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.