Back in January we started the Bike
Library - which saw 10 brand new bikes being
offered to the community of Grangemouth, letting people try cycling
before buying their own bike. The Bike Library has been going well
since January, but we have had several requests for the scheme to
be more accessible to people with physical impairments.
Those unable to ride a bicycle or tricycle can often use a three
wheeled handcycle. We thought these would be perfect, but
discovered they were far too expensive to purchase - it would cost
more for one handcycle than the 10 traditional bikes combined! We
looked at getting one built, but discovered that would still be too
expensive, and wouldn't be a safe enough option.
When the Bike Library launch was featured in the Falkirk
Herald, it came to the attention of a man who was to become our
Steve Martin, of Carronshore, gave me a call. He'd realised
after seeing the paper that the bikes we had on offer were not
accessible to all members of the community.
Steve had been in a traffic accident several years ago and had
purchased a handcycle, specifically a Quickie Shark. He told me
about the fun he had using The Shark, covering more than 15 miles a
day. Steve and I talked for a little while, and at first I wasn't
sure where the conversation was leading. I assumed Steve was going
to offer to sell us the bike, and I expected even then that the
price would still be too high. Steve told me his condition had
deteriorated of late, and that he was no longer able to make use of
The Shark. He thought it made no sense for the bike to be sitting
unused, when it could be benefitting other people in the area.
In Steve's words "What's the point of it sitting in a shed doing
To my complete delight, Steve told me he would like to donate
the Shark to the bike library. He wanted the bike to be made
available to the local community so that others could have as much
fun using it as he had.
Just to make clear the true generosity of this personal
The Quickie Shark is a handcycle worth over
Steve arranged everything, and made sure the bike was in top
condition before inviting me to come and collect it. After giving
me a quick tutorial on how to work the bike, Steve handed over the
metaphorical keys, and it was time to get on the road.
It is truly a magnificent bike, built to be exceptionally light,
fast, and strong. A titanium construction means it weighs less than
15 kilos. Powerful brakes and 21 gears let it handle roads and
paths alike, and it wasn't long before I was blasting along the
road to the Dawson Bike Club, to show the team there what a
fantastic donation Steve had made.
We cannot describe how grateful we are to Steve. Our sincere
thanks go out to him, from everyone on the Helix team, and we are
truly delighted to be able to receive this fantastic donation.
We sincerely hope your treatment enables you to join us one day
on the Helix Steve, and show us what The Shark is really capable
The Shark is a high-spec handcycle, which is amazing fun on the
right surfaces - surfaces like the Helix paths!
From Sunday the 12th May you'll be able
to borrow The Shark from The Helix base at The Falkirk Stadium and
start exploring the Helix pathways for yourself.
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Get in touch to find out more about this great bike and how to
book it out - call 01324 590719 or click here to send us an
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