IMG_6942Quest 88 will once again be hosting the Inclusive Cycling Hub at the 2014 Cycle Show (September 25th – 28th Birmingham NEC). The company will be exhibiting its most popular products from handcycles and tricycles through to companion cycles and recumbents all of which can be tried and tested on the dedicated outdoor track. There will also be a wealth of information available for individuals, families, friends, carers and local authorities who want to learn more, engage with and promote inclusive cycling.

For the more competitive visitors there will be a handcycle turbo trainer competition running each day with the fastest, male, female and child being announced at the end of the show.

In addition to the latest cycles and information there will be a simulation of a cyclists’ ‘Brew Stop’ which will be manned by representatives from Quest 88 and EMpowered People, a charily set up by Simon Lord with the aim of inspiring adults with additional needs to take up cycling as a means of increased wellbeing, independence and fitness by providing advice, training, support and encouragement. EMpoweredPeople recently organised a supported ‘Tour of Anglesey’ for disabled riders and will be holding its second coast to coast event in September and the re-fuelling or ‘Brew Stop’ will give visitors a taste of what these supported rides involve.

Quest 88 will be showcasing its next generation of children’s bicycles at the show. The X2 range features alloy frames and adjustable dynamic stabilisers that enable children with impaired balance to have tricycle-like support but be able to explore and train their balance reactions. The resistance in the stabilisers can be adjusted for those children who may progress to riding a mainstream bicycle as they develop. Support accessories include back supports, footplates and splints (A.F.O’s) to control the child’s ankle/foot relationship.

The X3 childrens tricycle is available in three colour schemes and in 16″ and 20″ wheel formats and has been designed for children aged between 4 and 12 years.

Quest 88 will also be introducing the Draisin Slider. This is a new 3 wheel semi recumbent cycle which is easy to sit on, easy to ride and provides an exceptionally comfortable way of cycling for people with impaired balance or movement but who still want to maintain an active lifestyle.

One stand-out exhibit at this years’ Hub will be a Hase Kettwiesel recumbent that has been configured as a trailer bike connected to a BH Neo Cross electric bike. This will be used by John Aspinall in the EMpowered People coast to coast ride that will be taking place on September 8th – 10th from Morecambe to Scarborough. Simon Lord, founder of EMpowered People explains: “John is an inspiration to us all and despite having had an arm amputated due to cancer, is as keen a cyclist as ever and with this bespoke configuration from Quest 88 he will be able to join us in September. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Quest 88 for their continued support and BH for the kind donation of a spare battery for the Neon Cross”. The design involved the removal of the front wheel of the Hase which was replaced with a connecting arm at 45 degrees that links the Hase to the rear of the BH Neon Cross. This ensures that both riders can use as much or as little power as they are comfortable with while the lead rider undertakes the steering as both bikes have independent chains and gears.

“In 2014, the Inclusive Cycling Hub has come of age and together with big strides being made in equipment and technology, clearly demonstrates that cycling is for everyone, regardless of ability or age” commented Robert Henshaw, Joint Managing Director, Quest 88. For the latest Inclusive Cycling Hub news call 0845 6047258, email: cycling@quest88.com or visit: www.quest88.com/all-ability-cycling For the latest EMpowered People news please visit: www.empoweredpeople.co.uk or call 07702 784 916.