Category: Bicycle Support Handle

Rear Steer Bike Modification

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---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted rear steering modification for a bicycle for a child with autism and global developmental delay. The child and her mother often go for walks around the local neighborhood and the mother thought it would be nice for the child to ride a bike on these outings. The child has limited balance and gross motor skills, but the mother still would need to give the child extra support as she grows. The child was assessed and then given a 24-inch bike for trial use. The bike's training wheels provided postural support and a strap around the child's waist provided additional support. The foot cups were useful in keeping the child's feet in place. The bike had a tow bar on the front that allowed the parents to pull the bike. When she was a toddler, the bike had a handle on the back to allow her parents to push her. The child had gotten used to this feature, and it was kept in the newer design. A custom rear steering modification was also added to the bike that allows the front wheel of the bike to be steered by a handlebar located at the back of the bike. The additional handlebar was positioned at the riders head height on the high-riser. The rear steering works by turning the handlebars to the left or right, just as a regular handlebar works and was fitted with a steering limiter that prevents the rider from over-steering and also prevents the person using the rear steer from stretching the rider's arms too much. Steering from the rear is transmitted through a series of levers and links between the rear steer and front forks. These links are arranged so as not to impinge on the child’s leg movements. TITLE: Payton's Freedom Wheels. JOURNAL: TAD Journal. REF: Volume 33, Number 1, 2013: pp. 14-15. PAGES: 3 with cover.

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Rear Steer Bike Modification

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Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD)
Technical Aid To The Disabled (TAD) Organization Type: 
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TAD is a charity organisation that has the authority to fundraise. TAD uses volunteers dedicated to the design, construction and provision of aids for people with disabilities. Members of TAD provide a resource pool comprising a range of design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy and other professional and technical skills. Aids custom-designed by TAD volunteers are described in the TAD Journal.
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Email address: tad@tadnsw.org.au
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http://www.tadnsw.org.au
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Therapeutic Aids