Sunday, September 8, 2013
An Exmouth man is appealing for volunteers to help him enjoy life on two wheels, after he purchased a tandem bicycle.
David Gailey, who is visually impaired, says he was hooked on the idea of a tandem after trying one last year, and with a donation from Exmouth Rotary Club and assistance from Exmouth Cycles he has now taken delivery of his own.
The bike’s tandem arrangement means that David, who with his eyesight is obviously unable to ride a regular bike, can enjoy the exercise and the fresh air, while his front seat partner handles the navigation and steering.
However, while the bike is perfectly suited to David’s needs, its manufacturers are unable to include a front-seat pedaller, and, while David does have three volunteers to ride with him, he would like more to allow him to get the most from the bike.
Volunteers would obviously need to know how to ride, but other than that David says he would be grateful to anyone who could help. He said: “I rode one last year and it really grabbed me.
“It’s such a feeling for me not having to walk round with a guide dog or a cane, and sitting on a bike.
“It’s wonderful, the freedom and exercise and having someone to watch where they are going.”
David says he also hopes to use his bike to take part in charity fundraising for Guide Dogs and Topsham-based blind charity Devon in Sight.
To contact him, call 01395 269805.