I am just interested in Handcycles and would love to hear more from others. Am looking to buy one.
I was injured in 1991 due to a motorcycle accident. I have been married for 17 yrears and we have two children. I very much enjoy the sport of handcycling, I try to get out and ride as often as I can. Good luck Jeff and keep up the good work.
Handcycling is the best sport I have done since being injured in 1996. I have played rugby since being injured and really enjoyed it,until I tried my first handcycle, that got me hooked.My comment to others MAKE EVERY RIDE COUNT & TRAIN HARD Andy Barker
Just wanted to say I have seen quite a few hand cyclists riding and just as I do with other cyclists, I like to talk to them and strike up a friendship. One of these fellows turns out to be an engineering student at the university where I work.
A year or so ago i met a young man (17 or so) who was riding a handcycle around Fiesta Island in San Diego. He was having a difficult time and rather than continue with my work out, I rode along with him. Later I talked to him mom who was trailing behind on a bicycle and it turned he was not paralyzed but had sereve motor control problems and this handcycle was the closest thing to independence he had. He was determined to make the best of it.
There bicycle time trials held a Fiesta Island several times a year and sometimes Handcyclists will enter. Here is a link to a photo of one competitor.
She looks like she is riding one of those Top End handcycles. Her name is Robin and she is one tough rider.
Anyway, best of luck with your page and best of luck with your new cycle.
Hey Jeff, I'm glad that I could help you with the purchase of your handcycle. As you know, I love the sport of handcycling and especially enjoy sharing the magic of it with others. Handcycling has opened my world and will yours too. Good work with your website.
Live well ~ Bike-on.
I am friends with handcyclists in St Pete, Michel and Scott. Michel and Scott are on our USCF team, Team American Classic. They did not have any local venues to race handcycles other than running races or triathlons. So, we decided to offer a handcycle event at our annual bicycle race, the Dade Battle of Brilliance Criterium! My friends are my connection to handcycling and we hope more people will give the sport a try.
One of the greatest things to ever happen to me riding my bike was to have my little girl, Morgan, see me train and begin to take an intrest in riding and racing. We completed her first triathlon at age 7. And although nothing compares to the satisfaction I got from that, I also like being on the back of a group ride when an able bodied rider falls off of the pace. Nothing better than comming around him a few mph faster and bridging the gap he created. I appreciate the respect we get from our able bodied counterparts, after all we train just as hard as they do.
I am fortunate to live in a place where you can literally train year round. I have my best friend and training partner, Scott McNeice, two blocks away. We are always pushing each other. Also, from early spring until late fall, there are group rides organized by three clubs- the St Petersburg Mad Dogs (triathlon), The St Pete Bicycle Club, and Team American Classic, every day of the week.
There is nothing better than being fit and knowing that you are fit. It is a way of life.
Before purchasing the Lightning handcycle, I also tried the Freedom Ryder. Both bikes are very similar, and easy to use. With both bikes you lean to turn. I tried another bike, I think it was a "Top End", but you turned the front wheel like a normal bike. This would be fine, except your front legs lay on both sides of the wheel, and when you turn the wheel, your legs go with it!
I love living in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, as there are many bike trails around. My favorite is a trail around the BWI airport and this connects up to a trail that takes you down to Annapolis.
Hope to see other handcyclists out there!
I am a Postal worker, but currently un-armed and fairly happy with life.
Love the sport - when on my bike I feel so free. Slightly frustrated by the amount of time it is taking to get my strength up. Lots of hills around me, so am still building my strength and endurance. Will be a while before I feel comfortable getting into any form of competition!
I don't ride yet but would like to.
There are a number of us handcyclists who are regularly joining the WHIRL rides on Saturdays. Go to www.whirl.com
I have gotten into the sport and loved every minute of it. I have met some really nice people that have helped me out in many ways to learn about the handcycle and also life in general. Once you get on your cycle you will not want to get off as it lets you see so much more of the world that you just can't see in the chair. Hope all will try it and see if this is a way of life for you. I have started this page for all to be able to share their experiences and also for people to have a place to talk about things they like in the sport so please go at it. I enjoy the sport and hope to get better as time goes on. I have loved everything about my cycle since I got it, and it is a great hobby also.
my first love is tennis, but I really liked to run when I was still a walker,so this is a lot like the meditation runs I used to make.
Was injured while working as a motion picture stuntman. Was William Shatner's and others double and blew a motorcycle stunt in 1973. My first two h/c were handmade because back then anything different had to be designed and handmade. I used h/c as a cross trainer for my other sports and now use it primarily for fitness and motivation. This is a great site in that it seems to be updated all the time. I used to go to USHF site daily but go here now because it is more currrent. Keep up the good work.
well not sure where to start,I never thought i would this far yet,sept 18 of this year was 1 year to date ofmy accident .All i can say is give it all an god will be right there with you.I average 16 mph,48inch tooth ring 24 inch rims.Im not sure if thats good or not,i have never competied with anyone . im looking for feedback .
Have been riding the Coyote trail from Morgan Hill into San Jose but have yet to see other handcyclist. If you are out there, what trails are you riding? Are there any handcycle clubs in the SF Bayarea? Hope to hear from someone.
