My New Travelscoot
I received my new Travelscoot mobility scooter frame a few days ago. It is the lightest folding mobility scooter, only weighs 18 Kg. I was really looking forward to trying it out. The new Travelscoot model has reverse gear and drum brakes but it has retained the ‘A frame’ design. The innovative unique hinge means it can fold down to the size of a large golf bad. Last but not least the Travelscoot is such great fun to ride.
First of all take a look at this video of the travelscoot. It was filmed in the summer 2014. I received the new Travelscoot in May 2014.
I had been using the old Travelscoot for about 3 years. I will transfer the seat, front wheel and batteries onto the new frame.
The old Travelscoot definitely looked like a loved and cherished item. Tyre treads worn, mud splattered, seat held together by black tape. No idea how many hours use I had clocked up. I had used it every day, Without it my independence would be lost.
Got double vision, cann’t drive
In case you didn’t know I’m not allowed to drive, double vision is not a good idea especially if you are moving at speed. OK, you can use one eye but then you cannot gauge distances. The DVLC not to mention insurance companies are not terribly keen on people with double vision. It’s so much safer for everyone if I don’t drive.
My new Travelscoot
So what’s so good about the new Travelscoot? The three big changes are drum brakes, getting rid of the drive belt and reverse gear. The previous Travelscoot did not like going backwards. The brakes were simplistic, a piece of metal for each wheel that was squeezed against the tire when the brakes were applied. The brake plates wore down, all in all a fairly primitive mechanism. The drum brakes are much more efficient.
Getting rid of the drive belt must be good news. The first time I had to change the drive belt took me nearly 3 hours; last time only 25 minutes. Snow, slush or old wet leaves were a recipe for disaster and a new drive belt.
Even more good news
Reverse gear is not something that I have needed to use so far. It will come into its own when using a small lift. What it does mean though is that it is much easier to move the Travelscoot backwards for example when taking it out of a London taxi cab.
Its gets better and better
The new Travelscoot does not go any faster than the old one but the motor is definitely more powerful. Suddenly my batteries are not lasting so long. Where I live there is a 75 yard steep slope between the house and the main road. A more powerful motor means that you can go up the hill faster but then you gobble up more battery power.
I am a bit of a boy racer. My batteries on the new Travelscoot last half as long as on my previous trusted steed. The only reason is that I go up the road to the house as fast as I can and the more powerful motor drains the energy more quickly. I have not actually put this to the test but thas is an instinctive explanation.
Another difference, when I leave the house and go down the slope my new Travelscoot freewheels faster than the old one. You wanna stop so you apply the brakes. Do it too suddenly the wheels lock and you go into a skid. Just gotta be gentle.
Not such good news
The Owner’s Manual for the Travelscoot still leaves quite a lot to be desired. The information can be found but you must read every word. A picture of it going up a slope with the rider leaning forward would be very useful. No mention of how easy it is to do a wheelie, accidentally or on purpose. What happens if you drive over an area covered with snow, wet leaves or gravel? My only advice is DON’T. One other thing, the supplied bell is pathetic, man up and get a better one.
Its a great bit of kit
I am being picky with my criticisms. I do think it is a wonderful Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) battery powered lightweight mobility scooter; possibly the best on the market. I do not feel at all disabled when I am riding it and other people that I have spoken to who own one feel the same as myself.