Often referred to as “Para Cycling” or “Adaptive Cycling” or “Handcycling”
Adaptive cycling, or handcycling, is one of the most common adaptive sports, with many different configurations, adaptations, and styles suitable to any injury or disability. Find the right equipment, where to try it, and how to get grant funding to purchase your own here on the Active Project.
Traditional Bikes & Trikes
For some, a bike with e-assist to provide momentum is all that’s needed. Or possibly a three-wheeler that otherwise feels just like a bike. These solutions are great for people with minor balance issues or very low injuries.
Recumbent Foot Pedal Trikes
Very popular among low-level paras and incompletes, these allow for a more comfortable, balanced seating position. This category includes the combination hand- and foot-pedal “berkel” bike.
Think of these as the handcycle equivalent of a leisure cruiser bike. Comfortable, easy transfers, great balance, but not designed for speed or aerodynamics. Perfect for a ride around the neighborhood.
These bikes are built for speed and efficiency. Transfers can be complex, comfort can be compromised, and route choice needs to account for ground clearance, but in return you get distance and performance.
Each type of bike has its pros and cons, but there’s something for everyone. Whether you want the bike to cruise around the neighborhood (did you know they make baby trailers so you can bring kids in tow?), or an all carbon fiber competition bike, it all comes down to your preference and individual needs.
Check out a few videos from people in the KBF community to learn the basics of equipment, transfers, and a few tips and tricks to help you hit the road. A huge thank you to Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports for helping us create these. Think we’re missing something? Email [email protected] to help us fill the gaps.