Travelscoot

by Patrick on March 30, 2012

in Mobility

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Travelscoot

Travelscoot

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

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.

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 belt on my scooter to disrort and then break. The brakes have changed. Rather than being a metal plaedf 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  colleagues mobility scooter, new model, and post the pictures on the website. This will happen in early May

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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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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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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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