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disabled cycling

Discussion in 'Adaptive and Disabled Cycling' started by steve52, 27 Mar 2011.

  1. steve52

    steve52 I'm back! Yippeee

    hi while browsing though the recumberants i cam across a wheel chair trike thing, and it inspired an idear, i would love to get one or two and offer a service to take disable chaps and chappess out on rides, So is this a cool idear or just another fantsy? if you like the idear , and fancy getting it of the ground with me say hi, I think i would need a people person to help beg and borrow to raise funds to buy em as there not far short of £5000 each ,anyway i think thats enough for now do let me know what u think though ta :hello:
     
  2. Tasker

    Tasker New Member

    Location:
    stoke on trent
    Hi, no it's not - a fantasy I mean, and yes it is a great idea.

    DON'T think this a cop out but I have no idea regarding fundraising, only being able to offer time and commitment to your worthy cause but I'm sure many others here will be able to offer pointers.
     
  3. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    Location:
    UK City of Culture
    Thers a scheme running in my local park that does something similar My link
     
  4. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    Several links for you1. Peter Eland's excellent Velovision has an excellent article on Disabled Cycling free to download2. Cycle Magic has a lot of experience in this fieldYou could also look at London Recumbents who have lots of options and advice
     
  5. Bigsharn

    Bigsharn Senior Member

    Location:
    York
    Recumbent handcycles can be bought for a fair whack off 5 grand, heck, two minutes of Google-Fu and I've found this:
    http://www.teamhybrid.co.uk/handcycles/manual-powered/cougar.htm

    Power assisted as well, and they have a few models <£1k

    If you do decide to give this a go, it might be worth shopping around a bit to find the cheapest ones with decent specs :tongue:
     
  6. steve52

    steve52 I'm back! Yippeee

    i rather ment ones for those unable to even use a hand cycle/trike, so would need an able partner
     
  7. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    As you are in Leicester, and the right side of Leicester too, if I remember my geography rightly, I'd suggest you get down to Cyclemagic, and talk to them. You could volunteer with them for a bit, get a feel for what you'd need to know and do. As they are already doing a similar sort of thing in yuor area, it makes sense to pool resources perhaps, rather than set up separately. They have everything from handcycles, to wheelchair cycles, to a rickshaw, so that anyone with any ability can enjoy the feeling of cycling.

    http://www.cyclemagic.org.uk/


    If you've got the bandwidth to watch a 16 minute film on Facebook, this tells you about what they do. And I'm in the intro, just look or the Foska bones jacket...


    View: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1497468829491
     
  8. steve52

    steve52 I'm back! Yippeee

    looks like its been done hear then, but i will get down and offer my assistance , as i have legs and loads of time thanks for the feed back guys
     
  9. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    I saw those sort of recumbent tandems, upright setup at back and recumbent type seat at front and thought they looked very nifty. If you're thinking of people that really can't provide any input then wouldn't some sort of modified cargo bike/trike be as applicable? I can see that for safety purposes it needs to be self supporting, it could even be something with a sort of docking ramp at the front to accept most wheelchairs. I don't know if weight would start to become too much of an issue though.

    Just thinking out loud really, I think the basic idea is marvelous.
     
  10. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    If you can think of it, it's probably been done!

    The Christiania S box, for example (scroll down to see it)

    http://www.christianiabikes.com/english/uk_main.htm

    Or there are set ups like the Duet, where a cycle back end bolts onto a wheel chair which can then be detatched for pushing as normal.

    http://www.londonrecumbents.co.uk/index.php?id=35

    The upright/recumbent tandem you're thinking off is the Hase Pino, and can be adpated for hand cranking.

    http://hasebikes.com/148-1-tandem-pino-allround.html

    Boss of mine had one of them for his son, who had Downs Syndrome - he would have his feet strapped to the pedals, and could pedal, but often didn't, leading to frenzied shouts of "Pedal Joseph!" when going uphill...

    Weight isn't a huge issue, unless you need to go up a lot of hills. A Maximus rickshaw happily carries two people, with a fit rider. Even I can shift a load trike with 100kgs or more of recycling on board, albeit slowly up any sort of gradient.
     
  11. This is a great Idea, I do know that the RNIB are looking for partners for blind or low vision riders why not give them a call and ask there advice.
     
  12. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    Wheels for Wellbeing ( http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/ ) also specialise in cycling access for the disabled. They're based in SE London but will almost definitely have links with fellow workers in Leics.
     
  13. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    Cyclops based in Newcastle upon Tyne do something similar. PM for contact details.