Disability tricycles & bikes

Disability tricycles & bikes

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Blind Freddy eBikes offers an extensive range of mechanical and electric options for people living with disability or mobility issues. We offer electric bicycles with additional stabilisers, electric tricycles and mechanical trikes with customisable fittings and accessories. We work with individuals, carers and allied health teams to test available options, to offer choice and to capitalise on strengths. We appreciate the importance of having options and identifying safe, sustainable solutions.We are not health professionals but invite you and your allied health team to assess our range in store.  Some models can be fitted with special needs pedals, with low speed motors and with remote disable switches to offer a level of safety not always available. The customisable configurations can go towards assisting the rider actively manage weaknesses including limited leg rotation (step pedal motion or adjustable crank radius), back weakness (backrest seats), leg or ankle weakness (special needs or self-levelling pedals), pelvic support through the use of belts and endurance issues through the use of the electric motor.

Our Selection includes:
  • BF i-Tri Euro - customers who appreciate quality and true benefits will love this model now available in 2 sizes: 20 or 24-inch wheels
  • Worksman Cycles - dual or semi-recumbent models suited for vision impaired riders or for heavier riders
  • Rehatri special needs tricycles - come available as foot cycle or hand cycle some with rear steering and are available in 3 size options catering for a range of special needs
  • Rehatri semi-recumbents - available with front handlebars or side steering or as a hand-cycle
  • BF ezi-Step 2+2 electric bicycle is a step-through folding bike fitted with adult stabilisers
  • Bodycycles special needs tricycles - available in 12, 16, 20 and 24-inch models with electric pedal assistance or mechanical. Highly customisable to suit the individual
  • Gomier tricycles - are available in 200W 36V Li-ion 20” 24” and 26” wheels. With electric assistance
  • Di Blasi - folding tricycle are available as both mechanical or electric versions available
  • We also have a range of options available through our custom build service for specially tailored solutions flexible for you disability or needs

Disability tricycles & bikes

Disability Bikes & Trikes FAQ

Are you an NDIS registered provider?

Yes we are registered to provide assistive technology according to the certification issued by NDIS commission
Our NDIS provider number is contained on this website and is included in all our quotes and invoices.

Do you have preferred occupational therapists or physiotherapists with whom you work?

No, we are happy to work with any allied health team or other professional who requires guidance on the suitability of our range for a number of different conditions.
We are happy to work with allied health teams or individuals and will provide insight into the bike/trike aspects for a specific need
We are not health professionals ourselves

Can we just turn up and do a trial of your range?

In theory, yes, but we do prefer to take bookings to make sure we have the space, the range and the resources to help you get the most out of the trial
Our preferred way is for you to discuss the trial with your support team, to identify a couple of options for the time and date of the trial and then to make contact with us. We can then confirm if we have availability of staff and/or equipment to optimise your time onsite

Can you do trials in other locations besides your shop?

Again in princple, yes. As a small family-owned company, we have to balance our internal resources, the need to have the shop open 6-7 days per week and the time to get to other sites. With some notice and particularly where we can meet with several people interested in our range in the same block of time, we can usually find a way. We have travelled some distances to support regional need and where possible will offer this in association with the local OT and Physio teams. Just give us a call. Anything is possible!

Do you import specialised equipment yourselves?

In part, we do order to demand or upon acceptance of a quotation. For instance, the Di Blasi range of folding tricycles can be trialled in store, but if you require one, we order them at the time and have them air freighted to our shop or to your home. We work in similar ways with other specialist providers and our range is continually changing. If you have a specific requirement, please call us to discuss

What's the difference between a electric trike and a mobility scooter?

We often have customers come into the shop who have been to look at mobility scooters and then end up purchasing an electric trike after looking at the what an electric trike can offer when compared to a mobility scooter.

A mobility scooter is the 4 wheeled scooter that has a seat and a throttle, they do not have pedals. In Queensland a mobility scooter must be registered and can only travel on the road if the footpath or nature strip is unsafe to use. Mobility scooters are limited to 10 kph and can go anywhere a pedestrian can go which means that they can be used in shopping centres.

