A paralyzed adventurer designed a mountain bike for folks with disabilities to discover the outside
Practically 25 years in the past, Christian Bagg was snowboarding in Canada’s Banff Nationwide Park when he crashed and broke his again, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.
“I knew proper after I hit the bottom that that was it,” Bagg, 45, informed CNN. “I don’t ever remembering having any second the place I believed I might stroll once more. One thing in me simply knew it was over.”
However nothing might cease the avid outdoorsman from discovering his method again up a mountain.
A long time after his accident, Bagg based Bowhead Corp, an organization that designs bikes for folks with bodily disabilities. These specialised bikes permit them to journey up and down tough terrains, climb mountains and even make spectacular jumps.
The thought was born in 2008 in his basement, the place Bagg, a machinist, labored alone to create a motorcycle that may give him the power to search out adventures wherever he happy without having assist or holding his buddies again.
The thought was initially a private objective that he by no means supposed to show right into a enterprise, however that modified when he met a 14-year-old woman with cerebral palsy who wished to attempt his bike.
“I match her up within the bike and tied her to her buddies so they might pull her with them, and 4 hours later she comes across the nook. I hadn’t actually heard her converse a lot at that time, however when she bought to her mother she mentioned, ‘Mother, that was the perfect day of my life,’ ” Bagg mentioned.
“The feelings I bought from listening to her say that was higher than any emotion I had using the bike. It was the second I spotted, this shouldn’t be only for me.”
In 2018, Bagg based Bowhead Corp and started designing bikes for disabled folks all over the world.
His bike is available in one foremost design, the Bowhead Attain. However totally different fashions supply riders options to suit their particular bodily wants. For instance, one model has a push deal with within the again for riders who nonetheless want help, whereas one other might be managed solely by the rider.
Within the reverse tricycle, the primary wheel of the bike is positioned within the again with the remaining two wheels within the entrance. The bike is provided with heavy-tread tires, a 300-watt electrical motor and an adjustable seat that enables riders to unfold their legs in entrance of them.
Bagg and his staff is dedicated to customizing the bike with no matter upgrades or design adjustments are mandatory to verify anybody with a bodily incapacity can journey one.
“Anybody who needs to journey a motorcycle, we are going to endeavor to determine how they will,” he mentioned. “No matter we have to do to get folks exterior.”
With Bowhead Corp rising — and greater than 200 orders already in for the upcoming yr — Bagg hopes that his bike is simply the primary of many technological developments that can permit folks with bodily disabilities to go wherever they dream of going, or returning to the locations they thought they’d by no means see once more.