image tricycle should not stop people from moving


Image tricycle should not stop people from moving

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image tricycle should not stop people from moving

A tricycle is a very suitable alternative if you can't or don't dare to ride a two-wheeler (anymore), for example if you suffer from a balance disorder, if you have difficulty walking or because you regularly fell off your bike. However, the image of a tricycle still sometimes prevents people from buying one. Blogger Astrid van der Plank (46) does not understand this image and sees her tricycle as an ideal solution to keep moving. In this article you can learn more about the story of Astrid, the image of a tricycle, the many advantages of a tricycle, various tricycles, tricycles with pedal assistance and read experiences of others on a tricycle.

Astrid's story

Astrid van der Plank has a rare disorder, ADCA: a hereditary neurological disorder that slowly affects the small brain. Astrid: "I am tired quickly and have to use my energy sparingly. I also have problems with my balance and with my eyes. At a certain point I couldn't cycle a two-wheeler anymore because I was falling of the bike all the time, so I started looking for alternatives, including tricycles. I don't understand that some people let the image of a tricycle stop them, I'm just happy that I still have the possibility to keep moving. I wasn't immediately satisfied with my first tricycle either, I've studied what's on the market and tried out different bikes".

Sometimes Astrid hears stories of elderly people who refuse to use a walker and therefore sit inside all day. The mom of a friend of Astrid's wanted to use a walker on holiday, in an environment where nobody knows her, but at home she refuses. Astrid: "I have the feeling that being ashamed of an aid, such as a tricycle, is only something for the elderly. People my age and younger are mostly happy with it".

Scooter bike Easy Go Van Raam Astrid van der Plank
Astrid on her Easy Go scooter bike

Tricycle benefits

A bike with three wheels has many advantages:

  • It can be a good alternative if you have trouble getting on and off your current two-wheeler.
  • With a tricycle it is notnecessary to get off when you are (almost) standing still; you can safely cross over while sitting on the saddle.
  • Do you come to a standstill? A tricycle doesn't topple over like a two-wheeler does.
  • Perhaps even the biggest advantage: you have the possibility to keep moving which makes you mobile and independently for a longer period of time.

Curious about all the benefits? We wrote an article about the benefits of tricycles. Click on the button below to read the article.

All tricycle benefits

Various tricycles Van Raam

Van Raam has different types of tricycles. It is importantto try out several tricycles in advance, so you can determine which bike is the best option for you, just like Astrid did. Astrid: "After trying different options I came into contact with the Easy Go scooter bike of Van Raam. With this scooter bike you can cycle, but you can also use it as a mobility scooter. When I run out of energy I use it as a mobility scooter, but I have to say that I still cycle 75% of the time". See all unique riding characteristics of the Easy Go in the article 'Unique riding characteristics of the Easy Go scooter bike'. 

Besides the Easy Go, Van Raam has many other types of tricycles, both tricycles for adults and tricycles for children. Take a look at the assortment below:

  • Midi tricycle Van Raam image

    Midi tricycle

    The manoeuvrable Midi tricycle is suitable for both children and small adults. It is a smooth-running tricycle which is available with various options.

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  • Maxi tricycle Van Raam image

    Maxi tricycle

    The Maxi is a stable traditional tricycle for adults and provides a safe feeling while cycling.

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  • Tricycle with low step through Maxi Comfort Van Raam

    Maxi Comfort tricycle

    The Maxi Comfort resembles the Maxi tricycle, but has an extra low and spacious step through so you can easily get on and off the bike.

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  • Easy Rider tricycle Van Raam image

    Easy Rider tricycle

    The Easy Rider has a unique frame with low step through and a stable lower sitting position.

    View the Easy Rider
  • Easy Sport recumbent trike image

    Easy Sport recumbent trike

    The Easy Sport recumbent trike can be used for both sportive and recreational cycling tours. The ergonomic seating, with adjustable seat height and the seat angle, ensures optimum support.

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  • Viktor tricycle Van Raam image

    Viktor tricycle

    The Viktor has two wheels on the front so that the width of the bike can easily be estimated. The tricycle has a spacious and low entry.

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  • Viktoria tricycle Van Raam image

    Viktoria tricycle

    The Viktoria tricycle has a smaller frame than the Viktor. The Viktoria also has two wheels at the front and has a very low and spacious entrance.

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  • Easy Go scooter bike Van Raam image

    Easy Go scooter bike

    The Easy Go scooter bike is both a bicycle with pedal assistance and a mobility scooter. The tricycle is suitable for people with varying energy levels.

    View the Easy Go
  • Husky tricycle Van Raam image

    Husky tricycle

    The Husky tricycle is a bike for children from approx. 2 years of age. The bike is specially designed for children who have difficulty with stability.

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  • Mini tricycle Van Raam image

    Mini tricycle

    The Mini tricycle is there for children from approx. 4 years. It is a smooth-running bike that can be executed in beautiful colours and which is available with various options.

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  • Easy Rider Small tricycle Van Raam

    Easy Rider Small tricycle

    The Easy Rider Small is a tricycle for children from approx. 4 years and above or older people with a small height. The bike has a low step in and a seat with backrest for more support.

