20 Bikes, Trikes and Tandems for children with special needs

Special Needs Bikes Trikes and Tandems

For children with special needs bike riding does not come easy. Trying to coordinate balance, pedaling and steering is an extremely difficult task. For children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida or other similar conditions, riding a two wheeler may never be a practical option.

If you have a child with special needs you may want to consider an adaptive bike. To make your job easier we have scoured the web looking for all types of adaptive bikes, trikes and more. We found 20 bikes ranging from $70 to $7,000. Check them out below and if you have any to add please tell us in the comments.

Balance Bikes

Glide BikesGlide Bikes

Glide Bikes use special balance bike technology that allows children of all needs and skill levels to quickly and easily learn how to ride a bike. The low center of gravity and ease-of-use makes it easier for children with special needs to ride a bike.
Price: $100-$300
Ages: 3 & up
Purchase from: Amazon.com

Kazam BikesKaZAM Bikes

As seen on the Today Show and in Parenting Magazine, the KaZAM bike helps your child skip the training wheels and learn to balance and ride a bike. Using the balance first peddle later concept the KaZAM bike does not come with peddles.
Price: $100
Ages: 2-5 (adult model also available)
Purchase from: Amazon.com

Skuut Balance BikeSkuut Wooden Balance Bike

The Skuut is a wooden bike for children. It has no pedals and no training wheels. The Skuut is perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence. Having mastered balance on the Skuut, the transition to a traditional two wheeler bike is easy.
Price: $60-$70
Ages: 2-5
Purchase from: Amazon.com

Freedom Concepts Balance BikeFreedom Concepts Balance Bike

The Freedom Concepts Balance Bike was created to be used for therapy to help children develop balance and coordination. The wide tires provide extra stability while challenging the rider to use their own balance to remain upright.
Price: $3,000-$4,000
Ages: 6-12
Purchase from: Adaptive Mall

Tandem Bikes

Buddy BikeBuddy Bike

Buddy Bike is a tandem bike that is modified to accommodate individuals with special needs. Unlike the typical tandem bike, the “driver” sits in the back while the individual with special needs sits on a lower seat in the front
Price: $2,025
Ages: 5 & Up
Purchase from: Amazon.com

Freedom Concepts Adventure TandemAdventurer Tandem

The Adventurer Tandem is a tricycle built for two. From the rear of the tricycle, the driver steers, brakes, and controls the 7-speed gears. The rider in the front, no matter his or her ability level, can enjoy all the benefits of cycling.
Price: $6,237
Ages: 7 & Up
Purchase from: Adaptive Mall

Trailmate Double JoyriderTrailmate Double Joyrider

Enjoy each other’s company while riding on this unique side-by-side tandem. The Double Joyrider features an independent pedaling feature that lets you ride together, alone, or with one resting. The handlebars adjust for each rider making it great for children and adults alike.
Price: $1,580
Ages: All ages
Purchase from: Trailmate

Tricycles

AmTryke Therapeutic TricycleAmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle

The AM-12  AmTryke features a combination hand/foot drive.  Designed to build strength and coordination for a wide range of children with disabilities. The hand /foot cycles are intended to stimulate reciprocal movement and increase range of motion.
Price: $750-$900
Ages:
5-12
Purchase from:
AmTryke

Power PumperPower Pumper

The Power Pumper is a therapeutic trike that uses hand pumping motions to move the bike forward. The bike is great for gross motor control, posture stability and children with mobility issues.
Price: $300
Ages: All ages (Adult model also available)
Purchase from: Power Pumper

Freedom Concepts Discovery SeriesFreedom Concepts Discovery Series

This trike was created for the little guys, even as young as 1 year old. This tricycle is perfect for those with simple balance problems to more involved cases of cerebral palsy, spina bifida, downs syndrome, head injury, muscular dystrophy and autism.
Price: $3,927
Ages: 1-5 (models for older children also available)
Purchase from: eSpecialNeeds

Kettler Air NavigatorKettler Air Navigator

The Kettler Air Navigator is a great first tricycle for children with special needs. Complete with a safety harness, the Air Navigator enables the child to peddle on his/her own power or get a push with the included push bar.
Price: $230
Ages: 1-5
Purchase from: Amazon.com

