The big differenceUnlike wheelchairs with hand-cycle attachments, our HANDBIKE has rear-wheel drive. This means: reliable traction, even when riding uphill. And with the optional Differential on board, not even loose surfaces can slow you down.
All HASE BIKES HANDBIKES use the same drive train – regardless of whether you choose the sporty KETTWIESEL chassis (pictured) or the comfy LEPUS with its slightly higher seat. Our new frames are even available with rear suspension (optional). And you have everything at your fingertips: shifters and brake levers are mounted to the handgrips.
Stops on a dimeSpeedy wheels need strong stoppers. For us, this means reliable hydraulic disc brakes. They not only offer superior braking power: unlike cable-actuated brakes, they are extremely responsive and provide perfect modulation.
Easy transferThe drive unit of the HANDBIKE folds forward, making it easy to get in and out of the seat. The angle can be finely adjusted to the rider’s height, needs, and preferences. Simply reposition the drive-unit support bar to adjust the angle and the distance to the hand crank. The leg supports can also be perfectly adjusted to the rider’s anatomy.
She is slim, athletic, and a “handbiker.” Her vehicle: a KETTWIESEL with hand cranks. Originally from Aßlar, a town in northern Hesse, Judith loves riding through the countryside. Ideally with her son, Anton, and husband, Dennis.
“It always gives me such a wonderful sense of freedom,” explains Judith. Anyone who’s ever been there knows: the region around Wetzlar is quite hilly. To feel a sense of freedom, you need muscle power. Some people even avoid cycling in the region, because of the hills. But not Judith. And she conquers them not with her legs, but with her arms.
Two years ago, Judith had an accident and lost both of her legs. A major turning point in the life of the then 40-year-old. But modern medical technology can work wonders. With prosthetic legs, she went through physical therapy and was then able to return to her job as a teacher at a special school focused on mental development.
“It didn’t take me long at all to learn to stand and walk again,” explained Judith. “I’m someone who loves a good challenge.” And by the tone of her voice, it’s obvious that she’s used to staying focused on the future and seeing the best in every situation.
When she was in physical therapy, she learned how important exercise is for the healing process – including emotional healing. “And from my job, I knew that there were special, adaptive trikes that make it possible for people with limited mobility to cycle.”
First, Judith tested the standard KETTWIESEL. But with her prosthetic legs, she didn’t have enough strength to pedal up the hills in her region. So she chose the KETTWIESEL HANDBIKE. With other trikes, her legs would have to be strapped down.
“What I like so much about the KETTWIESEL is that it’s so easy to get in and out of the seat. This means, any time I want, I can just lift my legs out of the leg rests, push the hand-crank assembly forward, and stand up. It’s just such a safe feeling.” Which describes pretty much every aspect of the KETTWIESEL, on both good and poor road surfaces. Because, unlike standard handbikes, the KETTWIESEL has rear-wheel drive. Which takes it up any hill.
And speaking of drives: the trike also has an almost invisible e-motor in the front hub. It works just like a classic pedelec: when the rider pedals, the motor provides additional power, which takes the strain out of climbing hills and accelerating – “and I can be quite the speed demon,” she confirmed.
Now Judith can no longer imagine life without her HANDBIKE: “The seat height, for example, is perfect – I can ride right beside Anton’s trailer and communicate with him easily.” Unlike Papa, who tows his son on an upright bicycle.
Our photo-shoot team also noticed Anton’s fondness for the low-riding recumbent trike. “Mama, Mama!” he called happily from his trailer whenever she used the power of the two drives to accelerate and ride alongside him for a while.
The HANDBIKE is, above all, a recreational trike; riding along the Dill river, enjoying nature together, is fun for the whole family. But Judith can imagine even more: “A racing version of the HANDBIKE might also be fun … with the landscape rushing past!” she said with a wink and sped off.