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.”
Read about Pete's journey on his blog: https://www.elcapquest.com
Learn more about the Hase Bikes Kettwiesel and ICE Full Fat recumbent trikes
Special thanks to:
Larry and Jane Buck
Rikert Outdoor Center
Clover Ridge Media
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