Modified Bike

Project  / Project number: CB1839a  /  Status:

CB1839i

Olivia enjoying a bike ride with Dad's help.

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The challenge

Olivia wanted to cycle, but has low muscle tone, so can only pedal a few turns on her own.

When younger, she had a toddler bike with a push handle, whereby the parents could control direction and speed; and with fixed wheel gear system, so that when the wheels turn, the pedals also turn. Her parents wanted to replicate this on a size-appropriate bike for her, so that they could assist her, and when she wasn’t peddling, her legs would be passively exercised by the turning pedals, to improve muscle tone.

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The solution

Olivia’s parents bought her a new bike with stabilisers. It was modified by adding a removable pole to the back (see photos), enabling steering and speed control, and by changing the pedal gear system to a fixed wheel gear.

The benefit

Olivia was able to “cycle”, both actively and passively, for fun, and to improve muscle strength and tone (with Dad’s help!).

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