Our SouthBay Trikke customers do all kinds of unique and interesting things with their Trikkes. Here is what Heather Cohen, a talent agent of the Weiss Agency, decided to do with her Tribred Pon-e.
The Beginning of a New Fashion Trend?
She could have had Harry Winston adorn her with a diamond encrusted necklace, or Gucci design her a little black dress, but for last night’s 36th annual Gracie Awards honoring women in the media, talent agent Heather Cohen of the Weiss Agency chose a different kind of fashion statement: a little black dress and a white Trikke Tribred Pon-e.
Courtesy SouthBay Trikke (official local dealer of TrikkeWorld Magazine), Heather arrived on the red carpet atop the electric-powered version of the human-powered Trikke ridden by former president Jimmy Carter on a recent segment on 60 Minutes.
And while Heather, like President Carter, loves to use the Trikke for exercise, for the Gracie Awards, she opted to rely on the Pon-e’s electric-powered assist, which allows for speeds as high as 18mph, as she pulled up to the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.
After all, you don’t want to break a sweat while wearing heels and that little black dress.
Originally published in Trikkeworld Magazine
The blue planet we call home became a little greener this past week with the release of the new 2011 Tribred Pon-e’s, fresh from the Trikke Tech stables with some subtle changes and helpful improvements.
The repackaging is the first noticeable change. Talk about 95% pre-assembled and good to go. Twenty minutes after opening up the box, you’re ready to hit the road.
A longer package means the hub motor and fork assembly are already mounted for you. No more figuring out how to plug in the nervous system of your Electric Powered Vehicle. All wiring connections have been removed from the customers’ responsibility. This Pon-e is completely tested and tamed at the factory.
Unleashing the Pon-e from its coral, aka the box, is easy. To unfold your carving machine, depress the locking pins located behind the cambering unit on the inside of the trailing arm. Bring your Pon-e to a proud stance by lifting the front structure to its final resting place. The throttle and brakes are already set and waiting to come alive.
The Tribred’s fairings (or wings) come standard on the new breed, their appearance reminiscent of the alien in the movie Alien. To forgo the front fairing, just removed its four bolts. The matching covers on the trailing arm are also easily detachable.
The hub motor on the Tribred’s two models (250-watt, 36-volt and 350-watt, 48-volt) come on rather quickly. Before you know it, you’ve got power.
The 48-volt battery is long and does interfere with the fairing when first sliding onto the guide. Once installed, insert the key and bring this baby to life. Each Pon-e battery is individually keyed for security.
To start your EPV, depress the green button on the throttle for 5 seconds. The lights on the throttle will tell you this Pon-e is ready to ride. New on the current breed is a 2-3 second delay on acceleration. This avoids the burnout that eats up tires when the throttle is in the hands of less experienced jockeys.
The hi and lo selector switch (marked 1 and 2) allow full control over the speed of the Tribred. Lo speed ranges from 10-12 mph; hi speeds go upwards of 18mph.
I found the 48-volt Tribred to be strong, stable and extremely fun to ride. Solid cambering bushings give the Pon-e a firm stance.The carving is smooth, even with no power to the motor. Handling is controlled and the Pon-e easily returns to center.
New for 2011 is a plate with a bolt hole added to the right trailing arm. This is for the all-new Trikke trailer. That’s right, now your Pon-e has a carriage to pull.
The 48-volt battery comes equipped with a fast charger. Re-energizing the battery takes 2.5 hours with the 3.5 amp charger. The 36-volt battery needs five hours charge time with its 2.5 amp charger. The current flavors for the 2011 36-volt Tribred Pon-e are blue clear coat and yellow clear coat. The 48-volt model comes in flat black or white.
The Pon-e’s tires are heavy duty with a front directional, 10.5 inch motorcycle-grade tread leading the way. Two 9.5 inch tires manage the rear with excellent traction. Rotors are bolted to the rim for the disc brake assembly. Stopping is very responsive with quality calipers and brake pads.
Riding a Tribred around town is convenient for daily tasks. The added weight and firmness can also add a new dimension to your work out. We’re talking transportation, fitness and fun in one awesome package. With zero emissions, making it perfect for a planet in peril.
Word is these Pon-e’s are popular and going quickly. If you’ve ever thought of grabbing the reins to this hearty horse, you had better act soon, you might miss the ride.
