We rent handcycles, recumbent trikes, triathalon and travel bicycles for all your riding needs
In the fall of 2016, I (James) broke my kneecap. After confronting the depressing reality of a lost opportunities for riding during Northeast Ohio's best season, I bought a handcycle. Much to my delight, it was fast, comfortable and stable, so I used it until my knee healed enough to allow riding on a leg-powered bicycle again. I learned that the joy of cycling is the same regardless of which limbs or muscles you use to propel yourself.
I also came to see the reality of the "TAB" (meaning "temporarily able-bodied") sobriquet that many of our disabled" brethren use for the rest of us. I had to acknowledge that full mobility is not inevitable but a privilege for which to be grateful. Furthermore, I saw the opportunity to assist persons with no, limited, or temporarily impaired use of their legs to experience the joys of cycling.
UPCYCLES BIKES now stocks new and used handcycles for sale or rent. The rental option is ideal for riders recovering from leg surgery (including knee & hip replacements) and the used purchase option offers a lower cost alternative for longer-term users. There are two versions. The low-slung recumbent, Invacare Top End XLT (shown with James seated in it above right) or Force-2 is more aerodynamic because the legs are extended straight in front of the rider. It is appropriate for knee injuries that limit the flexion of the knee to less than 90 degrees. The upright chair handcycle is higher and more visible, but requires the knees to be bent to at least 90 degrees, so would work for hip injuries which do not affect knee flexion.
HANDCYCLE RENTAL PRICES
If you buy a handcycle bike from us and return it in good condition, we will buy it back according the schedule below:
Time owned Buy-back % of original cost
0-7 days 90%
8-28 days 80%
29 days-2 months 70%
2 months-3 months 60%
3 months-4 months 50%
5 months-6 months 40%
6 months-7 months 30%
7 months-forever 20%
If you buy a travel bike or triathalon bike from us and return it in good condition, we will buy it back according the schedule below:
Time owned Buy-back % of original cost
0-3 days 90%
4-7 days 80%
8-14 days 70%
15-21 days 60%
22-28 days 50%
29 days-6 months 40%
6 months-1 year 30%
> 1 year 20%
Thanks to adventurous friends and family, we have stocked and shared recumbent tadpole trikes. When Nozomi's mother wants to ride in the Metro Park, either James or Nozomi often ride her Eco-Tad tadpole trike the 1-5 miles to a park where we turn it over to her and we hike while she rides. The whole trip is delightful.
We highly recommend tadpole trikes for a stable, carefree recumbent riding experience for anyone, especially for anyone who does not ride a traditional two-wheeler. If you are curious, arrange an appointment to test-ride one at our shop. You may fall in love with the design.
A travel bike will fit into a case small enough to be checked as regular baggage on an airline. In the modern economy airfare market, a regular checked bag from Cleveland to Colorado Springs, for example runs $30-$40, a full-size bike would cost $75 and up, shipping by bike flights is $45, and the cheapest rental in Colorado Springs was $40 a day. The transport cost is lowest for the travel bike and at our rental rates, for three days or more of riding, the travel bike is more economical than rental at your travel destination. The travel bike also folds to fit into the trunk of a small rental car with no rack rental needed.
The limits for a checked bag on any airline are 62 inches length + height + width, and 50 pounds. As a travel bike, the Raleigh Twenty offers the option of separating the frame into two parts to pack more compactly. The suitcase, as shown stuffed with dissembled Raleigh Twenty and warm bike clothes measures 59.5 inches and 47.5 pounds. This bike and travel case are available for rent from Upcycles Bikes.