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Thread: Children's First Handcycle

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    Children's First Handcycle

    I am looking to purchase a hand cycle for my 7 year old son and was hoping to receive some advice/suggestions on what type of hand cycle would be good for him to start out on. Thank you.

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    He's going to love it KTZZ. Probably the Xlt jr. or excellarator jr.

    Scot Pellet at would have some great advice and possibly a few slightly used bikes.
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    Patrick's beaten me to it...and I agree with his recommendation.

    Have a read through here:

    As mentioned in the thread, Dave Lee was the one I dealt with at Bike-On, and he was very helpful.

    I spent a lot of time trying to find a suitable bike/handcycle for my son, and discovered that I always ended up at Bike-On...glad I found them!

    My son is now 7 and still enjoying handcycling. Having now tried it myself, it's tough going uphills, so he will need a hand a times...!

    Best of luck.

    Gordon, father of son who became t6 paraplegic at the age of 4 in 2007 as a result of surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

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    Sorry Gordy lol. I'm sure Gordy will be a big help also KT.

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    You may want to consider mountain drive if they make it available on the jr bikes. It would take some instruction for a kid to use mtn drive because you can't pedal while shifting into or out of mtn drive. All 7 of the mtn drive gears are easier than the easiest regular gear. I also think the coaster brakes on the jr bikes are better for kids.

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    Thank you all for your advice. I am thinking I will purchase the excellarator xlt jr? My son does not have a real strong upper body so I'm hoping this will be a good one to start on.

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    Good choice KT. This will really build his uppder body strength and cardio.

    I've been riding for over 35 years and feel it is one of the best lifestyle choices I made.

    The mirror and flag you can get at a local bike shop. You might inquire to see if they have any used XLT Jr.. I know he had some not too long ago.

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    We use a stricker handcycle attachment with our daughter (also 7) and T1 and another child here in Ireland has it . THey are made in Germany but looks like you have other options there in the US. THis was the best we could find in Europe-didnt search US providers. Goodluck and enjoy!

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