MORGANTOWN \u2014 Barrett Mullins was biker-cool Monday afternoon, in Evansdale.\r\n\r\nYou know: When you\u2019re behind the handlebars and you don\u2019t want to give away too much.\r\n\r\nWhen the slightest of grins and barely perceptible nod of the helmet will suffice.\r\n\r\nBarrett, an 8-year-old from Preston County, stone-nailed that look as he test-drove his new mobility machine on the gray day.\r\n\r\nThere was even a touch of rock \u2018n\u2019 roll to the proceedings, as Barrett and his buddies actually rode indoors, at WVU\u2019s Erickson Alumni Center.\r\n\r\nYep, indoors.\r\n\r\nThe facility transformed its stately wood and tile floors into a bike track for the afternoon, in order to accommodate all those wheels.\r\n\r\n[gallery type="slideshow" size="large" ids="77092,77093,77091,77090"]\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cMobility\u201d was the watchword.\r\n\r\nBecause of certain medical issues, a traditional bicycle doesn\u2019t work well for Barrett.\r\n\r\nBut a specially outfitted three-wheeler from Variety, a nonprofit children\u2019s charity based in Pittsburgh, isn\u2019t.\r\n\r\nVariety presented the rides to Barrett and 25 other buddies in a brief program at the center. There were 46 recipients in all for the afternoon.\r\n\r\nOthers were allowed adaptive strollers and communication devices, though which they can express basic needs with a touch keyboard and electronic voice.\r\n\r\nThe offerings are given free to qualifying families across Pennsylvania and West Virginia.\r\n\r\nVariety CEO Charlie La-Vallee boiled it down.\r\nVariety and its partners and benefactors, he said, do extraordinary work \u2014 so its recipients can feel ordinary.\r\n\r\n\u201cDo you remember your first bike?\u201d he asked. \u201cWhat color was it? Who were your friends who rode with you? These kids here today want those same memories.\u201d\r\n\r\nToo often, he said, families with children in medical circumstances turn those children into spectators because of logistics or a lack of technology.\r\n\r\nA doting grandmother can\u2019t manage a wheelchair on an incline. A little brother on a walker can only watch while his big brother crosses the finish line.\r\n\r\nThe communication devices also open new vistas, he said.\r\n\r\n\u201cImagine your child being able to tell you he\u2019s sick or he\u2019s hungry. Or that he\u2019s being bullied at school.\u201d\r\nHowever, the message that may have resonated Monday came via a delivery system with three wheels, sophisticated brakes and host of safety harnesses.\r\n\r\nThe signature of any Variety event is the inaugural cruise \u2014 two laps around a meeting hall in the university alumni center, in this case.\r\n\r\nMacey Rollyson and Hannah Underwood, best friends from a middle school in Harrison County, were giggling with anticipation as they took their place in the joyful parade.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhere\u2019s Macey and Hannah?\u201d LaVallee called through a microphone. \u201cWe gotta get \u2018em next to one another.\u201d\r\nWhen the three-wheeled assemblage moved out, Barrett gave that little nod and a thumb\u2019s up \u2014 which was quite cool.