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    Folding electric tricycle

    I have been looking at various mobility scooters for some time now but recently have thought about the possibility of getting an adult trike with power assistance, does anyone have any experience of these contraptions?

    As with most things relating to disabilities they are not cheap, the Di Blasi models are very expensive but give the best of both worlds, electric and folding!

    http://www.diblasi.co.uk/Folding_Tricycles.asp?Prd=R34&Pag=Prodotto&Lng=en

    I would appreciate you guys opinion on my idea.

    Ranald

    ranald
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    #78810
    Re: Folding electric tricycle

    What a good idea.

    This might be an answer for people like me with very
    limited storage space. They look very stable too.

    But I would be worried, having been one of the
    people unfortunate enough to buy the Sinclair
    ZETA electric bike in 1990. This just did not
    give enough power at the right time and
    really hated even the slighest hill. I assume
    technology has moved on since then (or
    has it?)

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

    taungfox
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    #78807
    Re: Folding electric tricycle

    I think this could be a great thing for people with MD who are still walking. I wish they had been around when I started using a scooter. As soon as I did I saw a massive deterioration as I wasn’t walking as much any more – and then, of course, it snowballed.

    I work with the cycle industry and know a bit about electric powered systems. With all things I would say to try before you buy. To get the most from this exercise wise you need something that is electric assist – ie, it just gives a boost when you pedal. Otherwise it’s just the same as a scooter except that, technically, you wont be able to ride it on a pavement or in any area where bicycles are not allowed (some pedestrian zones for instance).

    I’d be really interested to know from other people whether these kind of powered trikes and bikes are being used as a “healthy” alternative to scooters (invalid carriages).

    Ameena

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    #78808
    Re: Folding electric tricycle

    I have started thinking about a power assisted and also foldable trike so that i can cycle with my daughters but i have a feeling they will take one look at me on my uncool cripmachine and tell me where to go! ;)

    ranald
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    #78809
    Re: Folding electric tricycle

    Whilst we are on the subject of wheels Ameena, what do think about Invacare wheelchairs? I like the look of the Titanium Crossfire and think it would be a very sensible manual option for ease of transport in the car or on the bus.

    I might have posted this link already but what is the likelyhood that an MD sufferer would have the strength to use a manual chair in conjunction with NuDrive?

    http://www.tga-electric.com/product/nudrive

    Ranald

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