One of the first exciting tasks you will face when starting a chapter of Cycling Without Age is: How do I get a trishaw bike?
We have created this list of requirements for a good trishaw bike for Cycling Without Age. There are several great models on the market and we continue to work with new and existing manufacturers to adjust and improve the bikes. This is a list (always a work in progress) of criteria we recommend you take into consideration when evaluating a bike.
- Low entry height. We recommend 15 cm or lower, preferably smart solutions for making entry easier for people with limited mobility.
- Passengers at the front of the bike. This makes conversation much easier. Elderly people with impaired hearing and weak voices find it difficult to have conversation if they are seated 2 meters behind the pilot.
- Motor assist. Many cyclists would easily be able to ride the trishaw without motor assist, but to make riding available to everybody we recommend a small electric motor. Even cyclists in good physical shape find that they have more air for conversation if they use the motor (max 250W) occasionally. But don’t let the motor assist lull you into inactivity – it should still be a cycling experience. We advise against using more powerful motors of 500-750W, which can be bought in some countries. Such power is a safety hazard.
- Access with handicap lift. Some passengers will need to be lifted on board the bike and it’s important that the bike allows for lift access.
- A hood, which can be easily mounted or dismounted.
- Space for luggage (preferably over 50 liters of space).
- Access to maintenance and repair in your local area.
- Safety belt that are easy to strap and tighten even with two passengers.
- Documented sturdiness and durability.
- Maximum 100 cm bike width and minimum 75 cm seat width.
- Check dealer and producer for customer references (product quality, customer service and complaints).