Top End to Offer Handcycling Demos at Abilities Expo


Ever wanted to try handcycling? Top End will have their fleet of handcycles, including the new Invacare Top End Force CC Handcycle with Bionx Power Boost, for consumers to take on a test ride at this weekend’s Abilities Expo in Los Angeles. Demo sessions for consumers of all levels will take place on Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 at the Top End booth.

Handcycling is described as a form of adaptive cycling that enables athletes of all abilities, including wheelchair users and people with lower-mobility impairments, to ride a “bike” exclusively using their upper body. Mary Carol Peterson, marketing manager for Invacare Top End, told The Mobility Project that handcycles are available in both recreational and competitive models.

“If you want to get an aerobic workout and ride for fun with family or friends, you should start off with a recreational handcycle because they are low maintenance and usually less expensive,” she said. “If you want to compete or are thinking about eventually doing triathlons or any racing, then the competitive models are best for you.”

Abilities Expo is a free three-day event, held throughout the year in seven cities across the United States, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, NYC Metro, Chicago, Houston, Boston and the Bay Area. At the expo, consumers can learn about the latest products, services and technologies from exhibiting companies as well as attend information workshops on important issues. Fun activities during the expo include adaptive sports, dance and assistive animal demos.

This weekend’s event is set for February 28 to March 2 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A. Show hours will be Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Cindy Horbrook is the associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Respiratory & Sleep Management magazines.