Accurately dating your tricycle
If you want to accurately date your tricycle, you can do this by referring to the serial number and/or date on the sticker on the metal chain-guard plate. Alternatively, if the sticker is worn, you can retrieve the serial number by loosening the self tapping screws on the chain-guard and partially remove the chain-guard to reveal a serial number written in indelible ink on the chain plate.
If you send us this information via the online enquiry form on this website; Quest 88 can verify the age of the tricycle from this serial number. Wherever possible, inspect the tricycle before completing the transaction and handing over any money.
Things to look out for before you buy or sell
In many cases spare parts are available to upgrade damaged or worn parts and accessories. You can contact Quest 88 at anytime for advice. Things like new mudguards, saddles, pull rods and saddle bags etc. can really enhance older tricycles. Have you considered donating your equipment to a cycling scheme or school. If your tricycle was originally provided by a charity; this is a great way to make that donation go even further after your child has outgrown it.
Quest 88 can help you locate a scheme or school in your area that would benefit from your tricycle and enable other children to enjoy the same experiences your child has. Hygiene; this is an important consideration when buying or selling. Use non-bleach detergents to clean your tricycle, but always rinse and dry. Chrome parts can be cleaned using chrome or brass cleaners, however, this will only work to a point.
If the tricycle has not been stored or protected properly, then rust may have affected the structure of the frame or the handlebars and stems; again you can ring us for advice.
Use GT85 or similar to lubricate the chain-wheel and rear sprocket by spraying through the cut-outs in the tricycles chain-guard.
Brake pads and callipers can be replaced very easily and cheaply. Check that the parking brake feature works on the brake lever.