As children, many people have fond memories of riding bicycles around the neighborhood and on vacation. With age, bodies change, and many of us lose the ability to get back on a bike. Balancing becomes increasingly challenging and the tiny triangle-shaped seat becomes intolerable.
While on vacation in Cape Cod, Joan (age 71) realized that she was no longer able to balance on a two-wheel bicycle. With a love for cycling and the desire to ride with her grandson, she knew she needed to start looking at alternative solutions.
Joan came to us to check out our new adult tricycle to see if it might fit her needs.
This is Joan’s Experience with the American Eagle Cycles Freedom Cycle:
Q1: What was your reaction when you first saw the cycle?
Joan: At first, I felt intimidated; it is much bigger than my bicycle. I was apprehensive to take it for a ride.
AEC: Like some, she had her apprehensions when she first saw the trike; she was intimidated by the size. At 31” wide and 84” long, it seems a lot bigger than the average bicycle but it’s only as wide as the average person’s shoulders, and the length seems less intimidating once you are actually on it.
Q2: What did you think after you got on the cycle?
Joan: I adjusted the seat for my leg length and I got on the trike with ease. I was surprised that it was no trouble at all to get on and off. The seat was very comfortable and I felt stable.
AEC: Unlike traditional bicycles, this cycle is custom designed for maximum comfort. No more tiny, triangle-shaped seats that are uncomfortable and difficult to sit on. The seat is ergonomically designed so the rider’s weight is distributed evenly over a large area and includes lumbar support. The seat also slides back and forth to accommodate riders from 5′ to 6’2″.
Q3: Once you rode the cycle, what was the ride like and what did you think of the steering?
Joan: Maneuvering the trike was easy. As I pedaled faster and faster, I took sharp turns without feeling like I might tip over. It was easy stopping the trike too with brakes on both sides of the steering handle. And unlike my experience at the Cape on my two-wheeler, I didn’t need to worry about falling over when I stopped.
AEC: The Freedom Cycle requires no balance; it is self supporting. The low center of gravity makes it even more stable; allowing sharper turns without feeling like you might tip over. With steering at your sides it is easy to maneuver and very intuitive.
Q4: What was your overall experience?
Joan: All my intimidation and apprehension faded away as I felt the wind in my face. I didn’t want to get off the trike; I felt like I could ride forever. After my ride, I feel like I regained some sense of independence I thought I might have lost. It feels great knowing that I can keep up my active lifestyle.
Here at American Eagle Cycles, our goal is to allow you to get back out in nature and enjoy outdoor exercise, to once again feel the wind in your hair and sun on your face.
Gone are the days of sitting uncomfortably on a bicycle for extended periods of time. With the Freedom Cycle, you can easily go where the day takes you, while staying active, social, and healthy. Where will the Freedom Cycle take you?