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Old 10-23-14, 07:39 PM   #1
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Adapted hand crank cycle, for a friend

Hey guys, this is my first post on this section of BF. Sorry if this get's asked a lot, I want to help a friend that doesn't have tons of money get an Adapted hand crank cycle bike. I don't know much about them, but I figure maybe only a few companies make them? Which means since they're less produced companies charge more or can ask for more money for them? He said he's looked at most of the bigger companies that make them and they're to much. A wheelchair hybrid would be awesome, he can't bend his legs a lot. I'm going to start researching now, but any advice on good prices or where to look I would appreciate a lot.

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Are you thinking of tri bike or regular 2 wheeler. I made my first tri the most difficult thing is the steering geo of it. After alot of time I watched ebay and bought a used hand cycle. Write back if you need more info.
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Hard to say over the picture-less internet , Here..
Hand cranked Tad pole trike , with the drive to a set of handlebar chest height cranks that are on the same side of the spindle
rather than Opposed like a Bicycle crank is a typical way of getting Mobility

so then the legs are just supported since if the legs would still turn cranks You wouldn't ask about hand cranks .

Author and Peace Activist S Brian Wilson has double amputee legs and that is what he uses for traveling under his own Power
S. Brian Willson I expect he can share improved Mobility info.

a welded up modified upright trike 1 of the 2 rear wheels driven .. or a cruz cycle like modification

where the front wheel is driven and both rear wheels just are there for support are build/ modify approaches.

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Take a look at the "Developing Country Model." You can build it yourself.

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If he has insurance, his doctor might be able to write a Rx for a handcycle.
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The Center for Appropriate Transport in Eugene had a handcyle, I think. It might be worth contacting them.
Center for Appropriate Transport 455 W 1st Ave. Eugene, OR 97401

This one just showed up on Craigslist locally.
Handcycle for disabled - $900 (Cottage grove)

Not cheap, but perhaps cheaper than hiring a full custom build. The rear wheels look odd, but I assume they are in a location that a wheel chair user would feel comfortable with.

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