TRETS REH with medical-aid number (in Germany)The REH is the VIP edition of our trike for kids with special needs and even has a medical-aid number (in Germany). It offers a very high level of safety and is ideally suited for children with neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Young people with restricted movement, e.g. associated with spasticity, paraplegia, or dysmelia, can also use the TRETS REH.
With specialized accessories and optional features, most of which were designed by HASE BIKES, the TRETS REH can be perfectly adapted to the needs of the young rider: from special pedals to “fixed wheel” drive (i.e. no freewheel), and so much more.
Helpful accessories: the Guide Bar and Holder for Walking SticksThe optional Guide Bar is a helpful aid for tired or inexperienced TRETS riders. This accessory lets you steer the TRETS for your child and turn over the controls whenever the little pilot is ready to ride solo.
The special Holder for Walking Sticks makes it possible to take along the child’s crutches or walking sticks. Just place them in the holder and close the clamp. Mountable at various positions on the trike. Fits tubes ⅝”–2⅜” (15–60mm) in diameter.
Special Children’s Pedals, Pendulum Pedals, and Crank ShortenersThe feet of children with motor disorders can be strapped securely into the Special Children’s Pedals, stabilizing them in an anatomically correct position. And they are even easy to use.
Pendulum Pedals can help children with severely limited mobility slowly regain flexibility and strength. The trick: pedaling is possible with very little knee bend. Adjustable to allow for more movement as leg strength returns: beneficial training effect.
For children with legs of different lengths or restrictions in leg mobility, Crank Shorteners can be mounted to adjust the pedals to any radius. This makes it possible to optimize rehabilitative training or allow the crank length to grow with your child.
“Yahooo!” She cheers and laughs as she cruises around on her trike: now that she owns a TRETS, eight-year-old Sarah Noack wants to go cycling with her parents and twin sister every day – and in any weather.
She has been using the children’s trike since May of 2015. Sometimes her parents hitch the TRETS to one of their bikes as a pedal-powered trailer, and sometimes she rides, like Laura, all by herself. It depends on how far the Noacks are planning to ride.
Stefanie and Alexander, the twins’ parents, are thrilled about Sarah’s newfound motivation for cycling. “We’ve always been cycling enthusiasts,” said the mother. “With Sarah, it was somewhat more difficult in the beginning – but only in the beginning.” Sarah was born premature. As a result, she suffers from multiple disabilities, has movement disorders, and is unable to walk unassisted.
“We had asked our health insurance company to cover a normal therapeutic tricycle with a saddle,” explained Stefanie. But they kept coming up with new reasons for denying our request. Then, Sarah’s special school had a festival, where the twins both tried a TRETS.
The couple also considered a PINO, where Sarah could sit in front. “But we thought it was better if she had the option of riding independently,” said Stefanie. “In any case, we’re so happy now that it didn’t work out with the therapeutic tricycle. Otherwise, we would never have been able to cycle like this as a family.” Because the standard, upright trikes cannot be converted for use as a trailer.
After a few miles of independent pedaling, Sarah has had enough – which is no problem with her trike: the front wheel is removed, and the TRETS is towed as a trailer – then Sarah can pedal as much and as hard as she wants.
Sarah is a very communicative and active child. “The best part is seeing how much fun she has on the trike,” said Stefanie. “It gives her a strong sense of freedom, being independently mobile.” Sarah cannot walk without leg braces. On the TRETS, she doesn’t need them – another advantage.
And while she’s pedaling, her muscles are getting stronger all the time. “Riding the trike is incredibly beneficial for her,” said Stefanie. “It’s good exercise, and maybe it will eventually even help get her on her feet.” Learning to walk by cycling!
The four of them ride through their hometown of Hochheim am Main, or take cycling trips to Mainz or even sometimes Wiesbaden – as often as they can. On the many farm trails, Sarah does very well as a solo pilot; but when they’re in the city – for example, on their way to the girls’ favorite ice cream parlor – the TRETS is hitched up and pulled as a trailer.
The family’s trips are great fun for everyone. “I wonder whether I would notice if Sarah used her brakes while I was pulling her,” commented Alexander loudly while riding beside his wife. Before she could answer, he almost slipped off his saddle in shock – Sarah had squeezed her brakes, just for a moment, but with power …
We all had a lot of fun on the photo shoot with the Noacks. Mostly because of our young protagonist: the bubbly Sarah was so excited about the shoot and all of the people who had come to see her, that it didn’t take long for her to infect everyone with her radiant smile.