An electric tricycle can go anywhere a bicycle can go and is limited to 25kph with power assistance. You can go faster than 25 kph, for example, when you are going down hill or if you are able to pedal hard enough. Electric trikes do not need to be registered but they cannot be ridden into shopping centres.

With our electric tricycles you get a large basket on the rear able to carry lots of shopping and a trike that is a lot more fun to ride than a mobility scooter.

Is riding an electric bicycle or tricycle good for adults or children living with disabilities?

From our experience in working with Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists and their clients we have seen a large number of situations where the use of an electric assisted bike or trike has improved the mental and physical well being of people living with disabilities. We at Blind Freddy e bikes are not trained health professionals so we can only make comment on what we have observed but we can say that we have had many comments from customers who were surprised that they would be able to ride. Some examples include people living with MS who may suffer from periods of muscle fatigue or weakness. If they were riding a mechanical bike and then get fatigued then they will not be able to ride home. With an e bike they know that they can use a low level of assistance to allow them to go further, get over hills with ease and if on their way back they run into a head wind, then they can increase the power assistance level and ride back without fatiguing.

A person with a prosthetic leg is still able to ride an electric trike as all it takes is for their able leg to be strapped to the pedal and once they get that leg rotating the pedal then the prosthetic leg can just go along for the ride. Even the initial force required to get the bike moving when the pedal assist power cuts in can be overcome by using the walk assist function. This allows the rider to hold a button and the motor will start at 6 kph (fast walking pace) without having to pedal. Once the bike is moving then the rider can rotate the pedals and the pedal assistance takes over. Through the use of shortened cranks we can get people who have limited knee or hip movement onto an electric bike.
We think that cycling is not just about getting exercise, it is a social interaction and mental health exercise as well so just being able to get out into the fresh air and meeting people while cycling  
provides lots of benefits in addition to the exercise gained from pedalling in a controlled fashion and at a load that is comfortable and controllable to the rider.

Feel free to call us to ask how and electric bike or trike can help you get out and about.

How is a special needs bike different to a regular bike?

A special needs bike or trike is not really any different to a regular bike or trike. They are normally heavier as the frame is more solid to accommodate things like backrests and they are often single , fixed gear trikes that are harder to pedal. This is one of the reasons we fit electric kits to the “special needs” trikes to make them more like riding a regular bike as they are easier to pedal. The main differences are the types of accessories that are fitted including different shaped handlebars, various types of pedals and backrests and rear or side steering arms to allow an attendant to walk behind or along side the rider and assist with steering and braking.
Blind Freddy e bikes also offers side by side tricycles so that the riders can be seated beside each other and both have the option to pedal and steer.

Are adaptive bikes good for adults with special needs?

Adaptive bikes are also called special needs bikes so they have all of the same types of accessories and steering options. They are good for people with postural issues as the rider can be supported while seated on the bike. Their feet can be strapped into the pedals if required and hand gloves are available to assist people to hold onto the handlebars.

Do you recommend a disability bike or a trike for someone with special needs?

People living with a disability have a very wide range of requirements, some may be reasonably minor while others may require significant accessories to meet their needs. We consider the needs of each person and work with them and their support team to try and offer the best customised solution for them. Sometimes a regular bike with minimal modifications may be sufficient to address the persons needs while at other times much more complex modifications may be required.

What do I need to do to get NDIS funding for my special needs bike.

Our electric trikes and special needs trikes fall under the Assistive Technology budget within the NDIS support packages. To access this funding will depend on how your plan is managed which could be self managed, plan managed or NDIA managed. If you think that you would benefit from an electric bike and that it would help you to achieve your goals in your plan then you should talk with your plan co Ordinator and make sure that you have money budgeted for a bike. We can assist by proving a quotation for your review and you will need to discuss with your OT or physio as they will have to prepare an Assistive Technology report to justify how the bike will help you achieve your goals. You can come into our store or call us to arrange a trial where you can ride a range of bikes and trikes to see what works best for you.