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CTC's Anna Cipullo helps a rider with an incurable illness to get back in the saddle

Recently I met a forty-something lady called Amanda Nelson from Swindon. Amanda has been a strong gym-addict, road cyclist and mountain biker all her life, but twenty months ago she was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).

Since then her left leg has deteriorated and become sensitive to the slightest touch and movement. She is now unable to walk without the aid of crutches and, for longer distances, uses a mobility scooter.

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Guide to adapted cycles

Adapted cycles make cycling accessible to all, whatever your personal challenges. There are a wide range of disability cycles that suit people with a variety of learning and physical disabilities, as well as health issues. Here is a brief overview of what bikes are available.
An example of an adapted cycle - an upright hand cycle

This is an introduction to adapted bikes, but it is also important to remember that it's possible to modify a standard 2-wheel bike to suit your needs (e.g. by wiring brakes and gears onto one handle, adding a foot plate to a pedal or increasing handle bar height).

We mention a few particular manufacturers of disability cycles, but there are many other good makers all over the world - so it's worth exploring further.

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4-wheel downhill off-roading

Four wheeled downhill gravity biking is taking the UK by storm, and Bev Rimmer from the group Rough Riderz tells CTC all about this new hi-octane sport.
Dave Bower at Fort William

It's fast, it's furious and completely exhilarating. It's the adrenaline addict's perfect day out. Get strapped in and hold on tight as you hurtle round the corners and down the slopes of some of the UK's finest woodland trails.

Welcome to Rough Riderz, and the crazy world of four wheeled, downhill gravity bikes. These bikes have a custom-built frame, adjustable seat and footplate, off-road tyres, hydraulic brake system, and a safety harness system built into the seat and footplate.

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Using an adapted cycle is a fantastic way for everyone to have fun, gain more independence and enjoy a sense of freedom. Whatever type of cycle, adaptation or support you need there is likely to be a solution, whether you have a disability, lack balance or want to improve your confidence.

CTC Affiliated Clubs

CTC, the national cycling charity, is working with Cycling Projects to get more people riding on adapted cycles in England. 
We're building on the excellent network of Wheels for All centres, providing a joined up approach across the country to enable more people than ever to get out and about by bike.
 
By choosing a CTC affiliated club you can be sure of the best equipment, resources and staff.
 
We'll be updating the map below over spring 2014 to reflect the new networ
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