It all comes down to comfort and safetyThe LEPUS was designed for comfort, which includes remarkably easy mounting and dismounting. Just sit down on the seat from the side, then lift one leg over the front boom – which is nice and low, thanks to the small front wheel – and you’re ready to ride.
The new independent rear-wheel suspension provides even more comfort on bumpy roads. Which also increases safety. And the more comfortable you feel on your LEPUS, the more you will appreciate the freedom of independent mobility on three wheels.
The mobility pack for on-the-goPack up and go – unpack and ride off. The new LEPUS frame is even easier to fold. Just open the two quick-release levers to release the seatback and fold the seat forward. Then open the additional quick-release under the seat, pull the cord, and the whole rear portion of the trike folds down and forward. The “LEPUS pack” is only about 3’3” (1 m) long with the front wheel and fits into almost any compact car.
The concept for relaxed mobilityThe seat height, adjustable from 22½ to 25 inches (57–63 cm), gives you an excellent view of traffic, and the new, rear-suspension frame guarantees maximum stability, safety, and comfort for a relaxed, intuitive ride.
And cargo transport has never been so easy. The multifunctional ROLLER BAG (optional accessory) is now compatible with the LEPUS, giving the trike a 50- or 100-liter “trunk” that can be detached and pulled behind you like a rolling hand basket when shopping.
“Standing all day in the operating room – that was never difficult at all!” The 67-year-old told us about his former profession when we visited him in the community of Nauheim in southern Hesse, Germany. “But all the paperwork…!”
Alfred Lang’s accent is befitting of his Bavarian roots. To be exact: he comes from the Allgäu region and lived in Munich for many years. His Bavarian identity is no trivial matter for him: “I guess I do have a bit of healthy patriotism,” he grinned. And he even, in some ways, fits the stereotype of a “real” Bavarian: in spite of his calm demeanor, he is enterprising, energetic, and a little unconventional.
The medical doctor no longer has his legs. “Terror attack!” is sometimes his spontaneous answer when asked about the reason. “Or sometimes I also say ‘car accident’,” he explained with a mischievous grin during our visit. Then he revealed the “mundane” truth: he lived with undiagnosed diabetes for many years.
There are certain people that Lang holds in particularly high regard: “my prosthetics maker, my physical therapist, and the people at HASE BIKES. They gave me the strength,” he explained, his expression now completely serious. “In the beginning it was almost impossible to walk. After I was somewhat mobile again, I had to take the car everywhere I went. That was no fun – and I wasn’t getting any exercise either,” he said.
Later, over a bowl of Bavarian sausages, he told us what made him choose the LEPUS. “With the saddle-trikes, you have to turn corners very slowly – they tip over if you ride any faster than two miles an hour! The LEPUS’s road-holding is super!”
The medical supply shop had only offered him upright trikes. Then, at the HASE BIKES dealer Fahrrad Claus in Trebur, he finally found what he was looking for. The Bavarian was immediately impressed with the road performance of the trike – and even used the word “awesome!” to describe the experience, “although that’s actually not in my vocabulary.”
He was also taken with the staff of the bike shop: “The shop assistant just grabbed a wrench, and in no time at all, she had adjusted these special pedals to fit my feet and legs perfectly. I really appreciate hands-on people like that. People who don’t just say, ‘Sorry, you’ll have to come back later.’ A woman who really knows her stuff,” he added as if still in awe.
Lang has been riding his LEPUS practically on a daily basis for more than three years now. His trike is equipped with electric assist. The sensor-controlled e-motor amplifies his leg strength – so that, when he pedals, he can accelerate and climb hills just as fast, or even faster, than a rider with healthy legs.
Shopping, leisure activities, visiting friends, and his favorite route around the nearby Hegbachsee lake – his LEPUS takes him everywhere. “And to think that, in the past, cycling was never really a big part of my life,” said Lang, almost apologetically. “But with the trike, I can stop anywhere I like, relax in the recumbent seat, and enjoy my pipe!”
Later, at the lake, we asked him whether the trike had given him back a measure of freedom. “No,” he replied, in his characteristically deadpan humor. “It’s given me that threefold!”