Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Tricycle Constructor

The Tricycle Constructor

I saw this unique tricycle in Jordbro. It disappeared down a tunnel so I followed suit, and that's how I met with Rifat and his son Mehmet. Rifat is from Turkey, but has lived in Sweden since 1996. He has his own auto repair business in Jordbro and lives nearby. And he has designed this patented tricycle. It is called an Arda Bike. It's unique, as it is powered by both pedals and hand cranks. Rifat hopes to have ten bikes ready for sale later this year. If you want one, be ready to pay around 30 000 SEK. Mehmet told me that his dad used to drive him to kindergarten on the bike, but that he is too big to sit on the extra seat now. Rifat told me about another idea he had that sounded interesting. He would like to be the first person to travel between Stockholm and Istanbul on a tricycle. Sounds like fun! I was invited to visit his shop, and have a look at the construction of the bikes, so it's possible that you will see more of this tricycle in the future.

16 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

That is an interesting bike. I see them here on our bike pathway or bike trail. Some are two wheels and some are three wheels and some are also powered by feet and hands.

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Leif Hagen said...

Clever guy driving the bike and clever guy taking the photo! Unusual and fun tricycle! Wonder how long it would take to ride from Stockholm to Istanbul?!

Don and Krise said...

Let's hope he is successful in his business venture. Keep us posted.

brattcat said...

Great father/son photo. That bike looks like such fun!

Leeds in Yorkshire photography - Paul said...

This is a new type of bike to me, neat idea though.

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Vogon Poet said...

Very nice bike, please visit the workshop for us, I'm really curious.
Good luck to Rifat if he tries the trip, I think it's gonna be hard but probably he can do it.

John said...

You have to admire him for trying, but I'd hate to ride on in traffic. I like the way you get people in your shots, I'm not so successful at that.

Jacob said...

Must be a very creative gentleman with a number of skills. I like the concept. Good luck to him on his journey!

tapirgal said...

This is the first reclining bike/tricycle that ever looked comfortable to me. I think I could like it.

Lois said...

What an enterprising guy!

Per Stromsjo said...

Certainly original but I fail to see what the advantage would be. (Except of course being original. Maybe that's it.) Anyhow, one never knows where bold inventions will take us so here's to enterprising people.

Steffe said...

One advantage will be that every bike will be designed after the buyers wishes and that disabled people will be able to use it. Not sure how long that would take Leif, It's a long ride more than 2000 kilometres. Rifat told me that there are no Swedish tricycles and that he was hoping create a market and deliver a quality bike to a much better price than you would have to pay for an imported bike.

Per Stromsjo said...

If it opens new possibilities for disabled people, that'd be great.

Tinsie said...

Stockholm-Istanbul on anything other than a train or plane doesn't sound like fun to me... but hey, each to their own!

Joan said...

Fun picture! The bike doesn't look very comfortable to me. I've seen a few similar ones around.

Lester @ Adult Tricycle said...

This trike is full of awesomeness. I'm totally impressed! Recumbent trike is always my favorite.