The Disabled Coffee

Standard Coffee

Most people will be able to buy a standard cup of coffee in a local coffee shop or café for £1 to £2.

 

Highstreet Coffee

You will also be able to buy the same type of coffee from a highstreet coffee shop or you could also buy something similar from a pub or restaurant. This coffee is available in many different styles and sizes and might cost typically about £3 – £5. The coffee can be enjoyed with family, friends and colleagues in a social or business environment. Imagine a situation where as someone disabled, becoming less able or a bit wobbly you are unable to enjoy a highstreet coffee safely without burning yourself or others. The only option is to buy a disabled coffee.

 

Disabled Coffee

This cup of coffee is made especially for the disabled. It has limited choice and is available only in special disabled coffee shops. It costs approximately £15 and is only served in a small selection of UGLY cups. Like many products for the disabled market; the cup is strong and heavy, its design is functional but looks grey, dull and boring. The disabled coffee is available as a takeaway so you could drink it with your family and friends where it would most likely be accommodated but your ugly cup will stand out from everyone else’s. £15 is clearly a lot of money but it’s a ‘NECESSARY purchase’. Non-disabled people think the price is OK but probably wouldn’t want to be seen using the ugly cup themselves. Special purchase solutions are available such as grants. Manufacturing costs, costs of ingredients, profit, margin and sales volumes of the disabled coffee help justify the £15 price tag for the shop owner. It must be noted that there are a small number of exceptionally well designed disabled coffee cups but these have an even higher price.

 

SupercoffeeConfident (to pour) and Cool!

It would be served in a special stylish and cool looking cup; a cup which is desirable to everyone and available everywhere. It has a premium price but still below £10 and is a ‘LIFESTYLE purchase’. It’s availability in the highstreet coffee shop and it’s desirability might mean that a mixed group of people may all choose to buy Supercoffee.

 

We want Triple Tread® trike to be the Supertrike – confident (to ride) and cool! Aesthetics is as important as function in our design philosophy. We are close to finalising our design and producing an innovative dynamic looking trike that offers the rider a new option to exercise inclusively. I’d like to see the trike available to purchase alongside standard bicycles and not look out of place. We believe that someone concerned about their strength and balance who is exploring potential solutions to maintain and improve their health and mobility might prefer to look in general cycle sale channels rather than from a disability store. We are all aging and need to keep active. We are exploring all investment options to enable production and achieve an availability price-point for all. We expect to enter the CrowdCube platform in September which will help fund our first production run.

Please share our posts and watch this space for more updates.

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Time to innovate

I have found starting a business to have many parallels to living with Multiple Sclerosis.  They both have many challenges and balancing issues.  Each step has to be taken carefully so not to make a mistake, trip up or fall before reaching a goal.  Steps are easier to take with the help of family, friends and a supportive network.  Time is precious and I am conscious that it must be used as productively as possible.

We needed to take time to solve a problem shared by all tadpole trikes including the recumbent style.  Geometry makes the frame lean the wrong way or away from the corner when turning.  This creates a strange and unusual sensation and could be unsafe for riders of upright trikes. I’m proud to announce WE’VE SOLVED THE PROBLEM! and have been investigating a patent application.

It has taken a long time building a new network of suppliers and partners, learning which businesses can deliver and building trust with quality manufacturers. UK fabrication and prototype development has taken a long time and created long delays.

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We have spent this time exploring a number of funding competitions and other awards to aid our development costs.  They offer a great opportunity to raise the issues of Multiple Sclerosis, present the Triple Tread trike and share our story.  Success in the competitions would mean stellar acceleration of the business, new employment, faster product development and manufacture and would mean we could bring the trike to market sooner.

Many competitions are launched by government agencies to encourage entrepreneurship, partnerships and growth with the ultimate aim of generating tax revenue. The competitions all have themes, strict criteria rules and include a complex application process.  The time taken between submitting an application and receiving a response can seem forever.

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I was very pleased to find that the Innovation Voucher scheme run by Innovate UK was perfect for innovative start-ups such as ours. The competition landing page features an image which looked to me like a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  I am delighted we were successful but unfortunately there was no shiny coupon.  The Innovation Voucher award has enabled us to engage with a patent attorney to assist our patent application for our innovative steering and tilting system.  We’re calling this new geometry TiltrahedronTM.  It’s great to think we have created a new patentable technology in an industry that first started 150 years ago.

The strict timeline to be followed when submitting a patent application has meant we could not publish any new images or share information on our website but nothing is stopping us now!

Keep an eye on our website for updates, pictures and videos.

The Triple Tread team wish you a very happy and safe Christmas.

Thank you to all our friends and followers for your help, support and encouragement during 2015.

We look forward to 2016 – The Year of the Triple Tread TRIKE!

 

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Reflection – MS Life 2014

Reflection – MS Life 2014

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The public response to the Triple Tread was extremely positive and many people got involved in our market research. It was a joy to watch the immense pleasure that riding the trike gave to people. Their comments included: “I have not been on a bike for so many years – it feels great!” “I have never been able to ride a bike but I can do this – when can I buy one?” “I love the look of it – It’s like a real bike not a boring tricycle.” Friends and family were taking photos of their loved ones riding the trike. They were so happy for them and their achievements and it became obvious to us how overwhelming it was for those that had not been able to ride a bike since their MS symptoms had denied them this pleasure.

We had hoped that people would appreciate a different form of trike, but we certainly didn’t anticipate such an emotional response. It was a proud moment for Mark especially to share his journey with fellow MSers and to also share in their excitement about the Triple Tread coming to market. It was special to be able to meet and chat with our supporters that have been following us on twitter and facebook and we are very grateful to them.

The atmosphere at the MS Life show was welcoming, warm and inviting. People were able to sit and chat about their experiences with us at our stand. We enjoyed sharing information about the trike with everybody and meeting others with the same needs to be as independent as they can be. People of all ages were keen to have a go from 7 to 70 years young! We made connections with people from around the world, from Ireland to Dubai! They were keen to help us promote this product far and wide.

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Spring has sprung and the Triple Tread Trike is born!

The idea to design the Triple Tread was born out of a personal need for a cycle that could help the inventor travel longer distances without having to rely on a carer, a motor car or a wheelchair. Mark’s M.S. symptoms are affecting his walking ability and balance. He has pushed the boundaries to enable himself and thousands of others around the world to own a new type of tricycle that is unique to the mobility market. No worries of tipping over when mounting kerbs etc. as the TTTrike will manoeuvre over terrain using its specialist steering mechanisms.

The Triple Tread is at prototype stage at the moment. Pictures and film footage will be available on this site as soon as I.P. is fully registered in the next few weeks. Market research will take place at MS Life at Manchester Central (GMex) on 26th & 27th April 2014 when we look forward to sharing our new trike with the public. It will be an exciting opportunity for the inventor to meet with others like himself with the need for new mobility solutions. Mark will be in the active zone at the show and looks forward to listening to your ideas and opinions.

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