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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