Our Physical Therapist at CCS modified a Kettler Kettrike Oceana for our dwarf child. We’ve received multiple requests for details on how this modification was performed, so below are some pictures to assist with doing the same for your child. Our son has a 9″ inseam and is on the 3rd percentile (height for weight) on the Achondroplasia Growth Chart. So as you can see, even with the smallest of LP children, you can modify this store bought bike without welding or major modifications.
In addition to the tricycle, our therapist also used a set of foot cups and pedal blocks. These attach onto the existing Kettler pedals and have velcro straps to help keep your child’s feet in place. They are removable when no longer needed. One place to buy these is Amtryke as they make customized Kettler bikes for children with special needs.
Pictures of Modifications
As you can see all of these modifications are temporary and you can remove them once your child gains height and becomes more coordinated with their feet.
- Designed with a retro look and a steel trike frame, a low center of gravity makes it easy to ride and perfect for young riders
- Adjustable sculpted seat moves forwards and backwards with five lock in positions, making it ideal for growing legs or different family members
- The rear deck is made of genuine wood with burnt in Schwinn logo, while the scalloped chrome fenders provide a fashionable ride
- Take to the streets in style with mustache style cruiser bars and a classic bike bell. Flowing fabric tassels make this a great gift for kids who love classic biker style
- Comes ready to be assembled, Recommended for children ages 2 to 4 years old, To ensure proper fit the child's minimum measurement from the lower back to the floor needs to be at minimum of 18-inches to be able to reach full pedal extension
- Kettler Happy Air Navigator
While this modification used the Kettler Oceana, most likely you can use any of the Kettler tricycles. We have friends who recently purchased the Schwinn Roadster for their dwarf son and it fits great with no modifications. Our son is on on the smaller side and tried it out but he needs an inch or two of extra height to reach the pedals. The Schwinn is definitely a lot cheaper than the Kettler so this is another alternative to consider. And it comes in blue, pink and red!