Cycling is an activity that is not available to many due to reasons such as balance, disabilities, or fear. Recumbent bikes and trikes can enable many who could not otherwise enjoy the benefits of cycling. Riding a recumbent bike or trike can allow those of all ages, a wide variety of physical disabilities, and who lack confidence to ride to become active both physically and socially. This session will explain how recumbent cycles can remove barriers that had previously made cycling unavailable to many. Due to the dynamics of a recumbent cycle, back pain, arm pain, leg pain, and rear end pain are removed from the riding experience. This session will show how riding recumbents is an alternative to traditional cycling and will allow those attending this session a chance to experience riding a recumbent trike.
- Explain the dynamics of a recumbent trike.
- Identify which individuals may benefit from riding a recumbent.
- Recognize how recumbent cycling enables individuals to participate in cycling.
This session will include actual test rides of a recumbent trike, a panel discussion by those who have obtained benefits from riding a recumbent, and a question/answer session that will allow the participants to fully understand the dynamics of riding recumbent. Participants will be able to determine how recumbent cycling provides health benefits, rehabilitation aid, and psychological benefits that come from being able to exercise without fear or discomfort, and the social gains from identifying with the recumbent riding culture. By test riding a recumbent, and discussing the advancement of physical improvement and social inclusion with those who ride recumbents, participants will recognize the potential that recumbent cycling delivers.
Director of Public Relations,
Easy Street Recumbents
Jane Knight became deaf/legally blind in a horseback accident and for 25 years was almost immobile due to the lack of balance. After discovering recumbent trikes, she was able to become active in cycling that expanded her world physically and mentally. She was hired by Easy Street Recumbents to promote the advantages of riding a recumbent. Jane completed her Masters of Science in Deaf Studies and has published writings on many facets of deaf education and the cochlear implant, as well as extensive public speaking on these topics. She travels extensively to ride bike trails with her husband, Dr. Greg Long and her Service Dog, Sweet P. She is the organizer of the annual Heart of Texas Recumbent Rally and Rodeo.