A new patent-pending Trike, dubbed the Triple Tread, is now live on Crowdcube seeking s to raise £120,000 to bring to market a vehicle designed specifically to meet the needs of disabled or elderly riders. Designed in the UK by Mark Harrison, the project has been bootstrapped by its founders and taken three years of design, technical development and testing of several prototype models. The need to overcome a fundamental steering problem associated with all tadpole trikes (with two front wheels) has created “Tiltrahedron” steering; the basis of Triple Tread patent application.
Harrison, himself a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis, required a bicycle that would assist with his balance, but with the aim to retain some level of performance.
“Paralympian athletes along with their cool technologies were inspirational to us starting the Triple Tread project,” Harrison commented. “It wasn’t planned, but it seems appropriate timing as the 2016 Paralympic games and Tour of Britain begins that we should start our race for funding.”
On LinkedIn Harrison elaborated on Triple Tread’s Tour of Britain experience:
“The Tour of Britain has been so special this year as stage 3 set off from our local village. To asked to be part of the welcome at the finish in Tatton Park was so exciting. Everyone showed great interest in TripleTread. Being part of their own particular cycling club and being involved in a cycling spectacular meant a lot to everyone. That positive identity is so important to us all. Cyclist were genuinely impressed with the technology, engineering and the fact that TripleTread trike has many cycle components that they could connect with and truly understood the cycling issues we have overcome.”
According to the startup, the build has potential to accommodate and electric motor for those requiring assistance as the inclines steepen. Triple Tread expects to pair with Pacific Cycles to begin production in 2017 after a successful Crowdcube campaign.
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