Rifton Adaptive Bikes

Rifton Adaptive Bikes are what our Physical Therapist suggested for Parker when I started talking about Parker learning how to ride a bike.

Last May the PT brought out a smaller sized Rifton Adaptive Bike for Parker to use since there was nobody else using it.

This summer will be different.  Parker’s taller (the kid is growing UP like a weed!) and ready for the most popular Rifton bike size.  So the bikes the District has need to be available for the summer adaptive P.E. class kids.

Being able to ride a bike is a goal we set for Parker.  At $1,300 dollars a Rifton Adaptive Bike is squarely out of our budget.

I’m coming to the pros (YOU guys!) to ask how you taught your child with special needs to ride a bikeDid you invest in a Rifton?  Were you able to rig up something that worked just as well at a fraction of the cost?

Rifton Adaptive Bike

When I asked our PT what made a Rifton Adaptive Bike worth three months of groceries, she said a lot of  it was the where the pedals were placed on the bike, the fact that the bike is lower to the ground making it possible for Parker to get on it by himself easily and safely.  A guide bar on the back of the bike would allow me to steer or give Parker a break from peddling for a minute or two.  There are also velcro straps on the pedals to make it easier for a child to peddle with.  AND there’s a place for the oxygen tank!

It would be awesome to have all of these options on a bike.  But let’s face it.  People have been teaching their kids with Down syndrome to ride a bike for a long time.  And I bet they didn’t all have fancy wheels on which to do it.  I mean if worse comes to worse I can duct tape Parker’s feet to the pedals, right?  heh.

I’m coming to the pros (YOU guys!) to ask how you taught your child with special needs to ride a bike.  Did you invest in a Rifton?  Were you able to rig up something that worked just as well at a fraction of the cost?

While Rifton Bikes are totally cool looking, I know there have to be other strategies to help a kid like Parker learn how to ride a bike.

 

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