Rifton Adaptive TricyclesRifton Adaptive Tricycles

Rifton is a leader in adaptive equipment for children and adults. Rifton adaptive tricycles provide therapeutic, reciprocal exercise with all the fun of riding. This therapeutic trike grows with your child; you adjust it all with the twist of a knob!
Price: $1,230-$3,300
Ages: All ages
Purchase from: Rifton.Com

Micah Special Needs TricycleMicah Special Needs Tricycle

The Micah Trike is the ideal mobility training and exercise cycle for children and young adults. The Micah was designed to meet the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy and those who need balance and support. The Micah has rear care-giver steering, making it a wonderful tool for all involved.
Price: $1,369
Ages: 5-15
Purchase from: Flaghouse

Mini Tike 12 TrailmateTrailmate Mini Tike

The Mini Tike is great for young children that have mobility challenges. The low step-through design makes access easy. The bike comes with a rear basket and additional options are available.
Price: $379
Ages: 3-6
Purchase from: Trailmate

Recumbent Bikes

Mobo MobitoMobo Mobito

Designed for children of all abilities the Mobo Mobito is a great cruiser for children who have problems with balance. The Mobo Mobito is a great way to promote healthy exercise while taking an amazingly fun ride.
Price: $250
Ages: 4 & up
Purchase from: Amazon.com 

Trailmate LowriderTrailmate Junior Low Rider

The Low Rider is an option for those who are looking for a bit more stability and easy cornering without sacrificing the fun. The square tube, heavy-duty main frame and sleek design supplies rugged performance.  Optional walk behind push bar is available.
Price: $600
Ages: 4-12
Purchase from: Trailmate

Trailmate JoyriderTrailmate Joyrider

The exclusive step-through design lets everyone enjoy the thrill and excitement of trike riding. The model features a heavy duty steel frame, unique swing-away handlebars, and a cozy molded seat for hours of confident fun.
Price: $673
Ages: 8 & Up
Purchase from: Trailmate 

AmTryke Recumbent Foot CycleAmTryke Recumbent Foot Cycle

The JT-2000 foot cycle is a full featured recreation cycle. It boasts a fully adjustable recumbent seat that will fit almost any adult rider. It is designed for comfortable riding on paved trails and roads.
Price: $1,199
Ages: Teens & Young Adults
Purchase from: AmTryke

Trailers

The Wike Large Special Needs TrailerThe Wike Large Special Needs Trailer

The Wike Large Special Needs Bicycle Trailer is the perfect solution for larger children anxious to join in on the family cycling fun. The large Special Needs trailer can also be converted into a stroller and a jogger.
Price: Starts at $750
Ages: Children and some teens
Purchase from: Wicycle

Caboose Trailer Bike by Morgan CycleCaboose Trailer Bike by Morgan Cycle

This stable, two-wheel Trailer Bike is a great way to introduce young riders and kids or adults with special needs to the thrill of cycling!
Price: $90-$200
Ages: 4-8
Purchase from: Amazon.com

More Stuff

FatwheelsFat Wheels

Fat Wheels is great for adults or children with special needs who have balance issues but want to ride a bicycle. Fat Wheels come in a variety of sizes.
Price: $90-$200
Ages: 4-8
Purchase from: Fat Wheels

Lose The Training WheelsLose The Training Wheels

Lose The Training Wheels is more than just a bike-riding program. For many people with disabilities, it’s a seemingly impossible task that they can typically master in less than a week’s time through this program.

Within days of learning to ride, many children begin exhibiting independent behaviors at home. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
More Information: www.losethetrainingwheels.org

Tzvi

Written on 2012/02/21 by:

Tzvi

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+
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  • ehrliche

    You forgot the simple Little Tikes trike. $50-90 at local retailers. I know it’s not a ‘therapeutic’ bike, however, it’s very similar to the $230 Kettler you list, and more budget friendly. We have it, and have modified the pedals so our child can reach the pedals (wood blocks bolted on the pedal along with Velcro straps).
    Great buy for a toddler (guidbar & harness included), and no hassel from your insurance trying to get ‘durable medical equipment’ covered or dealing with the ‘red tape’ of paperwork and the standard 6-10week turnaround time for equipment.

