Today I took delivery of my brand new tricycle. Not only a new trike but this one is an E-Trike.
In anticipation of it's arrival I sold my old manual trike (Tess) to my local bike shop for £200. It was a very fair price for her considering she was 6 years old, spotted with rust and had done a lot of miles for me. She had only cost me brand new £450.
I did love old Tess and was sorry to see her go, but unfortunately the hills were becoming a little too hard for me to plod on up with her and after over a year of thinking about going electric I finally made the decision to do so.
The new trike is not like the normal type of trike, electric or otherwise as she does in fact ride like a 2 wheeler.
She/he (I haven't quite decided which gender it is) has what is called a tilting action. By the twist of a lever one can release the rigid frame from the back which allows the the front of the bike to tilt and thereby lean around corners just as a 2 wheeler does.
This allows the back of the trike to be a lot narrower than the usual style of delta trike which needs the width for stability to enable it to go around corners without toppling over.
Another feature is that one can either choose to manually ride with no power assist, 3 levels of electric pedal assist or use the throttle to ride completely with power.
Unfortunately due to having to be out and about both today and tomorrow I wont get a chance for a decent ride out on it until Monday.
The photo below is of the official sales photo because I haven't yet had a chance to take a photo of my own.
I now need to think of a name for her/him, as I do like to name all of my bikes.