BRANDON THOMAS - Edmonton, AB
T-7 complete para
24 years old
How did you hear about Bowhead Corp and our bikes?
I actually heard about the bowhead through my lawyer when I was going through my accident claim. After I seen it I got in touch with Cole and he was awesome about letting me try his bike when I went down to Kelowna. Never got to try his because our schedules didn’t line up, but I go to try it for the first time with Jamie at Rocky Mountain Adaptive.
How long have you had your Bowhead Reach?
I’ve had my bike for about 4 months now
Can you tell us a bit about yourself (age, injury level, etc.) to help others understand Bowhead’s broad range of use cases.
I’m 24 years old and had my accident when I was 16. I was really heavy into all action sports but specifically freestyle skiing. I was talking to companies about sponsorships for the upcoming season in 2013 which had always been a dream of mine, but that came to a halt when I got hit by a truck walking. I’m now a T-7 complete para and trying to live those same dreams but now just on the Bowhead.
Please describe your first experience riding your Bowhead Reach.
My first experience with the bike at Rocky Mountain Adaptive was insane, it was very fun and not terribly hard to get the hang of. Some people think it’s intimidating but if you just go at your own pace and say have someone like Jamie helping you out and teaching you the techniques, you can get ahold of it pretty quick and that intimidation turns into a rush of adrenaline.
Is there anything you’d like to say in regards to the Bowhead Reach to people contemplating getting an adaptive mountain bike (what sets Bowhead apart)?
I was looking at other bikes until I seen the Bowhead. I liked that it was so narrow and so stable at that with the articulation. You can ride single track with it which most adaptive bikes cannot, and all around it looks badass. The Bowhead almost doesn’t even look like an adaptive bike and most people don’t even think I’m disabled when on it. The conclusion I had, and maybe I’m just biased, but the Bowhead is by far the most capable and ideal adaptive bike in the world. Not only am I on it every day whether I’ll be walking my dog or going on rides around the city, I’ll go get my hair cut on it too... between doing the most casual things on the bike to doing the most gnarly, I’ll never regret my purchase of the Bowhead.
KASEY AIELLO - Calgary, AB
C6 incomplete quad
41 year old Mom-extraordinaire
After I broke my neck and acquired my c6 spinal cord injury, I believed that mountain biking was something I’d never do again because of my wonderful quad hands.
Fast forward 20 years, lol, and dreams can come true. For the first time ever, I was in nature and not immediately overwhelmed with barriers, the Reach actually presented an incredible amount of opportunities and I found myself saying, “hey, let’s try this and go here, here and here”.
Even though this bike offers capabilities way above my skill level, the throttle and braking are so intuitive and spot on for my quad hands. Let’s be real, I’m not twenty anymore and I’m also a pretty amazing Mom now too.
Hands down the best part about my Reach is I am included in family rides, seeing my six year old ripping makes my heart want to explode. He’s also fairly convinced there isn’t anywhere I can’t go now and that melts me. I am now part of the adventures and we’re making some pretty cool memories out there, the Reach has been an absolute game changer in my life. Whether I’m doing speed loops, hitting sweet jumps or just plain listening to nature’s music and scoping wildflowers, I am beyond grateful. The confidence and freedom I’ve experienced from my Bowhead is something I had only dreamed about, I hope many others can feel the same way because it is seriously out of this world.