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--- CUSTOM ADAPTATION --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with spastic quadriplegia and vision and intellectual disabilities to cycle for exercise. The basic structure of the three-wheeled cycle was created using the front half of a 12-inch bicycle and the back half of a 16-inch bicycle. The single back wheel was replaced with two wheels on an additional frame made of steel pipe. The seat was made from a full-size Namco plastic seat shell mounted to the new cycle frame. Pressing a small lever under the seat allows it to be rotated 45 degrees to either side and locked in place for transfer. The seat can also be adjusted backward to accommodate growth and plywood thoracic positioning fins positioned on the frame on either side of the seat swing away for access. Two padded vertical positioning plates were mounted in front of the seat to prevent the uer's knees from falling to the left. The left plate was fixed to the seat and rotates with it, but the right one is removable for transfers. To prevent the cycle from moving during transfers, two locks from hospital bed casters were fitted to the back of the frame, with one on each side. The locks can be flipped down to lock the wheels in place. The cycle has a fixed wheel so the pedals rotate when the cycle is towed using a tow bar fixed below the handlebars. The pedals have footcups with Velcro straps to hold the rider's feet in place. The rotating pedals thus provide significant passive exercise. Brakes mounted on the handlebars enable the user to have greater control should he develop the ability to do so. TITLE: Exercising Options. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 26, Number 4, January 2007: p. 16-17. PAGES: 3 (including cover).
Notes: The TAD Journal is available in the collection of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC).
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This product record was updated on December 26, 2007.
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Technical Aid to the Disabled (TAD)TADNSW is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
Locked Bag 2008
Wentworthville, New South Wales 2145
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