The Tomcat Tamara Trike is intended for hoist users, or those with balance, coordination and overweight problems.
It is the only special needs trike in the world designed for hoist users and the design allows for simple, quick and easy transfer.
It is easily transported and assembled thanks to the two piece frame system and can be reconfigured from tricycle to trailer in just a few seconds – hitch it to an adult bike and the whole family can enjoy a cycle together!
How it Works
A swivel saddle allows the hoist to approach from either side. When the rider is seated, the saddle swivels to the front and the backrest returns to its preset ride position. The whole operation takes just seconds, which significantly reduces time, stress and effort for rider and carers alike.
The Tamara design is light but very rigid, making if suitable for obese riders who find they sway uncomfortably on other tricycles. The backrest is removable which coupled with our signature “Quick-Release” frame system, makes the Tamara one of our most transportable trikes.
Needless to say – being a Tomcat – the Tamara is bespoke for the rider (or group) from the wheels up because they believe it is better to make your trike after we understand your difficulties and not before! Tomcat products are about you – not us!
- Virtually no manual handling required
- From hoist to riding in seconds
- Exceptionally stable with no sway on seat or backrest
- Wide swivel Seat and tilting backrest as standard
- Fully adjustable with ‘memory’ return feature
- Also suitable for obese riders
- ‘Three piece frame’ for easy transport in seconds
- All Tomcat features and support accessories are available
- Easily converted to a Trailer Trike when bought as a Trailer combination
- Carer Control
- Parent Brake
- Foot shoes
- Leg Supports
- All Tomcat Head, Trunk and Pelvic Support Systems
- Transfer step
- Swivvel saddle
“To see children who have never had the opportunity to ride independently, or even with assistance, realise a potential they or their parents could never have second guessed before was truly wonderful”
Carmen Fairclough (Occupational Therapist)
What makes Tomcat Special Needs Trikes different?
The unique features of Tomcat Special Needs Trikes set them apart from alternatives. These include;
- Two piece frame for ease of transport
- Carer Control™ allows Carer to steer or brake from behind user
- Tomcat developed this signature feature that is now industry standard worldwide. It is the Gold Standard against which all others are judged
- They can be converted to a Trailer-Trike™ easily (except the Tiger model)
- Hitch it to the back of a bike for a fun cycle ride!
- They are the lightest trikes on the market – just 14kg (without accessories)
- All Tomcat Trikes are custom built to suit the child or adult – including different gear ratios rather than off the shelf settings
- Option for a hoist accessible Special Needs Trike (The Tamara)
We offer free home assessments or visit our showroom in Edinburgh
See the full range of Tomcat Special Needs Trikes available in Scotland
A little about the inventor – Bob Griffin
Tomcat Special Needs Trikes founder, Bob Griffin, has been a lifelong professional engineer, with many years experience in manufacturing, marine engineering and innovation.
Bob and Tom soon became best friends and Bob looked for ways to help Tom sleep through increasing his exercise. At that time, trikes were considered unsuitable for children like Tom on safety and ability grounds, however Bob invented an entirely new kind of trike called a “Tomcat” which overcame the difficulties that were holding children like Tom back.
Its main feature was “Carer Control” – a rear steering and braking innovation that put the carer in control of every aspect of the child’s safety.
It became Tomcat signature invention, and the industry standard for special needs trike manufacturers worldwide, however, Tomcats patented system remains the gold standard by which all others are judged.
In 2013, Tomcat won the Queens award for Innovation for the 30 plus innovations that Tomcat developed for the disabled community.