The trike was built towards the end of 2016 for my friend Lewis who wanted to experience cycling but needed some help. Lewis is disabled and is only comfortable in his custon wheelchair so that meant that we needed something that could carry him complete in his wheelchair.
I set about sketching an idea for a platform suspended between two cycles and the trike was born. It took nearly three months to make and for anyone that is reasonable at DIY that wants to have a go at making one if you google Les McMahon Trike you can scroll to a video tutorial that I did for Budget101 explaining how in easy to follow steps. The trike was a huge success and gives Lewis the chance to enjoy cycling with his family whenever he feels the urge. Not only was it a big hit with Lewis but also racked up a large number of views on social media and as a result I sent plans all over the world to help people build.
From that moment I realised that there was huge demand for something cheap and cheerful that allowed anyone in a wheelchair to have the chance of joining friends and family on what most of us take for granted , namely a bike ride. Before long Bolton University were interested in the concept and it soon formed part of the engineering degree coursework by way of an academic teaching module.
It was at this point that I approached Roy Gibbins at the Bolton branch of Remap thinking that he may be able to help me to get it into manufacture for people to enjoy. Then fate stepped in with Roy quickly turning the tables and now I volunteer for Remap and have almost completed my second job !
That was not to be the end of the trike though and it has since been picked up by Hero Cycles using their newly aquired Insync Bikes to make them available worldwide hopefully at around £500.
So in a roundabout way the trike was my CV for the Remap job !
A big thankyou to all who have helped the trike along its journey but especially Lewis and the largest cycle manufacturer in the world – Hero Cycles.
To check for updates , images and videos just Google Les McMahon trike.
Facebook – Les McMahon (the one working at Mears !)