What is Adaptive cycling?
Adaptive and inclusive cycling is a great way for individuals with disabilities to enjoy the freedom of movement and mobility. Bikes and trikes can be modified in a multitude of ways to suit the needs of any rider. No two disabilities are identical, so each adaptive bike is unique. Disability affects each and every one of us. Chances are good that you already know - or will soon meet - someone with a disability who could benefit from adaptive cycling equipment.
Adaptive bike and trike modifications make cycling a truly inclusive sport, allowing people of all ages and abilities to reap the many benefits of physical activity including fresh air, exercise, and social interaction. Using an adapted cycle is a fantastic way for everyone to have fun, gain more independence and enjoy a sense of freedom. Whatever type of cycle, adaptation, or support you need, there is likely to be a solution, whether you have a disability, lack balance, or want to improve your confidence.
Once again RAD-Innovations will be participating in the ACORN Tour de Farms, starting & ending in Vergennes, VT on Saturday, September 21st.
RAD-Innovations LLC Introduces the RaceRunner Running Frame Designed for Disabled Athletes with Balance and Mobility Issues
Vermont-based Company Will Help to Develop the Sport of RaceRunning in North America
Cornwall, Vermont – August 22, 2019 – RAD-Innovations LLC is pleased to announce the introduction and availability of the RaceRunner running frame. The RaceRunner running frame is designed for use by individuals challenged with balance, range of motion and mobility resulting from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, stroke, or amputation, for example. Athletes use running frames to compete in the sport of RaceRunning which is an internationally recognized disability sport. While RaceRunning is established in Europe and gaining interest in other parts of the world, its popularity has been slow to grow in North America.
The RaceRunner running frame is made of aluminum and similar to a tricycle without pedals that supports the athlete as they move. Despite significant physical challenges, most athletes can propel themselves on the RaceRunner running frame considerably faster than they can move unassisted. The low center of gravity and frame design offers stability and poise while running or walking. The saddle unit counteracts lateral sway and can also be used as a seat when at rest. The RaceRunner running frame rolls so freely that even someone who is restricted to a wheelchair can propel themselves by their own efforts.
Update: Thanks to everyone who came out! Check out this video from the event:
Formerly known as the Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive, the 9th Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing is coming up on Saturday, June 22nd! This fun and inclusive event is designed to raise funds for adaptive sports and recreation programs from Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. The goal is to raise $300,000 for VT Adaptive programs. RAD-Innovations LLC™ is pleased to announce that they will be attending the event once again with recumbent trikes and tandems for people to try out.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who came out to support Adaptive Trike Rikert at the launch party! We had a great time showing off the fat tire recumbent trike and talking to everyone about the benefits of adaptive sports.
Help Adaptive Trike Rikert reach its next goal!
The Adaptive Fat Tire Trike and Bike Program at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont is raising funds to purchase a hand-pedal adaptive trike to expand the program to people with spinal injuries.
We invite you to join us on Thursday, December 13th from 5:30pm on at American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth for the launch of a unique new adaptive cycling program! The Adaptive Trike and Bike Program at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, Vermont is designed to provide people with physical limitations access to the benefits of year-round outdoor exercise.
We hope you’ve been enjoying the summer on your bike or trike! We’re excited to share with you two great events coming up in September in Vermont: the Kelly Brush Ride and the Tour de Farms.
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:
The 8th Annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports is on Saturday, June 23, 2018 and RAD-Innovations is excited to be a sponsor of this great event!
We're having a great time helping disabled veterans in Puerto Rico learn about the freedom and mobility provided by adaptive cycling! Check out the photo album below - we'll be updating "from the road" all week!
Adaptive Adventures and the Puerto Rico VA Hospital are hosting an adaptive cycling clinic in San Juan, PR, and RAD-Innovations LLC™ and HASE Bikes USA™ are proud to participate!
The Caribbean VA Healthcare Adaptive Cycling Clinic Series, held from April 20-27, will provide cycling instruction and equipment fitting with the goal of providing disabled veterans with the skills to independently engage in community cycling programs and events.