Pittsburgh Custom Bike Builder Helps Man Ride Again
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Michael Trimble draws quite a few stares when he rides his bicycle around Pittsburgh.
Mr. Trimble has no arms.
He was born that way in Soviet-era Ukraine, the birth defect a consequence of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. After living in an orphanage, Mr. Trimble was adopted at age 9 by an American couple and raised in Pittsburgh.
Living without arms
Michael Trimble, who was born without arms after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, had a local bike shop customize a bike for him. (Video by Andrew Rush; 9/20/2013)
The first time Mr. Trimble rode a bicycle was in 2000, in St. James, Mo., where he attended a boarding school. His gym teacher took an old bike and, in place of its handlebars, installed a metal pipe stretching out to one of his stumps. He rode that bike for 18 months and fell in love with cycling.