Dir. Trikke Academy / National Trainer Program
Meet Kimberly Myshka, owner of Arkansas Trikke….
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Announcing or date for the 2nd Trikke Academy in St. Louis, MO (our new Trikke Academy hub) this fall…. October 7th – 9th.
The Trikke Academy training will be hosted at the Comfort Inn – Westport. We have secured a reduced room rate for our guest and the hotel offers many nice amenities to help make your trip comfortable and convenience. Only 9 miles from the St. Louis international airport this location is convenient for all travelers. The hotel also offers a complimentary airport shuttle and a complimentary shuttle within a 2-mile radius, so you don’t need to rent a car. Unless you’re planning to turn this trip into a little vacation, tack on some extra days and enjoy all the St. Louis has to offer.
The Trikke Academy training event is for those looking to get into the business of Trikke on whatever level is comfortable and convenient. We have 3 different training programs:
Certified Trikke Professional / Sales Rep – allows you to earn a straight commission on all your sales. No inventory or location required.
Certified Trikke Trainer / Sales Rep – also earns a straight commission on all sales but in addition, they are able to offer Trikke riding training and charge for it. No inventory or location required
Certified Trikke Dealer – Can run an approved mobile operation, a brick, and mortar store, and / or a Tours and / or Rentals operation. Inventory is required and all sales earn a margin. If a Certified Dealer does not have a product in stock they can always process a drop ship order as a Sales Rep and earn a commission.
We’ll schedule a call with you and Fred Welch, The Academy Director. If after that call you’d like to reserve a spot for one of our Academies you’ll simply submit a $150 deposit and a confirmation email will be sent.
We’ll see you in St. Louis!
Tags: Trikke, Trikke training
TIPS, TRICKkS & TECHNIQUES!
“Have Your Carving Vehicle Come To Attention! (…How To Do A Stand Up Fold)”
Whenever we do a Trikke Academy event at a hotel, we’re normally in some form of conference room, and I can tell you from experience, they come in all different shapes and sizes. We’ve stayed in some pretty fancy places But what some hotels call a conference room, I call a basement.
And, by the time everyone arrives, some with more than one vehicle, that room is not looking quite as big as it did in the pictures. So… Whatever is a Trikke Instructor to do when you have way too many 3 wheeled carving thingies littering up a perfectly nice conference room?
Whether you’re traveling or visiting your friend’s new studio apartment, dealing with limited space is a challenge. Even when folded, you don’t want your “lifestyle accessory” to be a nuisance, taking up valuable floor space. Here’s a Tip-Trickk-Technique that will make your CV act more like an art piece than a vehicle.
On most Trikke vehicles, simply extending the handlebars -often to the 3rd or 4th pin from the bottom- will allow you to stand it up like a slim tripod. As long as the handlebars are even with the back wheels, you can pick up the front wheel and make your vehicle come to attention.
Depending on the angle your handlebars are set to, the pin hole may not be exactly at the right spot and it may end up looking more like the leaning tower of Pisa. If so, just move it off the pin to wherever makes it stand straight, and then tighten down the quick release clamp. (…which is really what holds the handlebars where you want them anyway. Relying solely the pin is a bad idea.)
(Keep in mind, there are some iterations of the T12 that, sadly, just won’t go there. The handlebars just don’t come up far enough. If you have bar-ends, that normally does the trickk. …so to speak.)
You can even do it with Trikke Elekktrics. You will most likely have to re-orient the throttle so that the lenses aren’t facing the floor. It’s also best to have the battery out, making it less top heavy.
Just don’t forget to put your handlebars back to your preferred riding position before you take off on a ride.
Ironically, any Trikke Professional will tell you that a folded CV standing up on its own normally gets just as much attention as one that’s unfolded, ready to ride.
So, try it next time you need some extra floor space. And when someone asks you, “Hey, what is that thing?”, you can just tell them it’s a work of art.
And, actually… You’d be right.
I’m afraid that location arrangements for this year’s National Trikke Riding Skkool have all gone awry. It was to be announced for later this year. But, sad to say it, sometimes, things just aren’t how they seem.
Therefore, we are considering, either cancelling the NRS for this year, or doing a last minute switch and have it to coincide with the Academy in St. Louis, – on the weekend of June 11th & 12th.
With only a little over 4 weeks remaining, which is not much time for guests to plan, we need to hear from you.
