Just wanted to post this for all the folks who help design and build bikes to help folks get riding. You are never forgotten. the following is from my site:
In 1965 I was diagnosed with Legg-Perthes disease in my left leg, a deformity in the hip where the ball of the femur does not develop properly due to blood supply issues. At this time the treatment was essentially to keep the leg in traction to avoid pressure on the joint 24/7/365. This meant I was in metal braces for several years and could not run or bend my left leg at all and my right shoe was blocked up 4" to compensate for the length of the brace on the other side. Not much fun for a boy at 1st grade age.
My father realized that I should be starting to ride a bicycle like the other kids my age and decided to see if something could be done. Near where we lived was a shop called Pawtucket Cycles and a gentleman named Vinny. Vinny decided that he could do something for me and retrofitted a bike with a fixed gear and only a right hand pedal and rigged a hand brake to replace the coaster brake I would have normally used. It was always a challenge not to catch my foot on something: ) What I find most ironic now is that my first and most beloved bike had front and rear racks , fenders and a headlight.
My first bike was a touring bike! and a fixie to boot
I will always remember this bike and Vinny's efforts to get me riding are still appreciated to this day.