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Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:11 pm

The term "adaptive" refers to anything that can be made to serve someone with disabilities. We have adaptive kayaks and adaptive cars. Well, it's no surprise (or shouldn't be) that kids with physical disabilities still want to ride bikes (adults too!).

Our oldest grandson has a relatively mild form of cerebral palsy. He can walk and run but not gracefully. And his balance is not good enough to let him ride a regular bicycle at his age (5). Yesterday he went 5 miles on a "trailer" bike with pedals actually helping his mom pedal. He wants to ride a regular bike but right now it's not a viable option.

So we've been looking for a suitable "adaptive" bicycle for him.

This one is being used successfully by one family with a kid who wants to ride. It's a trike but set up for kids who have problems pedaling. Unfortunately, we suspect that our grandson would fall off the saddle.

http://dingdingletsride.com/the-coolest ... rike-ever/

But if you have a kid with some physical problems it might be right for you.

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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:15 pm

The bike trailer our oldest grandson uses now is this one: http://rideweehoo.com/

It allows him to actually contribute to the riding effort by pedaling but he doesn't *have* to pedal. In this case, however, he actually likes pedaling and contributing. His younger sibling, however.... not so much. LOL

I can recommend this bike trailer for anyone with a kid. They don't have to have a physical problem to use it effectively. But it is remarkably safe as the child is pretty well secured in the seat with little fear of falling off.

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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:39 pm

Now that our oldest grandson has asked for a bicycle of his own, despite having some physical problems due to cerebral palsy issues, we are looking for something equivalent to the Weehoo bike trailer but is its own separate bike.

Because of his balance issues we're pretty much limited to a recumbant tricycle design rather than a bicycle. Since the trails they ride are pretty flat the extra weight probably won't be that much of an issue after he gets used to the effort required to pedal all by himself.

Trikes are, inevitably, heavier than a bicycle if only because of the extra frame parts and that 3rd wheel. And recumbant versions tend to be heavier still. So finding one that weighs in at 39 lbs is probably in a decent ballpark (after all, it's not uncommon to find regular bicycles weigh 35 lbs). When it comes to bicycles, as we all know, losing weight costs money.

So the wife found a cool recumbnat trike for people under about 5'5" for $299 (on several websites, including Amazon). It looks like it fills the bill pretty well for our kid; although it weighs almost as much as he does. LOL

Here is a link to the trike at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywor ... md12xvjk_b

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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby worldskipper » Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:44 pm

My 7 year old just took a test drive on one of those things this weekend at Sun & Ski. Pretty slick. Though he will have to get some more leg strength before he takes it off road. I would think that it would work pretty well with for someone with balance issues (plus it's cool!). If you get him a recumbent be sure to get one of those fiberglass flags for it. Little people on low frames get 'fuzzed' out. (I don't know how many adults I gave heart attacks too riding my big wheel in our neighborhood!)
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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:09 pm

Yes, those flags are important on a recumbent... in fact we also put flags on bike trailers just in case a speedster (yes, they're everywhere) gets confused.

Daughter just posted a picture of him on what looks like a plastic "big wheel" but recumbent. He's having a blast!!!

Thank god for bikes!!

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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby tigris99 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:57 pm

Its nice what they have avaible for kids now. The adaptive thing (trike set up) is actually available for adult bikes too, the rear unit is from Sun bikes (recumbant/trike company) just wheels adapted for smaller sizes and plates in some cases adapted to fit a wide range of frames. Nice too see someone took it to the better step of sizing it down for a kids bike. I actually considered making a mountain trike from and FS frame just for fun, but never panned out due to money being spent on other bikes hehe.
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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby morando6784 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:51 am

My uncle is blind and my dad told me when they were growing up my dad would put cards in his spokes so my uncle could follow the sound and they would go up and down the street.

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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby wa_desert_rat » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:05 am

morando6784 wrote:My uncle is blind and my dad told me when they were growing up my dad would put cards in his spokes so my uncle could follow the sound and they would go up and down the street.


That's a nice story. :)

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Re: Adaptive Bikes for Kids

Postby DunnJulie » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:24 am

morando6784 wrote:My uncle is blind and my dad told me when they were growing up my dad would put cards in his spokes so my uncle could follow the sound and they would go up and down the street.

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Your story help me out to help my blind little son.I can also use the same bike idea of your dad.
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