Van Raam visits dealers in the United States

On 26 and 27 September 2019, Marnix Kwant, Huub Ressing en Coen Velthorst of Van Raam visited the United States. They visited our American distributor Spinov8. Spinov8 had organized a conference for the American (and 1 Canadian) Van Raam dealers. Read in this article more about the trip and the program of the conference.


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Employees of Van Raam en Van Raam dealers at distributor Spinov8

Dealers meet at Van Raam distributor Spinov8

Van Raam's importer in the United States Spinov8 organised a conference for Van Raam dealers in the United States and Canada. During this conference, the Van Raam employees present gave presentations about Marketing, Sales and Service, among other things.

Marnix Kwant, Sales & Marketing Manager, explained Van Raam's Marketing and long-term vision for Van Raam in North America. Huub Ressing, Export Manager, told about the Sales in North America and about the order process, quotations and shipping from the Netherlands to the United States. Coen Velthorst, service engineer at Van Raam, gave a technical training, where he talked about the battery and programming the controller, among other things.

All Van Raam dealers in the United States and Canada were invited to this conference. In addition to the presentations, they also discussed everything about Van Raam and the dealership in two days' time. Tips and tricks were exchanged and the group cycled together on Van Raam's special needs bicycles.

Van Raam has several dealers in the United States and Canada:

  • All Ability Cycles Van Raam dealer All Ability Cycles is located in Jefferson, Iowa.
  • Lancaster Recumbent Lancaster Recumbent is a Van Raam dealer in Marietta, Penssylvania.
  • Bike On Van Raam dealer Bike-On is located in Warwich, Rhode Island.
  • Hamilton Trike and 'Bent Hamilton Trike and 'Bent is a Van Raam dealer and is located in Dundas, Ontario (Canada).

Van Raam rickshaw bike Chat in the United States
The rickshaw bike Chat at the Portland Wheelers in Portland, Maine (photo: Spinov8)

The Chat rickshaw bike in the United States

Kelly Talcott of Cycling Without Age was also present at the conference. He told the American dealers more about the Van Raam rickshaw transport bike Chat and the origin of this transport bike.

In 2018, Van Raam came into contact with Cycling Without Age (CWA). This social enterprise offers (lonely) elderly people worldwide the opportunity to enjoy cycling together again. These tours are with rickshaw-like bikes.

The founder of CWA and Van Raam agreed that the current rickshaw bikes needed to be updated, so Van Raam decided to think about a new contemporary version of the Rikshaw bike. The Chat was designed and is now also available in the United States.

Read more about the Chat rickshaw
Van Raam tests special needs bikes with dealers in the United States
The employees of Van Raam and the dealers during the bike ride (photo: Spinov8)

Van Raam dealers test special needs bikes

On Friday there was a bike ride planned with all the dealers and the Van Raam employees with several Van Raam bikes. They cycled in Newport. Here they cycled the Ocean Drive, a route of about 10 miles along the water at Fort Adams State Park.

Van Raam's bikes that they used during the bike ride were tested extensively, the bicycles that were present:   :
 

During this tour, all Van Raam bicycles present were equipped with pedal assistance.

Photo report: Van Raam employees in the United States

Van Raam gives service training to dealers in the United States
Van Raam dealers at distributor in the United States
Marketing presentation for Van Raam dealers in the United States
Presentation for Van Raam dealers in the United States
Van Raam Dealers test special needs bikes in the United States
Van Raam dealers make bike ride in the United States
Van Raam dealers with special needs bikes in the United States
Van Raam visits the United States - New York

Video: photo report of the trip

Marnix Kwant van Van Raam made this video after the trip. The video contains the photos he took during the trip to the United States.

Showroom met Van Raam fietsen bij Amerikaanse dealer Bike-On
Showroom met Van Raam fietsen bij Amerikaanse dealer Bike-On