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.
- Tricycle or Trike is easy to ride, low center of gravity. Perfect for first bike for young riders, The adjust able seat, fits 3 to 5 years
- Adjustable sculpted seat has 5 positions so it moves forwards and backwards for growing legs or different family members.
- Chrome finish handlebars with tassels and bell make this a great gift and a family photo moment.
- Full-steel heavy-duty construction with fenders, real wood deck with etched-in logo. It will last and look great.
- Classic Schwinn styling and details, detail painted fenders, chrome look emblems and wrapped grips
- 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!