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Can a Recumbent Trike make a difference?


Just showing the access I get with my trike.

Posted by Mark Grimsley on Saturday, 11 August 2018

Recumbent Trikes Provide Excellent Support for People with a Disability

Disability, or limited ability, should not prevent people from experiencing the joy of riding. In fact, the original reason we began exploring the world of recumbent trikes was due to Eric’s disability. Back and neck problems made it impossible for him to ride a two-wheeled bicycle.

Since getting into recumbent trikes, we’ve meet countless people and families with needs like ours – namely, to be able to:

  • safely get out and ride
  • experience the freedom cycling offers
  • enjoy exercising,
  • explore the great outdoors in comfort!

It has been our privilege meeting and helping these wonderful people to discover the world of recumbent cycling. For many, riding a two-wheeled bike wasn’t an option but they have thrived on being able to ride a recumbent trike.

Riding with a Disability/Limited Ability

Each of these people have come to us with their own story.

For example, some people have balance problems, weakness in a limb, autism, recovering from a stroke or knee replacements, visual impairment, etc.

Some have been young (7 yrs old) and others have been a little more experienced in life (90 yrs old).

Almost regardless of their abilities, each of these people had something in common. They all wanted the freedom to exercise or enjoy the pleasures of being outside.

Adjusting Recumbent Trikes To Suit Rider’s Needs

Sometimes, our journey with riders of different abilities has meant a bit of creativity and thinking outside the box.

Recumbent trikes have been adjusted to meet riders' needs with new supports (eg., calf supporting pedals), the addition of a small step, a different configuration of gears, 2 into 1 brake levers, rear wheel parking brake, addition of rider-assist-motors, extra supporting straps, creation of tag-along-recumbent for a visual impaired rider, etc.

Truly, it’s a contagious smile that affects everyone around them! We look forward to witnessing the ‘recumbent smile’ many more times to come. Thank You To Riders of All Abilities. One more thing ... we’d like to thank all of these people, and their carers, who are so inspirational!Rather than sit down and let life pass them on by, they’ve all decided to make the most of what they have! No wonder we get such a ‘kick’ out of fitting/adapting a recumbent trike for new riders! Now It’s Your Turn.

If you, a family member or friend, is unable to ride a bicycle due to a disability or limited ability, then it’s time to try a recumbent trike!We’re happy to talk with you to find how a recumbent trike can suit your needs. Feel free to contact us today.

Use your imagination and ask questions. Maybe something hasn't been done before but the imagination is a very powerful thing. Even if you can't think of the how, at least mention to someone what you would like to be able to do and get a couple of imaginations working together.