Monday, January 30, 2012

Handcycle and trailer in California

"Hello. My name is Arvin Gee from Elk Grove, CA. Here is my handcycle and trailer. Took a few days to build. Has 24" front wheel and 20" rear wheels.

I have also built some recumbent trikes. Will send some pictures later. Hope to build more recumbents."

Our own Ucan2 handcycle

The Ucan2 handcycle takes a different approach to the arm powered trike with a cool looking, rugged and nimble machine that looks more like a freestyle BMX bike, rather than a special needs trike. Built simple and lightweight with the younger rider in mind, the Ucan2 is easy to maneuver, yet tough enough to take to the skate park or off-road into territory only a kid would dare to conquer. There are no machined parts or expensive custom bicycle components, just a few BMX parts and some steel tubing, so anyone with a welder and grinder can build the Ucan2 in a few days for very minimal cost.

We built this trike for a local children's center that provides programs and services for special needs kids and youth.

The plans are very easy to follow, and modifications can be made along the way to suit your building style, or any special needs you may have to accommodate for the intended pilot. Leg straps are easily installed on the foot pegs, and an alternate seat with a full back and seat belt are also shown in the plans. The Ucan2 is highly adjustable for riders of various ages or heights, and advice is given along the way so you can create a much larger or smaller handcycle if you choose. Parents and caregivers will appreciate the light weight and size of the Ucan2, especially if it is to be carried up stairs, in and out of vehicles and through doorways.

Handling and acceleration are great once you get the hang of using your upper body for motive power, as well as steering. And the upper body workout is amazing! The Ucan2 uses a simple single speed coaster brake hub, so there is no need for hard to reach shifters or awkwardly positioned brake levers, just pedal forward to accelerate, and pedal backwards to slow down. The Ucan2 stops on a dime, moves as fast as any kid's bicycle, and can easily carry a friend on the back.

Take a look at our Builder's Gallery to see other handcycle examples, including many creative modifications to the plan. Our international builders community ranges from students to retired engineers, but they all have one thing in common - the desire to build their own stuff!