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    Quickie Shadow handcycle

    I bought a bicycle for my wife, well two actually. The first is a cheapy, a 1960 Elswick Escort single speed - her shopper. It needs some attention like new tyres and a clean, then wax or clearcoat to preserve its originality.
    Before collecting the Elswick I found this BSA badged dutch style bicycle. Much nicer with only a few faults like bent handlebar stem and split sidewalls. I suppose it will be her stepping-out special occasion bicycle.
    So, with this 'new' transport I feel I need a vehicle that I can accompany her on. The wheelchair wont cut it in the speed stakes.
    If I can afford one, I am considering a trike. A Top end handcycle looks promising.
    Who has such a trike and what are your opinions on the stock shop item.
    And importantly what modifications have you found beneficial to you and why?
    I thank you for your input
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    Hi S-R, I've been riding going on 44 years and gone thru at least a dozen bikes. The first one was hand built, then Top Ends and Freedom Ryders. Would help to know your disability and function level. Can you use your legs at all. Hand function. Then type of road surface you'll be riding mostly. Are there steep hills? Do you need to carry it on a rack. Do you want to transfer out of your chair into the bike or use an attachable? age and fitness level.

    If you can give us a bit more information, I'm sure we can get you into a great bike. There are so many options to choose from and Top End isn't the only brand out there.

    Really nice vintage bikes for your wife.

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    Hi Patrick. My disability? Well that required me to check my 'papers'; I have never had much use for such information, just got on with it. I'm spinal AVM, T10 AIS C.
    One leg has limited function, the other is a waste of time except as ballast. Hand function is good, shoulders give a bit of gip every so often, mainly muscle I believe as some 'DeepHeat' and home-brew stretching usually sorts it. At this point it will be sealed surface and the area we live in is flat for the most part. There are hills n things about but they can be avoided if needs be.
    I like to think that I am reasonably fit although at 108kg I am probably fooling myself.
    I would prefer to transfer, the last thing I want is more equipment hanging about
    Other matters that come to mind are accessing toilets, transport to areas outside of our town (ie train travel into Auckland or out West)
    Anyway, for now local use would be the territory.
    Yeah, the old bikes are cool; we like them too.
    Cheers.

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    (08 May) A quick note.
    Yesterday I visited Invacare and had a short trial on an Excelerator. A mk2 I believe, it had a square flange joint on the frame tube just front of the seat. Maybe for transport or extending the frame?
    I transferred on from the RHS without too much difficulty then took it for a jaunt around the compound.
    I like this freedom and the speed with less/different effort than the chair; it was exhilarating.
    I only had a limited time there but what I experienced has convinced me to look at this further.
    I transferred back into my chair from the LHS and found this to be an easier exit. I can see that some mods to better enable transfers would be beneficial.
    All in all, I like this handcycle option a lot.
    Last edited by slow_runner; 05-07-2019 at 06:18 PM.

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    No on the TopEnd as I found a cheap Quickie Shadow for an initial affordable price; it does require some work and $.
    It could have come out with the Ark??
    It is seven speed with hi/lo. The images I have are not clear but on close inspection it would appear to have a button on the crank arm?
    It arrives next week when I will learn what I have got myself into.
    First thing is to get air into the tyres and check out the mechanics then attend to fitting the correct size seat and modifying the crank arms, and on...
    Hey, its a three wheeler and if it works out for me, all the better.
    Wish me luck
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    Congrats SR. This won't be your last bike, I can assure you. Main thing is to get out there and ride. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll get in better shape. The uprights can be a little tricky around corners too fast. Make sure you get a mirror, flag and flashing light.

    I think I attached a mirror to the seat rail for a buddies Shadow. The button on the crank is for the mountain drive; hi/lo gearing. Once you get it, I'm sure we can give some pointers on maximizing it's efficiency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Congrats SR. This won't be your last bike, I can assure you. Main thing is to get out there and ride. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll get in better shape. The uprights can be a little tricky around corners too fast. Make sure you get a mirror, flag and flashing light.
    I think I attached a mirror to the seat rail for a buddies Shadow. The button on the crank is for the mountain drive; hi/lo gearing. Once you get it, I'm sure we can give some pointers on maximizing it's efficiency.
    I will be sure to remember to lean into the corners and I am positive the machine will educate me in that regard.
    I will be avoiding the roads round these parts as the 'cycle ways' are just a painted line among the fast moving traffic; and I want to live a bit longer.
    A mountain drive? Now that will be a welcome bonus. It will be interesting to discover what make. Also what geared hub it has.
    Can you give me any indication of how old this machine might be?
    I read somewhere that they were made in Germany, is that correct?

