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"Trike Bike" Keeps 84-Year-Old Rolling
Thomas Parris likes to ride bikes but, at age 84, health problems made that difficult. Dizzy spills made him afraid to ride his regular bike, so he decided to make a new bike with added stability.
"I call it my Old Man's Tricycle," says Parris.
When he stopped by a local bike shop and told them what he wanted to do, they donated two old bikes to the cause. Parris cut the frame behind the steering posts and removed the handlebars on both. At the same time he removed the front wheel from his bike. He also removed the wedge from the handlebar connection to the frame so it "free wheeled."
"I bolted a piece of strap iron to all three bike front ends to hold one to either side of my original bike, which no longer has a front wheel," says Parris. "Then I attached a piece of conduit between my handlebars and the steering posts of the bikes to either side." The conduit acts like a tie rod, so when he turns his bike's handlebars, the two wheels turn.
"I need to exercise, and this lets me combine exercise with errands," says Parris. "It works fine."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Thomas Parris, 615 North C St., Arkansas City, Kansas 67005 (ph 620 442-6105).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1