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Old 03-03-09, 07:03 PM   #1
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Trike for disabled kid

I'm posting this here because there's more candlepower on this forum than elsewhere. Move it if you must.

My 13-year-old has Down syndrome, can't speak or tie his own shoes. He's showing interest in my wife's step-through, putting his hands on the bars, etc.

I'm not sure I can get him on a tricycle, but I'd like to try. Anybody have any experience with this? Purchase recommendations?
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Old 03-03-09, 07:17 PM   #2
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I don't have any direct experience with this, but I saw Walmart has a folding tricycle that looked more "adult" sized. I googled it and it runs $300.
Would something like that work?
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Old 03-03-09, 07:49 PM   #3
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Expensive, but maybe something like this

http://honolulu.craigslist.org/kau/bik/1051093968.html
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Old 03-03-09, 08:06 PM   #4
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Here's a couple links, second one is an organizations that provides FREE trikes for kids that have disabilities


http://www.flaghouse.com/Special-Pop...les-Youth-PN=1

http://www.ambucs.com/amtryke/
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Old 03-03-09, 09:12 PM   #5
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I don't know about trikes, but I use a Trail-A-Bike with 2 wheels for my 8 yr old son who is on the Autism Spectrum.

http://www.pedalcarsandretro.com/Cab...cle-p-520.html

I have the small model and the backrest. Be advised it is not a refined piece of machinery. It makes clunky noises, and you have to take turns at low speeds because you can't lean the towing bike. However, it gets the kid out on the greenway and he likes it.
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Old 03-03-09, 11:55 PM   #6
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Great ideas! Thanks, all.
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Old 03-04-09, 05:48 AM   #7
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Someone, somewhere on this board posted a picture of a trail a trike that their friends used for their daughter who had Downs. They towed it behind their tandem. I am not familiar enough with the needs for a Downs child to know if a tricycle would work or not. I have a friend who's Autistic son took to her trike and rode it enough in the first month we had to replace the drive side tire. He is trying to ride a regular bike and it looks like he will succeed.

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Old 03-04-09, 07:31 AM   #8
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My childhood-brain-cancer-survivor step-daughter enjoys riding her Sun EZ 3-SX.

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Old 03-04-09, 07:58 AM   #9
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Another trike style trail a bike is the "Trets" made by Hase, although it is expensive:
http://www.hasebikes.com/37-1-child-trailer-trets.html
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Worksman Cycle company in NYC, NY does a lot of work for folks with special needs. If you can't
find what you need in their line up they will modify a trike ,at a reasonable cost, just for you.

http://worksmancycles.com/shopsite_s...specialty.html
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Old 03-04-09, 09:23 AM   #11
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Do you think he'd do better with an upright trike, or a recumbent? The upright would be easier to use, but wouldn't have the balance of a recumbent...
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Worksman Cycle company in NYC, NY does a lot of work for folks with special needs. If you can't
find what you need in their line up they will modify a trike ,at a reasonable cost, just for you.
That's a good choice.

Industrial Bicycles.com also has a good selection of special needs bikes.

The Joyrider looks interesting.



As does the Funcycle

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There are a couple of kids in my church how have severe autism. One of them is 15 and can not speak. I seem him tooling around behing his Dad on a ride-along and they seem to be having a good time with it.
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As does the Funcycle

All that needs is steering handles up front and a handbrake in the rear and I'd have a new Big Wheel.
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My uncle has Down Syndrome and absolutely loved to ride. He spent quite a few years riding a two wheeler dutch style I suppose it all depends on the severity of the condition. He loved it but has not ridden for years as age (I think he is over 50 now) has slowed him down considerably. I hope your son can find something he loves to do that will keep him active. It seems to be pretty important (as for all of us) to stay active.
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I wouldn't go with those weird "special needs trikes". Go to the recumbent subforum to see the kinds of trikes most people ride these days.

For a start, see here:
http://www.catrike.com/index.htm

Or if you are budget minded, look here:
http://www.actionbent.com/
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I wouldn't go with those weird "special needs trikes". Go to the recumbent subforum to see the kinds of trikes most people ride these days.
A tadpole trike would probably have the coolness to appeal to him. Both of those are pretty expensive options unless you can find a cheap used one on Craigslist or eBay.

Only the OP would know, but its concieveable that the boy could even ride a bike. Perhaps start off with a used step-through 3 speed, remove the pedals and start him off using it as a run-bike, till he gets balancing it down.

It's possible that this would be a life-skill for him. When I lived near Palm Springs, I used to see one young man with Downs who would ride the bus, and when he got to his stop, get off the bus, dismount his bike from the bus and ride the rest of the way to his home. It also allowed him to go to the local grocery store.
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I've seen a kid, looks to be teenaged or so, on a trike here on the local bike trails. His is a recumbent trike, low seat, upright position- similar to the Sun EZ-3. It may be a single speed, come to think of it, it's fairly flat around here.
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Here are some ideas in a similar vein from utility An off the wall request.
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I purchased a buddy bike to use with my son who has autism. I thought about a trail a bike, but was worried he'd lose interest or get distracted and fall off. The buddy bike has worked very well since he sits in front of me, but it was pricey.

http://buddybike.com/
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I purchased a buddy bike to use with my son who has autism. I thought about a trail a bike, but was worried he'd lose interest or get distracted and fall off. The buddy bike has worked very well since he sits in front of me, but it was pricey.

http://buddybike.com/
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