ikes.org is a Veteran run 501c3 non-profit
which provides adaptive sports bicycles to recovering Veterans in the Washington and Colorado state areas. While a bicycle can be adapted to meet unique needs of a physically disabled Veteran, the vast majority of our referrals and requests come from disabilities we can’t see, and don’t always require a bike heavily adapted to help in the treatment of their disability.
VetBikes is dedicated to cycling sport therapy and offers recovering Disabled Veterans a path where the supported Veterans can rise, and have risen, from introductory levels to international competition. We provide a comprehensive program offering bicycle ownership, placement with local cycling clubs for community integration, sporting mentors, professional mechanical instruction, and an introductory path to a career in the cycling industry. Our mission is proudly supported by a wide range of sponsors and partner organizations.
VetBikes takes referrals for Disabled Veterans recovering from combat wounds, injuries, PTSD, TBI, homelessness, blindness and VI, and other military traumas. VetBikes receives requests and fills them in all these categories, however the majority of our referrals from VA professionals, by far, are for Disabled Veterans being treated for PTSD (the bulk of our recovering homelessness requests), and other military traumas.
We are structured to create custom bicycles to meet this demand. Case workers, MD’s, PhD’s, and social workers associated with the VA have made these referrals for bikes customized by VetBikes for cycling therapy. We have placed hand cycles, tandems, recumbents, and upright bikes. While many of our bikes look like regular bikes (with small modifications), they are treating a disability. The unique aspect of VetBikes is bicycle ownership.
This means the referring VA professional knows the therapy bike will be available to the Disabled Veteran at all times, not loaned, not a one day event, but owned and used regularly for healing, reliably, forever.