I was walking in Dunkeld a few months ago with Andrew in his wheelchair… I am a keen mountain biker and spend a fair amount of time in Dunkeld, Scotland, I love the place and so it’s nice to be able to share it with Andrew, my son who has special needs – developmental delay, visual impairment and epilepsy. Adam Flint, who I know from Progression Bikes and the MTB community, rode past and stopped as he saw us struggling over the muddy, rooty trail. He suggested we trial the Mountain Trike.
We took it out for a spin and I was immediately impressed with the ease of negotiating roots, muddy bog and off camber trails. Unfortunately due to Andrews cognitive impairment he is unable to use the handles to propel himself and I found him constantly putting his hands on the wheels. Needless to say we were rather muddy when we returned!! but Adam mentioned the MT Push a buddy /attendant all terrain wheelchair which offered the same performance but the steering and braking took place using the push handle located behind the ride and also that mud guards should be able to be fitted.
This made it a no-brainer for me. With a love of the outdoors and the difficulties enjoying it with Andrew over the past 16 years…….I was so excited that this could potentially change our lives immeasurably.
Money was the only potential deal breaker! Luckily I had a brainwave! I set up a Crowdfunding Just Giving page and amazingly within a few weeks had raised the £3295 required for the MT Push ☺
Sooooo after a major debate over colour, we ordered the MT Push (lime green!) and it arrived just before Christmas as promised! We were out the following day and tackled rooty, muddy trails in Tentsmuir Forest, negotiated the dunes and across the sands of Kinshaldie Beach near St Andrews.
Hills will keep me fit but as my other son, Robert, studying Mech Eng at Strathclyde Uni, said, “it wants to go itself…..it’s so well designed”
Snow came a few days later and we have had a couple of lovely snowy walks in Dunkeld – while it was pouring with rain at home, we were enjoying a magical snowy walk in the Hermitage. I help with Adaptive skiing at Glenshee and Andrew joins us sometimes for a blast in a bi-ski – the MT Push will make accessing this so much easier through the deep powder / slush 😉
I can’t thank Tim, the inventor / designer and the team enough for such an amazing product and service. We will be out and about at every opportunity spreading the word, and in my role as an Amputee Physio, I will be promoting the MT for some of my patients!
Louise & Andrew Whitehead, December 2017