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Handicapped Fort Collins man pleads for return of special bike
From the Fort Collins Coloradoan:
Rich Dixon is like a lot of people in Fort Collins. Like the 747 people who had their bicycles stolen in 2010, Dixon looked in his garage Wednesday morning and discovered he had become another victim of bicycle theft.
But unlike most victims of bicycle thefts, Dixon can't go to a local bike shop to pick up a replacement.
Dixon operates a $6,000 custom fitted hand-crank cycle — the only form of exercise for the man who uses a wheelchair after being paralyzed from the chest down in 1987 when he fell from a roof while installing Christmas lights.
He uses the hand-crank cycle to complete cross country trips and fundraise for various international nonprofits and causes.
Dixon and his wife, Becky, filed a report with Fort Collins police, but without the bright yellow hand-crank cycle that's specifically fitted for his needs, he's left without a means of transportation for a July fundraising ride he's scheduled to Washington, D.C.