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Helping Ava confidently ride her bike for the first time!

Posted 28 February 2022 in Stories

Ava’s family approached their local Remap group to see if our volunteers could adapt her bike so that she could ride confidently and safely.

The West Midland’s Remap Group, worked with Ava to produce a handlebar that was smaller and closer to her body, allowing her to support her hand on the bar.

Remap Volunteer, Nigel details the adaptations he made to Ava’s bike:
“I produced two brackets out of a steel square tube, these were then drilled through for the correct size and capped off at each end to reduce sharp edges and increase strength. Once this was complete I cut them along the length and fitted riv-nuts in order to increase the thread length, and stop the use of nuts (keeping the sharp edges to a minimum not to catch clothing on). I also made an elbow joint for the handle bar itself with a thread in the end so I could attach a bigger washer to remove any risk of injury from the end of the bar. All open ends of tubes were capped off so fingers couldn’t get caught.”

Ava will now be able to ride a bike for the first time, and mum Kerry explains just how much this means to Ava:
“What the Remap volunteers have done is amazing she really loves it, before we had the bike adapted Ava found it difficult to hold the handlebars and sit on the seat safely. It’s amazing to see her smiling and enjoying riding her bike.”

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