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Pittsburgh Custom Bike Builder Helps Man Ride Again

Screen shot 2013-09-22 at 2.08.21 AMFrom 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.

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  1. sarahelizabeth krahelSeptember 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This is a great read! very inspiring

  2. Ryan GotchSeptember 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Nice Job Michael Brown!!!!

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