Cycling is Accessible to All

Adaptive cycling is a fast-growing pastime for many able and disabled people. As a result, the resources available for this sport are plentiful. Below are a few bits of knowledge you should have in mind before embarking on an adaptive cycling adventure. Choosing the right bike is necessary for a smooth and fun ride. There are several types of bikes for different abilities.


Handcycles are popular among riders with lower-limb mobility impairments, as they allow cyclists to propel a three-wheeled cycle using their arms. If you want to branch into competitive cycling, finding a handcycle that sits lower to the ground is necessary for efficient and fast riding.


Tandem bikes come in a variety of setups, but the most common is a two-wheeled bike with a guide in the front.


Four-wheeled dual recumbents keep riders in a relaxed, seated position; they are the best for lower-extremity cycling.


The side-by-side tandem cycle allows two people to cycle simultaneously or at different rates while staying together.


Recumbent cycles with three wheels and are lower to the ground create a better center of balance, whereas recumbent foot cycles come in a tadpole-style—one wheel in back and two in the front. A recumbent foot cycle can also come in the “delta style,” which has two wheels in back and one in the front.


As a general rule of thumb, recumbent handcycles re used for people who have no or limited use in their lower body, SCI, CP, MS, Spina Bifida, amputee, &c. Recumbent foot cycles are used for people who may need more balance, such as those who have experienced a stroke, have autism, limited fine/gross motor skills, brain tumors, &c.


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