Stability for fearless cornering: the recumbent trikeTRETS: discovering speed. Children who are hardly able to walk unassisted can experience the wind in their hair and the spine-tingling sensation of acceleration. Fun, pride, and confidence through cycling – the TRETS makes it possible. Outstanding brakes, a 3-point safety harness, and a level of stability that leaves other therapeutic trikes in the dust.
The TRETS is a delta trike with a low center of gravity, which means riders can get into the seat with no scary wobbling. And the handlebars fold forward to make mounting even easier. The pedals with toe clips and elastic heel straps guarantee good positioning, provide support, and prevent slipping. And once the rider’s all strapped in, they’re off like lightening!
Don’t compromise. Customize!The TRETS is a pretty sweet set of wheels, for girls and boys alike. If it only came in everyone’s favorite color! It does – special finishes are possible, even hot pink and jet black.
The TRETS can also be customized with a wide range of special accessories. For example, there are even Pendulum Pedals for children with severely limited mobility. Another ingenious option: the Crank Shortener is perfect for legs of different lengths or for when the knees cannot be fully extended.
Don’t split up. Hitch up!If mom and dad start to feel lonely or unimportant, it may be time for the “I’m too tired” act. Then it’s “front wheel off – drawbar on,” and presto: the TRETS is a trailer. While the rider up front is getting extra exercise, the trailer passenger can relax, smile at passersby, and occasionally help with the pedaling. Or even do a little mischievous braking now and then …
Another indispensable extra: the Guide Bar, which is attached behind the seat. It allows parents to give a helpful push or do some corrective steering on walks. And the TRETS is even transportable: with a folded handlebar, it can be made small enough to fit in the trunk of a car. Brilliant, isn’t it?
“Yahooo!” She cheers and laughs as she cruises around on her trike: now that she owns a TRETS, eight-year-old Sarah Noack wants to go cycling with her parents and twin sister every day – and in any weather.
She has been using the children’s trike since May of 2015. Sometimes her parents hitch the TRETS to one of their bikes as a pedal-powered trailer, and sometimes she rides, like Laura, all by herself. It depends on how far the Noacks are planning to ride.
Stefanie and Alexander, the twins’ parents, are thrilled about Sarah’s newfound motivation for cycling. “We’ve always been cycling enthusiasts,” said the mother. “With Sarah, it was somewhat more difficult in the beginning – but only in the beginning.” Sarah was born premature. As a result, she suffers from multiple disabilities, has movement disorders, and is unable to walk unassisted.
“We had asked our health insurance company to cover a normal therapeutic tricycle with a saddle,” explained Stefanie. But they kept coming up with new reasons for denying our request. Then, Sarah’s special school had a festival, where the twins both tried a TRETS.
The couple also considered a PINO, where Sarah could sit in front. “But we thought it was better if she had the option of riding independently,” said Stefanie. “In any case, we’re so happy now that it didn’t work out with the therapeutic tricycle. Otherwise, we would never have been able to cycle like this as a family.” Because the standard, upright trikes cannot be converted for use as a trailer.
After a few miles of independent pedaling, Sarah has had enough – which is no problem with her trike: the front wheel is removed, and the TRETS is towed as a trailer – then Sarah can pedal as much and as hard as she wants.
Sarah is a very communicative and active child. “The best part is seeing how much fun she has on the trike,” said Stefanie. “It gives her a strong sense of freedom, being independently mobile.” Sarah cannot walk without leg braces. On the TRETS, she doesn’t need them – another advantage.
And while she’s pedaling, her muscles are getting stronger all the time. “Riding the trike is incredibly beneficial for her,” said Stefanie. “It’s good exercise, and maybe it will eventually even help get her on her feet.” Learning to walk by cycling!
The four of them ride through their hometown of Hochheim am Main, or take cycling trips to Mainz or even sometimes Wiesbaden – as often as they can. On the many farm trails, Sarah does very well as a solo pilot; but when they’re in the city – for example, on their way to the girls’ favorite ice cream parlor – the TRETS is hitched up and pulled as a trailer.
The family’s trips are great fun for everyone. “I wonder whether I would notice if Sarah used her brakes while I was pulling her,” commented Alexander loudly while riding beside his wife. Before she could answer, he almost slipped off his saddle in shock – Sarah had squeezed her brakes, just for a moment, but with power …
We all had a lot of fun on the photo shoot with the Noacks. Mostly because of our young protagonist: the bubbly Sarah was so excited about the shoot and all of the people who had come to see her, that it didn’t take long for her to infect everyone with her radiant smile.