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Jim enjoys a new lease of life with Lisburn Tandem Group

Jim Moore stopped cycling when his eyesight deteriorated but he longed to be back on a bike. Then he discovered the LIsburn Tandem Group and has discovered a new 'cycling' lease of life.
Riders on a tandem

Jim has Macular Degeneration so has no central vision, but relatively good peripheral vision.

He began cycling for pleasure when he got his first bike at ten years old. He continued cycling until his mid-twenties, when his sight had deteriorated to the point where he was no longer safe on a bike.

During his teens and early twenties, Jim was "never off a bike", cycling to work from Donaghadee to Bangor in the summertime and using it as his mode of transport to get to different Youth Hostels the length and breadth of Northern Ireland.

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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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