Positively Upstate: local bike shop owner helping those with limited mobility
A bicycle shop owner in Amsterdam is giving people with limited mobility the chance to ride again – only these aren’t your average bicycles. Bernie Elwood, the manager of Spikes Trikes, sells sporty adult-sized tricycles for those who can't ride on 2 wheels anymore. He opened up the shop with his wife several years ago.
“It started out very small and now it’s built up.” He says. “I have more trikes … they’re hanging off the walls!”
Bernard orders the bikes from a company called Terra Trikes. The parts arrive in boxes at his shop and he assembles each one – custom building them for his customers. The design of the trike allows for more balance and easier pedaling. Some models come with an electric assist which powers the back wheel.
One of Bernard’s customers is Kevin Harrison who was temporarily paralyzed more than 30 years ago.
“I had a bicycle accident on the Brooklyn Bridge with another bicyclist.” Kevin says the tricycle he purchased 5 years ago has changed his life. “I’m part of society, I’m part of people again. I’m part of going out on weekends, weekdays and mornings.”
Right now Bernard is working on a tricycle to donate to the Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady. He also plans to hold a drawing and donate a trike to someone in need at no cost.
To contact him to see if you’re eligible or check out some of his bikes, visit him on the web: http://www.spikestrikes.biz/