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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.


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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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




Wheel Base





Wheel Track





Total Width





Total Length**





Seat Angle










Seat Height





Seat Width





BB Height**





Ground Clearance





Total Height





Turning Circle





Turning Radius





Rider Weight Limit





Rider X-Seam Range






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


**varies according to riders height.





Standard Features


Rear Fender


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




  Avid BB7 Disc Brakes

Brake Levers

 Catrike Locking Parking Brake

Front Derailleur


Rear Derailleur

  SRAM NX 11-Speed


  SRAM NX 11-Speed Grip


  FSA Omega 165mm

Bottom Bracket  




Chain Guard 



  SRAM 11/42 11-Speed




  TerraCycle 15T Sport


  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.

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ICE News

ICE Dealer News, NEW Accessories, Sit back & relax

New Neck Rests
Adventure HD New Wider Neck Rest


Even more brand NEW exciting products: The New ICE Ergo neck-rest is now wider and even more comfortable. Fully adjustable for both height and angle and can be fitted to Ergo mesh seats to provide neck support and increased comfort on long rides. Fitted with a removable padded cover on an adjustable tension strap for fully customisable comfort.

Fits all Ergo-Flow and Ergo-Luxe mesh seats. The neck rest cover is available as an upgrade for your existing neck rest, from 2014 onwards. Shown against the previous model for size comparison.

COVER ONLY RRP US $45 £38 €39.45

Ergo Luxe Sidepods


Hot off the press: The brand NEW ICE Sidepods for Ergo-Luxe seats have all the standard features of the current Sidepods with an extra internal storage pocket and the new innovative clip mounting system that secures the Sidepods to the trike seat without the need for additional over the seat straps.

Purpose made to perfectly fit the new Ergo-Luxe seat. The zip opening is arranged so that the front of each bag can be opened whilst riding along – perfect for getting at the snack bars or a camera. Reflective detailing helps keep you seen at night. Sold as a pair, fits both Adventure and Adventure HD.

RRP US $125 £104 €117

Storage Pouch



The perfect travel companion for every trike. This handy easy fit seat mounted storage pouch, fits the back of the Ergo-Flow and Ergo-Luxe mesh seats. Ideal for storing small items, like a toolkit, or puncture repair, bike lock or even snacks to keep you going. The pouch fastens to the back of the Ergo-Flow and Ergo-Luxe seats with Velcro straps. You can even fit two pouches to the back of all our mesh seats.

The pouch comes together with the seat protection cover accessory, which helps to keep your trike seat clean and dry while you’re not riding the trike. 

RRP US $36, £30, €34

Wrist Rests


New stock available, after launch stock virtually sold out. Easy Fit Wrist Rests, as previewed at Spezi 2018 International Bike show in Germany, the Wrist Rests are designed to comfortably and stylishly support the rider’s wrists while riding your trike. Ideal for long journeys and riders with limited grip or strength.

Wrist Rest features include:

  • Incredible comfort & wrist support while riding
  • Adjustable and lightweight construction at only 70g each
  • Super easy to fit, simply snap onto your handlebar and tighten up
  • Fits all ICE trike models, (will fit the VTX, but not advised) and is compatible with other trike manufacturers, with a standard vertical handlebar size
  • Optional padded Velcro support strap can be purchased separately

RRP US $75, £64, €66

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NDIS and You

If you are eligible for NDIS funding, you’ll need to get your plan in, in advance and have items like your pending Recumbent Trike included.

Don’t leave it for a reconsideration meeting or the next funding term.

START NOW! Get Going!

Registered NDIS Service Provider

We provide services for the provision of equipment through a number of services such as NDIS with Queensland Recumbent Organisation ID: 4050027885.

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Seat Belt for Recumbent Trikes

A seat belt for a recumbent trike is great for riders who need just a little more support and security.

Recumbent trikes are inherently stable and, for many riders, there’s no need to wear a seat belt. However, for some special needs riders, a seat belt harnesses can definitely be a terrific asset!

Seat belt for recumbent trikes

Seat belt for recumbent trikes

4 or 5 Point Harness

This seat belt we recently fitted has a 4-point harness system (i.e., the harness comes over both shoulders and around both sides of the rider).

Seat belt for recumbent trikes

5-point harnesses are also available. A 5-point harness has an extra strap that runs between the rider’s legs and underneath the seat.

The 5 point harness system is great for special needs riders who tend to slide down the seat.

(We know the seats are comfy and fun to slide down, but when riding it’s better to stay firmly on the seat for safety reasons!).

Seat belt for recumbent trikes are easy to adjust

Seat Belt Harnesses Fitted for Comfort

Harnesses can be easily adjusted to make the rider feel secure and comfortable.

One thing you could think about adding would be some sheepskin seat belt buddies to make the harness a touch more comfortable.

Seat belt for recumbent trikes

Racing Harness Adds to the ‘Coolness Factor’

You have to admit, that a seat belt adds to the ‘coolness-factor’ of the trike … especially when it’s called a 4 (or 5) point racing harness! Who wouldn’t want to wear one?! After all, there’s no way an upright tricycle or bicycle comes with a racing harness!

Want to know more? Give us a call today. We’re happy to talk with you about how a recumbent will best suit your needs.

By the way, check out some of the other modifications that can be made to recumbent trikes to accommodate different riders’ needs.

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High Visibility Flags for Recumbent Trikes

High Visibility Flags … Which Colour’s Best?

Have you ever wondered which colour is best for high visibility flags for recumbent trikes? Which colour shows up best to other road users?

We have. In fact, we’ve spent so much time observing flags trailing out behind trikes ridden up and down our street that our neighbours must think we’ve gone nuts!

After following our kids around on many cycling journeys so we could observe different flags, this is the conclusion we’ve reached:

Orange flags are highly visible when the light is bright.
Green flags show up better when the light is dimmer.

Having said that, we must point out that we live in a subtropical region where the vegetation is primarily green all year round. It seems that in such an environment, the green flags seem to blend more into the background of trees while the orange stand out clearer.

Yes, I know there aren’t many trees on the road but our roads are lined with trees and bush … just in case you’re wondering.

Now if we were riding in snow, or on a sandy beach, green would show up perfectly!

So the question should probably be which colour high visibility flag works best for you based on the environment in which you live?

You could do what we do and stand out outside watching flags being ridden up and down your street until your neighbours think you’ve gone crazy. Or you could load your trike with flags of all colours under the sun. Or just choose your favourite high visibility colour.

Colours Which Don’t Work for High Visibility Flags

There are colours that don’t work well for high visibility flags. The colours of dark blue and dark red are less visible to the human eye so it’s good to avoid them.

Research has found that the human eye is most sensitive to light at a wavelength of 555 nanometers which is a bright green. Curious to know more? Check out this post or this video.

High Visibility Flags And Movement

While the colour of your high visibility is important, there’s one more element that is vital: movement! Movement catches the human eye very quickly so make sure your high visibility flag moves freely in the breeze.

In fact, it’s the movement, more than the colour, which catches the eye of a driver.

Ribbons add movement to high visibility flags

We’d love to hear about your favourite high visibility flag. Feel free to comment or leave a post on our Facebook Page.

Have a great and safe day cycling while flying the colours of your high visibility flag!

Want to know how visible trikes are from the driver’s seat of a car? Check out this post.