Who is Walter?
Dixmude, Belgium, lives Walter Deklerck. He is retired, but keeps
designing and building 'bicycles', most of which are trikes. Walter
himself rides a tricycle as a result of a balance problem due to being
deaf. He built his first trike when he was in his early fourties. He was
working in a milkfactory when a co-worker told him about a tricycle he
had seen in his neighbourhood. Walter placed an advertisement in the
local paper to come in contact with the trike-owner and then made
a copy the trike, using nothing but scrap metal. After testriding it for
a while, he built a second tricycle, using proper bike materials. Walter
was then bitten by the trike-virus, and at the age of 46 he went to
night school, to become a 'true' bicycle mechanic. He kept on working in
the milkfactory, but opened a small cycle business during the evening
hours. Besides tricycles, he also designes and builds tandems, surreys
and even circus bikes for a local clown.
If you'd like to get in touch with Walter, please use my contact
form: I will forward your message after translating it for him, since
he's not fluent in English.