An ICE TRIKE DEALER with a difference
Paul from Adapt-e is one of our amazing ICE trike dealers based in Cheshire here in the UK. Adapt-e specialises in finding disabled and adaptive customers the best riding solution for their needs. This is Pauls story.
Frustrating amount of time to adjust
My first challenge post amputation was to get mobile and regain some freedom and independence. Being sat in a hospital bed is depressing, and only fuels negative frustration with thoughts of what you can’t do not what you can do. The amputation itself strangely wasn’t that bad, boof there one minute gone the next. What caused me more of an issue was the extreme fatigue as an effect of chemotherapy, every physical excursion was a massive effort.
My first piece of mobility equipment was a wheelchair and crutches, not ideal as it really had the effect of making me feel double disabled, what I really wanted to find was something that would give me a positive mind set and get me out and about, something that would make me feel more normal, something I could use with my family and friends, so the torturous hunt began.
A power attachment for my wheelchair was the first purchase, a tick for mobility, but not so good for my physical fitness, far too sedentary. I quickly saw the limitation so moved on the a Mountain Trike, a lever driven Wheelchair, billed as an All Terrain Wheelchair, it was certainly a capable piece of equipment but I quickly discovered you had to have arms the size of Popeye to go any distance, and with the hangover of fatigue from the chemotherapy meant the distance I need to travel to keep up with my mates wasn’t possible, so it just didn’t do it for me.
Finding an ICE dealer at that time wasn’t so easy, but I eventually managed to find a dealer with a secondhand trike with electric assist so a sale was made. I quickly found however a number of gearing modifications where needed to allow me to ride the hills where I lived. It became clear that I hadn’t done enough research and hadn’t been asked enough questions by the dealer at the outset to get the most suitable trike. Not an insurmountable problem but a recurring theme ,the same frustration in all my equipment quest from the time of my amputation. I’d spent a lot of money buying and selling kit that wasn’t right , a very costly learned experience.
Neil Selwood at ICE HQ very kindly helped me re-gear the ICE Adventure trike which now met my every aspiration, it would climb up anything. An adaptive ambassador relationship developed with the ICE Trike company, with me attending a number of shows and events ICE had organised. It soon became clear to me that I had a lot to offer ICE clients who had an adaptive need because I could empathise more readily with their medical conditions, after all “if he can ride a trike with one leg what’s stopping me”. I also had no problem talking about the highs and lows of clients’ conditions so rather than selling a trike I was finding a solution to a problem, which it a totally different approach.
So with the help of Drew and the rest of the team at ICE I set up Adapt-e in 2019. A bespoke ICE Trike advice and demonstration service, to help clients find the best possible trike solution to meet an individuals need. We work from our home base in Cheshire but travel all over the country supporting individual clients and promoting recumbent trikes into the medical professional arena.
Electric assist is an absolute game-changer for ICE clients with an adaptive cycling need. Trikes can be custom configured with a whole host of factory option adaptions. That said in my view it’s the advice of a learned experience that is the most valuable to clients. Our mission at Adapt-e is to ensure that the configuration of a trike exceeds every aspiration and seriously raises the potential adventure horizon that our clients have to look forward too.
Recovering a sense of normality, riding out with friends and family, experiencing greater independence and freedom, only a recumbent trike could bring this to the party. It’s not a trike it’s a solution. Trike Smiles RuS.
For more information: Visit www.adapt-e.co.uk
COVID 19 Adapt-e Update 09/07/2021
Adapt-e are still able to offer face to face demonstrations as well as online trike configuration consultations subject to local COVID 19 restrictions, call us for details. Mobile 07836 524170
In-line with current advice, face to face assessments can take place where: clients involved are free from symptoms of COVID-19; if they have self-isolated for 10 days after onset of symptoms; or if they have have been in contact with others with symptoms – that they have self-isolated for 10 days.
Before booking we require confirmation of the following via email that you
Have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days
That you are not awaiting a test, or the results of a COVID-19 test
That you Do Not have any of the following symptoms? High temperature or fever? continuous cough, Loss of sense of smell or taste?
And that you do not live with someone who has tested positive , or has symptoms of COVID-19, in the last 10 days?
Our demonstration staff will wear PPE mask and gloves and where possible maintain social distancing.
Demonstration equipment is cleaned thoroughly between use.