Danny & Debby Short
I have been riding bikes my entire life, I started riding bikes as a kid and soon started riding BMX competitively. When I lost my hand and became an upper limb amputee, I just wanted to get back to bike riding. I have attended both Ability to Ride days organised by Roger, Camden Cycles, Specialized and Southern Prosthetics & Orthotics. I had so much fun on the first ride day in 2018 at Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Park. The second time was held at Camden Showgrounds in 2019, I took my wife and she loved riding the Specialized Turbo Levo ebikes too. For the first time ever she was able to keep up with me and we were able to ride together. The Specialized e-bikes make mountain bike riding a lot easier to do. I didn’t have to push hard on the pedals, which meant I was more stable with steering, as I didn’t need to pull hard on the bars to pedal up hills. Having only one hand makes riding a bike very difficult, and this was made possible by Ability to Ride and the help of the mechanics from Camden Cycles who professionally set up the bike to my specific needs. They were great with all the participants ensuring that no matter what their ability they made it possible for everyone to get onto a bike. This is a great empowering experience and I would recommend anyone that has the opportunity to participate should put their doubts aside and give it a go.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised what you can achieve.