“I knew proper after I hit the bottom that that was it,” Bagg, 45, informed CNN. “I do not ever remembering having any second the place I assumed I’d stroll once more. One thing in me simply knew it was over.”
However nothing may cease the avid outdoorsman from discovering his approach again up a mountain.
The thought was born in 2008 in his basement, the place Bagg, a machinist, labored alone to create a motorcycle that might give him the flexibility to seek out adventures wherever he happy without having assist or holding his mates again.
The thought was initially a private objective that he by no means meant to show right into a enterprise, however that modified when he met a 14-year-old lady with cerebral palsy who needed to strive his bike.
“I match her up within the bike and tied her to her mates so they might pull her with them, and 4 hours later she comes across the nook. I hadn’t actually heard her converse a lot at that time, however when she received to her mother she stated, ‘Mother, that was one of the best day of my life,’ ” Bagg stated.
“The feelings I received from listening to her say that was higher than any emotion I had using the bike. It was the second I noticed, this should not be only for me.”
In 2018, Bagg based Bowhead Corp and commenced designing bikes for disabled folks around the globe.
His bike is available in one important design, the Bowhead Attain. However totally different fashions provide riders options to suit their particular bodily wants. For instance, one model has a push deal with within the again for riders who nonetheless want help, whereas one other will be managed solely by the rider.
Within the reverse tricycle, the principle wheel of the bike is situated within the again with the remaining two wheels within the entrance. The bike is supplied with heavy-tread tires, a 300-watt electrical motor and an adjustable seat that permits riders to unfold their legs in entrance of them.
Bagg and his crew is dedicated to customizing the bike with no matter upgrades or design modifications are obligatory to verify anybody with a bodily incapacity can trip one.
“Anybody who desires to trip a motorcycle, we are going to endeavor to determine how they will,” he stated. “No matter we have to do to get folks exterior.”
With Bowhead Corp rising — and greater than 200 orders already in for the upcoming 12 months — Bagg hopes that his bike is simply the primary of many technological developments that may permit folks with bodily disabilities to go wherever they dream of going, or returning to the locations they thought they’d by no means see once more.