Anyone have any experience with or thoughts on either of these enclosed tricycles? Thoughts on which would be better for rain or snow / ice?
Good point. Have you had a chance to test drive one? I like how it is much thinner than the ELF, and would seem to fit much better in the bike lanes and on trails. I feel like the ELF is too wide to ride in bike lanes or on the shoulder comfortably.I really like the Pedalist, however I feel like the cops would give me a hard time in one of those on the road.
Hi Teresa, Thanks for your input. I'm also wondering how the Pedalist rides. I believe Court did a test ride recently so I'm very interested to see his review. (He already has posted a review of the ELF from a few years ago.)I've test driven the ELF and yep, have the same concerns. It is far to wide to fit on the bike trails and as much as I love the concept, far to small to be out on the roads. The Pedalist though looks cool. I wonder if it rides better.
Very interesting, the PEBL looks very similar to the ELF but I like the fact that it has an enclosed floor and roll down doors for rain and winter weather. I had spoken with the Pedalist owner a few months ago, and he had mentioned that they were also looking at roll down windows for the Pedalist. I do wonder about the stability aspect of the Pedalist. I like the narrowness of the Pedalist in terms of fitting more easily into bike lanes, but do wonder how that affects its stability vs. the wider ELF or PEBL. I wonder if @Court has any thoughts on that? My understanding was that the smaller diameter wheels helped to lower the center of gravity to avoid a tendency to tip over, but I haven't done a test ride.I was looking around at the pedalist the only thing is apparently (reading reviews) it is tippy and it is an upright ride you sit on a regular saddle vs the Elf which is more of a recumbent
I have been looking at a new startup much like the elf it is called the PEBL www.better.bike looks the same but since they are on kickstarter (like the elf started) they are looking at a start price of $5500.00 for some units then going fully into production after that with a bit of a step in price (according to the site)
I emailed the owner Kevin and the next morning he called me on my cell we chatted for atleast an hour about his creation etc.. wow first impression was nice guy..
I know the base elf is about 6500 - 7500 depending on options etc... and that is a 1 seater with no doors and no floor they have a 2fer with is a 2 seater but still no floor or doors
the PEBL apparently is a fully closed bottom and includes doors (like a jeep) are canvas material like that roll up out of the way and zip down for a seal for winterish rides. also standard is a 2 kid / dog / 1 adult back seat as well as cruise control and reverse so you don't have to flintstone the thing around
all in all I am impressed by the innovations the better.bike has made in their creation of the car like electic / human powered e-velo-ish machine.
can't wait to see what is next from whomever....
if you want to have a look at the PEBL they have a video on their kickstarter page
and some more info specs there as well and on their site www.better.bike
there was another one I saw from russia but it was a 4 wheeler and I know in Canada an electric bike has to have a max of 3 wheels..... it looked cool too but only one seater.
I believe the elf is 48 or so inches wide
the PEBL is 44 inches wide
not sure about the russian 4 wheeler
RE Pedalist- I just put a deposit down on a Pedalist. It's arriving in Early September. I live in Brooklyn and am excited to commute to work in Manhattan and do grocery shopping more easily (without a car).Anyone have any experience with or thoughts on either of these enclosed tricycles? Thoughts on which would be better for rain or snow / ice?
Nice! Will it have the roll down windows? Have you ridden one yet?RE Pedalist- I just put a deposit down on a Pedalist. It's arriving in Early September. I live in Brooklyn and am excited to commute to work in Manhattan and do grocery shopping more easily (without a car).
Just wanted to follow-up to see if you had received your Pedalist yet and your initial impressions?RE Pedalist- I just put a deposit down on a Pedalist. It's arriving in Early September. I live in Brooklyn and am excited to commute to work in Manhattan and do grocery shopping more easily (without a car).
No way around it you’ll stick out, one early adopter tried using an elf on the bike trails in the northern Virginia suburbs and attracted a lot of adverse attention from regular cyclists. He reports he mostly tries to stick to the road shoulder now, kind of like the straight story, but he’s reported a recent accident where he was side swiped by a car turning into a gas station. I suggest you would be better off on a regular ebike with a velotop or a good cape if you want to stay dry, and an electric trike if you want the recumbent seat and a trike will be much narrower than an elf and accepted on bike trails.Anyone have any experience with or thoughts on either of these enclosed tricycles?