Dear Stricker friends,

Again and again in our lives we let go of habits, things and stages of life. We move on to new goals, set different priorities. Together with my wife Cornelia I have now reached such a point. It's hard to believe that it's been over 30 years since I tested the very first Stricker handbike prototype - at that time simply welded to my worn-out basketball wheelchair. It just seems like yesterday.

But time flew by. Now we have reached retirement age and have officially retired on April 1, 2020.

For a long time I struggled with myself to say goodbye to my heart project "Stricker Handbikes" and all the extraordinary employees. This step is significant and certainly not easy for me. All those past years will always remain in valuable memory.

The company R & E Stricker Reha-Entwicklungen GmbH will now be continued by my brother Edgar Stricker as the sole managing director. My wife and I know that with him it is in good hands. Whenever my technical know-how is in demand, I will of course continue to support my brother with pleasure. 

However, the early years of our company are still vivid in my memory. You may wonder how I actually got the idea to attach a wheel in front of a wheelchair? At the end of the eighties, there were far fewer opportunities for wheelchair users to practice sports than today - table tennis, basketball, racing wheelchair, to name a few. Cornelia and I just wanted to go for a simple bicycle ride again but not in a racing wheelchair. The idea was that it should be possible to ride a wheel built in front of the wheelchair with hand cranks and an appropriate bicycle gear shift, and that it should be easier than with push rims. I was inspired by the mountain bike scene, which was becoming more and more popular at that time, and the associated development of bicycle gears. With the prototype mentioned above, I was able to cover an amazing 40 km on our legendary May-1st tour in 1989. That was the proof - it is possible! At that time, of course, still without engine support. 

The enthusiasm and interest of people in similar situations in our wheelchair bicycle was huge. This was something we did not expect. But we quickly understood that this simple idea had the potential to improve the quality of life of many more people and we did not want to withhold this from anyone. The foundation of our own company was created. The rest is history...and a new wonderful time was meant to follow.

Before we now take up our next big challenge - life in retirement – Cornelia and I would like to express our thanks. Our deepest appreciation goes to you all, our customers and our business partners, as well as to all the members of the Stricker team in Bühl and Wiesenbach and of course to my brother Edgar for the many small and big things we have been able to achieve together over the years Without the contribution of each and every one of you, the company would not be what it is today. A very special and big thank you goes to my wife for her great support, because without her this whole project would not have been possible for me.

Finally, I would like to point out that our Heidelberg branch in Wiesenbach has been closed since April 1st, 2020. Please best contact the great staff at the company headquarters in Bühl at +49 7223-72510 from now on for repairs or any other question.

Make the best of everything and don't forget, nothing is impossible.

With best wishes for a healthy, happy and extraordinary life,

Reiner Stricker and Cornelia Klingel-Stricker

 

Our new Crossbike - the master of adventures There have been a lot of sparks spraying in our pioneer workshop lately. The reason for that is our new Crossbike which will be available in 2020. We promise it's more than just a handbike. It's an expression of freedom and a special attitude to life. With an engine power of 1500 - 2500 Watt and different speed levels the Crossbike is perfect for unpaved terrain and every sporty off-road spectacle. As a true all-round adventurer, it provides dynamic performance for all-weather rides on forest and field paths, challenging trails and rough mountain tours. Those who prefer the Crossbike for the everyday road traffic can simply choose appropriate tyres. Comfort and fun are guaranteed on any kind of terrain.

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Karlsruhe. Drei Handgriffe sind notwendig, und schon mutiert der Rollstuhl zum flotten Dreirad. „Das Klemmsystem macht’s möglich“, erklärt Reiner Stricker, Inhaber von Stricker Handbikes in Bühl. Der Elektronik-Ingenieur, der selbst seit über 40 Jahren Rollifahrer ist, hat das Handbike vor 25 Jahren erfunden. Von Baden aus begann dessen Siegeszug durch die Republik. Auf der Rehab, der 18. Internationalen Fachmesse für Rehabilitation, Therapie und Prävention in der Messe Karlsruhe, ist der Stricker-Stand Treffpunkt vieler sportlich wirkender Rollstuhlfahrer. Auch bei den Handbikes ist übrigens der Trend zum unterstützenden Elektro-Motor nicht zu übersehen. „Das macht speziell bei Steigungen Sinn. Schultern und Rücken werden nicht überlastet“, sagt Stricker. Der Preis für E-Handbikes beginnt bei nahe 3 000 Euro und steigert sich, je nach Zubehör. „Man fällt damit auf“, hört man aus Rollstuhlfahrerkreisen. „Es ist ein echter Image-Gewinn.“ Bundesfinanzminister Schäuble trainiert übrigens auch mit Stricker-Handbikes. „Aber ohne Motor, Schäuble ist hart“, kommentiert Reiner Stricker. Sportlich ist auch Eike Heitkamp aus Elmshorn auf der Messe unterwegs: mit einem für Rollstuhlfahrer umgebauten Segway der italienischen Firma Genny Mobility. Der 73-Jährige hat das interessante Fahrzeug auf der vergangenen Rehab für sich entdeckt. Was er dafür bezahlt hat? „Rund 17 000 Euro.“ Die Krankenkasse habe nur wenig dazu gegeben. „Die Gesundheitsausgaben im Bereich Medizinprodukte betrugen in Deutschland im Jahr 2012 insgesamt 29 Milliarden Euro“, so Britta Wirtz, Chefin der Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK), gestern bei der Rehab-Eröffnung. Davon seien 15,2 Milliarden Euro auf Hilfsmittel und 12,8 Milliarden Euro auf sonstigen medizinischen Bedarf entfallen. Die Deutsche Rentenversicherung habe im Jahr 2013 Bruttoaufwendungen von 5,84 Milliarden Euro für Rehabilitationen ausgegeben. „Die angestrebte Verbesserung der Lebensqualität hat klare wirtschaftliche Aspekte“, so Wirtz. Für Menschen mit Handicap sind speziell eingerichtete Küchen notwendig. Die Rehab zeigt eine Musterküche der Schreinerei Wohngut in Todtnau. Deren Inhaber, Schreinermeister Marcus Steiger, erklärt einige der cleveren Details: Die Arbeitsflächen sind höhenverstellbar, die Hängeschränke fahren auf Knopfdruck auf Augenhöhe herunter, das Innenleben von Schränken kommt dem Rollstuhlfahrer entgegen. Das alles in Massiv-Eiche, pflegeleicht, mit modernen Küchengeräten. Kostenpunkt: 36 000 Euro. „Wir bauen die Küche detailgenau nach den Bedürfnissen des Kunden“, erklärt Steiger. Ein paar Schritte weiter dreht sich alles um Treppen-Lifter und Fahrstühle, die nachträglich an das Haus oder auch im Inneren installiert werden. Hermann Degen, Inhaber von Liftec in Donaueschingen, erkennt einen zunehmenden Bedarf. Nicht nur behinderte Menschen, sondern vor allem Senioren sehnten sich nach Komfort und Lebensqualität. Wichtig seien immer individuelle Lösungen.

 

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