A Journey with Love and Laughter

Read about our family as we journey through life as a family, with siblings, school and spina bifida, and lots of fun and laughter along the way!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Testing out some bikes

Grandview Children's Centre had a bike fair today.
The kids were very excited to go and buy some new bikes. We had to explain to them that we were not actually buying a bike, just looking.
We weren't really sure what it was that we were looking for.
Nickolas has really enjoyed riding a bicycle in physiotherapy.
 
 
The bike that he has been riding in PT was the right size, with some of the right features that he needed, but also had features the were not needed.
Some things that we felt were important were:
  • direct drive - this makes it easier to Nick to pedal by using momentum and not working so hard to start to pedal, he can also go forwards and backwards without the brake
  • pedal plates - he needs help to keep his feet on the pedals to be able to use
  • seat - he needs a bigger base, not necessarily full trunk support
  • parent handle - gives us a bit of help and control, and so we don't have to bend
  • training wheels (instead of the large tricycle model he was riding in)
    
 

So that was where we were when we walked into the bike fair.
We looked at some of the adaptive tricycles, brought by Durham Medical but everything looked like it had more support than Nickolas needed. And of course they are significantly more expensive. So we kept looking.

And Nick liked this bike.


They had Bay Cycle Sports to help with modifications and pricing and ideas. Everyone was extremely helpful and eager to help


Nick really liked that this was a big-boy bike. He loved turning the wheel and wanted to get going.


We didn't buy anything, that wasn't really the point. This wasn't to buy, it was to look and see what was actually out there and what can be done.

To make some modifications to a bike
  • direct drive seemed to be an easy fix and the Bay Cycle guy could modify it himself (hopefully) about $20
  • pedal plate, we need something at the front and back. We tried just the front support and his feet kept slipping out and making him upset. So we need something that will hold his foot at the front and the back. Moulded plastic with velcro about $100
  • a seat upgrade. Something that is wider so he is more stable. We don't want anything with full back and side support, but more stable than a regular bike seat. $30-$50
  • seat belt. Bay Cycle said that because of liability issues they do not actually add seat belts, but that we could add something ourselves.
  • Training wheels. If we are looking at a 2 wheel bike and not the larger tricycle then we need to have wider training wheels. It was suggested we look at fatwheels, which run about $180 + S/H, except that it looks like this company just ran out of business and these wheels aren't available (either ebay, amazon, or a google search). Amazon has wide training wheels for $12.75 though...
A larger bike with the handles reversed would also give us some more room to grow.
This red bike is 14" wheels, we tried him on a green bike but didn't get any pictures. The actual bikes cost about $130. But they said we didn't have to purchase the bike from them and Bay Cycle would still make modifications.


The approximate total for what we are looking at is probably $300 at it's least expensive and up to maybe $600 at the most expensive.

Nickolas was very excited to see the bikes, but once that excitement finished he was much more excited to race Katheryn around the room.


And crashing into her as well. The number of times we had to tell the kids "don't crash into each other!"


Katheryn enjoyed showing off her bike riding skills, and of course making us aware that she has outgrown her bike that we got for her last year.

So we are hoping to have some bike riding kids this spring and summer.
We just need to investigate for some funding to try to see how we can afford a bike for Nick.

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