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Calgary man creates specialized mountain bikes after being paralyzed in sporting accident

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Calgary-born Christian Bagg is an example of resilience. 25 years ago, the avid outdoorsman was paralyzed after a snowboarding accident in Banff National Park. Determined to adventure again, he founded Bowhead Corp., a company that designs mountain bikes for people with disabilities.

Bagg, a machinist, was no stranger to building and designing bikes when he came up with the idea in 2008. He worked alone, initially only building the device for himself, not planning to turn the project into an entire company, but things change!

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In an interview with CNN, Bagg said that after meeting a 14-year old girl with cerebral palsy who couldn’t, but wanted to, climb, jump and ride like other kids her age, he knew the bike he created needed to be available to others.

Despite only coming in one design, The Bowhead Reach is available in several different models, all tailored to fit the variety of complicated and specific needs.

The motorized bike kind of looks like a reverse tricycle, with one main wheel in the back and two in the front. The unique heavy tread tires and an adjustable seat help with navigation and comfort while the 300-watt ‘engine’ helps to repel the driver forward, almost like a 4×4 go-cart.

With over 200 orders placed this year alone, it’s pretty evident that Bowhead Corp. is making a huge difference in the community. The great outdoors should be enjoyed by everyone – and it’s companies like Bowhead Corp., that help make that possible.

If you’d like more information check out their website linked above! We cannot wait to see what these guys do next. Talk about changing lives!