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Bike options for carrying disabled child?

Old 06-07-24, 06:43 AM
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Bike options for carrying disabled child?

Hi all,
I've got an autistic 8 year old (but more 9-10 sized) who loves riding but isn't safe on his own - he can work a tricycle but has no sense of balance or danger. He likes being zoomed around though, and we had a shot of an e-cargo bike (Raleigh Stride 3). It's great but it's also about £4000, and huge so I'm not convinced I can get it in the minivan at the same time as the kid. There are a few local charities that can deliver it in a van but I'd rather be a bit more independent or go a bit further afield.
So I'm looking for other options but not finding much at all.

Basically what I need is a bike (or trike) that:
* has a seat in front that'll take a big kid / young adult strapped in.
* can fold or is easy to dismantle/rebuild to get into the car. Ideally smaller than about 5'6" long and 3' wide when compacted.
* has reasonable gearing and brakes for hills (apart from the canal paths it's all hills).

I'm not too bothered about it being battery assist but won't say no. I'm a reasonable cyclist but I'm only going to get older and he's only going to get heavier.

Naturally cheaper is better too, so it's easier to justify and leave outside when we're doing stuff.
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https://www.pedall.org.uk/specialist-cycles-and-bikes/

Hello. This is an organisation here in the New Forest UK. The above link shows the bikes they use.

PEDALL provides cycling sessions for people who face a barrier to accessing cycling on the New Forest off-road cycle network. A barrier is anything that prevents someone from being able to cycle without additional support

It might give you an idea for the type of bike you are looking for and maybe with a picture of it you can get someone to modify a bike for you, or look to buy something similar.


Hope this helps.
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Thanks! I've got access to a few accessibility charities where I can borrow short term on a set track which is fine but I'm looking for something I can keep so I don't feel as precious about looking after it and leaving it unattended anywhere.

The the link was pretty useful because it seems what I'm looking for is called a wheelchair cycle - https://www.pedall.org.uk/bikes/wheelchair-cycles/ that should give me a pretty decent workout!
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Originally Posted by Herzlos
Thanks! I've got access to a few accessibility charities where I can borrow short term on a set track which is fine but I'm looking for something I can keep so I don't feel as precious about looking after it and leaving it unattended anywhere.

The the link was pretty useful because it seems what I'm looking for is called a wheelchair cycle - https://www.pedall.org.uk/bikes/wheelchair-cycles/ that should give me a pretty decent workout!
Glad you found it useful.

Is it worth sending them an email to ask if they ever sell off old stock or at least where do they buy them and could you buy one? A later electric motor upgrade is not out of the realms of possibility I should think.
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