HANDBIKEs from HASE BIKES: Adaptive high-techBe it a weekend ride in the countryside or a daily commute to work, the HANDBIKEs from HASE BIKES have what it takes to make mobility fun, ergonomic, and boundary-less. And with HASE BIKES’ unparalleled range of adaptive accessories, each trike can be perfectly customized to the rider’s needs and preferences.
At HASE BIKES, handcyclists can choose between the HANDBIKE version of the sporty KETTWIESEL or a laid-back LEPUS HANDBIKE with a higher seat. Both models are delta trikes with one wheel in front and two in the back. This geometry makes them not only wonderfully nimble but also incredibly stable.
The HANDBIKE comes with a beautifully engineered hand-crank assembly that efficiently transfers the power from your arms to the wheels. The adjustable leg supports offer comfortable stability and protection for the lower body.
One advantage of recumbent trikes: easy mountingA delta trike is practically untippable when parked. The seat is also the perfect height for easy transfer from a wheelchair. For mounting and dismounting, the hand-crank assembly is folded forward and out of the way. And like all HASE BIKES components: it can be perfectly adjusted to the size and preferences of the rider.
One advantage of rear-wheel drive: more grip on the ascentsThanks to rear-wheel drive, HANDBIKES have such great traction that even riding uphill is fun. If you plan to take your trike to the trails, a differential is an indispensable accessory. It transfers the power to both rear wheels. And if you’re looking for even more luxury on hilly routes, there’s always the e-motor option.
Pedaling, shifting, braking: all at your fingertipsActually, the design of the HANDBIKE is much like any other bike: the shifters and brake levers are mounted to the handgrips. The difference is that these grips also function as hand pedals. Sounds a lot like multitasking, but the controls are actually very easy to learn.
The hand cranks are available in two different sizes: 174-millimeter and 150-millimeter. This helps adapt the HANDBIKE to the rider for perfect ergonomics.
She is slim, athletic, and a “handbiker.” Her vehicle: a KETTWIESEL with hand cranks. Originally from Aßlar, a town in northern Hesse, Judith loves riding through the countryside. Ideally with her son, Anton, and husband, Dennis.
“It always gives me such a wonderful sense of freedom,” explains Judith. Anyone who’s ever been there knows: the region around Wetzlar is quite hilly. To feel a sense of freedom, you need muscle power. Some people even avoid cycling in the region, because of the hills. But not Judith. And she conquers them not with her legs, but with her arms.
Two years ago, Judith had an accident and lost both of her legs. A major turning point in the life of the then 40-year-old. But modern medical technology can work wonders. With prosthetic legs, she went through physical therapy and was then able to return to her job as a teacher at a special school focused on mental development.
“It didn’t take me long at all to learn to stand and walk again,” explained Judith. “I’m someone who loves a good challenge.” And by the tone of her voice, it’s obvious that she’s used to staying focused on the future and seeing the best in every situation.
When she was in physical therapy, she learned how important exercise is for the healing process – including emotional healing. “And from my job, I knew that there were special, adaptive trikes that make it possible for people with limited mobility to cycle.”
First, Judith tested the standard KETTWIESEL. But with her prosthetic legs, she didn’t have enough strength to pedal up the hills in her region. So she chose the KETTWIESEL HANDBIKE. With other trikes, her legs would have to be strapped down.
“What I like so much about the KETTWIESEL is that it’s so easy to get in and out of the seat. This means, any time I want, I can just lift my legs out of the leg rests, push the hand-crank assembly forward, and stand up. It’s just such a safe feeling.” Which describes pretty much every aspect of the KETTWIESEL, on both good and poor road surfaces. Because, unlike standard handbikes, the KETTWIESEL has rear-wheel drive. Which takes it up any hill.
And speaking of drives: the trike also has an almost invisible e-motor in the front hub. It works just like a classic pedelec: when the rider pedals, the motor provides additional power, which takes the strain out of climbing hills and accelerating – “and I can be quite the speed demon,” she confirmed.
Now Judith can no longer imagine life without her HANDBIKE: “The seat height, for example, is perfect – I can ride right beside Anton’s trailer and communicate with him easily.” Unlike Papa, who tows his son on an upright bicycle.
Our photo-shoot team also noticed Anton’s fondness for the low-riding recumbent trike. “Mama, Mama!” he called happily from his trailer whenever she used the power of the two drives to accelerate and ride alongside him for a while.
The HANDBIKE is, above all, a recreational trike; riding along the Dill river, enjoying nature together, is fun for the whole family. But Judith can imagine even more: “A racing version of the HANDBIKE might also be fun … with the landscape rushing past!” she said with a wink and sped off.