INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FOR MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
The ELF has some unusual configurations that are addressed in these videos. For example, it is important to keep your elf in alignment;changing the back tire, adjusting the brakes etc. for complicated repairs, I can recommend an elf specialist-leva technician.
LET'S TALK ABOUT SHIPPING
The ELF is an awkward configuration in that it's dimensions are 49" wide X 61" high X 107" long. The width is from the front fenders; however, the fenders can be removed! Also the ELF is very light at 170 pounds and ideally should be shipped in an enclosed truck so the winds don't make it jump around, scratching, cracking and possibly pulling it lose from the straps. I have known of owners shipping their ELFs in the open truck bed. In this scenario, it's not advisable to travel over 50 mph.
The easiest method is to just hire a shipper who HAS HANDLED ELFS! I recommend Jody Gladstone who I used at Organic transit. He WAS PROPERLY INSURED AND LICENSED. Jody is out of South Carolina near the North Carolina border and ships all over the U.S. MY RECENT CONVERSATION YIELDED THE FOLLOWING information:
Jody Gladstone cell (803) 517-9563 email
Estimated pricing: <500 miles - 90 cents/mile
>501 miles - 75 cents/mile
Here's a shipper who will go anywhere for the money:
BillieJo Transportation - Brian. 410 708 6836 Email: -out of Maryland. Enclosed trailer Pricing .85-90 cents/mile; W. Coast more like $1.25/mile.
Another shipper who runs up and down the E. Coast is Churchtown Services, Chadd Mowrey out of Beverly Hills, FL. (610) 823-8062;
U-Ship offers inexpensive transportation services by independent truckers. By the way, there's a shortage of truck drivers these days. You must sign into their website, input your needs, ask questions online and then start receiving bids. Not until you accept a bid, do you get to talk to the shipper. There is a modest fee. Caveats are to make sure they are properly insured for liability AND also the cost of the cargo. A lowboy enclosed truck or one with a lift are ideal. Most of these shippers transport cars so they are not a good fit because these trucks are open and can't accommodate the 3rd wheel. Here's what I've used in my bids:
ELF Moped 170 lb. Trike
49"W x 61"H x 107"L; 170 lbs. trike rolls easily
enclosed Trailer, Signed B/L confirming recipient’s acceptance of delivery,
no more than one off-load.
Another idea is to rent an enclosed truck from Penske, U Haul and lift the back end of the ELF into cargo area because most trucks provide ramps for two wheels. So one must support that back third wheel while loading. This is the reason a typical car moving truck doesn't work, along with it being open. a small enclosed cargo trailer works well too.
Lastly, some open truck beds are wide enough. It's the wheel welds that's usually the problem. If need be, you can unbolt the front fenders to accommodate the width. It's wise not to travel any faster than 55 mph in an open truck.
BIKE ROAD ASSISTANCE AND INSURANCE
Better World Club
Your best bike assist option is probably the Better World Club. Not only the company an eco-minded auto club, it also offers 24/7 nationwide roadside assistance service for bicycles for up to 2 calls/year with a 30 mile range. The plan cost is $39.95 ($17 for additional cyclists on your policy). Note: Service providers do not deliver new equipment, but they will dispatch a service provider with commonly available tools upon request. So some level of mechanical skill is required, unless you just want a ride home. Other Benefits include discounts for car rentals and hotels and BWC offers free routing maps with turn by turn directions. https://www.betterworldclub.com/roadside-assistance/bicycle-roadside-assistance/
Spoke Bicycle Insurance
If you’re hoping to insure your bike and get roadside assistance as a bonus, Spoke Bicycle Assistance is a good option. The insurance includes vandalism/theft, transit damage crash damage or a collision with another rider. Deductibles typically less than Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance. With this coverage, you can get nationwide 24-hour emergency service with up to 35 miles of transportation per breakdown–all for only $10 a year per bicycle.
OT used to have covers custom made. Check out this alternative.
Where to find ELF ID No.?
RIGHT BELOW THE DRIVERS SEAT ETCHED INTO THE FRAME.
REPAIRING YOUR FRONT WINDSHIELD
When the sealant starts to fail, this glue is what you use to repair it PLEXUS MA310 Adhesive Kit for $24.26 from United States Plastic Corp.
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