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Paraplegic invents Do-It-Yourself Handcycle combining a bycicle and a wheelchair

Shared by Patient Innovation on 2013-10-21 16:28

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“The concept or the idea are essentially two points: Use parts of an old bicycle and knock over the wheelchair to sit on the backrest (see sketch). (This let you to sit deeper.) A bit more concrete: Allow handcycling as “do it yourself” , “how to..” or open source, especially for wheelchair users without financial possibilities.
This requires a wheelchair and an old bicycle. At the bike you have to cut off, weld and screw to get a Frame.
This is screwed to the backwards knocked over wheelchair.
The end result should be a handcycle at almost no cost (apart from the old bike and the cost of labor)”, he explained on his website.
After getting an email from Kenya, Klaus had the idea to invent a wheelbarrow-wheelchair.
“I think that this wheelchair could fulfill more ore less all those points:
– low-cost (a wheelbarrow isn’t to expensive and if necessary second hand wheelbarrows could be used)
– off-road (the front wheel using the one of the wheelbarrow, the rear wheels (Try to get used ones, incl. the mounts) should be using mountainbike tires . The tube of wheelbarrows normally is very strong and made of steel, what makes it weldable!)
– for children (that is is the main point, as it is needed to know for whom it is, then you can bend the frame exactly for the needs)
– foldable (I thought attachable, if foldable is very important, I guess it is possible, but more expensive!)
We realized the “wheelbarrow-wheelchair” in Mexico. Build and tested for and by the 9-year old double amputee Charly, by a local welder, with standard tools (no high tech), with local material (more or less 50 Euro, except the rear wheelchair wheels). All organized, bought, build and tested in only three days”, the inventor noted.

Adapted from: http://santa66.net/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfON59QK19Q

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About the author

Klaus Rausch, born in Germany, is paraplegic. Klaus had the idea of creating a Do-It-Yourself Handcycle for the economically less fortuned wheelchair users in the world.

Comments (2)

  • Beatriz Tue, 02/11/2014 - 23:54

    It's good to know there are still people fighters. People who struggle to live with their difficulties. This is possible if we do not let ourselves be slaughtered. It was good to create a video to show people how they can overcome the problem.

  • Klaus Rausch Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:09

    Thank’s, but I think the real fighters are people like Noe, not living in a so called developed country!

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