Who We Are

Our mission is to teach children, particularly children with disabilities, how to ride normal bikes without training wheels. We partner with iCan Shine to bring the science of cycling to children.

Richard E. Klein, Ph. D. has spent over 30 years studying the mechanics of the bicycle. As President of Rainbow Trainers, Inc., Dr. Klein is applying his knowledge to help people of all ages learn how to ride a bicycle.

To read his story and the history of the bike program, download his book for free:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_K1YkFZz58CbkhFbjYwdVFlMVE

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  1. We just move to CT and learned about the I Can Ride program. Unfortunately there are no spots left for my son. I was wondering if you know of any practitioners using your program privately.

    1. Dear Michelle,

      Thanks for your note and and question about practitioners. At the present time our ability to expand the program and its offerings is limited. Thus, to answer your question, at present we only have the camps that are offered by the iCan Shine Inc national charity. The corporation Rainbow Trainers Inc devotes it energies to seeing that the camps are offered across the contiguous United States (thus the lower forty-eight) as well as in a number of Canadian provinces. The role of Rainbow Trainers Inc is to see that the existing fleets of adapted bikes are maintained and also to continue to expand the numbers of available fleets. The tasks involved in the construction and design of these adapted bikes are intensely complex and demanding in terms of the technical skills required.

      Moreover, we (within Rainbow Trainers Inc) are cognizant of the demands of the larger population, and that includes what many refer to as the typical (non-disabled) population. I wish that I could give you a better answer, but at this point our energies and resources within Rainbow Trainers Inc are stretched to the point of maximum effort. Please bear in mind that we are actually a small corporation with no employees. All work is preformed by our family members however we do contract for outside venders to manufacture parts as required for our adapted bikes. In essence, our approach is to not be a manufacturer but rather an assembly point.

      Please note that our web site has a section related to home remedies, and you are encouraged to visit that site. As a last aside, you are located in Connecticut. I am a native of Connecticut, having been born and raised in Stratford along the banks of the Housatonic.

      Sincerely,

      Richard Klein Ph.D.
      President and founder, Rainbow Trainers Inc

  2. Dear Dr. Klein,

    You likely will not remember me, for I was not an exceptional student, and rarely sought to bring attention to myself from my teachers. But now, at 53, I look back on my academic career and still think of you as the most inspirational professor during my years at Illinois. I applaud the wonderful cause to which you are contributing your efforts, and wish you nothing but the best.

    Sincerely,

    Dan Ryan
    BSME UofI, 1983

    1. Dan — Thanks so much for your kind remarks regarding the old days when we were together at the University of Illinois. I retired in 1998 and at that time made the move to the St Louis area. A primary motivation was to be able to be closer to family and grand-kids in particular. The adapted bike program had its start during the winter of 1982-83. For about a decade I then challenged students in my systems classes to write essays related to the how and why of bike stability and handling. One thing led to another, and by the late 1980’s, I became involved in developing methods to permit children to learn to ride bikes. In 1997 two therapists in Toronto contacted me asking if I could teach children with disabilities how to ride bikes. By the summer of 1998 I was then retired, so the bike program has become a major activity in my life.

      I need to say that I feel so blessed to have been able to work with so many bright and talented engineering students typified by yourself. I need to also say that I certainly learned as much from them (as a collective group) as compared to what they might have learned from me. I will close at this point by again saying thank you for your kind thoughts and remarks.

      Sincerely,

      Richard

  3. Professor Klein,

    Please know you made an impact! I graduated in 1985 (BSME). Your controls theory class, was the best and most useful part of my engineering education. I still comment to others about the tests with points OFF for incorrect answers. How right you were to prepare us for our careers. I could not do a control theory problem to save my life today, but I remember many of your others lessons.

    Thanks,

    Jeff Norton

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