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Old 08-21-02, 10:52 PM   #1
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question about hand powered cycles

Anyone know anything about hand powered cycles? I have a friend whose son is handicapped and can't ride a regular bike, even a 'bent, but may be able to ride a hand-cranked bike. Everything that I've found online is over $1000 (US) which is way too much for her. Any opinions? Options? Ideas?
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There's a few really good hand cyclists in Southern Arizona [Tucson] that I can refer you to if you would like to speak to them about it.

Both of the individuals I am thinking of are disabled and have made the best of it by continuing to ride, I don't think you'll be able to get much better advice/opinions then from two people limited to handcycling and loving it. They are both great guys and would be more then happy to talk to you or your friend, I am sure.
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Thanks. That would be great. I'm scoping it out for my friend. Her son is 8 years old. I think this would give him a lot of freedom and confidence.
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You might check with your local triathlon organizers, who may be able to refer you to one or more hand cyclists. Next time I see the hand cyclist who frequents my neighborhood, I shall try to learn more about his machine.

I have thought about getting a hand cycle for the overall fitness benefit, but they sit lower to the ground than a LWB 'bent.
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Here is a list of handcycle manufacturers, I know there are some made for children. http://www.sitski.com/handcyc.htm Better yet this site shows some classified http://www.bike-on.com/handcycle-showroom.htm I know I have seen some more reasonable priced ones, if I can find the sites I will post them. Karl

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I have heard that handcycles get more flats because there are 3 wheel tracks instead of just one. I wonder if anyone makes a two-wheeled handcycle?
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Thanks. That would be great. I'm scoping it out for my friend. Her son is 8 years old. I think this would give him a lot of freedom and confidence.
That sounds like a neat idea. It is really sad to think of an 8 yrO that is crippled, but I'll bet you are ringt that being able to do something on his own would be a big moral builder.

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You may want to give Kelvin Clark of Angletech a call. He's been in specialty type bicycles for many years and may be able to provide some additional leads.

http://www.angletechcycles.com/
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