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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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