It wasn’t that long ago that sports technologies for wheelchair users — from handcycles to sit-skis — were cobbled together in the garages of individuals. In more recent years, larger wheelchair manufacturers entered the market, increasing consumer access to sports-related mobility products. However, the cutting edge still remains with entrepreneurial manufacturers who push adaptive sports equipment to the next level, where innovation truly meets recreation.
Lasher Sport, a premier custom ultralight wheelchair maker, recently launched arguably the most high-tech handcycle ever built. Made from magnesium frame tubing — which is 65 percent lighter than titanium, and as strong as 6061-T6 aluminum — Lasher’s Handcycle Elite aims at being more efficient to propel. Weighing 28 pounds (lighter than many two-wheelers), the Handcycle Elite features top-of-the-line construction and components throughout, from a carbon fiber seat to all Shimano running gear to Spinergy wheels.
Lasher’s Handcycle Elite transitions from a road racer to an indoor trainer within five minutes. The Handcycle Elite computer interfaces with the RacerMate computer trainer, where, by using the cycle on rollers, a computerized system, including a visual screen, simulates varying road conditions. Plus, RacerMate technology allows the user to trace an actual road ride with GPS, then load it into the indoor trainer, allowing the simulated cycling of one’s courses in the comfort and safety of, say, one’s living room.
The Lasher Sport Handcycle Elite isn’t cheap — starting at $8,495 — but for hardcore handcyclists, it offers nothing short o