HANDY:   Lee Riethmuller, with his handcycle,  is a   finalist in the Business Navigator's Pitch Challenge.
HANDY: Lee Riethmuller, with his handcycle, is a finalist in the Business Navigator's Pitch Challenge. Matt Ryan

Mountain bike to help those with physical limitations

A DALBY inventor is working to make the outdoors more accessible for people with physical limitations by enabling them to take up mountain biking.

Lee Riethmuller is one of nine finalists in the Business Navigator's Pitch Challenge 2018.

His creation, a kneeling-style adaptive mountain bike, would make Rocksy Handcycles the first production manufacturer of adaptive mountain bikes in Australia and flagship manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere.

"There's only two other bikes like mine in the world,” Mr Riethmuller said.

He began his project after returning to Dalby and becoming friends with someone who used a wheelchair.

"I thought if he had a wheelchair bike then we could go riding together.”

In August, Mr Riethmuller saw an ad for the Business Navigator's Pitch Challenge and decided to enter.

"I read about the competition and thought that was me and decided to give it a go,” he said.

Mr Riethmuller said while entering was a lengthy process, it was one he didn't regret.

"It's mainly encouragement to keep going and I use (the challenge) as a sounding board to bounce ideas off,” he said.

Residents are invited to the final on Thursday, November 29, at Chinchilla Cultural Centre. Tickets available at www.navigator westerndowns.com.au.


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