After my bad accident 2 months ago, I started looking into ways I could get back into cycling while recovering from major femur surgery. I was shocked at how much there was out there for people with physical challenges! (to a lesser extent, I was also shocked by the sticker price of tadpole trikes) It awed me, and in some way, inspired me to start thinking about cycling in a different way. I have a very good friend who was diagnosed with MS a couple of years ago, and ironically because of my injury I won't be able to ride the MS 150 in her honor this year. When I started thinking about building a trike for myself, I thought "why wouldn't she want one too?" And of course, she lives near the beach, which got me thinking.
I'm currently building a tadpole trike from scratch, and what I learn from that, I plan on using to build more for specific purposes. I have seen tons of trikes and handcycles for road riding, but almost nothing for the "alternative" cycling genres. Do you think such an animal would have a place in the Adaptive cycling world? I'm thinking mountain-trikes, maybe with suspension. What about fixed-gear trikes? I don't think any of the current ones are capable of a fully tensioned chainline. What about Fatbikes? None of the ones I've seen could handle a 4" rear tire. It would be great for riding in snow or sand, or even mud.
I hope you folks understand where I'm going with this. I want to contribute to the adaptive cycling world! I just don't know if building such machines would be worth the time. I can build them, but would anybody care? Are there people out there who would use them? I can't be the only crazy one out there! Okay, maybe, but still...
Any thoughts on this?