This is Pete’s story, so we’ll let him tell it in his own words:
“My name is Pete Quinn from Massachusetts, and we’re here in Vermont at the Rikert Center on the Breadloaf Campus of Middlebury College, just in the foothills of Middlebury Gap. Today we’re going to try some recumbent trikes and have some fun on the trails here. It’s gonna be good, believe me.
“About five years ago I started to notice symptoms and problems with my movement. Since that time, my ability to remain active, which I’ve been my whole life, has really been tested, shall we say. I used to ski race in these mountains, I used to bike race in these mountains, and since I got my disease, it always kind of hurt me to ride in a car on these beautiful roads that I used to ride and race on. About a year ago, I don’t know what it was, but I started looking into these types of bikes. I have trouble walking, so I didn’t even know, when we came to Vermont in December to RAD-Innovations, I didn’t know if I’d get on the bike like this and I wouldn’t even be able to pedal one revolution. But we came up in the dead of winter, there was snow all around, it was cold, but fortunately, I learned I could pedal. We tried all these different trikes. And I ended up with the Hase Kettwiesel Cross STEPS, which is a recumbent trike with disc brakes, full suspension, and battery assist. That’s key: battery assist does not mean I sit back and I go for a ride. The battery will not kick in unless I’m working. I love that about the assist. I ended up coming home that weekend with the Kettwiesel. Since that time I’ve put 1450 miles on the Kettwiesel.
“I’ve been amazed by what it’s allowed me to do. It literally changed my life. From where I was six months ago, this is nothing short of a miracle. I mean, anything is possible. I’ve struggled to walk, even, but this gives me freedom, this gives me independence… two things that are critical for any person dealing with a disability or illness or anything else. I’m very, very lucky. This is a miracle. I laugh like a kid every time I sit down on the Kettwiesel. I’m riding around with a smile and people say, 'that looks like a lot of fun!' Yeah, damn straight it is!
“RAD-Innovations changed my life.”
David Black had the opportunity to discuss Frame Running on the Cerebral Palsy Health Podcast with Jen Lyman.
Cerebral Palsy Health Podcast with Jen Lyman
Theresa Sukal Moulton, PT, DPT, PhD and David Black: Frame Running - A cerebral palsy adaptive and recreational sport
Jen talks with physical therapist and cerebral palsy researcher Theresa Sukal Moulton and Frame Runner manufacturer/vendor David Black of RAD-Innovations about the recreational and adaptive sport of Frame Running. A Frame Runner is an adaptive running frame that looks similar to a bike without pedals which allows individuals with CP to run or walk with minimal to no assistance. They discuss the history of Frame Running, who can participate, how it works, research to support it and how to get involved.
Listen via one of the podcast sites linked below.
RAD-Innovations was recently featured in Seven Days, a popular local Vermont weekly paper & website. The article shares founders Anja Wrede and David Black's journey establishing RAD-Innovations as "the Northeast epicenter of adaptive cycling — customizing bikes for people with disabilities."
Learn more about Anja & David, their farm, and the reasons why they work so hard to bring freedom through mobility to anyone, regardless of ability.
It can be tough for individuals with cerebral palsy to find a sport they can participate in as kids, teens, or adults. You or your child might face limitations in terms of coordination, balance, motor ability due to spasticity, stiff muscles, or involuntary movements. Finding an activity that raises your heart rate can be a challenge.
The good news is that physical impairments do not have to prevent you from enjoying sports! There’s a whole world of adaptive sports designed for individuals with different levels of mobility. In this article we’ll introduce some of these sports and highlight one in particular: RaceRunning (also known as Frame Running), which is one of the most accessible and affordable sports out there for people with cerebral palsy.
RAD-Innovations and Hase Bikes USA are open during regular business hours on weekdays from 9am to 6pm. However, we no longer accept drop-ins and all on-site demonstrations are strictly by appointment. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
The State of Vermont requires the use of masks or cloth facial coverings "any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household." Please remember to bring - and wear - your mask when you visit.
