The Morphing Handcycle design is done, and we're building six units. This post uses a CAD model that is close, but not exact to what is being built. The first of the Morphs will be unveiled at the MassTCL unConference http://bit.ly/masstlc2011
on October 28. At the end of this post is a CAD model that you can view in 3d using Solidworks free eDrawings viewer.
The Morph in High Rider mode. This is a screenshot from an earlier design. The red tubular member on the top has been replaced by the milled aluminum part on the new design in the first picture.
(Wheels and seat back hidden) The adjustable lift system lets us handle almost any weight of rider and make them "weightless" so the Morph goes up and down in seconds with no effort. The dual gas shocks give us plenty of lifting power.
Loosen the four bolts that cinch the carriage (in light blue), and then turn lead screw (dark blue) to adjust the mechanical advantage of the gas shocks. Then re-tighten the carriage, and you're ready to ride.
The bolt with the blue dot turns the lead screw that moves the carriage to adjust the lift. We're confident it will work well and look great! (we tested the mechanism but not this specific design)
The Morph in Low Rider mode with a rider. This is the view that comes up from the CAD model below.
Here is the e-Drawings file for the SolidWorks model: You'll need the free e-Drawings Viewer (for Mac or PC)
Some tricks: you can click on a part of the bike and right-mouse click, the choose Hide, and it will be hidden for easier viewing of other parts.
The hide feature is handy.
Click the blue circular arrows to rotate. Click the green arrows to move from one view to the next.