    I have approached Sunrise(?) but am not holding out much hope judging from the ease of negotiating their site. I do have a PDF of a mach2 manual- the diagram I.D chart is largely up the Khyber
    Mirrors, yes. Flag, a skull & crossbones? I have a spare flashing light in the shed
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    Looks like an early Shadow that Jim Martinson designed when he owned Shadow. I think he sold his company to Quickie in mid '80's or a bit later. They're heavy and will be a bit slow but it'll get you in shape. With your level of injury, I suggest you keep an eye out for a Freedom Ryder lean steer, any year. It'll really work your lower core and balance.

    That may be a Sturmei-Archer (sp) front hub. It was an early attempt to accommodate quads into handcycling. Was an expensive add-on at the time. I know Quickie bought out Supor made in Germany but don't think they made Shadow Handcycles. But you being from New Zealand, there may have been an off shore company, like in Germany, making them. Either made in California or Tacoma, Washington.

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    Thank you for that information Patrick. Subsequent to reading your post I have been searching out articles about Jim Martinson and Shadow.
    That the unit is badged Shadow by Quickie leads me to assume it is post 1992 when Sunrise purchased his company.
    This order form for the Quickie Mach 2 Handcycle states "Quickie handbikes are made in Germany, built per order and take up to 8-weeks for delivery."
    https://www.phc-online.com/Quickie_H...kie-mach-2.htm
    Whether this hand cycle I have bought is a mach1 or 2, how can that be determined, they all look much the same?
    And I like the idea that something has design longevity within its limits. It can say a lot about the thought and engineering.
    If it is a Sturmey Archer hub then it would be Taiwan made as I understand. My Wifes' BSA has Taiwanese SA braked and geared hubs too.

    It appears that the Schlumpf mountain drives also have a version for mobility use, the Reha version with a modification that allows smoother shifting

    http://www.schlumpfdrive.com/index.p...a-version.html

    EDIT --"If it is a Sturmey Archer hub then it would be Taiwan made as I understand."
    I read Sheldon Brown to discover SA went to SunRace,Taiwan in 2000?
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    Well you guys have and have dug up a wealth of information. These are just guesses but I am thinking the one you are getting is what they considered the Mach 1 I am thinking there was never one that said Mach 1 on it. I have only ever seen Mach 2 and Mach 3. Anyway the mountain drive will come in handy. And starting out on this bike will build you up more than one of the newer lower bikes. I had a Mach 2, 7 speed that I put a lot of miles on and until recently kept as a back up. I did not have the mountain drive and it had an internal geared hub. Definitely lean into the turns. I only flipped it over two times. You will enjoy ridding and the transfers are so much more easy on and off this bike.

    I have a Freedom Ryder lean steer that I use on long organized rides but I use a Stricker Sport attachment on a daily basis as a mode of transportation everytime I can and also for fitness and fun.

    I cut the chain guard off of the attachment that I had from Quickie and put a bigger chaining on it you could do the same to the bike you are getting once you build yourself up some(I had to edit the preceding as I was thinking I did that to the Mach 2 but I did not and I had posted that I did it to the Mach 2). I also made a basket underneath it to carry things in I also rigged up some lights on the back that I plugged into a jump box for power. I also had a peice of PVC pipe with a hole cut in it that would allow me to take a wheel off and fix a flat while still on my cycle. The hole allowed me to slip it onto the axel and the pipe was big enough around that it would act as a jack stand and would keep the cycle level while I put a new tube in the tire. I had to be somewhere that I could grab something to pull myself up on two wheels, the front one and the non flat back one, pull the wheel off and put the pipe on the axel and gently lower my cycle back down and carefully fix the flat and inflate it with a Co2 pump pull myself back up on two wheels pull the pipe off and put the wheel back on. I was much younger then not sure if I tould try it now. But then again I do not have to now I can take off the attachment wheel over to a seat somewhere and transfer out of my chair and fix the flat which I have not had for a long time as I have found these tires to be very good and last about 8000 miles

    I found riding very therapeutic and I still do. I was injured in 1991 and started cycling in 1993 with an attachment from Quickie, Shadow Cyclone made by magic in motion the image below is just one I pulled up off the net but I rode mine for 23 years before I wore it out and had other bikes during that time and now I have the Stricker sport which is by far a better attachment in every way and I suspect it is the best attachment out there.

    Once you get this cycle in service and I suspect find out you love handcycling ride it as long as you can save up some money and decide what you want your next one to be. I suggest one if the Stricker attachments but different strokes for different folks. Or you may find that the bike you just purchased is sufficient for you purposes. Whatever the case just get out there and enjoy.
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