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#1 James Layton

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:44 PM

Can anyone recommend a good engineer near London to help design and build a good rickshaw? Either that, or has anyone seen one (which isn't €12000!) for sale in the UK or Western Europe?

 

Needs to be step on/off and seated and must collapse to a small size for roofbox style transport...

 

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#2 Janice Arthur

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 05:48 PM

James;

Get another local op to be your 'devils advocate' on this and make sure you are getting what you want.

Spread the cost out too and discuss plans as they are laid out.

Now on the 'adviser' side if you are visiting with a spouse on a fun week and can budget a few days to help then it's a win for everyone.

Planning ahead on the design you all agree on and time ahead to get the exact parts in would be good/essential in my book before anyone shows up to help otherwise the outcome is 'hey I told you to do this' and no one is accountable.

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#3 Janice Arthur

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 05:51 PM

Last minute thoughts;

12k pounds seems extraordinary unless I read this wrong. $2000 -2500 U.S. With you guys doing the work is my thought with some additional for "consulting"

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#4 Janice Arthur

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 06:04 PM

Further thoughts

Brant fagan made this rickshaw and a local op here sebastien audienne and I make it in my basement a couple of winters ago.

No step on or off unless you remove the center post and I'm not sure if it's possible then but this is what we made.

Sebastien got all the parts and my machine shop cut the rough lengths of the speed rail.

None of this is hard but just a consideration.

Cost, roughly $1800 us and I had the wheels.

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 09:29 PM

Hi James 

For me the most versatile designed rickshaw out there for me is the "Mantis" from Optical Support in London.

https://www.youtube....h?v=UmZRPlcdu04.

You can stand ,sit, change to different tyres . 

As for cost I would not think you would have much change from 5-600 pounds to make one .

Good luck with it .

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#6 Tommy Stork

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:49 PM

I agree with Louis, the Mantis is the bomb!  We had it in the shop at PRO for about six months and I was thoroughly impressed with it.  Very versatile.  Those that rented it all expressed their approval of it and how well it handled. 


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#7 James Layton

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 05:50 AM

Hi Janice. Thanks for the feedback. I have a basic design which needs looking at in terms if angles and structures etc. I'm looking at different materials as options but portability is key so it must collapse well. The â¬12,000 quote is a real one, though! You'd have to be crazy! You can by a decent car for that! Louis, I agree. I have hired Optical support's Mantis many times over the years and it's great. Unfortunately they don't sell them and I often end up in a situation where a rickshaw setup presents itself at the time rather than beforehand and I don't get time to hire one in. The mantis is great, though.
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#8 David Allen Grove

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 03:43 PM

Named after my little girl, the "Sophie" is good for walk offs or hard mounted or convert to Vehicle mount. 
Perhaps it will give you a few ideas. 

I rent my out.. so I don't sell them... 

More pics and behind the scenes here: Website: http://www.steadicamrickshaw.com/

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#9 RonBaldwin

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 04:00 PM

Every time I see pics like that last one I get a sick feeling in my stomach.
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#10 thomas-english

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 01:29 AM

The Mantis does cost around 12,000 pounds to make. They are really well made and engineered. 


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#11 James Layton

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 02:00 AM

Hi Tom. I can believe it. I wasn't referring to the mantis - there are ones that come up with a Google search. I would love one of those but can't be done, sadly.
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