The trike is a homemade piece of mobility equipment made from two bikes with a platform inbetween and a loading ramp. This allows someone that is disabled to experience the joys of cycling whilst still being in the wheelchair for maximum comfort with their favourite person doing the pedalling. If you happen to stop along the way at say a garden centre, then you still have the wheelchair with you for regular activities !
The West Midlands Panel was approached to see if there was a way to adapt a proprietary tricycle such that a teenage boy could use it in a safe and controlled way outdoors in a large local park. An add-on trailer was devised on which a parent could ride and control the speed at which their son could travel.
Clients feet would not stay on the pedals despite using pedals with toe clips. A heel support frame was made and attached to the pedal in the same manner as the toe clips. Client who has MS can now pedal away with out feet slipping from the pedals.
The client is small for his age (inside leg 190mm). A standard balance bicycle had been obtained by his parents and wheel sizes reduced from 200mm to 125mm diameter. The saddle was still too high (300mm) and this needed to be reduced a further 110mm. Additional mods were made to shorten the fork pillar, lower […]
The client is 4 years old, with mild hemiplegic cerebral palsy. He has been using a standard balance bike, and is not yet ready for pedals, but as he is quite tall for his age has nearly outgrown his current bike. The parents cannot find a larger balance bike for him. There is a range […]
The client is a stroke victim, who uses a set of exercise pedals to exercise his lower legs and ankles. His feet slide out of the pedals. He requires something to restrain his ankles from sliding off of the back of the pedals. The assembly was supplied with rubber ‘toe clips’ which were attached to […]
A playgroup needed a tricycle modifying so that a 4 year old could join in the play. A new padded seat was made from half a plastic bucket which was heat-moulded to shape. Body and foot restraints and a pommel completed the adaptation. The boy was able to be included in the group play with […]
Restricted growth meant that Leo could not reach the pedals on his tricycle. The saddle support was lowered by 40mm and moved forward, and a new backrest fitted. The steering column and forks were both shortened by 20mm, and a narrower crank was fabricated. Leo can now keep up with his sister on her bicycle! […]
Ronan is a 12 year old boy with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, as a result of which he is profoundly deaf, has learning difficulties and has only vestigial arms. His parents thought a cycle would be very good for him. A tricycle was designed and built to be adjustable to cater for his size as […]
Connor is a young child with extensive muscular dystrophy who was learning to develop limb movement. His parents had bought a tricycle system which incorporated seat belts and a push bar to help exercise and strengthen his leg muscles. However, due to coordination problems, he was unable to maintain his feet on the pedals. Over-sized […]
The client is a young boy with poor trunk control, which prevented him riding a bike. A frame of square tubing was made up, consisting of stabilisers, with padded back and side supports to fit around the boy’s waist. The assembly is clamped onto the bike frame just above the rear brake. The boy can […]
A 12- year old girl needs to wear a leg splint on her left leg. Wanting to cycle with friends, she was given a girl’s bicycle fitted with mocked up stabilisers. The stabilisers were ineffective and the girl’s foot would twist towards the frame and become entangled. Industrial roll casters were mounted to stabiliser brackets […]
This little girl had been unable ever to pedal a bicycle or tricycle. She had an electric powered bike but, as she had never been able to learn to ride a bicycle, stabilisers were required. Modifications to the throttle and brake controls were needed to suit the client’s small size. The stabilisers had to be […]
A young client was very keen to cycle but was unable to steer his trike as he is missing his left hand. The solution (which the engineer has patented) was to remove the handlebars and replace them with a small wheel which has a knob on the top, like an old fashioned steam roller, enabling […]
Three year old Isobel has Rett syndrome and has very limited muscle control. She had outgrown the tricycle she had been using and needed good support for her body while she tried to kick herself along with her feet. The shape of her body was copied using the Burnett system and a fibreglass seat was […]