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Rifton Adaptive Tricycle

Exercise with all the fun of riding.


Ride with your friends!

Most of us have fond memories of childhood bike rides. At Rifton we believe everyone deserves the chance to ride, especially someone with physical disabilities.

And thankfully, even insurers and other funding sources are beginning to recognize that for a person with disabilities, a trike is far more than merely recreational; an adaptive tricycle is often medically necessary for someone who cannot walk independently or who sits for long hours in a wheelchair.

The Benefits:

Therapeutic benefits of tricycling:

Benefits of using the Adaptive Tricycle:

” My student received the trunk support and rear steering bar for his tricycle. He is cognitively impaired and blind, and now he can ride just like other children. The rear steer is fantastic and allows him to ride faster. Now his tricycle allows him to be a part of society and join his peers.”

Rachel Jodway
Dearborn Public School District, MI


Riding a bike is part of childhood, and this bike for children with special needs aims to provide that exhilarating experience to every child. We’ve thought through all the features – from the supportive backrest to the low transfer step – that will make this tricycle as accommodating as possible. Use the slides below to learn more about Adaptive Tricycles.

Choice of handlebar

Two oval knobs on the loop handlebar allow it to be set at the angle most comfortable for the user.

Loosening the oval knob on the steering column allows the handlebar to be raised and lowered. Tightening the knob locks it in place.

The handbrake attaches anywhere on the foam-padded loop handlebar. The large adaptive Tricycle R140 comes with the handbrake installed. It is an optional accessory for the medium trike R130. A handbrake is not available with the small trike R120.

The handbrake comes with the large adaptive Tricycle R140. It is an optional accessory with the medium trike R130. A handbrake is not available with the small trike R120.

The foam-padded loop handlebar adjusts in height and positions at any angle.

Choose a straight handlebar with conventional handgrips or a padded loop handlebar for extra support. Learn more about the features and benefits of these handlebars in the next slides.

The height-adjustable straight handlebar for Adaptive Tricycles has standard handgrips.

Easy access

Open access combined with a low transfer step make it easy to get on and off the trike.

The low step, flip-away handlebar and removable laterals make transfers easy.

Hook & loop straps

With the hook and loop straps on the self-leveling pedals feet are secure. Your client can ride unaided and have healthy exercise and fun.

Parking brake

The easily engaged parking brake grips both back wheels and keeps the Adaptive Trike firmly in place.

Puncture proof wheels

Tricycles have puncture proof BMX-type wheels. A low gear ratio makes pedaling easier for beginners and slows down speeders.

Seat choices

Seats are made with comfort and safety in mind. The large R140 trike comes with the large seat. For the small R120 and medium R130 models, choose your size:

Small: 10″ wide x 10″ long
Large: 16″ wide x 12″ long

Tote box

There’s a tote box at the back of your trike for storage or for transporting items.


Carmakers believe in the long-term benefits of baked-on powder coating. So do we.

Designed to stand up to wind and weather, our colors also conform to American and European toy safety standards.

Our adaptive Tricycle is available in 4 colors: red, blue, lime and pink. This slide shows a red Tricycle; swipe or click the arrows to view the other colors.

The Tricycle in blue.

The Tricycle in lime.

The Tricycle in pink.


Trunk support system

The trunk support stabilizes a rider with poor trunk control. The back rest adjusts for height and seat depth and laterals can be removed for transfer. A butterfly harness provides anterior support.

One size only: 14″ wide x 15½” high

The trunk support system shown on the Tricycle.

Upgrading your old Rifton Tricycle? If you are purchasing a trunk support system for your existing Rifton Tricycle, be sure to include a new-style backrest tube with handle in your order, as it will not retrofit onto the old-style backrest tubes.

Additional backrest

An additional backrest with security strap provides extra support.

The additional backrest pad shown on the Tricycle.


Choose between winged, contoured or flat headrests. They adjust horizontally and vertically for optimal positioning and attach to the trunk support system, tool-free.

The winged headrest shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.


The handbrake is standard on the large trike and an option for the medium trike. It attaches anywhere on the padded loop handlebar. It must be factory installed.

The handbrake attaches to the handlebar.

Communication tray

The communication tray is easy to clean and designed to hold many things, including a communication device.

It comes in two sizes:
Small tray (8½” x 12½”) fits the small, medium and large trikes
Large tray (11½” x 12½”) fits the medium and large trikes

Max. working load (lbs.) Small:10 Large: 15

The communication tray shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.


The abductor provides comfortable abduction if needed. Just set it in place, tool-free. The two larger sizes are height adjustable with a snap button.

The abductor shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.

Front guide bar

The front guide bar attaches securely to the handlebar and lets a caregiver guide the tricycle from the front. It enables eye contact between the caregiver and rider. It’s ideal for beginners who can’t steer themselves.

The front guide bar shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.

Rear steering bar

The rear steering bar lets a caregiver guide the tricycle from behind, providing the rider with a feeling of greater independence. It’s ideal for beginners who can’t steer themselves.

The rear steering bar shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.

Front pulley

The front pulley maintains a level pedal position for riders whose extreme tone forces the front of the pedal downward.

The front pulley shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.

Stationary stand

The stationary stand converts any Rifton tricycle into a stationary trainer for pedaling practice or a rainy-day activity.

Raises rear axle: 6⅜”, 7⅜” or 9″

The stationary stand shown on the Adaptive Tricycle.


More information about Adaptive Tricycles is located in the Product Manual (pdf).



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