freedex trikes: a bike built for me


Do you remember your first bike? When I was a kid,like most children I wanted to learn to ride a bike. This led me to try riding my sisters hand-me-down bike without much success. This is because as for anyone learning to ride a bike the initial coordination is a challenge. But, when you struggle to physically keep your balance in a general sense this task was virtually impossible.

A bike built for me

Once it was established that a standard bike just was too difficult for me, we were on the search for a bike that would work for me.
I don’t remember how we were first introduced but we heard about Freedex a company that made adaptive three wheel bikes. (I call it a bike for the fact that a trike as we all know them, in the traditional sense don’t have gears) My local childhood rehab centre brought in the developer of the Freedex. This was done by the centre to allow myself and the other clients to try out the bikes to ensure that they would work for each of us.

Adjusting to the bike

I remember being surprised at the adjustment period. Let me clarify that Freedex at the time sold a tricycle in its traditional form, and a version that had gears. I had always wanted a gear bike so was determined to make it work.
I struggled at first to make my legs complete a full rotation of the pedals but was close enough to doing so that we decided that this was the one for me. With practice I did master the three speed bike. The first summer I had it when I was nine years old. I rode it so much I got motion sickness. I was lucky enough to just meet the height requirement for the adult bike allowing it to grow with me. I still have it today and although I haven’t used it in a few years I still love it.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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