Travelscoot

by Patrick Burke on March 30, 2012

in Mobility

It will offer you independence and improve the quality of your life

 

 

Travelscoot is a lightweight mobility scooter and it has given me freedom and independence. 

 

Travelscoot

Travelscoot

I suspect you have no idea what I am talking about. It has a range of about 8 miles and a top speed of 4 mph and is an innovative design. It weighs 18 Kg, turns on a sixpence, easily folded up, it fits into the boot of any car. It is fun to ride and does not brand you as being disabled. It can easily carry your shopping or a small piece of luggage.

News

I now have a new Travelscoot. It is basically the same as this one. The improvements are as follows

  • much improved braking system
  • motor is now an integral part of the rear wheel
  • it can go in reverse

Travelscoot Video

I’m not allowed to drive, it gives me independence

Until the summer of 2010 I had never heard of a Travelscoot. I happened to see one in Chichester and had a long chat with the gentleman who owned it. When I got back home I looked it up on the Internet and wanted to find out more.  After trying one out and doing some homework I decided to buy one. I suffer from multiple sclerosis (thats me in the video) and as a result I cannot walk more than a few hundred metres and that has to be on the flat.  Also I’m not allowed to drive because of poor peripheral vision.

Travelsccot, rearview showing the drivebelt. now superceded

Travelsccot, rearview showing the drivebelt. now superceded

Good design and build

The Travelscoot has turned out to be an extremely good buy. When I go to London I take it on the train and once in London I can ride it from Euston Station to the City or West End. I can easily take it on London buses. It can fit in a London taxicab without folding it up. For a time I was working in the Channel Isles; at the airport I would check-in my baggage, ride my Travelscoot to the aeroplane, fold it up and give it to the baggage handlers. At the destination it was unloaded and I would then ride it from the plane, to pick up my baggage. So lets talk about the nitty-gritty – a lot of careful thought has gone into the design and construction of the Travelscoot.  It is well built and I am sure it will be long lasting.  It uses a dry-cell battery, the type you have in your laptop, this is one of the reasons why it is so light.

 Shortcomings

Folded travelscoot

Folded travelscoot

I do think there are one or two little things that let it down, for example the instructions to maintain the brakes are almost non existent. The bell has a very feeble ring and it is easily broken. Do remember it is a three wheeler with quite a high centre of gravity so if you take a corner too fast you could come a cropper and when going up a hill you must lean forward. When you first get one it is very easy to have a silly accident.  In case you are wondering I did have a couple of silly accidents when I first bought it but I’m a safer driver these days. One big advantage, a tool kit is supplied when you buy a Travelscoot so you can do servicing yourself.  It is worth knowing that the brake cables and adjusatments can be replaced at any shop that services bicycles.

There now is an updated version.

It has reverse gear, more efficient  brakes and the motor is an integral part of one of the rear wheels therefore the drive belt is no longer required. The last improvement is very good. Snow and rotting leaves caused three drive belts on my scooter to distort and then break. The brakes have changed. Rather than being a metal plate that was pulled against the wheel there is now a sort of drum brake. Sadly I cannot be more spcific than that. I will photograph a colleague’s mobility scooter, new model, and post the pictures on the website. This will happen in early May Instead I bought a new frame,to find out more follow this link my new Travelscoot

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kenneth jackson July 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Where in the u,.k can I purchase a travel scoot. I live in Northern Ireland

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Patrick July 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Travelscoot cannot be bought in the UK. Go online to http://www.travelscoot.eu. It is shipped from Munich, Germany. All obvious repairs can be done at a bicycle shop and he is always helpful.

Asdk Hardy for some references that you might be able to chase up.

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Yvonne Argyle July 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I have been looking at these for some time, but am reluctant to order without first trying one. How did you manage to try one out before deciding to buy?
Yvonne Argyle

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Patrick July 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I phoned the German office and Hardy gave me a reference site, try him. I got an idea of the Travelscoot when I first saw it at Chichester.
I live in Berkhamsted, near Hemel Hempstead, You can always try mine if that helps

Patrick

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barbara meanwell June 12, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Dear Patrick,
I live in Hemel Hempstead and only saw your comments regarding this scooter, which I am seriously considering, would you be prepared to let me see your Travelscoot and see the folding setup. If you are agreeable then please let me know which day and time would be convenient.
Regards
Barbara

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Ian Frame October 27, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Dear Barbara, Did you manage to see it? I live in Biggleswade and would also like to see one.

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Melanie Postepski November 18, 2014 at 11:06 am

Hi

i live in Bushey Herts and i have one of these forsale it’s not even six months old, it’s the deluxe version. unfortunately my uncle passed away unexpectedly and i’m trying to sell it for my Auntie.
Please let me know if you would like to look at it, i can bring it to you. melsy71@hotmail.com

Thanks Mel

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helen baxter December 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I live in south florida please tell me where i can find a dealer that has the travel scoot . my mother has MS and this would be easier than the elect wheelchair she has.

