18 Sep Let’s Compare Quadricycles
How do we compare the Ryan Flyer Wheelchair Accessible Quadricycle with anything else on the market when there isn’t anything else on the market like it? The reason we decided to build the Ryan Flyer in the first place was is because there isn’t anything like it.
Compared to other mobility options, the Ryan Flyer Quadricycle fills a much needed gap. It is not a converted car or van, or are we trying to compete with them. It is a bicycle experience. Simple as that.
What are our options when we want to ride a bicycle? Get pushed or pulled in a cart like some little kid? No thanks.
We could take out a hand-cycle. We already know the problems associated with riding hand-cycles. Affordable is barely ride-able and ride-able is barely affordable.
Personally, I don’t like having a sprocket right in my face while I am wrecking my shoulders. Most hand-cycles have a hard time keeping up with other bicycles and they cannot be safely motorized.
Maybe the biggest problem with hand-cycles is that they require a transfer to get into them. So when we get where we going we are the only ones stuck on our bikes.
Some companies have attached electric hub motors directly onto wheelchairs, essentially converting them into electric trikes, but wheelchairs are not designed to stand up to on road speeds and conditions.
These devices are cumbersome, unstable and dangerous to operate and they are rarely allowed inside stores. If the law doesn’t end this idea, the lawsuits will.
Maybe the best comparison for the Ryan Flyer Quadricycle would be other electric quadricycles.
The RoadesCar is the American Standard of quadricycles. They may be boxy and a bit ugly but they are well built. Unfortunately, they are not wheelchair accessible and require a difficult transfer to ride or operate.
You can special order over priced swivel chairs, seat belts and foot straps, but it still requires a transfer and there is no place to stow the wheelchair, so once again it gets left behind and you get stuck in it wherever and whenever you stop.
The Kenguru has tried to fill the car/bike gap by making a wheelchair accessible electric quadricycle, or in the USA, it would be considered a low speed vehicle since it doesn’t have pedals.
You roll up into it and have driver controls similar to the Ryan Flyer, but the Ryan Flyer is open air, whereas the Kenguru looks like a really small van.
It has a top speed of 25mph and since it can only be driven on the road and not allowed on bicycle paths, it has a tendency to piss off traffic stuck behind you. They just see you as another car and don’t understand why you are only doing 25mph.
Couple the pesky road rage with the $25,000 base price and you begin to understand why the Kenguru has never really taken off.
So, what else do we have to compare with the Ryan Flyer Quadricycle?