Monday, March 15 – (beware the ‘Ides of March’) — Ski Apache – cruising the 12 mile accent to the mountain madness that is Spring Break. To understand just how many ‘breakers’ and families have hit town — the ride up to Apache took almost 2 hours, instead of the usual 20 to 30 minutes!
Along with the usual long line of cars and trucks — a couple of city sized RVs and a massive horse trailer were also winding their way up — which I assumed was the reason for the slow going — but then a Tow Truck with a seriously crumpled car (looked like a roll-over) came barreling down.
An incredible snow event began in the early morning hours and continued to drop powder – the entire mountain was mostly in ‘white out’ conditions – all day long! I’ve seen all kinds of snow drop on Ski Apache – yesterday, it was like a giant box of Cream of Wheat had been shaken all over. Just the day before – although there was a massive amount of snow pack – it was slushy and made for some sticky Skking.
When fresh powder accumulates, my Skki just flies down and around as if on some anti-gravity cushioning device. Since so much snow was dropping — I took a mogul run, and this time I popped over the humps at speed — pulled up and caught more air than ever. I pushed my skills hard – (with so much powder, it’s actually fun to fall!) – but, no matter how far I pushed the risk factor – I stayed on my Skki – and hardly had to step off all day. From up higher, looking down through a break in the blizzard — the resort looked like a human ant hill! Hundreds of Boarders and Skiers were taking advantage of the epic conditions. What I’m digging about my Skki – is how it can absolutely hold the ICE – with Apolo Ono-like grace and agility — and how it plows through the thickest powder – or just over the top – like a speed boat! When I took up Snowboarding – I was in heaven – finally able to enjoy a Winter Sport. When I grabbed a Skki and took to the two southern most Ski areas in the Northern Hemisphere — I found THE perfect machine for me. I can go all day without cramping in my legs. My knees don’t bitch at me later (as much!). No more stumbling and scooting and rebinding – no more badly caught edges and out of control pinwheeling. I love how I can ride my Skki aggressively or gracefully. The season will soon come to a close and Ski Apache will transform into a hiking and biking venue. The memory of my Rides of March will stay with me as I get back on my street Trikkes. I got more than the usual amount of curious bystanders asking about the Skki — and handed out a bunch of SBT cards and Stickers! For many — seeing how the Skki rides – either with motorcycle like speeds or graceful snow dancing — they’re hot to try one too. I’m hoping to hit the slopes once more (at least!) before all the snow melts. The Mountain Gods have graced Ski Apache with over 212 inches of snow accumulation (so far) this season — and I’m just a lucky SOB to be here, now – with my new ride! (With all the Flying I’m accomplishing on my Skki — next year, I’m definitely going to need those Toe Straps!!!)
The New Jogo by Trikke
This little booger is fun and more nimble than it’s predecessor, the T5WS. I’m 6’3″ 220 lbs and it’s so fun that even I can ride it. Check it out.
The Jogo by Trikke is offered at $99 and will fit kids up to about 60″ comfortably, typically ages 4-7. Your kids will love this little cruiser. The braking system has been improved for easy lever action. Much easier than the original T5. The wheels lend themselves to the original Trikke design, shaped like the St. Louis Arc with much less of a convex curve. This allows the rider to move more fluidly. The steering feels looser allowing easier and faster turns. The added touch of the Jogo fairing lets kids to put their favorite stickers all over it. The New Jogo will be available in May 2011. Check out SouthBay Trikke to get yours.
Here’s a great review I’d like to share from one of our loyal customers, Wilson, aka Silverlake Trikker. Thanks, Wilson!
Why go to Andy and the good folks @ SouthBay Trikke? In a word, KNOWLEDGE! These guys know what they’re doing! Like most people, I saw a commercial, got interested, then saw one at Sports Chalet and made the purchase.
Not knowing the difference, I filled the tires with air (80 psi.) and I was off on my journey. Or so I thought! After two months of carving, I needed new rubber all around. I started my search with Trikke.com. They referred me to SouthBayTrikke.com. Within minutes, they contacted me with answers to my questions. That same day, I was able to arrange a meeting time to get the tires I needed installed!
Upon meeting Andy, One look at my T8 and he already knew. . . the assembly of my Trikke was all wrong! Brakes were installed loosely and rattled (we all know what that’s like), The front wheel hub was installed but was off centered and loose as well. Then there was the Handle bars! Andy explained the how and why they were mounted wrong and where they should be mounted. I left his shop with a brand new Trikke! Well, that’s what it felt like.
