I often forget how fabulous the Nihola is because it is part of our every day. Recently, several mothers have asked me what it’s like to ride. The ride itself is quite smooth. However, because we are on three wheels we tend to be a bit slower than our two- wheel brethren, despite the electric motor. I chose a tricycle four years ago because balancing two kids and gear on two wheels has always felt perilous to me. I’m sure that if I rode my husband’s Yuba Mundo more often, I would get used to it. However, returning to to cycling via the Nihola gave me a much-needed-boost of confidence to start cycling again.
The Nihola has a throttle for the motor on the right handlebar. It’s the black ridged section next to the grip. The right brake controls the back and the left initiates the two front brakes. The two front brakes provide the greatest braking power. Squeezing the back brake too fast can result in brake lock-up. However, using them in tandem is very effective for fast braking. When braking, I always let go of the throttle. A “ding-dong” bell, speedometre, odometre, and light attached to the battery complete the “real estate” on the handlebars.
Early autumn in Sydney is quite beautiful and warm. I thought I would wear a lace top and wool shorts today.
Julius and I had our usual routine to follow for a Friday. After his swimming lesson and a doctor’s appointment for me, we went to my husband Justin’s office. Julius has learned to sit patiently in the cabin. He spotted an advertisement for the new Captain America movie. He has become fascinated with superheroes. We had a good chat about it until we were interrupted! (Apa is Daddy in Korean.)
We decided to ride up the Kent Street Cycleway to go the long way to lunch in Walsh Bay. It was a great opportunity for Justin to clear his head, stretch his legs and have a bit of fun with us after a busy morning at work.
To commence riding, I twist the throttle with my right hand and pedal. The motor makes a distinctive “vrrrr” sound. I twist the throttle for as much power as I need. For very steep hills, I twist the throttle fully and stand up. To go downhill, I use it to start. The motor shuts off after reaching 25 km/hr. Going downhill with a fully loaded cabin (2 kids who weigh nearly fifty kilograms) ensures the best and most stable ride. We have gone as fast as 50km/hr fully loaded. Eye-watering! An empty cabin is less stable and requires a firm yet flexible grip on the handlebars. I slow down when the cabin is empty or contains only Julius. I have made turns on two wheels. I’ve never tipped over but I’m not overly keen to try it.
To ensure that we have enough power for the morning and afternoon drop-offs, I charge the battery every other night. I have two which gives us a range of about seventy kilometres. The rain cover and it’s frame live under the seat with a blanket (for unexpectedly cold children) and an Abus lock.
It’s an uphill climb from the bottom of Kent Street to the Rocks. But with the Nihola’s electric-motor-boost, it’s not a problem. Justin had to work to keep up (and film us ascending).
We enjoyed some dumplings for lunch and then it was time for Justin to return (sadly) to work. Julius had an appointment with our stylist in Koreatown. I’m keeping his hair long for as long as possible.
Today’s ensemble: Regina Garde lace top, Malena Birger wool shorts, Dior sunglasses, Yakkay helmet, Bruno Magli sandals, Nihola tricycle, Linus Eleanor Bag. On Julius: Baby Gap denim jacket, Nutcase helmet, Crewcuts shorts, Zara t-shirt.
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