Quest has recently completed delivery of one of its most complex recumbent cycles to date – a specially adapted ICE Adventure STEPS to help a customer live an independently as possible.
The company, which specialises in adaptive cycling, and uses its ‘Q-tuned’ process to make cycling possible for those less able, created a modified ICE Adventure E6100 recumbent with a Shimano STEPS E-Assist system for Paul Fogarty from Telford, who was born with no arms and one leg.
Following an initial assessment, Quest started by breaking Paul’s needs into five key elements: pedalling, steering, braking, gearing and safety and after looking at various models they went for a modified which means Paul can either pedal himself or use the electric motor.
The gearing is automatic (Shimano Di2) with a manual override which is operated by buttons as Paul has sufficient sensitivity and dexterity to push these to select the gear mode.
In total, it took four consultations and several additional visits to bring everything to a conclusion.
Quest’s managing director Rob Henshaw said: “Covid restrictions certainly did not help and the pandemic has also meant that the cycle industry was suffering very long delays for components. The results are fantastic though, and to see what Paul is accomplishing now is just phenomenal. There has been a lot of experimentation and a lot of patience on Paul’s part, however, we all agreed that we had reduced the learning curve and will be able to use what we have learned to help others with similar needs.”
The ICE Adventure is available in two sizes and colours, the standard ‘Adventure’ and the ‘Adventure HD’ which sports a wider frame.
All trikes in the ICE Adventure range are built on an optimised ICE frame featuring Compact Flat Twist Fold, No Brake Steer, Rider Positioning System, and wide-range gearing. Most ICE Trikes models can now be fitted with the Shimano STEPS E-Assist System.