USD prices and non-disclosure of fees and other costs.

We have some comparative prices in our “Trike List“.

October 2019: Trikes ordered

Stowaway Special Entry Level Prices
Stowaway Special

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7 Reasons to Use Wide Tyres on Your Recumbent Trike

There are at least 7 reasons to use wide tyres on your recumbent trike.

7 Reasons To Use Wide Tyres on Your Recumbent
By taking into consideration each of these 7 reasons,  you will be able to assess for yourself which are the best tyres for your recumbent trike.

1. Purpose

When it comes to choosing which type of tyres to put on your recumbent trike, you need to consider where you will be riding the most.

If you are planning to ride in a velodrome or on smooth streets,  slick tyres are the way to go.

Slick Tyres

Slick tyres have a smooth surface and are typically used for riding on the street. They need high pressure and often have a low profile.

However, if you are riding anywhere other than smooth streets or a velodrome, then you need to consider wide, high profile tyres with tread.

Most importantly, wide tyres are designed to take the rigours of paths,  roads, rail trails, or dirt roads far more than slick tyres.

2. Comfort

Wide tyres provide more cushioning than thinner, lower profile tyres. Because of the width and depth of high profile tyres, there is more air between the tyre rim and the ground. For this reason, the tyres offer the rider more cushioning.

With more cushioning in your tyres, there is less jolting and jarring as you ride. This results in a softer, more comfortable ride.

3. Air pressure

Because there is more air in wider tyres, you have the option of running with lower air pressure. The lower the air pressure, the softer the ride.

Remember, always check the air pressure specifications which you’ll find printed on the side of the tyres. Never exceed the stated pressures under normal circumstances.

4. Durability

In general, wider and deeper tyres, with tread, provide good puncture resistance especially when riding on gravel or dirt roads.

In our experience, slick tyres are more prone to ‘pinch punctures’ than wider high profile tyres. Pinch punctures involve the inner tube being pinched between the rim of the wheel and a hard surface (e.g., gutter or pothole). Of course, it’s much better to avoid potholes in the first place, but if you do happen to inadvertently hit one, wider high profile tyres provide a bit more protection.

5. Cost/Time

If you have less punctures to repair, you have more time left for riding … which is the whole point of having a recumbent trike in the first place. Of course, less punctures means less cost in the way of repairs.

6. Aesthetics

Wide, high profile tyres give a more robust look to your trike. Aesthetics is very subjective and everyone has a different opinion. What do you think? Do you like the look of wider tyres on this GT26?

7. Safety

Over the years, we have found that slick tyres slide in wet weather. In fact, trying to ride up a slight incline in our grassy front yard, is all but impossible if the grass is wet!

We’ve also found that slick tyres have less stopping power when the ground is wet.  Wider treaded tyres have more grip on wet or damp surfaces as well as crumbly surfaces such as dirt or gravel.

The choice is up to you as to whether you want slicks or high profile tyres. Consider the type of riding you want to do and where you want to ride.

We’d love to talk with you about your riding needs. Give us a call today.

By the way, if you want to see a trike with seriously big tyres, then have a look at this!

ICE Full Fat
ICE Full Fat

ICE Full Fat
ICE Full Fat

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New Catrike Eola

Catrike Eola

Built with a purpose, the Eola features a lightweight space frame, 20-inch wheels and the latest drivetrain technology that creates a nimble and spirited ride. At the heart of the Eola is a SRAM 1 x 11 drivetrain that delivers a full range of gears and flawless performance

Like all Catrikes, it comes with industry-leading features: padded mesh seat, clipless pedals, rear fender, computer sensor mount, locking brake levers, along with a flag and flag holder for increased visibility. With Catrike’s knowledge and experience in manufacturing, the Eola not only has exceptional handling and riding characteristics, it has been engineered for manufacturing and assembly efficiency – assuring value and quality.

Frame & Geometry

 

US

metric

Wheel Base

39

in

991

mm

Wheel Track

29

in

737

mm

Total Width

32.5

in

826

mm

Total Length**

73

in

1854

mm

Seat Angle

41

deg

 

 

Weight

33

lb

15

Kg

Seat Height

9.5

in

241

mm

Seat Width

14

in

356

mm

BB Height**

14.5

in

368

mm

Ground Clearance

4.5

in

114

mm

Total Height

23.5

in

597

mm

Turning Circle

16.5

ft

5.03

m

Turning Radius

8.25

ft

2.5

m

Rider Weight Limit

275

lb

125

Kg

Rider X-Seam Range

36/46

 in

92/117 

cm

 

* weight includes pedals, mirror, flag, computer mount and neck rest if standard on the model.

 

**varies according to riders height.

 

 

 

 

Standard Features

 

Rear Fender

Spaceframe

Flag Mount & Flag

Mirrycle Rear View Mirror

Multi Purpose Clipless Pedals

Computer Sensor Mount

No Brake Steer

Self Centering

Ackermann Steering Compensation

Structural Front Boom

Quick-Release Indexing Boom Clamp

Aluminum Rod Ends

Low Friction PTFE Flared Chain Tube

Padded Seat

12×142 thru axle

 

Components

Brakes

  Avid BB7 Disc Brakes

Brake Levers

 Catrike Locking Parking Brake

Front Derailleur

  N/A

Rear Derailleur

  SRAM NX 11-Speed

Shifter

  SRAM NX 11-Speed Grip

Crankset

  FSA Omega 165mm

Bottom Bracket  

  FSAMegaExo

Chainring

  42T

Chain Guard 

  N/A

Cassette

  SRAM 11/42 11-Speed

Chain

  FSA

Idler

  TerraCycle 15T Sport

Headsets

  FSA Zero Stack

Front Tires

  406 Schwalbe Marathon Racer

Rear Tire

  406 Schwalbe Marathon Racer

 

*All components are subject to change with an equivalent substitute based on avai

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How To Fund Your Recumbent Trike Through NDIS

Negotiating your way through the NDIS system can be daunting. Here’s what you need to do in order to fund your recumbent trike through the NDIS.