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Patrick January 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Sorry about the delay in the reply. Go to http://www.travelscoot.com. Here are the contact details: TravelScoot USA, 504 Kirkland Road. Chehalis, WA 98532, United States of America. International dialling code 1-800-342-2214. To dial in US 0800-342-2214.

Good luck. It is fantastic,

Patrick

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Sally January 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Hi, I purchased. A Travelscoot in October 2013 and it is the new version with reverse, better brakes and no drive belt.
I LOVE IT!!!

I have lived with MS for 20 years and now struggle to walk large distances. I have had to stop doing certain things I love ( shopping trips, going for long walks with my family etc). I started looking for a scooter to fill in the gaps. I searched the internet for days looking for anything that was more convenient than a standard mobility scooter as they did not provide me with what I was looking for. Stumbled upon the Travelscoot and immediately knew it was exactly what I was looking for. I rang the company and spoke to the owner . He was very friendly and helpful and provided contact details for several other owners in my area who were happy to be contacted. In the end I discovered that he was exhibiting at REHACARE in Dusseldorf ( largest disability trade fair in Europe). I currently live in Belgium so I went for a day out on the train.

Found the Travelscoot and disappeared off fir a test drive round the fair. Loved it so much I made my order on the spot. It is very manoeuvrable, turns on a penny and collapses very quickly and easily. I weigh about 55 kilos and seem to get about 15-18 kilometres on a charge. I have taken it on bumpy forest paths without problem, find it goes up slopes without a problem and is a joy to drive round shops.
It us light enough that I can lift it into my car easily and it is so convenient.

Happy to answers any questions on this new version. Best thing I have bought in years. My world has opened up again.
Sally

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shirley March 19, 2014 at 1:04 am

Hello Sally

I have just recently become aware of the the TravelScoot having seen some one using it in Lyme Regis. Didn’t think at the time could I have a go. I live in Dorset and would love to have a go at using one before buying. How did you go about purchasing it? Could you tell me the cost? It now has reverse and brakes and no belt drive? Any information you could give me I would really appreciate.
Shirley

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Melanie Postepski November 18, 2014 at 11:09 am

Hi

I live in Bushey Herts and i have one of these forsale it’s not even six months old, it’s the deluxe version. unfortunately my uncle passed away unexpectedly and i’m trying to sell it for my Auntie.
Please let me know if you wouldare interested in it, melsy71@hotmail.com

Thanks Mel

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annettecrombie March 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Is it still available please contact me annettecrombie @tiscali.co.uk

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Amy Silverston March 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I am another one for whom this has been a life-changer. Having been effectively housebound with MS for most of last year I got my life back a week before Christmas, a couple of days after I wrestled the Travelscoot away from two of the children who took it immediately after it was assembled (the other is too cool a teenager to try it).

The reason for this comment is I seem to have the best basket: I took the Rixen Kaul basket off the front of my old bicycle (see http://www.klickfix.de/index.php?mod=1&lang=en) and put it on the back of the Travelscoot, attached beneath the seat, like this:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QCFA_KKK87rXe3kIt3njM6N4EUcJ22e7dbM8ObBDqh0/edit?usp=sharing
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OEiMAWsoNzCOoqqcuVhLGq75lkwntzJ8BDcXipVkOME/edit?usp=sharing

It does not upset the centre of gravity as it is above the battery.

These baskets are wildly popular with cyclists for good reason – they are astonishingly capacious and unclip from the bracket at the press of a button (the bracket does not have to be removed from the Travelscoot when taking it apart), meaning you take the basket off rather than have to unpack the contents.

I also have one of the Travelscoot baskets for the front to use when required. With the two baskets and a bag on the red carrier in the middle I came back from Sainsbury’s on the bus with £75 worth of groceries at the weekend, including trays of cat food and a 5l tin of olive oil, so it was heavy. The Travelscoot came up the hill from the bus stop to our front path without complaint. The kids moaned, though, when I asked them to help get the shopping in the kitchen…

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Patrick March 6, 2014 at 9:41 am

Life-changer, excellent description. It sounds like it is being used as a real workhorse. Another example of their practicality

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Where can I buy one?
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J Barlin May 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

I would like a price for the travelscoot

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Hector C June 24, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Hello patrick, lovely review, i am a small man 4′ 4 / 1.25m , I currently live in mexico, but are returning to uk as life here is hard being disabled.
I search for the Travelscoot, do you recommend me buying it, i would be traveling in London to and from work, bus, underground or train depends on the route. Can barely walk a mile without getting exhausted.
I saw they have TravelScoot Shopper Junior which is smaller.
What do you recommend me doing? I can buy it here too or should i buy it there.

