Q. Why are my tyres wearing out so fast?

A. Your wheel track could be out (See Steering Alignment Section) or your tyre pressure may be excessively low. High corner speed and brake lockups also cause rapid tyre wear. We have found tourists wear their tyres least, as commuters can be the opposite, depending on their route to work and their confidence to push the limits of tyre adhesion.

Q. Why can’t I get first gear?

A. See Cable Adjustment section.

Q. Why don’t my drum brakes work as well as they used to?

A. Your brake cables may need replacing. If not, try removing the wheel and checking the condition of the brake shoes. If they are glazed give them a light sanding to remove it.

Q. Where do I put the flag?

A. A small diameter tube is located either at the top of the seat tubes (near the tail light mount inside the seat cover) or on the rack on a few models.

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Q. Why have my disc brakes locked up?

A. If you have Hope disc brakes fitted the following adjustments can be made.

As your brake pads wear you will find the brake lever will become closer to the handlebars. Wind the adjustment knob on the brake lever towards the ‘+’ to adjust the lever back to your desired position.

If the brakes are excessively rubbing, wind the adjuster towards the ‘-’ position.

Note due to the design of the ‘twin piston’ callipers, full pad retraction may not occur causing a slight rubbing on discs. Although annoying, this rubbing will not detract from the efficiency of the trike.

If excessive rubbing occurs, or wheels will not turn when adjusters are turned all the way to ‘-’, some careful bleeding may be required to remove excess brake fluid. Warning if any of the following information on bleeding sounds beyond your skills, please take your trike to a qualified bike shop.

To remove the excess fluid wind the adjuster knob on the brake lever all the way to the ‘-’. With the trike on all three wheels (as it normally sits) slowly release the bleed nipple on the brake calliper (8mm ring spanner) about ¼ of a turn (no more than ½ a turn) and the brake fluid should slowly drip from it. Note do NOT squeeze the brake lever while the bleed nipple is open. Check that the pads are releasing from the disc and close the nipple once the fluid stops flowing. If the brake pads haven’t retracted, some gentle persuasion may be required to manually retract the pads while the nipple is open.

See FAQ's for many other Frequently Asked Questions.