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'YouBike’ arrives on the rehab market ultra lightweight, stylish exerciser for the disabled community

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:26 PM

May we suggest those whom are wheelchair or bed-bound contact those who have invented this nifty ‘YouBike’ piece of rehab equipment
and see if you can trial it for them.

Maybe you ask ask for it as an "aid" as part of your Rehabilitation Plan.


YouBike™ is the world’s first cardiovascular exercise bike which has been specifically designed to be used on a bed. Being a multi purpose bike, it may also be floor mounted which can be used with or without a wheelchair to exercise the arms and legs. The hand cranks are connected to the foot cranks via a direct drive belt. This enables your arms to exercise your legs in a cyclic manner.

Originally designed for spinal cord injury patients the YouBike™ can also used to treat stroke patients, parkinson’s suffers, over-weight, elderly users and help with any bed bound recovery where arm/leg exercise is recommended. An ideal portable rehabilitation exerciser for physical therapists.

‘YouBike’ arrives on the rehab market The YouBike can easily be attached to a wheelchair

A New Zealand-developed bed and floor mountable exercise bike designed for cardiovascular exercise and rehabilitation is about to be globally unveiled at the RehaCare trade show.

Called ‘YouBike,’ the product is understood to be the first development of its type and is expected to be well received in the marketplace, says Venture Solutions’ Grant Marris.

“Primarily aimed at the paraplegic market, it willalso be useful for stroke sufferers, overweight people and the elderly,” says Mr Marris.

“Because of its lightweight construction (16kgs) it can be handled by one person and set up on a bed or on the floor. It can also be folded flat for easy storage under a bed or in a cupboard.

“This is definitely an international product, with a paraplegic market alone of more than 10 million people and the same sized market for stroke victims.”

Mr Marris says developing the YouBike has been a genuine team effort.

“Venture Solutions managed the project and also performed the marketing and sales roles - we designed the logos and supplied the vision of how we wanted the final product to look.

“The inventor, Clem Thorn, was consulted every step of the way, but he gave us 100 percent controlof the project.

“WelTec Connect’s involvement was to engineer the final product, as wellas using industrial design expertise to work out the final look and build the pre-production prototypes,” says Mr Marris.Venture Solutions’ Grant Marris sees the paraplegic market plus stroke victims being primary users of the YouBike

“As expected for a project which has entailed the design of a product from start to finish, there have been many ups and downs along the way.

“The biggest challenges arose in trying to get parts manufactured in New Zealand - we found it very difficult to have work completed here and within timelines required. Unfortunately this means the product will be manufactured offshore.

“Of course there were all the challenges of designing for looks but it also had to be able to be manufactured. We used high-definition renderings a lot to be able to get perspective and a feel for the look of the bike. Clem Thorn already built three different prototypes and we didn’t want to change the geometry of the bike, just the design and look – wanting something with a ‘wow factor’ – and we achieved this through many renderings and even a scaled 3D model,” says Mr Marris.

“The team is confident it has achieved everything that was targeted and has seen the ‘evolution’ a very good product for the international market.

“I would like to personally thank all the team at WelTec Connect. Without them this project would have never got this far so soon.

“This is a great collaboration, proving that you can launch a brand new product on the international stage in a very short time frame with the right people,” says Mr Marris.

Prior to the official unveiling at the RehaCare tradeshow in Dusseldorf, Germany on October 10, the YouBike will be unofficially ‘soft launched’ in New Zealand this month, with pre-sales available from that time.

For more information, contact
Penny Fairbrother, WelTec Connect
Email: [email protected]

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:35 PM


YouBike: Stylish Exerciser for the Disabled Community

05/08/2012Youbike Limited

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Stylish exerciser for the disabled Community

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: Here is the new ultra lightweight, stylish exerciser for the disabled community

Phillip Thorn
was left deaf, blind and paralyzed from the waist down after contracting Meningitis. Phil’s brother clem was amazed at the amount of time and effort that had to be spent by carers and staff at the ISIS center on basic physiotherapy, Clem looked at currently available equipment on the market to help his brothers rehab but nothing ticked all the boxes so the Youbike idea was formed. Two years later after hundreds of hours of development and research the YouBike has arrived.

Grant Marris
the MD of Youbike worked with Clem to bring together all aspects of the idea and bring it to a stage of being a commercial product.

Grant comments ‘ our aim was simple, develop a product that was lightweight to enable ease of use in a bed-mounted situation, accessible by wheelchair and simple to use. We also decided why not make the product look attractive too, so much of the current equipment available we thought looked too medical and somewhat condescending to the disabled community, just because you have a disability does not mean you have no style”

The YouBike was designed to answer a particular problem for bed bound patient’s who needed access to exercise equipment for the upper and lower body. The key design parameters were that the YouBike had to be easy to handle for patients and caregivers, this has resulted in a product that weighs less than 16kgs!

The worldwide launch of the Youbike will be at the REHACARE show in Dusseldorf 10-13th October 2012 stand no D28 Hall 3.

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