It’s nice that Sports Chalet and Dick’s Sporting Goods is displaying and stocking the Trikke at their stores. It’s great exposure! But if you or anyone you know is interested in purchasing one of these bad boys, Call Andy and his team! They’ll set you up right the first time and have you rockin’ and rollin’ before you know it!
Thanks Andy! Since my tune up and tire change, I now ride at least two hours a day (or night), have lost about 20 lbs. and feel great! Folks around the Silverlake reservoir have been asking “what is that?” and besides talking it! I’ve also been giving them your card or directing them to your website. If they get half the customer service I received, I’m sure they’ll leave not only with a trikke under their feet but a smile on their face.
Keeping your Trikke brake system working properly is a must. Avoiding any pinch points can greatly improve the reliability, performance and life of your cables. The tightest point on any vehicle brake system is usually the cross-over made at the top of the front structure.
To eliminate this high stress point, re-route your brake cables so they cross over at the bottom instead of the top. This will avoid stressing the ferrules, damaging the cable ends and give your carver a nice clean look.
There is no need to re-adjust the cable tension. Simply lift the upper cable sleeve and remove from ferrule saddle. Remove the lower cable so both are now free from the front structure. Lay one cable over the other so your cables are now crossed at the bottom. Re-install your cables in the reverse method just used.
If you are having trouble lifting the cable out, it may help to de-pressure the tires allowing more play to get the cable free on scrub brake systems. For those with disc brakes, two turns counter-clockwise on the disc pad will allow enough space to free the cable. Use a three mm hex-tool on the actuator arm pilot hole to adjust the pad. After the cable is re-installed, adjust the pad to the original position.
This little change will improve your brake systems response and preserve the life of the cable. Not to mention it looks really cool.
If you till have questions? Call Trikke Andy for help (310) 803-0445.
- Originally published in TrikkeWorld Magazine
Preparing to mount your Trikke Skki is always exciting, especially when you’re full of anticipation for the amazing carving session about to take place. Make sure to give your carver the once over to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Taking the time to be safe can make all the difference in the world. So what should you look for when getting your snow machine ready? Here are five things to take into consideration.
1. Inspect every bolt for tightness.– No matter the age of your Skki, checking for loose or missing bolts is a must. Be sure to check the handlebars, gooseneck, fork, Skki base mounts, cambering and folding mechanisms. I always like to keep two multi hex-tools with me. Having the ability to make small adjustments between stops is always a plus.
2. Make sure your Skki’s are securely mounted to the base. When snapping the blades into place, make certain the surface is free of obstructions, such as rocks, ice or debris. The blade should snap into place with zero play between the mating surfaces. If the blade has slippage or feels loose, wrap a piece of one-inch duct tape around the Skki’s metal mounting bracket, then re-snap into place. You can also compress the metal bracket with a strong tap on the center of the crossover. This will take up the slack for a more secure fit. Once affixed, attach the individual skki blade leashes.
3. Set your handlebars low. The Skki is not like your three-wheeled carving vehicle. Keep in mind that you’ll be traveling downhill and your terrain is constantly changing. If the bar position is too high, you’ll have less room for error when hitting bumps or jumps, and you’ll be unable to pull the unit up towards your chest (because the bars will already be too high). Be safe and allow yourself room to move around. There is no pin for setting the column position. In the event you hit the bars, the post will slide down absorbing impact.
4. Inspect the leash. The leash is for safety and should always be worn while riding your snow carver. The velcro should be properly wrapped around the steering column with no breaks or tears on the linking mounts. This is so you can safely dismount the Skki and prevent a runaway in the event you have to bail.
5. Check the frame for damage. Look over the frame for indents, weld cracks or tweaks. Don’t ride a Skki that shows signs of damage. Pay close attention to flex points, such as trailing arms and the lower front structure. The Skki constantly accepts your body’s shifting and any stress in a weak area can create poor performance or worse, damage to yourself or the Skki.
Taking the time to make sure your Skki is in top condition only takes a couple of minutes. You’ll have a great time and you’ll perform better knowing your machine is ready for action and is as safe as possible.
If you’re unsure about your Skki’s condition, seek out a professional and have them check it over for you. Safety is always the number one factor while carving up the slopes. Be conscious of others and always be respectful of your surroundings. Remember you still have a carver at home that needs riding.
- Originally published in TrikkeWorld Magazine
Living in Southern California has many advantages. Our weather is usually good and it rarely rains here. We have beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery. Our valleys go for miles, our mountains have snow half the year, and we can choose to visit any of these areas within 2-3 hours.
