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.”
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!
A "delta" trike is a recumbent tricycle with one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back. (A trike with two wheels in the front and one in the back is called a "tadpole" trike.) While tadpole trikes might be more popular at the moment, delta trikes have a lot of great advantages that deserve a closer look!
1. Small Turning Radius
The front wheel on most delta trikes can turn almost 90 degrees, giving the trike a very tight turning circle; the radius is nearly its own length. Generally delta trikes have a smaller turning radius than tadpole trikes, making them more maneuverable in tight spaces. The video below gives you a good look at how little space you need to turn a delta trike:
We love hearing stories from happy customers! We recently heard from Charles and Denise of Granby, Quebec, who love their Hase Bikes Pino.
WALTROP, GER. – As the North American distributor for Hase Bikes, RAD-Innovations once again embarked on the annual pilgrimage to the Hase Bikes Dealer Workshop in Waltrop, Germany.
Approximately 150 dealers attend every year to get the latest technical training and education on some of the most cutting edge adaptive bikes and trikes on the market. Of course we find time for a little fun, too.