Some cyclists or hopeful cyclists have physical impairments that can make a traditional bike a bad fit. But there are all kinds of technologies and adaptations available that are geared towards accessibility, from specialty frames to mirrors to help the hearing impaired more safely navigate traffic.
For issues with hips and knees, a major change in riding position can be the solution. Riders often find that a comfort bike is a great answer, sometimes with a low-slung step-through frame.
Use of only one hand can complicate steering, but it doesn’t have to impact shifting or braking. Talk to us about your needs and we’ll be happy to help find a solution, whether that’s a fixie, a pedal-back brake or having front and rear brake cables run to one lever.
Wrist and hand pain are some of the easiest problems to address. We have gloves and various shapes of grips to stop pain caused by biking, and they can also help if that’s what’s keeping you from biking in the first place.
If equilibrium makes biking harder for you, there are options there, too. Adult training wheels give you extra stability, or trikes eliminate balance completely from the equation for keeping upright. And all of these options are without even getting into hand cycles.
The bottom line
Bikes can be made accessible for a huge range of people. Even if you don’t think it’s for you, stop in and talk to us and we’ll see what we can make work.