Hi Steve, I have added a new service this year to our Trike Tours around Vancouver Island. The Pandemic has had an impact on tourism here but as always we stay optimistic things will get better eventually. Our new Trike Rentals are using Trident Terrain 20’s with a Power Assist added. I chose this model trike due to it’s universal appeal & ability to accommodate various riding conditions and people whether they were 4ft tall or 6ft. & 275 lbs. I thought you might find the various solutions I had to use interesting as it took some thinking of what to do as it is becoming more difficult to obtain items from China due to demand & growth of cycling worldwide.
When supplies from China are getting difficult to receive you have to get creative with solutions. I have been unable to obtain batteries & rear racks my usual Power Source so had to find a way to use what I had. These bottle batteries are usually mounted in a bike frame with water bottle braze ons. With the aid of some aluminum tube clamps they make a really neat frame mount on trikes & the battery gets tucked out of the way under the seat.
Since new riders are not likely to have SPD shoes, I decided to use the Power Grip Pedals allowing riders to use their street shoes for Demos & Day Trips. Fortunately The Terrain sitting position puts your feet below your body reducing the chance of your feet coming off.
Since various sized people would be renting the trikes it becomes necessary to be able to adjust the boom & chain length for different riders. This chain tensioner from T Cycle does the trick nicely.
I was unable to obtain a suitable rear rack for a trunk bag & I needed a way for riders to keep their belongings in a secure place. Trikes are notorious for having items like keys, wallets, cell phones & change etc drop out of your pockets while riding along so these quick connect handlebar bags make a neat side mount bag without having the sidebar to trip over.
Being a Rental Trike I wanted my customers to have a clear view of what was going on behind them. Mirrycle Mirrors being the trike standard just didn’t seem up to the job to me priced at about $27. each now. I thought there must be something better out there. These aluminum mirrors at $15. each offer a very sturdy mount, tinted glass & I thought a pretty sleek design compared to the usual round mirrors. They also come in a 3 inch diameter size which I think would give a better field of view but these mounted on the handlebar ends are close enough to the rider & are OK.
What is not apparent in photos are the Tire Liners. Having used Brand Name Liners for the past 9 years I have had great success with them for flat prevention. On Fat Trikes though the prices are ridiculous – about $150. u.s. for 3. I found what may be a solution but will take some miles & months before I know if what I am using is successful. I decided to try vapour barrier cut into 4 inch wide strips. The density of the VB seems to be about the same as the name brand tire liners & if they only provide 80% flat prevention I’ll consider that a success. Cost about $5.00
The Power Assist used is a nice simple Torque Assist system. Pedal & the power is ON. Stop pedalling & the power is off. No extra cables, Power Interrupters or Shift Interrupters necessary. I also like the small L.E.D. Control Panel being nice & discreet instead of some Displays that look like they could double as a video game.
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