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Old 09-18-07, 07:46 AM   #1
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Wheelchair Trike

I saw this at the bike shop. Nice generator lights and closed luggage container
on the back. It looks like the wheelchair part detaches so you can take your
passenger off the trike and wheel around.
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Old 09-19-07, 08:04 PM   #2
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That is the weirdest contraption I have ever seen. I wonder if anyone has actually bought one.

But it'd be so neat to see someone riding around in that.
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Old 09-20-07, 05:30 PM   #3
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That would be pretty awesome to get parapalegics (sp?) involved in charity rides.
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Old 09-20-07, 07:21 PM   #4
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I've been working on this one for a little guy who can't walk but can peddle a little. It now has peddles out front into the same chain line so he can peddle too
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http://www.frankmobility.com/duet_standard.htm

I've never seen one of these in actual use. I theorize that the Durable Medical Equipment people are a little scared of the bicycle aspect, and the bicycle dealers aren't equipped to bill insurance companies and/or Medicare.
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Old 11-07-07, 05:30 PM   #6
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I like the concept of the Duet and the fact that an electric assist is available. Also FWIW I have seen pictures of a Bakfiets being used in a similar manner. IIRC it was BF member Tfahner, toting his 85 year old grandmother around and she had a blast.
Those Duets are EXPENSIVE I would get a Bakfiets!

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Or modify a Worksman trike.
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What a great idea!

Could it be some kind of sport for both the person in a wheelchair and the 'stoker'? I could see this as a great way to get quads & parapeligics (i know spelling!) involved in all types of cycling!

Or what about blind people? or other people with disablilites? With this simple idea the sky's the limit!

Wow! Why didn't somebody think of this sooner? We're idiots!

Cheers! (hoping to see more of this).
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What a great idea!

Could it be some kind of sport for both the person in a wheelchair and the 'stoker'? I could see this as a great way to get quads & parapeligics (i know spelling!) involved in all types of cycling!

Or what about blind people? or other people with disablilites? With this simple idea the sky's the limit!

Wow! Why didn't somebody think of this sooner? We're idiots!

Cheers! (hoping to see more of this).
They have been making them for years, usually though they have been custom built on an as needed basis. I recall seeing a couple of different ones back in the 70's. We had one that came through our shop on a regular basis for tune ups and repairs. It had been built in Europe by a custom frame builder.

Bilenky Cycles has been making a "combination" recumbent/conventional tandem for years. Called the View Point
I have seen these used in many cases where the stoker for what ever reason was unable to ride a conventional tandem. Again they aren't cheap, but I look on a good bicycle as tool and in many cases you really do get what you pay for.

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Bilenky Cycles has been making a "combination" recumbent/conventional tandem for years. Called the View Point
I have seen these used in many cases where the stoker for what ever reason was unable to ride a conventional tandem. Again they aren't cheap, but I look on a good bicycle as tool and in many cases you really do get what you pay for.

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What a great idea!

Could it be some kind of sport for both the person in a wheelchair and the 'stoker'? I could see this as a great way to get quads & parapeligics (i know spelling!) involved in all types of cycling!
Various companies make trikes and quads that are cranked with the hands for people whose lower limbs are compromised.
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Various companies make trikes and quads that are cranked with the hands for people whose lower limbs are compromised.
A friend of mine who was in an accident has a hand bike she uses for recreation and some errands. She rigged it up so she can carry her youngest child on the back. I tried it out and discovered my upper body strength is kind of dismal.
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A friend of mine who was in an accident has a hand bike she uses for recreation and some errands. She rigged it up so she can carry her youngest child on the back. I tried it out and discovered my upper body strength is kind of dismal.
Yes, in addition to serving the needs of those with lower-limb issues, they can be used to provide an upper-body workout.

Then there are rowing bikes.

Here is another company: http://www.champiot.com/index.html

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We purchased a Duet wheelchair tandem for our twenty-two year old son with spastic quad Cerebral Palsy...it's taken several years for him to develop sufficient control over his core muscles and he still "lists" from side to side, but today was a great day on the Duet!
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We purchased a Duet wheelchair tandem for our twenty-two year old son with spastic quad Cerebral Palsy...it's taken several years for him to develop sufficient control over his core muscles and he still "lists" from side to side, but today was a great day on the Duet!
That's a nice vehicle. My son did a lot of rehab (from a car accident) on a bike. That was almost 10 years ago. Now his muscle strength is good, but he still has some balance issues. He falls on the bike once in a while, but that doesn't slow him down. (It's a father's lot to worry, even when the kid is grown up!) His dream bike is a recumbent trike.
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I am very glad to hear of your son's recovery from his accident, Roody-

A recumbent trike would be an excellent solution for balance issues...for more information, you might want to refer him to the recumbent forum on this website and the Bentrider website and classifieds as a number of trikes come up for sale each week. This could provide a cost effective way for him to realize his dream.

Although I still ride my Cannondale, my preferred bike is my Linear 3.0 long wheel base two wheel recumbent. Due to shoulder and other issues, I find the seating position and under seat steering make for a very comfortable ride and this can also be found on a number of recumbent trikes.

If you have access to a bike shop that carries trikes, your son may want to set aside some time to try as many different recumbent trikes as he can so he can find one that best suits his situation....then follow the online classifieds mentioned above to find his next ride.

From one committed Dad to another,my best wishes to you and your son.
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