OH Canada!

FATWHEELS is growing!

We have recently finished onboarding a Canadian Distributor – introducing Bow Cycle & Sports of Calgary, Alberta CANADA. Opened in 1957, The store has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most successful bicycle retailers. Boasting almost all of the industry’s largest names under one roof, Bow Cycle continues to exceed client expectations of customer service and product quality.

We first met the folks at Bow Cycle in 2015 when they contacted us about purchasing some adaptive training wheels for the Calgary Cerebral Palsy Kids and Families adapted bike program. The program matches children with cerebral palsy with a bicycle for a one-year period for $50. When the year’s up, the bike gets recycled to another family and the child can opt for a new bike. It is a program that is near & dear to the hearts of the staff at Bow Cycle.

Since their values align so well with ours, Bow Cycle & Sports was at the top of our list this past year, when were looking to expand into the Canadian marketplace. They really know their stuff and, (like us), they have a passion for helping to ensure that EVERYBODY CAN RIDE.

If you are interested in purchasing a set of FATWHEELS directly from Bow Cycle, please click this link: https://www.bowcycle.com/sitesearch.cfm?search=fatwheelswww.bowcycle.com

Happy Riding!


Adaptive Triathlons: A Win-Win-Win For All Involved

Here at FATWHEELS we are all about inclusion.  And that’s why I was so excited when Kelley Newman of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN., contacted me. Kelley organizes the hospital’s Tri My Best Triathlon. A swim, bike, run event for children of all abilities. This unique buddy program pairs children with and without disabilities to complete a race together as a team, using modifications if necessary.

Kelley said that children can complete the swim portion of the race by being pulled in a raft by their buddy or swimming with a noodle; whereas, the bike portion can be finished on an adaptive bike or by pedaling a standard bike alongside their buddy.  Finally, the run portion of the race can be completed on the athlete’s own two feet or by being pushed in a wheelchair or jogging stroller by their buddy.

The goal of the program is not just physical, but social as well.  Kelley said that she intends to match buddies and athletes of similar ages, in order to encourage peer interaction and help friendships grow.

Kelley is passionate and it’s infectious. “By working as a team, each child learns that winning is not just what happens at the end of the race, but during the journey of getting there together,” she said.

After that statement — I was sold. I loved the concept and was determined to get involved. I mobilized my team and we backed the event wholeheartedly.

The first  Tri My Best Triathlon was held eight years ago in Augusta, GA.  Since then, the concept has grown and this year adaptive triathlons are being organized nationwide. I encourage you to attend one. They are a fabulous way to spend a day as a volunteer, family member, athlete or simply a spectator.

Kelley said:

Everyone should experience a Tri My Best Triathlon.  Athletes, both with and without disabilities, are always proud of their accomplishment. Parents of children with disabilities are usually astounded at the ability of their child to complete a race, and parents of children who are helping as buddies are proud of their child’s efforts to help another child achieve success. Bystanders along the race course and finish line are very moved by the unity and efforts of each buddy team.

I couldn’t have said it any better.

Why not take it one step further and organize your own Tri My Best event? If you are a private therapy clinic enlist your staff and go for it! If you’re a parent, gather family members or special needs parents in your community and make it happen!  Ask a special education teacher or physical therapist if they or some of their colleagues might want to get involved.  Contacting your local children’s hospital or the physical therapy department at a university in your area may also be a good place to start.  To get in touch with others, who have already taken the plunge, here are some contacts:

Kelley Newman
Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital (Nashville, TN)

Mary Eckhard
St. Louis Children’s Hospital (St. Louis, MO)

Tender Touch Therapy (Kenosha, WI)

To discuss sponsorships or any equipment needs you may have for FATWHEELS adaptive training wheels, please contact me directly at: colleen@fatwheels.com

Let’s work together to help this movement continue to spread!

Until next time,











Regain Your Balance with Adult FATWHEELS

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If you are a senior, you may be helping your grand kids learn how to ride a bike. You watch as they make the transition from training wheels to riding independently. Their journey is not without wobbling, falling, and scraped knees. You help them up with encouraging words, a kiss, and a Band-Aid. Eventually, you witness the pure joy on their face as they finally manage to pedal without training wheels!

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Anything is Possible


A parent recently sent me this email:

“ …I cannot thank you enough the creators of fat wheels. For the first time my 11- year-old autistic boy rode a bike. They taught him how to pedal and maneuver at school using a special needs tricycle. So moving on to his 20″ bike supported by fat wheels was easy for him. Please pass on my gratitude to your company owners. You guys are not selling wheels, you are helping parents like me see what they never thought was possible.” –    Vivek Saran Columbus, Ohio

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