We had an enquiry at the Foundation a little while ago about adult tricycles from an HSPer. This prompted us to explore what was out there, as cycling ranks up there with aquatic exercise in allround suitability and safety for HSPers. What we found was a huge range of special bikes available.
Luckily there is more technology available out there than ever before, so we can find something that works for us and much more than that, we can find a way to challenge ourselves and have fun. And, with summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time of year to consider taking up cycling.
Tricycles/Trikes have advantages over regular bikes: You can stay on the seat with your feet on the pedals when you stop. Carrying a pack or parcels is much easier with the increased stability, and you don’t have to worry about tipping over. Included in the following you’ll even find a low frame trike, an electric trike and more specialty trikes for adults and kids, even recumbent trikes and folding trikes.
http://www.bodycyclesaustralia.com.au specialise in tricycles for special needs; customise bikes as well; Adelaide based, but ship Australia-wide.
http://www.achievableconcepts.com.au/Aust website/BMX trikes.htm
http://trike-bike.com.au/ advertise as the largest seller of adult trikes in Australia; Gold Coast based but ship everywhere. They have a large range that includes folding and electric trikes.
These are designed for cyclists who can’t pedal with their legs, or those who want an upper-body workout. They are actually trikes, and many look kind of like a wheelchair in the back, with a third tyre out in front, and a pedal set in front of the rider at chest level.
These include a 3 Wheel Tricycle, Easy Boarding bike, Foldable Bike and electric conversion kit. They operate from rechargeable battery storage. You can still pedal as much as you like, but the convenience of being power-assisted can be great for going up hills.
CONVERT TO ELECTRIC
You can convert what you have now to electric.
STABILIZER WHEEL KIT
You can add wheels for stability to the bike you have now.
If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, or you’re hungry for a bargain, you can search fishpond or eBay, and check your local classifieds.
INDOOR EXERCISE BIKES
If you’d rather get fit without going outside, or just to have a wet-weather or winter alternative, here are a few of the exercise bikes available.
http://www.nustep.com/ check out the NuStep Recumbent
http://motomed.com/ These are available in Australia ( http://www.motomed.com.au/contact.php )and advertise spasticity reduction.
So there you have it… happy cycling!