Boston Abilities Expo… Sweeeeeeet!

I haven’t posted in months..  Training for IRONMAN Florida triathlon on November 1, 2014 and working on a new adaptive sports equipment store called “HowiRoll Sports” has been taking most of my time, but that’s not really a great excuse….

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Boston, MA for a family event.  By chance, it happened to be the same weekend as the Boston Abilities Expo.  The Expo was filled with great vendors and manufacturers.  Some veteran companies like TiLite, Top End, and Colours were showing off their full line of products and showcasing their brand new products.  Being able to see the brand new wheelchair and handcycles in person was an awesome experience… Because lets face it, there’s a looking online expereince, and there’s a seeing in person experience.. I’ll take seeing in person experience very time!!!

Aside from seeing all the large vendors who’ve been in the game for years, it was a couple new companies that impressed me the most. One of these companies in particular was called “Tri-vel”.  Basically, they’re a Canada based company that manufactures their own adaptive bikes. These aren’t your average adaptive bikes.. Tri-vel seems to got the extra mile, not only with amazing construction of their products, but also by building cycles that connect the disabled person with their able-bodied companion through cycling.. Maybe the companion is a mother or father. Maybe the companion is a husband or a wife. Maybe it’s simply a friend who wants t ride with their buddy..  Their newest adaptive bike creation is shown in the video below. I had a chance to test drive the co-pilot seat!


The above adaptive bike is so perfect for the young couple who wants to get outdoors together, as well as the very old couple who wants to spend time together as well.Below are a couple more Tri-vel pictures.

photo 3 Awesome products Tri-vel!

 

Another product at the Boston Abilities Expo at really impressed me was the Panthera “X”wheelchair. Frame is 100% carbon fiber, which means it’s a third the weight of a standard ultra-light titanium wheelchair, which makes it by far the lightest wheelchair in the world!  That’s simply amazing.. Not only did it look sweeeeeet, it also felt amazing once I sat in it.

photo 5 Panthera Wheelchair

 

Lastly, a shout-out to the awesome ladies at BackBones! This non-profit organization exists for the sole purpose of putting people with similar injuries in touch with each other, creating a web of support. Through the Backbones network, they provide telephone, online, and in-person spinal cord injury support.  Rock on ladies!

 

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