The Van Raam Opair wheelchair tandem tricycle is designed for an adult to ride with a passenger (child or adult) that uses a wheelchair, on the front seat. The rear rider has full control of the steering and brakes. Made in the Netherlands, this is a quality machine and is built to last.
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Standard features include 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub gears, lights, armrests, lap strap, hand guards, front hydraulic disc brakes, independent front suspension, parking brake, lock, and environmentally friendly paint.
Split frame (optional), the front chair is easy to separate from the rear section, which allows the chair to be used independently from the cycle.
The front seat of the Opair can be adjusted to fit the passenger. The angle of the front seat and back rest can be adjusted too, as can the hinged footrests. There is also an option for expandable side rests, making the bike suitable for children and small adults. The Opair can be altered completely with a variety of options, and a personal seat can be affixed (optional receiving adapter for R82 modular wheelchair systems available).
‘Extra steering’ – a combination of Ackerman and Centre-Point mechanisms (see video) – allow for a tighter turning-circle and increased stability.
As well as being comfortable and stable, another great benefit of the Opair is that it is narrow enough to fit through a standard doorway.
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Electric assist: this product is also available with an electric motor. The electric assist ‘Silent System’ is produced entirely by Van Raam. The motor, battery, controller, smart display, and software are developed especially for inclusive cycles. The motor also assists when reversing the cycle (pedalling backwards). A smartphone app connects with the settings of the e-system, and can record cycling data, including speed and distance. Battery capacity can also be viewed on the app, real-time.
The Silent electrical system is a 36 Volt system with 250-Watt motor. The pedal sensor detects movement and force and adjusts output accordingly. The system is very smooth – unexpected jolting, which can occur in other systems, is prevented with the Silent System.
Detachable frame (wheelchair can be disconnected and used on location).
Receiving adaptor for modular wheelchair systems (R82).
Other available options include back-pedal brake, extra battery pack for electric assist, 4 or 5-point safety belt, adjustable head support and wing mirror.
Other colours are available at extra cost, in any of the standard RAL colours.
A range of adaptations is available. See the Accessories & Adaptations section of this website.
- Frame: made from high quality steel
- Gears: Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub
- Standard colour: matt blue-grey (environmentally friendly paint)
- Battery operated lights
- Fully adjustable front chair including armrests, lap strap and footrests
- Wheel protection
- Independent frame suspension
- Parking brake
- Drifter gel saddle
- AXA defender lock
- Rear wheel: 26″
- Front wheels: 20″
- Front brakes: hydraulic
- Rear brakes: V-brake
- Total weight: 58 kg
- Max length: 214 cm
- Max width: 76 cm
- Max user weight rear rider: 120 kg
- Max user weight passenger: 120 kg
- Frame size (adjustable): 52 cm
- Step-over height: 45 cm
- Inside leg length (rear rider): 80-95 cm
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You can visit us any time during opening hours, but only through an appointments system can we be sure that the specialist able to help you most will be available, and that the ideal demo cycles are at base at that time. Appointments mean we can give you the full support and time you need to try a wider selection of cycles and possible adaptations.
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All kinds of bikes for all kinds of people. That’s our thinking at Get Cycling, and we demonstrate, adapt and supply what is probably the world’s widest range of specialised cycles. We are a not-for-profit, operating nationally, and promoting diversity in cycle design and supply. We believe that our new and refurbished cycles take pedal-power into new realms of delight.
We have child-carrying options, cargo cycles, tandems, adapted cycles for special needs, folding bikes, fun bikes, tricycles, companion cycles, multi-seaters, recumbents and much more. If we don’t have a new model of what you need then we may well have a refurbished version. In any case, please talk to us so that we can check that the cycle you have in mind is right for you.