Inventor riding his unique tricycle 250 miles to York

York Press: THREE-WHEELING: Simon Rigby and his tricycle on the last leg of his  250-mile journey THREE-WHEELING: Simon Rigby and his tricycle on the last leg of his 250-mile journey

An inventor is using pedal power to champion the cause of clean energy – by riding his unique tricycle 250 miles to York in the countdown to the Tour De France.

Simon Rigby knocked together the contraption at his home in Bath three years ago but is determined to get it to market using York cycling expertise.

His load-carrying tricycle has two wheels at the front instead of the back – and a unique suspension system to deal with bumpy roads.

Determined to show off his invention in York, he decided to ride it up to show it could be done without great levels of fitness.

Simon, 50, a graphic designer and arts events promoter, said: “I am not fit guy. I smoke and drink too much and I am middle aged. But this shows what a practical vehicle it is.”

He tips the scales at a modest eleven and a half stone. “But that’s only because I don’t eat enough. Coffee and fags is my ideal breakfast,” he added.

He set off from Bath on Saturday, carrying all he needs for the journey - a laptop, camping stove, tent, a change of clothes and other necessities - in the front basket.

Speaking on the final 70-mile leg to York, he added: “The journey has not been too bad. I did not imagine there would be so many hills though.

“It has been fun, although there were times when I wondered why I was doing it. I have been averaging 25 to 30 miles a day. The top speed is about the same as the average person’s bike.”

Simon, who was born and bred in Bath but whose father Bill lives in the Beverley area, added:

“I can carry a couple of adults or three or four kids. Kids go bananas when I do festivals. They love it. Previously, he used the machine, converted from a quad bike, for carrying logs - but tweaked the design to be more aerodynamic to cope with the wind resistance during the journey.

An advocate of green transport, he drove an electric milk float around the country a few years ago to show how clean energy is practical.

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9:22am Mon 12 May 14

pedalling paul says...

Wish I could tip the scales at 11.5 stones.....or metric equivalent!!
Wish I could tip the scales at 11.5 stones.....or metric equivalent!! pedalling paul
  • Score: 15

9:36am Mon 12 May 14

The OX says...

Fantastic for blocking York roads
Fantastic for blocking York roads The OX
  • Score: 27

10:52am Mon 12 May 14

BL2 says...

Does anyone else think it looks like a giant "male chicken"?
Does anyone else think it looks like a giant "male chicken"? BL2
  • Score: 5

11:10am Mon 12 May 14

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 1

3:58pm Mon 12 May 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Lol good on him but it looks very very home made.

He could have spruced it up a bit :-)
Lol good on him but it looks very very home made. He could have spruced it up a bit :-) TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -24

4:46pm Mon 12 May 14

york_chap says...

I see that's Victoria Bar in Bishophill he's riding through - how very apt. If he does 'get it to market' he could set up a dealership either there or in Fishergate - that's deepest, darkest Green Party territory. He'd be a millionaire within a year as the local streets would be grid-locked with the things; transporting tribes of kids in snazzy knitted hats to school, ferrying sacks of lentils from the wholefoods market and delivering music equipment to Arts Council grant-funded African drumming workshops etc.

(I sincerely hope the trike is speed-restricted to 20mph though, as any vehicle travelling above that speed is a disgustingly dangerous killing machine, or so I've been led to believe).
I see that's Victoria Bar in Bishophill he's riding through - how very apt. If he does 'get it to market' he could set up a dealership either there or in Fishergate - that's deepest, darkest Green Party territory. He'd be a millionaire within a year as the local streets would be grid-locked with the things; transporting tribes of kids in snazzy knitted hats to school, ferrying sacks of lentils from the wholefoods market and delivering music equipment to Arts Council grant-funded African drumming workshops etc. (I sincerely hope the trike is speed-restricted to 20mph though, as any vehicle travelling above that speed is a disgustingly dangerous killing machine, or so I've been led to believe). york_chap
  • Score: -23

5:36pm Mon 12 May 14

Caecilius says...

The OX wrote:
Fantastic for blocking York roads
Though not nearly as effectively as the cars gridlocking Fishergate and Fulford Road northbound this evening (and reducing southbound traffic on Fulford Road to a crawl but that happens every day).
[quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: Fantastic for blocking York roads[/p][/quote]Though not nearly as effectively as the cars gridlocking Fishergate and Fulford Road northbound this evening (and reducing southbound traffic on Fulford Road to a crawl but that happens every day). Caecilius
  • Score: 21

6:00pm Mon 12 May 14

york_chap says...

Caecilius wrote:
The OX wrote: Fantastic for blocking York roads
Though not nearly as effectively as the cars gridlocking Fishergate and Fulford Road northbound this evening (and reducing southbound traffic on Fulford Road to a crawl but that happens every day).
And nowhere near as effectively as the pointless Fishergate gyratory system and the inefficient traffic lights all along Fulford Road which caused said congestion.
[quote][p][bold]Caecilius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The OX[/bold] wrote: Fantastic for blocking York roads[/p][/quote]Though not nearly as effectively as the cars gridlocking Fishergate and Fulford Road northbound this evening (and reducing southbound traffic on Fulford Road to a crawl but that happens every day).[/p][/quote]And nowhere near as effectively as the pointless Fishergate gyratory system and the inefficient traffic lights all along Fulford Road which caused said congestion. york_chap
  • Score: -16

7:56pm Mon 12 May 14

roy_batty says...

I saw this bike at York station at dinner time today, did he set off from Bath a week last saturday? 250 miles in 2 days? yet it states 25 to 30 miles a day, come on York press..
I saw this bike at York station at dinner time today, did he set off from Bath a week last saturday? 250 miles in 2 days? yet it states 25 to 30 miles a day, come on York press.. roy_batty
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