We continue our practices of cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly, including wiping down and sanitizing all products that come through our showroom, both inbound & outbound. We’re also wearing gloves when handling items that will be shipped to customers.
Thankfully, we are all in good health and none of us have been affected by the virus thus far. We hope you are staying safe and healthy as well!
Get out and enjoy the delights of summer - on a bike, trike, or RaceRunner, of course! We're here when you need us.
Recumbent trikes are a lot of fun to ride. They’re comfortable, accessible, stable, and guaranteed to turn heads on the bike trails. Who can ride a recumbent trike? Just about anyone!
Why ride a recumbent trike?
There are a lot of great reasons that anyone would choose a recumbent trike over a traditional two wheeled upright bike, beyond the obvious cool factor (which is significant). Recumbent trikes are comfortable, stable, speedy, sporty, and practical. Let’s take a look at a few of the top factors that make recumbent trike riding a superior cycling experience.
Here’s a handy guide to the ICE tadpole trikes lineup available now at RAD-Innovations! (What’s a tadpole trike? Learn more about tadpole and delta trike configurations here.)
ICE has been producing refined and comfortable recumbent trikes in Falmouth, England since 1999. These trikes offer a wide range of options to suit a variety of riders and terrain conditions. Whether you’re a casual rider out for a spin on the bike path, or an off-road adventure enthusiast, there’s an ICE recumbent trike made just for you.
It’s important to stay active but distant during this time of an extremely contagious epidemic. Fortunately, cycling is a safe way to get exercise, fresh air, and some distance from the constant flood of negative news that surrounds us right now. As one bicycle dealer noted, bikes are “the original social distancing vehicle.” If you can, we strongly encourage you to go for a bike ride – you’ll definitely feel better as a result!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Vermont’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, RAD-Innovations and HASE Bikes USA are currently unable to conduct in-person business at our Cornwall, VT location, but we’re committed to providing support in ways that ensure everyone stays safe.
Join RAD-Innovations this weekend at the Montreal Bicycle Show! The show starts Friday, February 21st and runs through Sunday, February 23, 2020.
We'll be joining over 250 exhibitors at the Montreal Olympic Stadium for what promises to be a great three days. This is Canada's biggest cycling-related show, so we're excited to participate! Come check out all the bikes, trikes, equipment, accessories, clothing, and more!
We'll be at Booth 301, right near the test track, and we'll have the ICE Full Fat, ICE Adventure, and HASE Kettwiesel recumbent trikes, the HASE Pino tandem bike, and our own RAD RaceRunner running trikes available for demo rides.
We're particularly excited to introduce our RAD RaceRunner running trikes to the cycling world - these trikes can be used for recreation or competition and are a wonderful aid to those who have mobility challenges, allowing almost anyone to walk or run on their own!
On Saturday, Pierre Julien will be joining us - he and his wife Claudette have logged thousands of miles around the world on their solar-charged electric assist HASE Pino. Come learn about his adventures and find out why the Pino is so well-suited for long-haul touring. Check out their blog French Frogs on the Road to learn more about Pierre & Claudette's Pino journey.
We hope to see you there!
RAD-Innovations designs, manufactures and sells unique mobility solution
Cornwall, Vermont – RAD-Innovations LLC™ is pleased to announce that it is accepting orders for the RAD RaceRunner™ running trike and will be shipping to North American customers in March 2020. There are four sizes available to fit a range of ages and body types. Base models are priced between US$1,550 and US$1,800 with additional features available to fine-tune the fit for the individual’s comfort and optimal positioning.
The RAD RaceRunner running trike is used by individuals who are challenged with balance, range of motion and mobility issues caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, stroke, or amputation, for example. A toddler with CP can be fitted to a small frame and run alongside their siblings, while a senior citizen rehabbing from knee replacement surgery or with balance issues can improve range of motion and strength using one of the larger sizes. The RAD RaceRunner running trike can be used in either recreational or competitive settings.