Being wheelchair bound shouldn’t preclude anyone from enjoying the great outdoors. The Mountain Trike Company manufactures a unique, custom built wheelchair designed to tackle woodland, mountain bike tracks, beaches, nature trails, and hills. It’s lightweight yet rugged enough that it can be taken pretty much anywhere your adventure awaits. The Mountain Trike gives wheelchair users greater freedom and independence than a typical manual wheelchair.
What makes this all terrain wheelchair special is how it’s made and some features are customizable. It has been designed around mountain bike technology incorporating a one-of-a-kind control and drive system. As the trike name implies, this wheelchair has three wheels; the back wheel is where the steering takes place and the rider can opt for left or right handed steering. The lever drive system allows the rider to not have to propel the chair using the wheels. There is a choice of a dual brake system that operates both brakes at the same time and can be mounted on either the left or right, or for advanced riders, they can choose independent brakes. The frame is adjustable, the foot rest can be raised or lowered, and the seat can be moved forwards or backwards allowing for maximum fit.
Even though the Mountain Trike was designed for an adult size, children can experience what the Trike has to offer as long as their arm length is able to reach the drive levers and they are able to maneuver a normal wheelchair. The Trike can grow with a young rider because of the adjustability. The Mountain Trike weighs approximately 44 lbs, folds up into a cube, and fits into the back of most cars.
The Mountain Trike Company is a UK based business. The concept was invented by Tim Morgan who is a mountain biker. He wanted to share his love of the great outdoors by designing a wheelchair to allow riders to do the same. They ship all over the world including the US. The cost of the Trike in the US is about $6,040, depending on the going exchange rate at the time of order confirmation. The price includes a complete Trike in a custom color with a three year warranty, owner’s manual, a pump for shock absorbers, and some essential tools.
It is simple to learn to ride a Trike; however, the company does advise of a learning curve and it can take some practice to perfect. Once a rider masters the maneuverability of the Trike, a whole new world of outdoor activities is waiting to be explored that conventional wheelchairs just can’t offer.