BUILT – EP6 ReActive Adaptations

The need to access nature is a lifestyle that doesn’t stop with a devastating injury to a person. Using cycling as an outlet to the outdoors and self-discovery should be available to all, including those who need to use adaptive equipment.

In an effort to celebrate handmade work of the cycling realm, we asked visual documentarian, Justin Balog, set out to highlight some unique bike builders who, with their hands and their intriguing workshops, are making raw materials transform into the most amazing adventure tools.

The sixth builder in our series takes us to Crested Butte, Colo. ReActive Adaptations creates innovative handcycles to help change people’s lives. Few builders make these authentically engineered bikes, leading Jake O’Connor to take on the need and open up opportunities for riders looking to ride off-road and on trails. Our introduction to Jake and his important work was through the Therapeutic Recreation department of Craig Hospital in our support of the annual PEDAL 4 POSSIBLE ride.

a photo of a handcycle in the workshop of ReActive Adaptations
Jake riding with his daughter in the cockpit
Jake riding his cycle on a trail with one wheel on a log because the trail is too narrow
Jake explaining how the chest steering works on a handcycle
Jake loading up a ramp into his truck bed after loading his handcycle
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Josh is a storyteller with a donut addiction that is only kept in check by cycling and trail running. He is amped daily with the ability to be a part of the industry that encourages a passion for riding bikes. He is also an advocate for his trail running wife and others recovering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). #rideallthesurfaces #becausebikes and #traillife are dirty good fun.

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3 thoughts on “BUILT – EP6 ReActive Adaptations

  1. Wow that was incredible! If my life ever takes me out to Colorado I’ll work In that shop for free Sounds like an amazing business with a great mission!

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