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Van Raam electric pedal support and E Bike App

Tricycle with pedal assistance

When it is more difficult to give enough power with pedalling, you can choose to buy a tricycle with electric pedal assistance. Van Raam has developed its own pedal support system: the Silent system. This system is characterized by it's simpliticy, 3 support modes+ starting aid/launch control and very powerful electric motors. Read more about the pedal support system on the page 'Pedal support Van Raam electric bikes (e-bikes)'.

Van Raam pedal support

Image does not have to be an obstacle

Nowadays a bikewith pedal assistance is quite normal, but if you look back a few years ago, an electric bike was mainly seen as a bike for older people. Nowadays an electric bike is indispensable among young people who have to cycle to school or adults who prefer to take the bike to get to work in order to get some daily exercise. So an e-bike is now seen as a 'normal bike' and with tricycles we also see a shift in this more and more. With today's triycles you can definitely be seen: they look good, they are solid bikes and above all they are safe. So the image of a tricycle does not have to be an obstacle at all.

Especially elderly people are ashamed of tricycles

Recently, an articleappeared on the website of the Fietsersbond where Astrid talks about her condition, the Easy Go mobility scooter and her ongoing search for aids. She also tells more about the image of a tricycle and that especially elderly people seem to be ashamed of a tricycle. Curious about the article? Read more: 'Elderly especially embarrassed by tricycles'.

Article Fietsersbond (Dutch)

Experiences of Van Raam cyclists

Van Raam regularly receives messages from people with aVan Raam special needs bike. Are you curious about the experiences of customers who have purchased a tricycle? Read below the experiences of Astrid van der Plank, Marjo Lange, Henk Beunk, Ashnadebie Kalidien, Mr de Bruin and Willy Wienholts, or look for all customer experiences on the page Customer experiences Van Raam cyclists.

Customer experience scooter bike Easy Go - Astrid van der Plank
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Customer experience scooter bike Easy Go - Astrid van der Plank
I am Astrid van der Plank (44) and I own the Easy Go scooter bike since July 2018. I use a scooter bike because I have Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 28 (SCA28). SCA28 is a rare chronic neurological disease that, among other things, causes balance and coordination problems. When I could no longer cycle on a bike with two wheels, because I fell continuously, I started looking at alternatives. I tried several Van Raam bikes, but nowadays I am happy to use my scooter bike Easy Go.
Read this customer experience
Customer experience Easy Rider tricycle – Marjo Lange
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Customer experience Easy Rider tricycle – Marjo Lange
Marjo Lange is 52 years old, she lives with three others at Dichterbij (a healthcare institution) in Venray (in the Netherlands) and enjoys working at the NLW and making puzzles in her spare time. Marjo has an Easy Rider tricycle and she is very happy with her new bike. She hasn't cycled that much in a long time. Together with her sister Henriëtte Marjo tells more about her Easy Rider.
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Customer experience Easy Sport, Easy Rider and Balance - Henk Beunk
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Customer experience Easy Sport, Easy Rider and Balance - Henk Beunk
Henk Beunk, poet of the Achterhoek (the Netherlands), ended up in hospital at the end of 2019 after a major fall with a cerebral infarction and partial high spinal cord injury. Barely able to move, he entered the rehabilitation process and in February 2020 he was allowed to practice on the Easy Sport recumbent trike from Van Raam. For the first time in 2 months he was able to kick off again and this brought a lot of results for both Henk his mind and his rehabilitation process. Positive as he is, this also resulted in his recovery; after having cycled on the Easy Sport for a while, he exchanged the bike for the Easy Rider tricycle and shortly after that even for the Balance low entry two-wheeled recumbent bike. Recently, Henk surprised Van Raam with cake and tompoucen (a traditional Dutch pastry) for the whole company and he wrote a customer experience about his recovery process.
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Customer experience Midi tricycle - Ashnadebie Kalidien
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Customer experience Midi tricycle - Ashnadebie Kalidien
My name is Ashnadebie Kalidien, I'm 32 years old and I live together with my husband in Rijswijk, the Netherlands. My hobbies are colouring mandalas, cooking and baking, bullet journaling, watching movies/series and cycling. Every day I have to deal with my chronic disorder, the Stiff Skin Syndrome (SSS), osteoarthritis and a slow working thyroid.
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Customer experience Maxi tricycle - R. de Bruin
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Customer experience Maxi tricycle - R. de Bruin
After a stroke it was no longer possible for me to cycle on a traditional two-wheeler. I have a Van Raam's Maxi tricycle for years now and with the pedal assistance, the starting aid and the reverse function I can get around in traffic safely and well again.
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Customer experience Easy Rider tricycle Willy Wienholts
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Customer experience Easy Rider tricycle - Willy Wienholts
Willy Wienholts (50) has a poor trunk balance, poor balance and due to a sports injury her lower leg was amputated. After not riding a bike for years, she is now riding her adapted Easy Rider tricycle with great pleasure.
Read this customer experience

Make a test ride

Have you become curious about one or more of our tricycles? Plan a test ride at our showroom in Varsseveld or at one of our Van Raam dealers. We are happy to help you!

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