Reconnecting the SCI Community with
The Great Outdoors
Able Bodied Experiences for ALL
Provide able bodied experiences to those that may have lost it due to a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).
Wojtek was injured in a road bike accident in 2015 and became a complete T5 paraplegic. He tried handcycling, but never ventured beyond his local bike path on rides no longer than 10 miles. In March 2020 he and his son built a new electric assist handcycle with a direct drive motor that enabled him to enjoy road biking in its full glory. Wojtek started biking up 3,000+ foot climbs with his son and 50+ mile rides with his wife and his old road bike friends. He biked over 2,000 miles and climbed over 100,000 feet in the remaining 9 months of 2020. Electric assist handcycling is the first activity Wojtek has done where he feels truly able bodied, a feeling he wants to share with the rest of the SCI community.
Book an e-assist Handcycle Lesson for free
Handcycling is a great way to explore the outdoors as the three large wheels give you an ability to roll a lot easier and a lot quicker than you could in a wheelchair. Add in an electric motor, which amplifies your strength as much or as little as you want, and the world is once again your oyster. Our all-wheel drive “beast mode” handcycle can even go up ski runs or up sandy/rocky fire roads.
We currently have two handcycles and are trying to bootstrap this program out of a private residence (map here), so realize availability may be limited and be prepared to ride on streets with cars.
During your lesson you will transfer the e-assist handcycle you see in all the pictures above and we will go for a ride around the neighborhood. We have a specially built shed that helps make transfers easier (video). Generally the first ride is somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour, but once you become comfortable on the bike, longer rides are where the fun begins. Our “epic ride” includes a 17 mile ride to Los Altos, where they have some excellent pizza…
If you click on the “book lesson” link below you can request a reservation slot and we will follow up with instructions on how to proceed.
5 miles (~30 minutes)
Short Bike Ride
13 miles (~1.5 hour)
If you want to try handcycling and do not mind making a trip to Berkeley CA, there is a great adaptive cycling center (which inspired this program) called BORP. They have a large collection of handcycles and can accommodate a lot more users.
How To Build an E-Bike Handcycle
We compiled a set of videos documenting what to buy, why, and how to build an electrified handcycle. These videos document our first electric assist e-bike, which is front wheel drive only. There are several things I would improve on this build, namely use a more modern motor with an L10 connector that is more reliable, but it is a great place to start. This is also probably the most affordable build possible. You can find the full playlist of videos here.