If we receive a minimum of 10 sign ups, …It’s On. AND…
As a thank you, everyone who fills out the registration form and submits a deposit within the next week will receive a sizable discount.
However, if we receive less than 10, we will refund all deposits and will continue with plans for next year’s N.R.S. (To be announced later this year.)
We will make that decision beginning of next week, so please let us know if you can take part in what has become a cherished event in the Trikke community.
If you would like to register for this year’s Trikke National Riding Skkool, simply fill out this form.
A $50 deposit is required. If this event is cancelled, full refund of deposits will be issued.
The full 2 days of training is $350 with a $50 deposit. Register by Wednesday, May 18th and you’ll register at the discounted price if $250 This includes all of the classes for Saturday & Sunday in addition to the hosted reception, goodie bag, and a special addition 6th National Riding Skkool shirt.
MEET ME IN ST LOUIS
The first Trikke Academy for 2016 is now in the books, and coming up this June, it will be time for the new Trikke Academy hub to kick off in St Louis.
Hey, it’s Bill Smith, the new Director for the Midwest Regional Trikke Academy, and I want you to “Meet Me In St. Louis!”
(….OK, OK, I may not be a pretty as Judy Garland. BUT, St. Louis is still the place to meet if you’re looking for a great city to have a “Carve it up” Trikke event!)
Two years ago, I dove into the Trikke Tours arena, and this is now my second season having my own business, offering guided tours all around the greater St. Louis area with Trikke STL Guided Tours.
Several of us throughout the country are dedicated to turning our city into a trikke-friendly place, where our beloved 3 wheeled contraptions are not only “allowed”, but embraced.
I have completely enjoyed introducing people to my faire city, and the easy ways to navigate your way through this historical place. And I’d be honored to do the same for you.
Over the last 10 years, Trikke Academies have been held all over the country. Some places have certainly been more hospitable than others. But, along with Las Vegas, I think St. Louis was a great choice for Trikke Academy to put down some roots and call home.
Why? Because we’re smack dab in the middle of the country. An easy flight and a manageable drive from anywhere in the midwest.
And whether you’re coming for a Trikke event, or just a visit, there are countless things to go do and enjoy, either before or after your Academy experience….
Lake Forest Park, which was voted best urban park by USA Today. It is 500 acres BIGGER than NYC’s Central Park and has 2 FREE museums, including one that was there to welcome the 1904 World’s Fair. With miles and miles of paved trails and countless places to explore and discover throughout, Forest Park alone is worth the trip as a great place to play on 3 wheels. (All I can say is there’s a reason the very first National Riding Skkool was held right here, with Forest Park as the carving playground.)
If you’ve got kids, the St. Louis Zoo is located right in the Park, and is considered to be in the Top Five Zoos in the country. AND! It’s free to walk with the animals. (…Notice I said “walk”. I’m afraid you’ll have to leave your trikke at the door. 🙂
Should I go on?
You a baseball fan?…
If music is your thing…
Our brand new Blues Museum showcases the long, rich history of blues music in this country.
Maybe you’re a foodie?…
St. Louis is also the land of “Toasted Ravs” (i.e. fried raviolis made with either beef, veal, or a mixture of both.) They are St. Louis’ gift to the world! Embrace them. Did I mention great, competition-style BBQ? White Castle? And the home of “Panera”, which we stubbornly refer to by its proper name — “St. Louis Bread Company” — and refuse to do otherwise.
(But you may want to plan on doing a little extra carving to work it all off. )
And if you want to see a real American treasure, go see the beautiful Budweiser Clydesdales, at the Budweiser Brewery.
All of that, and more. PLUS, of course, the main reason for a Trikke fan to come to St. Louis, the Trikke Academy!
So, this is your invitation to come carve in the “Gateway City”, in the footprint of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and our new, mid-west regional location for Trikke Academy.
Looking forward to meeting YOU in St. Louis!
Join Certified Trikke Professionals and Certifid Trikke Trainers from all over he country. Meet us in St. Louis, June 10th – 12th
When it comes to making a difference, Dave Beerman is a valued member of the Trikke business community. He’s a retired engineer, who decided to make “health through sport” his mantra, and give back to those who need a more “adaptive” approach. He’s not only a Certified Trikke Trainer / Professional, he’s a Cross-Seasonal Trikke Trainer, introducing the Trikke Skki into Colorado resorts as a legit piece of ski school training equipment to teach those with disabilities.
“So, Dave, we have a few questions for you….”