Anymore feedback would be nice.

Many thanks

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Patrick Burke July 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Hello,

I suggest you talk to Hardy, phone the Munich office for advice. I think they are very good compared to other mobility scooters. When you talk to Hardy please mention my name.

Realistically you cannot take thw Travelscoot on the underground unless there are lifts. There is no way I cold manage mine on the escalators. The London buses are very good and check the railway stations are step-free.

Good luck

Patrick

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Maxine August 31, 2014 at 7:36 am

Where can I try one of these in Nottingham or derby?

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Patrick Burke September 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Hi,

Write to Travelscoot. Go to the webpage http://www.travelscoot.eu and then the ‘contact us’ tab. There are the email addresses and phone numbers for the various branches.

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Josephine Coorey September 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Whats the price.
Does it tip
I’m very interested

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Patrick Burke September 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Hi,

You must contact Travelscoot, http://www.travelscoot.eu, TravelScoot European Union You pay in Euros and then shipped to you. You must be able to walk in order to use it. Yes it is tippable but all mobility scooters like the Travelscoot can tip over. You do need to learn to drive it, but not difficult to learn. Look out for adverse camber, lean forwards when going up a slope. More a matter of common sense and awareness than anything else

If you live near the Chilterns you can have a trial ride on my Travelscoot. When you talk to Travelscoot please mention my name.

Regards,

Patrick

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Melanie Postepski November 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

Hi

i live in Bushey Herts and i have one of these forsale it’s not even six months old, it’s the deluxe version. unfortunately my uncle passed away unexpectedly and i’m trying to sell it for my Auntie.
Please let me know if you would like to look at it. melsy71@hotmail.com

Thanks Mel

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Debbie Young February 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

hi, i am looking for a used Travelscoot Delux with the lithium battery for use on airplane. Do you still have yours for sale as i cannot find any used ones within Europe!

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Patrick Burke February 17, 2015 at 6:28 pm

Hello Debbie,

Yes I still have my old Travelscoot. You will need to buy a seat and front wheel from Travelscoot. I had a new frame and transferred the front wheel and seat to it. I also have two batteries for it but I do not think there is much life in them. I have a spare pair of brake the brake blocks and a power band that transfers the power from the motor to the wheel. These are available from Travelscoot. A good bike shop will be able to do maintenance work if you are not practical

Second hand Travelscoots are like hens teeth. You can take mine for £200 shipping costs

Regards,

Patrick

Patrick

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SUE October 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I am trying to purchase on of these online but much of the form is in German which I do not understand. I will need it delivered to an address other than my registered credit card address. Any advice please

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Melanie Postepski November 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

Hi

i live in Bushey Herts and i have one of these forsale it’s not even six months old, it’s the deluxe version. unfortunately my uncle passed away unexpectedly and i’m trying to sell it for my Auntie.
Please let me know if you would like to look at it, where are you based? melsy71@hotmail.com

Thanks Mel

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Amy Silverston October 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

The Travelscoot basket is useful for the front and holds a surprising amount of shopping especially if you put all the rectangular items in it. However, I took the Rixen Kaul shopping basket off the front of the bike that I can no longer use and put it on the back of the Travelscoot. See:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1STilYQ4gCyxS2jRTXIwNnYMPGiRq2ATatty4ErcKcC4/edit?usp=sharing

There is a good reason why these bike baskets are so popular – they hold a vast amount. People comment on the basket as much as they do the Travelscoot, as most mobility scooters come with dinky baskets that appear to have borrowed from the tooth fairy.

The Klick-fix bracket means the whole basket is easy to take off and take into the house, rather than one having to unload the contents and carry items in your hands into the kitchen to put away. I recommend the version with the waterproof cover, because if it does rain the basket will fill up with water. Also, you can cover what is in the basket and leave it outside a shop and passers by are not tempted to help themselves to your baked beans.

They are widely available from bike shops: http://www.klickfix.de/index.php?mod=1&lang=en

If anyone in London wants to try out a Travelscoot, they are welcome to test-drive mine. I live on a hill in Dartmouth Park, very close to Hampstead Heath, so testers can wander around the Heath celeb-spotting and prove to themselves that it goes up Parliament Hill.

Amy.Silverston[at]btinternet.com
020 7485 7625

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Melanie Postepski November 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

Hi All

I live in Bushey Herts and i have one of these forsale it’s not even six months old, it’s the deluxe version. unfortunately my uncle passed away unexpectedly and i’m trying to sell it for my Auntie.
Please let me know if you would like to look at it, i can bring it to you if you are close, i have photos showing the condition and am happy to answer any questions. melsy71@hotmail.com

Thanks Mel

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John evans November 23, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Hi if anyone is interested, I have one of these to sell. Excellent condition hardly used by my late father. £800 Ono. Contact me at John.evans@boc.com. Many thanks.

