What is Adaptive Mountain biking?
Adaptive Mountain Biking (aMTB) encompasses a broad range of events and riders who typically cannot ride a standard mountain bike and require adapted equipment and trails to suit their physical, intellectual, neurological and sensory abilities.
There are varying adaptive mountain bikes available around the world, each designed to meet a riders specific need. Readily established adaptive equipment includes: handcycles, recumbent leg-cycles, and tandem bikes.
What is an off-road handcycle?
Off-road handcycles can be classed under the broader category of cyles used in Adaptive MTB, predominantly used by people with disabilities, special needs, or those who are uncomfortable, or unable to ride standard two-wheeled bikes. Due to the varying range of abilities, so to are the types of equipment.
As with mountain bikes, there are also a range of off road handcycles tailored to meet individual needs and the style of riding (XC and DH being the more prominent styles).
Three particular types exists, with many more variations being manufactured around the world and by handcycle enthusiasts. The following information provides a brief snapshot of the common styles of off-road handcycles.