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It was a real treat during Trikke Academy in Las Vegas, NV (April 15th – 17th, 2016) to have a live video call with the legendary Gildo Beleski, the Brazilian founder, and CEO of Trikke, now based in Buellton, CA. It was great to see the brains behind the operation, set to the backdrop of the Trikke workshop, where miracles are made.
Gildo is both brilliant and personable, and we are proud to call him our leader. He’s a visionary with humility. And the take-aways from the conversation were illuminating. The attendees of Trikke Academy (TA) each submit a question for him:
TA: What is the #1 thing people ask you to add to the Trikke?
TA: Do you see the battery industry standardizing?
TA: What was that feeling when you rode your completed Trikke for the first time?
TA: Will a Trikke be sturdy enough for rough roads like in a developing country?
And, for the most poignant Q&A of the session:
TA: If every country were to ban Trikke, what would you do?
The live video call with Gildo was impactful on a few levels. As we indicated the final question reverberated. It showed that Trikke for him is as much a passion as it is promotion. So, the goal is to promote the passion. It’s not the pursuit of sales, because passion sells itself.
by: Vivek SubramanianTags: 3-wheel, Gildo Beleski, three wheel, Trikke, Trikke Academy, Trikke training
– Fred Welch
The Trikke Elekktric Pon-E is a quick, slick, and incredibly functional machine.
This past January I went to the Consumer Electronics show and saw lots of new vehicle types and the companies who make them. And I can honestly say that, when it comes to the growing market trend of personal electric transportation, Trikke vehicles are tops in their class. They’re fun, foldable, body powered hybrids that act as an exceptional lifestyle tool if you use it properly.
But, they also have their limitations. Ever skid out the front wheel on take off? The Trikke hub motor wheel is out in front of the rider’s weight. So, traction is limited. That’s why leaning forward during acceleration puts traction where you need it when you need it, helping to stick that front tire to the ground.
(Cause let’s face it, spinning out the tire and leaving skid marks every time you take off is soooo 11th grade, don’t ya think?)
The upside of any front wheel drive configuration is that it requires less torque to move you. So, you don’t need as much power to do the job. Great upside. But, just like front wheel drive cars, they are NOT at their best in low traction situations like dirt, grass, or snow.
SO, typically, mounting knobby tires on a “low power, low torque” configuration like the Trikke Pon-e (36V or 48V) just wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Even though any Trikke Elekktric aficionado will tell you the Trikke Pon-E can often be ridden on dirt or even grass, once again, it is not without limitation. It’s simply not meant for that kind of terrain.
So, when I heard el maestro (aka Gildo B.) say, “All new Pon-Es are now assembled with the new Trikke knobby tires.”, I felt it was necessary to say… “Say whaaat?!”
Here’s his reply: (Inset the quote and use different font)
“ Why knobby tires? Knobby tires may not be considered necessary for a front wheel drive vehicle with low torque motor, but it can certainly help with braking because of the additional traction, especially on dirt or wet roads.
The most common maintenance or service issue is Tires, – wearing out, getting flats, etc. I’ve been doing a lot of research, and tried a lot of tires, so here is what you need to know about these new knobby tires.
This is the same tire as on our new Defender model for Patrol – security / law enforcement. It’s a “hybrid” tread – as in, just a little knobby. (see photos below) So, you’re picking up less rolling resistance than a full knobby.
They have the same basic dimension as before, so they’re also interchangeable and can mount on any existing 8” wheel. But new Pon-Es will also have a new rear wheel design too, – same diameter, but rim and hub are wider, using a 10mm (I.D.) bearings (same T12 bearings). That will help with wear and tear and, therefore, it will also help with maintenance.
Since these knobby tires are assembled “tubeless” with tire sealant slime inside, they are also self-healing in case of puncture. Tubes are actually still an option, but all this means they also hold pressure for a longer time. Of course, you still have to check your air pressure, but they’re virtually maintenance free.
They still have a heavy duty carcass, but they’re also 25% lighter and more flexible than the previous heavy duty tires. And even at 50 psi (40 psi front), they still ride very well.
Tires make a big difference. This is a good upgrade. Soon, we will also have the slick tire option for the Trikke Pon-e line up (which will be same size as the knobbies). ”
So, like the man said,… “This is a good upgrade.”
Next up on TECH TIPS…. The new brake system for the Trikke Pon-E. Big upgrade, huge improvement!