A new disability tricycle costing less than an eighth of the price of its competitors could enter the market after the prototype was picked up by the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer.
Part-time inventor Les McMahon came up with the bicycle sidecar for his 13-year-old neighbour, who has no independent mobility.
The trike features a sidecar fitted to a regular bicycle and could be set for production on a large scale after its inventor contacted Hero Cycles.
Hero’s Manchester-based company Insync has agreed to develop the finished product as its global design centre in the city.
According to the company, the trike will retail for £500 instead of the £5,000 some of its competitors charge.
Abhishek Pratap Singh, head of design at Insync, told The Bolton News: “Our design team is now working with Les to make his invention more mature and, if this is successful, we’d like to create a trike for the general market so that more families with children with special needs can benefit.”