A special bike for a special kid

Zachy
This is Zack, he’s my cousin Mando’s son. Zachy is a very special kid, he’s also a very lucky kid. Zack was born with Down Sydrome, he’s legally blind, had 3 eye surgeries and open heart surgery, all before the age of two. So why is he lucky? Besides the fact that he is alive, he has one of the best dads in the world. His dad has just given him a special gift that we all can relate to. Zachy has gotten his first bike.

Zachy

This is no ordinary bike as you can see, its a custom made bicycle made by Freedom Concepts.
Zack was measured and evaluated by a therapist in Irvine, and then his specs were sent to Freedom Concepts to build a bike that will grow with him. Here are some specs on the bike:

* Optional rear steering system available that allows the caregiver to steer, or brake from the rear of the mobility device. Once the rider becomes more comfortable with reciprocal movement, an adjustment can be made allowing the rider to control, or assist with the navigation of the bike
* Adjustable handlebars that can move completely out of the way for dismounting, adjustable seat in low back or high back styles complete with safety belt(s)
* Our products also feature a unique crank and sprocket that can be adjusted in all directions to accommodate different hip to foot positions
* Discreet assistance handle so the rider can learn to ride and stop with a little help
* Direct drive and low gear ratios that make pedaling easy for a beginner, yet challenging for an aggressive rider
* Velcro straps to keep feet on the pedals and optional supporting foot plates. (Adjustable neoprene, or molded ABS plastic)
* Locking hand brake mechanisms for easy mounting and dismounting
* Powder baked paint ensures durability, years of good looks
* Quick release bolts on all adjustable components

Zachy

My cousin Mando already sees the positive psychological effects that the bike gives Zachy, the physical benefits will come later. At $4,500, this bike is not cheap, but as Mando says ‘To give Zack the chance to ride a bike is priceless’.

Zachy
As you can see, Zack is already cruisin’ the beaches of Sunny California. Ride on Zack! and God bless you Mando.


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0 thoughts on “A special bike for a special kid”

  1. Steve V says:

    As H.G Wells said, “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.” Your story instills even more hope. Tell Zach, he is an inspiration to everyone that already rides, to remember the true joy and freedom that cycling gives. It’s not how fast, it’s just that you keep rolling. God Bless! >

  2. Zac's Mom says:

    Hey Moe, I forget from time to time just how special
    Zac really is! Thanks for the reminder and a terrific
    article.

  3. Carlos A. Lopez says:

    Moe, thank you for taking the time to make people aware of the wonderful gifts we already have that many times we take forgranted. Most important people need to know that they can enriched the life of other human beigns who are less fortunate than us. We all need to look for opportunities to help those that have difficult hills to climb.
    We can’t go wrong by living this way! Trust me…

  4. Quinton & Monique Spaulding says:

    Our daughter has a bike very similar to this one which was donated by a parent from her school who’s son has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. Our daughter, who is now eleven, was born with a hole in her heart(which rectified itself), is also labelled “legally blind” and has spastic diplegia (a form of Cerebral Palsy). When put on this bike for the first time, was nervous, but it took only but an hour and she was off on her own. She does things on this bicycle that she cannot otherwise do when off it, for instance, the cycling motion of the legs. She does not have much lower body strength, and is very tight, but when on her bike, she can take off on an incline and pedal for hours unattended. All I can say is “Thank You” Ross and family for this wonderful donation, which has allowed Sydne so much freedom, and the opportunity for the whole family to ride together!!!!

  5. Philip Costas says:

    Hi Zac, I think your bike is so cool and it looks like a lot of fun to ride. I hope you can bring your bike to class real soon so you can show all your friends. See you in class, Mr. Costas (Teacher, Lone Hill Middle School)

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