Adaptive Bikes……Again

Parker’s Physical Therapist came today to measure Parker for  potential adaptive bikes.  I say potential because it’s still in the ‘maybe one day’ column of our hopes and wishes list.

I was surprised to be reminded that the bike Parker borrowed last year wasn’t a Rifton.  It was an AmTryke.   A bit less expensive than a Rifton.  I also found out that Parker is still too small to fit even the smallest size of Rifton bikes.

A little boy riding a Rifton Bike

So AmTryke it is.  Potentially.

I asked Parker’s PT if she thought that an adaptive bike was a need for Parker.  Her reply matched what I had been thinking.

Is it a life saving ?

No.

Is it necessary as far as strengthening the little chicken legs my Brave Hero’s chicken legs that both he and Rigel inherited from their Happy (Grandpa?)

Yup.

Parker can’t ride the Big Wheel type things.  His hips and knees fall open too wide and even with blocks and rigged velcro, keeping his feet on the pedals is impossible.

A little boy with Down Syndrome riding a Rifton Bike

Parker doesn’t need the truck support piece.  He does need the ability to strap his feet to the pedals and for the pedals to be even when he goes to start pedaling.

Another aspect to an adapted bike is the back basket where we can stash Parker’s oxygen bottle.

Think about it.  Unlike typical kids, Parker never has the opportunity to be ‘on his own.’  He’s connected to a short oxygen cord that is connected to an oxygen bottle that is connected to me each time we go out side.  He can’t carry his own oxygen bottle.  With the basket on the back of an adaptive bike, we can stick his oxygen bottle in there and he can go off on his own.

A little boy with Down syndrome

A little bit of independence is always good for the soul, no?

Parker’s play set he has in the back yard can be directly linked to his ability to go up stairs.  Because of that play set Parker is so much stronger in so many areas…….it has also provided hours and hours and hours of happiness for a kid that can’t get out in the world much.

That is how I’m looking at  adaptive bikes.  As a therapy tool that can make him stronger and provide adventures for a kid who spends so much time within a very small confine.  Our Physical Therapist agrees.

I asked our PT if she knew of anyone who took regular bikes and adapted them. She said that there used to be a guy in St. George who did it.  She didn’t know of any bikes stores that did it.

Since I keep being told that there are places here locally that adapt bikes, I’d love to have that information left in our comments section.  There have been several parents asking me to share with them any resources for adaptive bikes that I may find.

It doesn’t matter if it takes us awhile to be able to provide an adaptive bike for Parker.  You’ve got to set the goal before you can reach it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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