Ordered the trike through jazzysports- hoot another interesting store name
kept bothering them with "has it shipped yet?" until it shipped- I'm learning new tricks and I'm an old dog
interjection***what's getting to be a normal, yet not right condition to ordering stuff on the internet is to expect things to 'have some issue'
Drop shippers, pretending to have a warehouse, list their items as being 'in stock' when they're usually just guessing (example- emoto purchase)
jazzy listed their shipping methods as FedEx
the trike shipped from the manufacture/distributor in Canada via DHL- no biggy- except the package stopped being tracked when it reached Portland a couple of days ago
So today, while adjusting solar panels my neighbor casually asked if I'd received the trike yet (been 8-9 days since I ordered it)
I replied in my best goofy voice "I dunno" and we both talked about how we'd never seen a DHL delivery truck in this area before
After concluding the pleasantries, what should pull up right in front of my motorhome but a DHL truck (whenever I 'assume' something I am AWAYS proven wrong... in this case It was OK to be wrong)
seems DHL only delivers on Fridays here.
Two days after I ordered the trike I finally received the axle I needed from Emoto
only took 4 months to get it
such is my mojo/karma/luck/whatever...
Like when I bought a new set of wenches because I thought someone had walked with my wench bag
The same day I picked up the new wenches the missing wench bag found me again.
Back to the trike
whatever comments I made about the emoto being a cheep bike with shoddy mechanicals' ( whilst still holding true)
(good welds though)
The Emoto far outshines the Comfort Tri-Rider Semi-Recumbent tricycle (what a stupid name)
-except for the derailleur and shift index thingy
The Tri-Rider Semi-Recumbent tricycle (forever more referred to as the CTRSR, or CRAPTRIKE) uses the finest in childrens' cheap bicycle components
-except the derailleur
The bearings for the fork, bottom bracket and front wheel came pre-assembled and wrenched so tightly as to assure repid destruction shortly after being put into use.
I actually couldn't turn the fork by hand
the front wheel was nice and solidly locked onto it's axle and the crank arms needed, well, nevermind.
single piece crank-check (child-sized to be sure, but I've found I prefer child-sized cranks -it's an old-age thing)
tiny torque washers for the round front axle made of material slightly thicker then foil -check
shoddy assembly instructions -check
My favorite part however, are the assembly instructions (comes even LESS-assembled then the Emoto, which previously was pretty hard to beat for the number of steps taken to assemble a bike/trike)
I stoped reading after, I believe, step 6
step 6- install the handle grips on the handle bar (o...k)
step 7- install first the left, then right brake handles -lucky for me I decided to ignore step 6 since I'll be adding a throttle
I didn't bother with the brake handle part either.
-I might use one handle because it has a 'parking brake' feature I kinda want. Having only one e-brake is ok by me as I always use front and rear brakes by habit
Emoto and CRAPTRIKE share the same rear band brake, which I find to be very strong and reliable... well, reliable once the axle is modified a bit using with an errant hose clamp keeping the brake drum from shifting it's position
The instructions for assembling the seat was non-existent- although they did provide a nice photo and a figure showing the bolt hole locations
A note about the seat- the seat, which is similar to a chair comes un-assembled ('natch) with the seat and back attached with the heaviest chunk of steel imaginable to create the 'chair'
I was fading rapidly by this time so it didn't immediately occur to me that it would be best to assemble this thing while off the tricycle
-hilarious times with me trying my best to align a bolt through the seat bracket, an over-sized threaded nut (used as a spacer- real high-tech stuff here) and the heavy, unwieldy (and very unbalanced) back bracket. Apparently the developer was striving to save the weight of a couple of bolts when designing this contraption)
I has an aversion to paypal.
I ordered a geared-front hub motor kit from highertech bicycles in frisco because I'm still awaiting correspondence from cell-man not just about payment but about ANYTHING. (edit-other people seems to be able to sorrespond with this vendor but I was unable too)
he's apparently too busy to check e-mails etc.
By researching site photographs I determined the Emoto's battery could be sourced from MXUS.
I really like the battery package but alas, I'm now forced by circumstance (and a rapidly diminishing budget) to build my package using R/C LiPo purchased from Hobby King
lucky for me I've yet to purchase a faulty 5s Turnigy pack, but now I'll need four-six more. and more battery chargers etc.
My tests using the MAX 80 battery charger with solar panels is successful, except HK (usa warehouse) is currently out of stock
One of HK's 50w chargers shares the attributes as the MAX 80... except it's 50w and I'm really cutting it close using 3 or 4 80w units, so I'll wait.
ATM the whole solar-powered idea is not going to come together as I want- at least I could upgrade my existing panels with the *much* higher output cells- I believe (by actual tests) I will double the MH (M
ome) panels' wattage in the same space the current panels exist in.
eventually I'll have an EMoto trike up for sale with a NEW COMPLETE REAR END LOL- they couldn't be bothered sending only the axle and bearings so they sent the complete assembly; which is, ok
(edited for lack of anything better to do)