Gel Cell Batteries: In case you are looking for Power Wheelchair (PWC) Batteries, we have been asked a number of times if we can supply these. We don’t, but recently I needed to replace my PWC batteries. I source mine from Northcoast Batteries where I’m sure Rod and Ange would be happy to supply you as well.
I was quoted $443 each 75Ah battery ($5.90 per Ah) from my PWC provider and almost $500 (> $6.00++ per Ah) from another PWC provider with a two week wait. The total cost of two 90Ah batteries from Northcoast Batteries was under $600.00 (<$3.33 per Ah). Their link: https://northcoastbatteries.com.au/
We have purchased many batteries from Northcoast Batteries (car, truck & wheelchair), their service is fantastic and they generally provide same or next day supply for special orders and fit while you wait for general car batteries.
Back to Recumbent Trikes
Recumbent Trikes are fun and safe, suite a wide age and ability range. Please take precautions to protect yourself and others when out and about.
To keep yourself and other road users safe your full attention is needed when riding. Using a mobile phone held in your hand when riding a bicycle is illegal—even if you’re stopped in traffic. This means you can’t:
- hold the phone next to or near your ear with your hand
- write, send or read a text message
- turn your phone on or off
- operate any other function on your phone.
We were not aware of this until we found this info – check in your area.
One thing to remember when you add lights, be careful when thinking of adding “blue” coloured lights as I believe it is illegal on public roads in Australia.
Yes, in the rules they do say “Bicycle” …but arguing that point may prove costly. They also say in the same set of rules, you need to have one leg each side of the seat, and all I can think with that one is to ask the officer: “How” and show him on a recumbent it is difficult to ride with one leg each side of the seat.
What counts as a bicycle (bike)? inter alia …tricycles.
Mobile phone use by a rider of a bike: Using a mobile phone is prohibited, except to make or receive a phone call or to use its audio/music functions provided the phone:
- is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the bicycle, or
- can be operated by the rider without touching any part of the phone, and the phone is not resting on any part of the riders’ body but can be in a pocket.
Using a phone as a navigational device/GPS while riding is prohibited unless it is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the bicycle.
All other functions (including video calls, texting and emailing) are prohibited.
The penalty is a fine of $476. Demerit points do not apply to bike riders, but do apply to drivers of motorised vehicles.
- Shimano E8000 and E6100 units: Look here
Travel and Touring Ideas:
Two disabled riders – in Tibet:
Bent tricycles – lots of: Final choice GS-Magnum.