  • Tzvi

    ehrliche, You are correct, however as you just stated you needed to do some of the modification on your own. In addition the Kettler comes with a pushbar and air filled tires making it an easier ride. 

  • Kathy Brennan

    Parents/caregivers can also try AMBUCS which specializes in providing AmTrykes to disabled vets and people/children with special needs. I received a scholarship from them for being an occupational therapy student. Web site is: http://www.ambucs.com/ They are a great resource/organization! I am not sure if there is a chapter yet in the Detroit area but worth checking out!
     

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1556774338 Karen Wang

    We got the Wee Ride 12 inch balance bike for our 2 year old some years ago. It costs about $80. He mastered it in less than 5 minutes. It’s a terrific therapeutic tool.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002204260826 Toyology Wb

    Come check these out at Toyology in the Orchard Mall and see for yourself how these bikes and trikes help

  • http://beebsandbro.blogspot.com/ Beebsandbro

    my Daughter has CP and we just got on the wish list for an Ambucs tryke! Read my blog to see how you can get your child on the wish list too @beebsandbro.blogspot.com

    http://beebsandbro.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-get-special-needs-bike.html

  • Dpfilzen

    We love our son’s Triaid bike and it can be a trike type bike or be attached to an adult bike!

  • http://www.raiseExpectations.com/ Sue Adelamn

    So glad you posted about Lose the Training wheels!  This is a great program!  

    • Baassie

      If you are in MI around the Detroit Metro area we are hosting Loose your training wheels in July.

  • Cutelilshortie31

    I’m an adult with spina bifida and would love one of these special bikes but I can’t afford any of them :( does anybody have any suggestions of a less expensive bike?

  • Doreenhuxley

    Hi Rabbi,
    My son has used supa bikes for many years, it has 4 wheels, dan is strapped in with waist strap, hip strap it has back support and foot and calf support, dan can propel the bike slightly, but mostly comes from me who is behind him pushing him. we need the 4 wheels as dans sight is very poor along with his balance.
    the company has now gone into recevership and we can no longer locate a new one. Have you heard of these bikes and if so do you know where i could get another.
    Yours,
    Doreen Huxley

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  • Darcyheyd5572

    Hi My son has aspergers syndrome and very poor balance and strength due to ligamentous laxity…where his ligaments don’t grow in sync with the rest of his body…I’m looking for a 3 wheel recumbent bike for him that is going to last…I have seen all kinds of reviews and just want some feed back from parents that have purchased this type of bike…we are looking at the Tri-ton 3 wheel cruiser but all the reviews are terrible…they say it is a bike that won’t last and is poorly made…but, it is the one that my son likes the most (it’s cool and comes in blue : ) )  Any suggestions?

  • Ahzreia

    We wanted a trailer bike for our 5 year old daughter, so that she could get excerise pedaling in with us.  But we were worried about safety cause she has seizures and motor planning delays.  We found what we where looking in the Weehoo I-go.   It does have a 299-399 price tag but it is a trailer bike that is built like a recumberant so it has a seat with a back and a five point harness.  adjusts for kids 38 inch – 52 inches with max weight of 65 lbs.  we love it, it will be even better if I can convince her to pedal forward and help rather then backward ;) 

  • Sirdavekean

    Hello. I have an 8 year old Son who has Autism. I’m after a Buddy bike. I don’t have £2,000 spare to spend on a Buddy bike. Can any one help. Thank-you

  • Cindy

    I am trying to find a Bike that I can use and break with only one hand. I have lost the use of my right hand and need something with 3 wheels that I can control the breaks with my feet. A nice big seat would be nice too, I have RA and Degenerative Disc Disease. Any suggestions?

  • Connie

    Hi everyone! I have a Discovery Bike DCP12 for sale (retail $3,900). Google: Freedom Concepts Inc. to see picture. I’m asking $1,900. Bike is located in California. Cell (714) 955-1799 Connie

  • Aimee

    hi everyone i have a 6yr old boy that can not ride a bike he has not been diagnosed yet but hes on the lines of autistic i would love to get him a bike so he can ride with his sister. it makes me feel helpless when i see his little face as he watches his sister ride . he has got a bike but can not do it any sugestions please

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