Patent Granted for Innovative Steering.

Patent Certificate

We are proud to announce that Triple Tread® has been granted a patent for its innovative steering mechanism.

In an earlier blog dated December 2015. I wrote about our success winning an InnovateUK Innovation Voucher which enabled us to begin discussions with a patent attorney in order to submit our application. The patent attorney used our drawings and technical descriptions and wrote the application in the correct ‘legal patent speak’. This old blog date gives some indication as to the length of time taken for an application to pass the various rigorous submissions, searches, examinations, reports, responses and extra costs.

Now we can celebrate!

Trumpet Fanfare! Congratulations Triple Tread®

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The trumpets are playing at Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace competition. More about that later. Read on…

The Certificate of Grant of Patent gives engineering credibility to the technology and adds great value to the business. We hope this patent will help attract investors leading to the manufacture of Triple Tread®

Our patent overcomes a problem shared by all tadpole (two front wheel) trikes including recumbants. Basic geometry makes the cycle frame lean the wrong way, away from,  rather than into the corner when steering. To overcome this issue, the Triple Tread® team created a new geometric shape, we call TiltrahedronTM. Our patent protects our steering innovation and could be licensed by other trike brands.

As well as including a patented technology, our design is also UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) compliant for tricycle racing. UCI compliance means it can be used at elite para-sport level. We believe the ability to lean when cornering at speed, in a similar way to a two wheel bicycle, could provide a competitive ‘marginal gain’ advantage.

In December we were proud to take part at a special event with some very special competitors called Superheroes Winter Wonderwheels. The event was held at London 2012 Olympic venue Eton Dorney. The winter theme is the reason behind the Father Christmas hats. The mild weather meant the snow was false.

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The event was supported by a number of British Paralympic athletes. The image below shows Triple Tread® in action alongside Rio 2018 Para-athlete Gold medallist and UCI World record holder, Megan Giglia MBE.

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We will be bringing Triple Tread® back to Eton Dorney this summer with a team for the Superheroes Triathlon event.

Maintaining compliance with UCI regulations also means that Triple Tread® incorporates many standard bicycle components and is the correct size for most standard accessories. Following success in the regional/ on-tour rounds of Pitch@Palace 8.0, I took Triple Tread® on a standard car bike rack to St. James Palace for the final of Pitch@Palace.

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It was an honour to pitch at this prestigious venue. The Pitch@Palace platform has created a number of new prospects and connections in the Health and Life Sciences industry. We are busy exploring these opportunities and look forward to bring good news in a future post.

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Our Patent has been granted for the new tricycle for our modern age.

Are you interested in investing in this newly patented trike?

Please contact Mark

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Inclusive cycling opportunities for ALL

The Tour of Britain has been so special this year as stage 3 set off from our local village. To asked to be part of the welcome at the finish in Tatton Park was so exciting. Everyone showed great interest in TripleTread®.

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Being part of their own particular cycling club and being involved in a cycling spectacular meant a lot to everyone. That positive identity is so important to us all. Cyclist were genuinely impressed with the technology, engineering and the fact that TripleTread® trike has many cycle components that they could connect with and truly understood the cycling issues we have overcome.

Triple Tread® is a trike that could take away the stigma that a tricycle will not be cool to ride. One mum that I chatted with told me how her son with Cerebral Palsy wants to feel like he fits in with his mates. She thought Triple Tread would make him feel good about riding and joining in cycle activities. Others were excited that finally they would be able to share their passion for cycling with their ‘wobbly’ family members or friends. The message that inclusion matters to us as individuals shone through yesterday’s event.

Please support us and lets make an impact together to give more choice to cyclists so that inclusive exercise can be enjoyed by everybody.

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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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