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Jo Matthews January 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I want to purchase a travelscoot but would like to see and try one first as so expensive. Prepared to travel to try one if anyone willing. Live in Rayleigh Essex so if you are wiling and live a reasonable distance away please contact me.
Thanks

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Patrick Burke January 18, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Hello Jo,

I run the website aid4disabled. If you can make it over to Berkhamsted, about 8 miles from junction 20 on the M25 You can try out mine,

Patrick

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Amanda February 12, 2015 at 11:22 pm

What is the battery life and weight please?

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Patrick Burke February 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm

On a flat surface with an average person then it is about 8 miles. Distance depends upon weight and terrain. Recharges in about 3 hours. Weighs 2 – 3 Kg. More details on the Travelscoot website

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Chris McGann February 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm

I would like to know were I can purchase one of these travelscoots and also how much they cost i have seen them before but wasn’t able to find out much about them would love more info thank you . chris

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Patrick Burke February 28, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Hello Chris,

Best bet is to go to their website http://www.travelscoot.eu. The office is in Munich, you can pay for it by credit card. The cost is in Euros and if you are disabled then the German VAT is exempt. The cost something like £1,200 after excluding VAT. Rather than using email it might be worth giving them a ring. They will supply reference sites. I think it is a wonderful mobility scooter and I have no financial involvement with the company.

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Susan February 21, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Oi! I’m was looking at this with my Mum in mind but I am a full-time wheelchair user myself. I found your “It doesn’t brand you disabled” comment very offensive. People who become disabled shouldn’t be saying to themselves, “I’m not disabled because disabled people are not really normal.” They should be saying, “Now I’ve become disabled, i realise what a mistaken impression I’ve always had of disabled people.”. Stop thinking disability is, in some way, shameful! It’s no better than being racist or homophobic – but even more common, unfortunately.

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Patrick Burke February 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Hello Susan,

I’m sorry that you found the comment “It doesn’t brand you as disabled” very offensive. There is no offense intended. The point I’m making is that the design of the Travelscoot mobility scooter is totally different from that of other mobility scooters. The Travelscoot is fun to ride, extremely practical and totally different from any other mobility scooter. It is an exciting and innovative design. The Travelscoot has given me independence, the chance to go to places that would otherwise be impossible, do things that would otherwise be impossible for me.

I do not think disability is shameful. If you understood the freedom and pleasure the Travelscoot has given me then I think you would look at what I have written in the article through different coloured glasses

Patrick

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Christina March 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

I have MS and I’ve just bought a TravelScoot Deluxe with aircraft grade Li-on battery. It’s fantastic! Being a small female, with a small car, I was unable to load heavy scooter parts into my boot. With this one, I remove the seat and the superlight battery, drop the steering column and handlebars and load straight into my Mini. So simple! I used it for the first time yesterday in town and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It took a few days to ship from Germany via UPS. I am exempt from VAT and was able to complete an exemption form which TravelScoot sent via email, scanned it and then send it back to them. I had to telephone Germany to pay with my credit card, but they speak good English. Now my aging father in law wants one too! I tried out Luggie but it was still much too heavy for me to lift, and it’s much more expensive. So, TravelScoot gets my vote!

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Anne March 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Hi Christina

I too have MS and am looking for a lightweight scooter that I could potentially fit into my Mini. My husband has been looking at the TravelScoot as an option but I was concerned about the footrests and wondered how comfortable they can be. Do your feet slip off the footrests when you get tired?

Anne

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Patrick Burke March 18, 2015 at 11:49 pm

Hello

I cannot give you Christina’s email, I hope she sees your request. Let me tell it from my point of view. Bad dropfoot and dropleg in my left leg. I only have the simple bars to rest my feet on and it has not inconvenienced me at all. I have to lift my leg onto the bar using my left & right hands. There is a bit of muscle power in the leg but not much. The existing system serves me well.

I am a bloke and my shoes have a heel and I am sure that does help me to keep my feet in place on the bars. I think you might have problems wearing shoes with no heel and a flat sole

I hope that helps

Patrick

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Anne March 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Hi Patrick

Many thanks for responding. Your comments help and in actual fact I try to wear shoes/boots with a small heel as I find it easier for when I walk a short distance to have my feet lifted up a little. We have been looking for some time for a lightweight scooter and based on the comments on your site I think we are going to go ahead and buy a TravelScoot.
Thanks again for your help.

Keep up the good work with your website.

Anne

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wheelchairindia March 20, 2015 at 8:30 am

Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
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Anne March 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Was wondering if there is anybody who has a TravelScoot and lives near Guildford in Surrey. Would love to try one prior to purchasing.

Many thanks

Anne

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