Blind biker uses vision to ride
Posted January 20, 2014
The road to finding what you love is different for all of us, for DJ Robinson joy came the first time he took a seat on a bike.
"I enjoyed it. It brought me my freedom back," said Robinson.
Robinson doesn't see the world the way most of us do.
"I can see colors," Robinson said. "I can see people's faces."
Robinson has been legally blind since an early age due to an eye disease linked to premature birth.
"What people can see at 200 feet. I can only see at five feet in front of me," said Robinson.
Chazz Walker is there to compensate for that. He is the eyes for this tandem bike duo.
"I put my trust in my pilot," Robinson said. "He's the guy who steers the front of the bike."
"I'm most of the power basically."
"If we come to a climb, I'll let him know in advance," Walker said.
The two are a team and have created a bond far beyond the miles spent pedaling.
"He has been a great mentor," Robinson said. "A great friend. I wouldn't be here without him"
"He'll tap me on the back and say nice riding old guy," Walker said.
What started as a chance for freedom has become a mission for Robinson. His sight's now set on the 2016 paralympics. His first step — a tryout for the world team next month in California...
"With faith and confidence you can conquer any fear in life you just have to keep pushing," said Robinson.
And believing in a finish line, even if you can't see it.
"Why do you need sight when you have a vision?" questioned Robinson.