I'm wondering how/if any of you have worked with populations or individuals
with disabilities who come into your shops or who approach your organization
for help. We've had this type of thing happen before, where someone who has
experienced head trauma, or has severe balance issues is looking for an
adult tricycle, but we never seem to have any quality ones in the shop when
they're needed, and inexpensive but decent ones are in the 6-8 hundred
I received the below email this morning, and while i welcome the challenge
and experience of getting a 10 year old with CP and Autism on a bicycle, i'm
a little overwhelmed at the prospect.
What kinds of experiences have you all had? I know Boulder and Colorado both
have some excellent non-profits that deal with folks with disabilities, and
I'll start making phone calls to them, to see what types of things to be
aware of. I'm interested in your experiences as community bike shop staff.
If anyone reading this has some type of circumstance which requires some
sort of modification to their own bike to accommodate balance, reflex, or a
body that's different than most of us have (ie, amputee, etc) issues, PLEASE
get in touch. I'm interested both in your experiences personally as well as
resources you've found to be helpful or not so helpful.
I've personally worked with folks with all kinds of issues, just not in my
work with bicycles...looking forward to bringing those two worlds
> We have been looking into your program for our son but I have a couple of
> Our son has Cerebral Palsy and Autism, both are mild, however he has
> difficulty in riding a two wheel bike as he has balance problems. He is 10
> yrs old, (11 in June) and has out grown bikes that we can place "training
> wheels" on. We know that there are stabilization wheels but not sure how to
> go about working with them on multiple speed bikes.
> Do you work with children with disabilities? and Would you be able to help
> us in getting a bicycle that would meet his needs?
> He would dearly love to be able to ride a bike and we are most happy to
> work with him and get him the proper set up. Any help or information would
> be greatly appreciated. You are welcome to call us at our home phone or
> email. Your program sounds very exciting and we look forward to hearing
> from you.
> Thank you, Sue and Paul