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Handcycles of the 2013 Para-cycling Open

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  1. Bryan Willman June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Mr. Zanardi is actually more famous for his exploits in CART (Indycar) racing than F1. The two types of cars “look similar” but are actually quite different.

    As for the trike design – I’m baffled at what could be a source of serious controversy, especially given that the various classes allow for a variety of body positions. It seems that some of the rules are designed to require that everybody in the class must confront materially equal physical obstructions – but it would *appear* that other riders in the class (at least in the pix) could use a Zanardi style machine? [Is there some issue where it doesn’t work if you have shins because they make you too tall????]

    It is *always great* to see new things being tried and technology developed in useful ways – I see people using hand powered wheel chairs and cycles around my area now (albeit small sample) and hope this is a sign of progress.

  2. anglophony June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    I’m finding these of interest since I got tagged by a car three months ago ( coming out with a broken ball joint in the shoulder ), obviuosly , I have therapy in mind to rebuild my upper body , ( and loose the lower penalty weight )

  3. Nick F. June 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    A few years ago I met a guy who rode one of these, despite having fully functioning legs – he just liked getting around Manhattan while getting an upper body workout. It was really fun to take for a spin. I guess once the design and interaction is perfected enough, it doesn’t matter all that much which muscles you’re using to propel yourself, since you can reach the max watt output of the human body in a variety of ways.

    An amazing application of handcycles could be fully enclosed versions that competed in HPV races. Since many of those use non-traditional drivetrains anyway in order to maximize aerodynamic efficiency, I wonder if these elite athletes could win against an open field of competitors.

  4. logan June 7, 2013 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    I love seeing the bikes that para-athletes use. They all solve specific design problems, sometimes in very sophisticated ways, and actually function in the real world.

    It would be great if design students worked on that kind of issue instead of doing fancy renderings of solutions to problems that don’t exist.

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