custom built recumbent bike

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custom built recumbent bike

Postby reneelouise » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:33 pm

I have some questions.
I am aiming to have a recumbent bicycle custom built or buy one and adapt it to suit the needs of my 9 year old son who was born without arms. I really don't know much about how the recumbent bike.
My questions are,

which is better custom built or adapt a recumbent?

braking?

steering? as he does not have much upper body weight.

Are there any Australian safety standards required if the recumbent is custom built or modified? i.e engineers certificate.

If a recumbent bicycle was to be custom built. What is the best material to make it? i.e chromoly.
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Re: custom built recumbent bike

Postby Baalzamon » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:35 am

There is a discussion going on at BROL about a patent for a self balancing bike and in that discussion this question also came up and thishttp://www.fastfwd.nl/index.php?id=32 was the suggestion. Might be an idea to have a chat to them about the YEPP
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Re: custom built recumbent bike

Postby gururug » Sun Oct 07, 2012 1:02 pm

If your in sydney, i think there is a recumbent guy down on lower wattle street somewhere. Might be worth a call.
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Re: custom built recumbent bike

Postby find_bruce » Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:25 pm

I would suggest contacting Technical Aid to the Disabled http://www.tadnsw.org.au/ .

They specialise in building bikes for kids with a disability & should be able to come up with something suitable.
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Re: custom built recumbent bike

Postby Joeblake » Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:36 pm

Found this piccy on the 'net.

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Reminded me that Greenspeed in Melbourne make the Anura tricycle.

http://www.greenspeed.com.au/anura_main.html

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Perhaps they could be approached to make one suitable for your son, and make it adjustable so it can grow with him.

Even get this set up so you can ride with him.

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