National Disability Insurance Scheme
National Disability Insurance Scheme

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is a national scheme designed to help people with disabilities. It helps people by funding the reasonable and necessary support they need to reach their goals in life.

Reasonable refers to something that is fair.

Necessary refers to something that you must have because of your disability.

Where Does A Recumbent Trike Fit Into the NDIS?

Your recumbent trike will be listed within NDIS as Assistive Equipment for Recreation.

Include a Recumbent Trike in Your NDIS Plan

When you speak with your NDIS planner, you will be asked to form goals. Goals are things you want to achieve.

For example, perhaps one of your goals is:

  • To develop greater social networks.
  • Or

  • To achieve greater inclusion in the community.
  • Or

  • To become more active in your community.

Achieve greater inclusion in the community on a recumbent trike.
Achieve greater inclusion in the community on a recumbent trike.

Explain How A Recumbent Trike Will Help Your Achieve Goals

Once you have your goals, you need to state clearly how a recumbent trike will help you to achieve these goals.

For example:

    The goal is for me to develop greater social networks and have greater inclusion in the community by participating in activities such as cycling with friends and family. To achieve this, I need a recumbent trike.


Become more active in your community by using a recumbent trike.
Become more active in your community by using a recumbent trike.

If writing the goals for your child, simply re-word the phrases:

    The goal is for my child to develop greater social networks and have greater inclusion in the community by participating in activities such as cycling with friends and family. To achieve this, my child needs a recumbent trike.

Develop greater social networks using your recumbent trike
Develop greater social networks using your recumbent trike

Important: Do Not Write…

Do not simply writing, “For my child to learn to ride a trike”.

This statement doesn’t show how a recumbent trike will fulfil your child’s goal … ie. to develop greater social networks and to achieve greater inclusion in the community.

Tips for Applying for Equipment through NDIS.

Remember to:

  • Explain, in writing, why a recumbent trike is important to achieve your goals.
  • Calculate how much it will cost to maintain and service your equipment, (e.g., your recumbent trike). The cost of maintenance needs to be allowed for in your NDIS budget.
  • Ask your current therapist (e.g., occupational therapist, physiotherapist) to write a letter of support to go with your request for funding for equipment. Take this letter with you to your planning meeting!

We, here at the Recumbent Company, are more than happy to provide you with a quote to go with the support letter from your therapist. Please ring and talk with us about your needs!

Ride with friends on a recumbent trike.
Ride with friends on a recumbent trike.

Talk with Your Planner about Getting An Assistive Technology Assessment

When you go to your planning meeting, talk with your planner about having an Assistive Technology Assessment Form completed. This is completed by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

The costs of having the assessment and form completed needs to be included in your NDIS plan. Talk with your NDIS planner about this.

Assistive Technology refers to any device that helps you to do something that you would not be about to do, or would find difficult, on your own without help. This could be a recumbent trike. It’s a piece of equipment that will help you fulfil your goals.

You could also label your recumbent trike as assistive equipment for recreation. This means your recumbent trike will assist you to participate in sports and recreational activities.

We look forward to talking with you about how a recumbent trike will assist and support you to fulfil your goals. Give us a call today or contact us. We’re here to help!

You may also find the following article helpful … My NDIS Budget Won’t Cover My Recumbent Trike.

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My NDIS Budget Won’t Cover My Recumbent Trike

Don’t Worry: The Amount Listed Isn’t Final!

National Disability Insurance Scheme
If you have a recumbent trike listed as a ‘line item’ in your Assistive Technology Budget, don’t worry about the amount listed beside it.

The NDIS doesn’t know the exact prices of specific items.

Therefore a ‘guesstimate’ (an estimate based on a mixture of guesswork and calculation) is entered into your budget. This means that the amount listed isn’t the amount the NDIS is expecting to pay. It’s an estimate only.

So don’t panic or give up hope. If you have approval for a recumbent trike, it’s now a matter of taking the next step which is to …

Complete an Assistive Technology Request

Your occupational therapist or physiotherapist needs to complete an Assistive Technology Request on your behalf.

This request form needs to justify why a recumbent trike is reasonable and necessary for you.

What qualifies as ‘reasonable and necessary’ according to NDIS?

The NDIS funds ‘reasonable and necessary supports’ relating to a person’s disability to enable them to live an ordinary life and to achieve their goals.

Reasonable refers to something that is fair.

Necessary refers to something that you must have because of your disability.

Among other things, the Assistive Technology Request will include details of the trike you need, why you need it and the cost. The request is then submitted to the NDIS for approval.

It’s all part of the process.

So if your NDIS plan doesn’t appear to allow enough funds to purchase the recumbent trike you need, don’t panic.

Talk with your occupational therapist or physiotherapist to get the correct form filled out and submitted. Ask for an Assistive Technology Request to be completed.

Become more active in your community by using a recumbent trike.

Achieve greater inclusion in the community on a recumbent trike.
Achieve greater inclusion in the community on a recumbent trike.

Develop greater social networks using your recumbent trike

Ride with friends on a recumbent trike.