Road Test - The Edge 24 Trike By Body Cycles Australia

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Jaden Edge 24 Trike By Body Cycles Australia

Jaden And I Road Test The Edge 24 Trike

 

We first heard about the Edge series of trike from the wonderful bike program being conducted at the Xavier Unit as part of Nursery Road State Special School in Mt Gravatt, near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

With an assessment by his school physiotherapist, Jaden was approved and ready to mount up to join the program. We found this gave him another avenue to mobilise his legs, arms and overall fitness.

It wasn't long before I was researching the company that makes them. When so much of our local manufacturing is disappearing offshore, it's encouraging to know that these are an all Australian made product manufactured in South Australia by Body Cycles Australia in conjunction with Bernie Jones Cycles.

Delivery was quick and easy, arriving assembled to the home address via courier truck. From there it was a simple matter of fitting the optional extras we'd ordered such as the back rest and belt. We use the support pedals to keep Jaden's feet in position so that they do not slip off leaving his legs to dangle. The rear steering assembly is used to direct the trike and to provide overall control. It's then a matter of adjusting to the required seating height for your rider.
The Edge series are specifically designed for children and adults with special needs with the three wheel base arrangement giving stability. Then depending on the rider's condition, there are a list of optional accessories which can be acquired such as the head rest, shoulder rest and support pedals. Ask your physio or therapist to help you choose what's right for you.

Other family members are able to ride the trike too. It's just a simple matter of removing the extras they don't need such as the rear steering assembly. Everything is modular and slips out easily without too much trouble.  This also helps when transporting the trike.

Bodycycles Australia also make two other products, the Tigermoth which is a side-by-side cycle and the Weehoo iGo which is a bicycle trailer attachment with a difference. It comes with pedals so your little passenger can assist on those long hill climbs.
Jaden Edge 24 Trike by Body Cycles Australia

In our adventures over the past year, we've encountered many folks along the way who stop for a chat about the trike and where it's from. As we zip along, the big red machine does make an impressive site. With Jaden in the pilot seat, I provide the engine from the rear. As we pass In A Pickle, our local cafe, the sight of us is a jaw dropper for the kids. As for the adults, coffee cups stop abruptly midway between tables and mouths as we glide out of view. We're a definite conversation starter or stopper, as the case may be, and we've become a head turner for the passing motorists.

For costing, please contact Body Cycles Australia at the link below. We funded this one via Jaden's Grandparents, who have a farm in NSW, through the sale of a heifer. However, if you don't have a spare cow to sell, you may be able to get funding from a Government body or local charity. Also check with your respite service provider for advice on any funding that might be available in your area or state. More info on charities and providers can be found in our resource directory.

Specifications - We purchased the Edge 24" which is a big unit, about 30 Kg in weight. However, they do come in smaller sizes, 12", 16" and 20", relating to the size of the front wheel. Colours come in red, purple, blue and green.

Performance and Handling - As with any three-wheeled device, there's the danger of a diagonal tip. However, it's easy enough to avoid situations like slopes and potholes. Take it slow till you get the hang of it and build up speed over time.

Maintenance - Made from solid steel construction with excellent welding finish, the trike will last a hundred years if it's kept out of the rain and well oiled. Just like any bike, a few minor parts will need to be serviced over the years and few licks of paint will keep it looking dapper.

Rear Engine - 1 x carer power. Keep the engine running smoothly with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Work the calves, thighs, biceps and lungs. Combine with a regular swimming regime and the carer will remain a powerful engine for years to come.

Happy riding and always remember to wear a helmet, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses as required.

Body Cycles Australia

 Body Cycles Australia

 

 

 

Body Cycles Australia on YouTube

 Body Cycles Australia on YouTube

 

 

Bernie Jones Cycles

Bernie Jones Cycles

 

Nursery Road State Special School

 Nursery Road State Special School

 

 

 In A Pickle Cafe

 In A Pickle Cafe

 

 

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