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06 May 2009 @ 05:00 pm
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I know someone who wants a trike- he is someone who has had a stroke and has some problems on his left side with foot drop and control, and can't open his hand but can move his shoulder and lift his left arm. he walks and drives... we're just looking to possibly adapt a trike for him.

any suggestions or adaptations possible or can you suggest a model he could use?
 
 
 
Violet Tigress: darksideviolet_tigress1 on May 6th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
These are awfully expensive & it doesn't show a lot, but it can give you an idea of what's possible http://haverich.com/
freedem on May 8th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Disability trike?
You can get lock in pedals that keep your foot on the pedal till you deliberately remove it. These are available for any pedal but are especially popular with tadpole folk as getting your leg caught under a moving trike could be very painful (they refer to it as leg suck).

A good pair of pedals and matching shoes can be $200 but you can pull the pedal as well as push so you can have the good leg do all the work if necessary.

The Catrike Villager has a higher more upright seat (compared to the other Catrikes) and only the rear set of gears so could be shifted with the good hand a steer one handed ok.

The Sun EZ sits higher and is much cheaper, but is also heavier and not as stable at speed. Both Catrike and Sun are easier than an upright IMHO particularly with disability problems.

The very best thing is to find as many types as possible and test ride them.
Violet Tigress: corsetviolet_tigress1 on June 4th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
You can also attach straps to the pedals. No special shoes necessary.