I've been following the Tour de France since the Prologue on July 7th. To my surprise, my first life partner Lisa Brewer, who has shown only a passing interest in cycling previously, is suddenly interested enough to have picked a personal favorite in the Tour de France overall classification: Alexandre Vinokourov ;)
Anyway, Lisa seems to have caught some cycling fever. She's actually shown some interest in riding with me lately. I checked into it and there's no way I can afford to get her a hand cycle (those things run in the thousands), but I should be able to afford to get a trailer for her. ;) The thing is, though, I need to find a suitable trailer fast because I'd like to have it in time to get it as an anniversary gift, and our anniversary is August 17th. ;)
Does anyone know where I can get a bicycle trailer suitable for an adult handicapped person? I'm specifically looking for the following features ("essential" features I must have... "optional" features would be ideal, but not essential).
minimum 115 lb weight capacity
harness (five point if possible)
push bar (so it can double as a wheelchair at a destination)
quick release wheels (ease of flat repair)
standard wheel size*
forward sitting position
foldability for storage
incontinence resistant covers
That last one in the "essential" list is an important consideration. Lisa's wheelchair has 22" wheels which, I have discovered, are not a standard bicycle wheel size. It's extremely difficult to find tires for this thing and totally impossible to find high end tires for it. Low end tires are fine for a wheelchair that'll be traveling no faster than 7 km/h on average, but for a trailer being pulled at 25+ km/h, good tires are essential.
Standard wheel sizes for which a wide variety of tires are available are 20", 24", 26" and 700c.
I need to find information on this ASAP so I want to spread the word as far as I can as fast as I can. If anyone knows anything that might help me here, it would be greatly appreciated! :)