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A Tricky Balancing Act

We all remember getting the training wheels off our bikes for the first time. You’d glide a little across the pavement, pedal as fast as you could – but even the most confident kid would take a few tumbles and suffer some scraped knees from falling off a wobbly bike.

Unfortunately, this problem of balancing on a bike is not just an issue of the past. The struggle to balance while bicycling – although it may become easier in adulthood – has caused a number of accidents from scrapes, fractures or worse in the U.S.

Annually in America, there are 500,000 emergency room visits from bicycle falls and many deaths.

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These numbers can be scary, especially for those of us who don’t have the strongest sense of balance.

What causes these balance problems? Well, it can’t just be pinned down to one answer. Many things affect our balance, including:

  • Inner ear problems, including vertigo
  • Normal aging and muscle weakness
  • Various eye problems
  • Numbness in feet and legs (neuropathy)
  • Arthritis
  • Heart or blood circulation problems
  • Long-term diseases of the nervous system (MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s)

Do these issues sound familiar? If so, you may be at an increased risk for dangerous balance problems which, when combined with a balance-critical activity like biking, can have disastrous consequences.

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So what exactly were we thinking about these risky balance issues here at American Eagle Cycles?

We were thinking we would eliminate the problem at its source.

The joys of biking shouldn’t have to vanish because of problems that are out of a riders’ control. It would be difficult to eliminate the balancing issue of every individual – so why not create a cycle where balance isn’t an issue?

At American Eagle Cycles, that’s exactly what we did.

Our Freedom Cycle requires no balancing and no fear of taking a life-threatening fall. How did we do it? A few ways:

Our stable bucket seat; with lumbar support, you’ll feel entirely safe with no need to balance on an uncomfortable little bike seat. It’s the best of both worlds: feeling like you’re sitting in your living room chair while actually getting exercise.

Our sturdy armrests: These armrests aren’t going anywhere. Use them to lounge while you cycle or use them to assist with getting in and out of our bucket seat.

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Three Points of Contact: Better known as? Three wheels. Our tricycle has three points of contact to the ground, creating stable support.

Robust Engineering: And most of all, our cycle has been designed and built by an engineer. This means that, rest assured, this is one sturdy cycle. Our cycle has held riders over 250 lbs. comfortably and with full balance.

American Eagle Cycles wants all riders – of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities – to feel stable and secure when cycling. No worries about balance required.

Life is a tricky balance acting…but cycling shouldn’t be.

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Mass Innovation Nights

The Freedom Cycle was one of eleven featured products at Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) this past Tuesday, November 12. MIN is a monthly event designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. This month’s event was at GameOn in Boston, MA (right next to Fenway) and it featured companies that are all about fun and games. It was the 56th event for MIN but was our first time attending. The turn out was great and we were thrilled with the experience.

We showed up to the event early to get a prime location to setup the Freedom Cycle. Never having attended one of these events, we were unsure what to expect. The results were fantastic with a great turnout and lots of folks interested in the Freedom Cycle and what we are doing. We had all different types of people with varying interests; some were entrepreneurs, some were angel investors, designers, and potential customers. Overall, we walked away with new contacts that want to provide more exposure for FREE, a couple interested investors (which was not at all expected), great input from younger bike riders intrigued by our new design,  and a potential sale. Needless to say, this was one of the most successful events we’ve attended thus far.

We’d like to extend a personal thank you to Bobbie Carlton and her team for making this event possible and inviting us to participate!

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Slim Your Waistline, Not Your Wallet

I recently heard a simpleCycling argument for trading your car in for a cycle. It was short and to the point, but made the point better than any other I had heard. Cars run on money and make you fat, while bikes run on fat and save you money. Who can argue with that?

Biking has many obvious health benefits and is much better for the environment than the one billion cars that are on the road today. With the push to have fewer cars on the road, people often overlook one of the biggest persuading factors of all, money.

Trading in your car for a cycle or e-cycle will drastically cut your expenses and save you a great deal of money in the long run. Driving off the lot in your shiny new car is a great feeling… until you receive your first car payment and continue to spend a large portion of your income on it for years to come. Aside from the initial cost of the vehicle, there are insurance costs, car maintenance, and for those working and living in the city, high parking costs. Not to mention after several years the vehicle is worth no where near what you paid for it. Add to that high gas prices, and you realize your car is a money pit!

Even hybrid models like the Toyota Prius cost on average $5,000 per year for ownership (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/what-that-car-really-costs-to-own/index.htm). The Freedom Cycle starts at $2,499.00, saving you $2,500 right off the bat without ever having to worry about gas or insurance. Instead of burning through your paycheck, you will be burning calories and well on your way to a healthier you. Cycling will also save you money in long term healthcare costs by keeping you in shape and out of the doctor’s office.

If you prefer to keep your waist line slim and not your wallet, it’s time to start your daily commute on a cycle.

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Visit to MSNBC Studios

Exciting news at American Eagle Cycles, Inc.! Thursday, July 18th President Gary Webster and Vice President Lisa Lococo traveled to NBC Studios in Rockefeller Plaza for the taping of the Elevator Pitch segment of Your Business which aired Sunday, July 21st.

Gary and Lisa had 60 seconds to pitch American Eagle Cycles, Inc. to business experts Colleen DeBaise and Carey Smith followed by a discussion with them. After the pitch, Colleen expressed her delight that the Freedom Cycle is a product that caters to those limited by age or disability by saying, “that part really spoke to me”. Carey Smith noted that with the oncoming generation of baby boomers facing the issue of how to stay active and healthy as they age, the Freedom Cycle is addressing something very interesting at the right time. Overall, the feedback was positive.

Take a look for yourself and tell us what you think!

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Stay Happy and Healthy by Cycling

It is no secret that as we age maintaining our health becomes more and more important. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve and maintain ones health. However, many types of exercise become too strenuous and often times feel like a chore. Activities like running and aerobics place stress on our joints and can start to become dangerous. While some exercises lose their practicality, cycling always remains a great exercise option, especially for active adults. New recumbent cycles, such as the Freedom Cycle make cycling even safer by keeping riders closer to the ground and providing more stability.

The benefits of cycling are endless. Often times we find ourselves moving less as we age, and as a result our body’s circulation slows. Cycling is great for your heart and a low impact way to get your blood pumping and get a great cardiovascular workout. It is also known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cycling is a great way to increase muscle strength without placing stress on your joints.

Cycling also helps fight some of today’s most dangerous ailments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that activities such as cycling have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, and some cancers.

It is a great option for those looking to lose weight. Strenuous exercise may be too hard on ones body but cycling is a great way to burn calories and increase your metabolism with little risk of injury. If you’re overweight and/or injured, sit comfortably in a Freedom Cycle and pedal the pounds away.

It is also great for your mental health. Going for a ride is a great way to reduce stress and boost endorphins that enhance your mood. So next time you want to do something good for yourself, go for a ride and improve your physical and mental heath at the same time. Best of all, it’s fun!

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The Freedom Cycle Experience

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?

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