For trikkers, this means paradise. The many riding terrains we get to play on are more diverse than anywhere else in the world. Cruise the beach in the morning and hit the mountains after lunch. Here in the South Bay, we have an amazing ridership with interesting places to explore, such as the Hermosa Beach Pier.
Long Beach offers a scenic trip through town with large paths seemingly made for trikking. Enjoy views of the Queen Mary, the Lighthouse, the Grand Prix course and the downtown skyline. The newly dubbed Trikkers Landing at the end of Naples Peninsula is a favorite midway point of interest after a long carving session. Here you can watch sailboats come in and out of the harbor while lying in the grass under a shady tree.
The Aliso Creek trail in Orange County travels from the beach to Cook’s Corner, a famous Harley Davidson hangout. This 13-mile, 1300-foot vertical incline puts your hill climbing skills to the test and you guessed it, has a fantastic descent back to the beach. Carving through the city, underneath freeways, around golf courses and past cemeteries feels like a fantasy trip to grandma’s house. The path weaves through scenic views of great wildlife and new mysteries around every bend.
The South Bay has a trail that carves along the strand from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica, passing great restaurants and beautiful beachside homes along the way. The sand is usually filled with sun-drenched beachgoers surfing, hang gliding, playing volleyball and of course, trikking. Once you hit Santa Monica and Venice Beach, you’re in for a unique treat: the most colorful and diverse group of people you could ever imagine.
Each resort has its own feel. Mt. Baldy has the air of an old Hollywood hangout nestled in the woods with a family-owned touch that is unmistakeably visible. A day at Baldy promises memories that will last forever.
Don’t own a Trikke Skki? You can give it a whirl at Mountain High, the first resort in the country to offer the cool carving vehicles for rent with 25 available. And it’s only two hours from the ocean, a far cry from being buried in snow for half the year. The runs are great and you can Skki in your t-shirt.
Ventura has a back-hills country feel with vineyards and large open parses of land finely groomed to perfection. The paths and roads are open to wheeled vehicles of all kinds. The now famous Ventura 100K Trikke Ride is an annual event that draws riders from all over the country.
SouthBay Trikke is constantly finding new places to explore and we enjoy meeting new riders along the way. If you haven’t seen our group rides around the area, you will soon, so join the trikke culture and get your carve on. All levels are welcomed.
For more carving adventures in Trikkers Paradise, be sure to follow us in SouthBay Trikke Life, a special section of TrikkeWorld Magazine, the chronicle of the carving revolution.
Making the right choice when buying a trikke can really affect how well you progress. Learning to ride a trikke is not difficult but takes a bit of practice to get the groove on. If you start off on a model that does not fit you, riding can be a bit more challenging.
I had a conversation with a gal who wanted to purchase a Trikke for her grandson, she had no idea which model would work best for her family member. The best possible way to know for sure is to actually ride one. This is not always an option. Here is a link to a Trikke Sizing Chart to get a basic head start on which model will be right for you.
Here is an exert of the conversation with Sheryn
Message: Hello, I’m considering a Trikke for my grandson, but his size, age, & weight having me asking questions. The boy is 11 years old, but already 5″2″, & 120#. He grows pretty fast. Should I still consider the 67 size, or start with the 78 (which one)? He’s not been on a scooter before. I would appreciate your recommendations. Thanks.
Response: Hi Sheryn
Thank you for the inquiry. Your grandson is only going to get bigger, that’s a given. I am 6′ 3″ 220 and can ride a T67 just fine. The T67 frame is smaller than the T78 series, is available in 2 colors choices (orange and blue) and is upgradeable up to air tires
The T67CS has been re-designed into a very versatile Trikke. This model starts off with six inch poly wheels and can accommodate seven and eight inch as well. This model will accept 8.5 inch air tires too. All wheel combinations are possible in the front.
The T78CS has a steel frame like the 67 yet it is a bit longer. This model will suit anyone from about 11 on up, comes with seven inch poly wheels in the rear, can adapt the eight inch and accepts 8.5″ air wheels. The front is an 8.5″ air wheel and the handlebar profile is taller than the 67. An air upgrade for the 67 is $85 for three air wheels while the 78 runs $58 for two.
My opinion is that kids would rather have the 67 with all the options than the larger 78. Starting with all poly wheels is easier to learn which may be a plus.