Bike & Kayak Beach Party with Adaptive Adventures

On Sunday we headed north to Osterman beach here in in Chicago for a BBQ, biking and kayaking party hosted by the folks from Adaptive Adventures. The great bike folks from Creative Mobility were there as well, with their trailer full of adaptive bikes. Since the beach is right at the northern turnaround for the lakefront trail, there was a lot of room for everyone to ride whatever kind of bike they were interested in.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t ride our bikes to this event – it was a little far for Little Ding to ride. But we still loaded up our bikes and headed north to the beach where we parked at a nearby church that made their lot available for the day, and rode our bikes over to the beach.

Versa Trike - with platform pedals

Versa Trike – with platform pedals (hanging upside down)

First thing, of course was to check out the bikes. They had a couple of different versions of the Versa Trike -a bike designed by the folks from Creative Mobility. Most of these bikes can be adapted to suit the needs of the rider. Some riders need full, flat pedal platforms to strap their feet into, while others can use a pedal with a more traditional toe clip and a bungee strap to go around their heel.

Versa Trike - with toe clips and bungee heel straps

Versa Trike – with toe clips and bungee heel straps

They also had a fair number of bikes from Freedom Concepts – bikes that offer more core support, push bars, a variety of pedal options, as well as two or three different handlebar styles for different grip styles.

Freedom Concepts - Adventure Series Bikes

Freedom Concepts – Adventure Series Bikes

Freedom Concepts - Adventure Series Bike in purple

Freedom Concepts – Adventure Series Bike in purple

And of course, there were a lot of sleek-looking recumbent hand-cycles.  Everyone had fun zooming around the turnaround with these trikes.

Red Recumbent hand-cycle

Red Recumbent hand-cycle

Blue Recumbent hand-cycle

Blue Recumbent hand-cycle

Upright hand-cycle

Upright hand-cycle

There was a lot going on at the party, so we moved on from the bikes and let other folks take a spin.  We wanted to check out the music, the food and the games.

Adaptive Adventures Beyond the Waters Beach Party

Adaptive Adventures Beyond the Waters Beach Party

And of course there was a beach – Little Ding and our friend Ute had to take a dip and cool off.

Swimming at Ostermann Beach

We signed up for kayaking as well, but we had to leave before our group came up. They had a great set up with a lot of kayaks for everyone to try out.

Getting in line for kayaking

Getting in line for kayaking

Adaptive kayaking

 

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