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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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    Last edited by Jim; 05-18-2019 at 08:14 PM. Reason: changed title

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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?
    Last edited by slow_runner; 05-11-2019 at 06:50 AM.

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    Good searching it out SR. Yeah, '92 sounds about right. I think that's the year Quickie bought out Sopur in Germany so makes sense they were produced there. Jim and I go back to both our first time trying wheelchair sports. It was at the Seattle Games in '75 or '76. Bought one of his first chairs when he was first making them in his garage.

    It could be a Schlumph hub, would make sense if they were made in Germany. They may have specialized drives for mobility back then, but if so, it's an early version. I started in '75 so everything was bicycle related and we had to adapt it to the handcycle. I never rode an upright much until I bought a Stricker attachable. It's been so long, a Mach 1 may have been the style you have and has the added mountain drive with the 2 being one with a freewheel and cassette/3 chainring 27 speed, with the added mountain drive it became a 54 speed. Or the 2 was the next version of the 1.

    No matter, as long as you have fun and ride it. I just got back from a 25 miler in the warm Sun for the first time this year, no more 30o weather on the road. My old worn out shoulders sure appreciates the power assist for sure.

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