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Bike gives cerebral palsy sufferer new hope
Man with trouble walking a star on recumbent bicycle
"ISHPEMING - Learning to ride and race a recumbent bike has made a world of
difference in Ishpeming resident Todd Kauppinen's life.
Kauppinen has cerebral palsy. Walking has always been difficult for him because
the lifelong condition caused his feet and legs to deform. And he was never able
to ride a two-wheeled bicycle because his condition impairs his balance. As a
child he endured many bloody knees and skinned elbows trying out bikes.
"It was frustrating not being able to do things that other kids took for
granted," he said.
When he became an adult and started a family, he wondered if he would ever be
able to take his 4-year-old son Ty and wife Heidi for a family bike ride.
So, two years ago, Kauppinen bought a recumbent bike - a bike with three wheels
and a very comfortable, tall seat that supports his back. "I got on the bike and
you could tell that it would work better than anything that we tried before," he