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Recumbent Bicycles joined together side-by-side

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PRODUCTS - Adaptive Equipment for Quadribent Bikes
Adaptive Equipment - Special Needs Customization
The Quadribent™ side by side recumbent bikes feature co-steering which allows either rider to pilot the vehicle. The dual-drive allows people with different physical abilities to go biking together with either rider generating from 0 to 100 percent of the pedal power.
 
Need something special? Tell us what you need. We can design and manufacture it.
We work with electric motors for bikes, electric scooters and conversion kits. Electric Quadribent™, Sunroof canopies, engineering services, AutoCAD design and prototyping.

Adaptive Recumbent Bike

Adaptive Bikes
We have adaptive options specifically designed for physically challenged riders and special needs kids.

Adaptive custom options for seat, head rest, foot rest, leg brace as well as a chest-level seat belt, in addition to the standard lap seat belt, for physically challenged riders.

Shown here a Tumble Form seat with custom footrest.


Adaptive Bikes with Rumble Seat
Biking together with family members.

 

 

"Some of these kids have never been on a bike before. They're nervous, and some are really scared. But it's really nice to have a child come back with a big smile on their face."

—Jim Black, Quadribent Inventor


(Picture available soon) Custom Leg Brace attached to pedal

Custom Pedal Connector with toe clip and heel strap

Custom Pedal Connector with toe clip and heel strap
A parent or physical therapist can "drive" the pedals of someone with limited use of their legs.

A second seat belt, at chest height, can be added to better secure “Special needs” kids and adults. Toe clips and straps can be added to the pedals to secure feet to the pedals. Also extra straps can be added to the pedals to go around the heel. Extra seats, seat belts, toe clips, straps and other accessories are available. Contact us for the latest developments in accessories for people with “special needs”.


The Quadribent has been used by people in many different situations including:

  • equipment for special needs child
  • activity for child with autism
  • adaptive equipment with adaptive bike
  • inclusion of special needs child
  • bicycle for handicapped child
  • bicycle for child with cerebral palsy
  • senior fitness equipment and exercise
  • therapeutic equipment
  • physical therapy exercise
  • rehabilitation
  • physically challenged fitness and fun
  • vision impaired rider bikes with sighted rider

The Quadribent has been a wish request through The Make-A-Wish Foundation, the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 74 chapters across the United States and its territories and 28 international affiliates on five continents.

The Courage Center has used Quadribents. The Courage Center provides a full range of rehabilitation, mental health, community living, vocational and recreational services.


August 23, 2003 Article in Star Tribune Newspaper

75 Miles Bring out The Smiles
Zach Thuleen, 13, center, who has cerebral palsy, and family members celebrated their arrival Friday at the Metrodome.

Zach, dad Scott and sister Sarah, 10, rode a custom made bike while brother Andy, 11, rode his own. They took part in a ride from Maple Lake to mark the Courage Center's 75th year.

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Star Tribune article Janet and Morris Cowan on their dual-recumbent Blackbird Quadribent bike.

Article in Star Tribune Newspaper

Two for the road
Janet and Morris Cowan rode a dual-recumbent bike Thursday near their home in Maple Grove.

Their Blackbird Quadribent bike was designed with youngsters and disabled people in mind.

The Cowans say it has been great for them since Morris had a stroke.

The kits that join the bikes are made in Burnsville.

 

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