Recumbents & Eze Riders
Eliminates the Need for Lifting
Many teachers, physios, and carers would like to see all their clients exercising properly, but lifting the heavier ones on to a cycle is not only difficult, but also dangerous to the lifters. This range of cycles maybe what many people are looking for as it was designed to eliminate the need for such lifting.
The cycle is a recumbent with a "C" frame. The seat height is similar to that of a wheelchair. One side open, so there is no obstruction in front of the seat, making for easier transfer, with minimum to no lifting.
Another important feature is the seat will give a good full body support. The back of the seat can be as high as you wish and can be fitted with straps placed wherever you like.The seats can be quickly adjusted to suit each rider's leg length.
This cycle will lessen or eliminate Plantiflexing (pointing down of the toes), since the pedaling is done out front. Another therapeutic advance, which can be fitted, is our adjustable pedal arms, allowing pedals to be closer to the centre of rotation, avoiding extremes of flexion and extension in knee joints.
The gearing system can be as you wish; fixed wheel, foot brake, gears etc, and can be any combination on the double.
Pictured Single Eze Rider with T Rod Steering.
Removable foot plates
"T"dual steering (Single).
Full harness pictured
The EZE RIDER CYCLES will work well around school grounds, but is also versatile enough to be used in Fun Runs and Promotions for the Centre/school.
The usual drive configuration is, the second rider has fixed wheel (when the cycle is in motion the pedals turn) and the first rider has foot and hand brakes. Gears can be fitted if required.
4EA EZE Rider Adult Single suites ages 10 yrs to Adult
4EJ EZE Rider Junior Single suites ages 6 yrs to 13 yrs
4EAD EZE Rider Adult Double suites ages 10 yrs to Adult pictured
Some people find this cycle appealing because are a very stable way to exercise in a fun way. The extra fun comes in the way it steers. The bars on the side of the seat are the steering bars which makes the bike handle like a car. Usually fitted with 3, 5 or 7 speed internal gear hub with foot brake. Recumbents have been used to set cycling speed records and are bought by both able bodied riders and riders with a disability. They are quite suited to a person with a disability because of the type of seat and lowcentre of gravity.
When is a Recumbent the Best Type of Tricycle
I’ve been making Tricycles for more than 45 years. A long time ago I realized that adding more support to a regular trike wasn’t the answer. Usually the more disability a person has the more support they will need. A recumbent for a person with a disability usually has a seat height of a regular chair so it’s easier for that person to transfer into or be helped into. The seats are molded to give comfort and support as well as being able to take belts or to fit a racing harness. Many people get scared when they look at a regular tricycle and can’t see how they are going to climb up to the saddles on a standard trike, so this causes apprehension and panic.
A recumbent has a lower center of gravity and therefor is more stable. By adding support to a regular trike the center of gravity becomes much higher especially when you add extra back and head supports.
Trike riding should be a confidence building, something that can be done by small, one step at a time accomplishments, giving people a chance to meet and adjust to the changes.
A recumbent is a bicycle on tricycle where the pedals are in front of the rider and usually has the rider in a sitting on recycling position. Many able – bodies riders choose a recumbent as it is low to the ground, makes it more aero dynamic, more powerful as the push comes from the anchored (held) riders back to the seat. It can be a lot of fun as the experience is different to a bicycle.
Recently I was at a meeting where the Carer and a Physio were trying to determine the best trike for their client. The young lady needed an adult trike that would last her for the rest of her life. The Carer had been looking after her for many years and had her interest at heart but was to relinquish her role in about 1 year as the young heavy girl was to go to a new institution.
The Carer’s wanted a standard upright bike that she had been used to and was prepared to lift her onto the trike and hold her in position while they did the back rest straps up.
My thought was they were doing this young girl a disfavor which could mean she won’t be able to ride her tricycles in the future, without a lot of input from a carer. Whereas if they were to go with the recumbent she would be able to transfer herself with a small amount of supervision from the Carer.
The couple “very nice people” were getting older and if they stayed with this young lady how long would it be before they won’t be able to do this lifting especially since the young lady was putting on more weight, and when she is transferred to her new house, will anyone there be prepared to lift her onto this trike.