Red River College mechanical engineer designs handlebar adaptation for Canadian paralympian

Red River College

Red River College mechanical engineer designs a handlebar adaptation for Canadian competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

from CBC:

“When Chantal Givens raced Sunday at the Paralympic Games, she had a piece of Winnipeg along for the ride.

The three-time Canadian paratriathlon champion, who competed in the sport’s Paralympic debut in Rio, was born missing her left hand.

In an effort to aid her grip on the handlebars of her bicycle, she turned to Leon Fainstein, a mechanical engineer at Red River College.

Using a 3D printer, Fainstein designed an adaptation to the handlebar that allows Givens to grip it differently so she can stand up on pedals or move into an aerodynamic crouch with ease. It also provides more control when going downhill, Fainstein said.

While he worked out the final design, Givens trained with prototypes and qualified for the Games with one of those models.”

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