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Old 09-19-11, 09:15 AM   #1
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Cool Wheels for Wellbeing

Any disability I have is not too physical, but my partner is visually impaired (RPS, which means the blindness will be progressive but unpredictable). We ride tandem and this is quite a recent thing for us, but we are very enthusiastic about it and have joined the UK Tandem Club and been to their rally and a few organised rides as well as a recent holiday in France.

Anyway, the reason I am posting is two fold. Partly to welcome this forum, which will have a slight overlap with the tandem one in regards to tandems I guess. I wanted to make a post here so that people coming here realise the link between the tandem forum and certain aspects of tandem riding which may be more relevant to this forum.

When we managed to migrate from our "starter" tandem to our "serious" purchase of a 'dale MT1000 we donated the old tandem to an outfit called "Wheels for Wellbeing" that runs in a nearby park. They are a fabulous charity and do great work - you can read about them on the website. What amazed us was that although they had many adapted rides they did not have a single tandem! It made us all the happier to donate ours, which should be quite suited for them, and we hope has gone on to a happy "retirement"!
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It makes great sense. They have these child attachments that allow a child to ride their 'own' bike while attached to an adult - increasing both safety, and possible distance for both. On a tandem, the stoker position could be used for a blind person, or even for someone that can't pedal well enough to ride their own bike. Allowing much freedom!

I've recently switched to a 'tadpole' trike - and while I have only fallen once at Zero MPH, I no longer need to worry about balance any longer, yet still enjoy riding. A trike opens the door for many folks with wrist and hand pain too - the brakes on my trike do not need near the hand power to stop safely, even from speed.
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Old 09-22-11, 08:15 AM   #3
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Is there an equivalent to Wheels for Wellbeing in the US? What a wonderful program! Maybe I could start one around here (Houston, TX).
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