I plan on entering more running races especially marathons. Perhaps it is time to do as the Europeans and get some exposure for the handcycling cause. Perhaps bad PR is better than none at all. I work at BLS as a Mathematical Statistician. Been there since 1979. I've been shying away from the gym recently and using the trainer allot. Muscles don't want to grow much at age 53 so I'm attacking the cardiovascular system. Here's to good health and handcycling will help to get you there.
I love handcycling so much that I recently bought an indoor trainer so I can ride 365 days a year! I've lost about 30 pounds so far.
I enjoy riding very much..now on my fourth handcycle. I began riding in 1992,I have owned 3 freedom Ryders (stage 1&2,a super bike and now an XLT2000). I ride for enjoyment and to stay fit,I generally ride 4-6 days per week weather permitting. If any of you live in Utah or want to just chat drop me a line..take care! Sharing stories and handcycle improvements is a passion!
I am also single and share a home and all expenses with my mother, with whom I get along well. Besides handcycling, I am also a disabled rower and, despite the chair, I do enjoy dancing! I have a very positive attitude and like making new friends. If I had one quote, it would be "A disability should only be a state of mind, not a curse of life!" :-)
I.m a 26 year old male I was in a diving accident in 1995 in north Florida.And I wish to start my life a new.
I am involved with a company called Creative Mobility based in northern Illinois. We provide Adaptive Bike Camps and seminars to groups to educate them about all types of adaptive cycling opportunities. check out www.creative mobility
I really like tour riding. Took me 20 yrs to find out how to play and I am loving it. Would like to hear from others that enjoy being able to get out and ride.
I am going to buy a bike. I do not want to sit straightup however to get down to and back off the low seaters is very difficult and I need two helpers. Is there a bike that is not so low?
LIKE TO TALK WITH SOME PEOPLE ON HANDCYCLE JEFF FISCHER
I am riding a borrowed handcycle and my new Top End Pro will be here this month. Trying to build some endurance & lose some weight.
In Oct. 1999 I recieved a flu shot that has left me a Para. I was a avid Mnt. and road rider, also did weekend touring on my tandem. Handcycling saved my life I feel as I didn't know what I was going to do after coming down with TM.
First wheel chair athlete to win and finish the Hawaii Iron man without breaking the rules-1996. I tried to use a hand crank and it was easeier and faster than addapting to a regular bike with prosthetics. I rode a Lightning handcycle with quick release rear wheels. The wheels are loose and is extremly unstable. Also weighs much more than advertised. I have chosen to ride with my prosthetics for awhile longer to help the world of prosthetics. I've won a couple of world championships in triathlons. I used to work with Broward County Fire Rescue Paramedics, received the medal of vallor from the NYFD, Started a charity to raise money for the on going health problems of fire rescue workers at ground zero. Sept 27 I leave Ft. Lauderdale on my bike riding to NY, raising money for the charity.
Our future son-in-law is parapalegic, but he waterski's, snow ski's, basketball, tennis, hockey. He loves to ride a bike, but cannot afford a bicyble on his limited income. So we are shopping for him. He also models and is studying to be an electrical engineer; will grad. in December. My husband is a disabled Polce Officer. His injury is that he needs a total knee replacement and he has limited motion and alot of despressing pain. Do you have any representative in tis area? Would you like one?
I enjoyed your site very much, it is nice to know there are others like me.
I got hurt just over a year ago (Sep. 6, 2001). I was a bike rider. 7 of them. All extra time, money, and energy went into my riding. Looks like it's on to handcycles. I want to race. First race was on a borrowed XLT 24 (all stock). Detroit Marathon in 1:21:09. I'd like to get my own handcycle and start racing, but living far below the poverty level doesn't facilitate such endeavors. Anybody want to sponsor me?
I had a xlt for 3 years and purchased the cb1 after the xlt was stolen.
I was injured on a waverunner in Sept. of 1996. I was always an active outdoorsman. The accident changed my life for the better. I was introduced to Mike Bond several years later who introduced me to the world of wheelchair sports. I am now an active participant in my life, no longer on the sidelines and enjoying the outdoors.
Been riding for three years now. Previously did a lot of wheelchair racing and now handcycling. Still competing some in the racing chair. Prefer the bike though. Hoping to train hard over the winter and move up to race a few of the USHF races in 2003.
I used to run races, now want to cycle them since my year old inmjury
Hi! My name is Robert I was injured in 1995 ,mountain bike accident. Now I really love riding in my bike!
After spending years molting in hospitals and my wheel chair,I was exposed to handcyling because of the generous efforts of the San Diego VAMC and San Diego REC-SERVICES.I recieved my own bike Thanksgiving 2002.It has provided me the most fun I've had in a very long time.The only downside,I got rained out six days in my first 27 days.Currently, I have been looking it to getting a training stand as the San Diego "wet" season approachs.I look forward to my first riding event.
thansk to Scott at bike-on helped me get started in handcycling. has been a live saver to know that you can be competitive in some type of sport. Have met some of the greatest athletes and people since i have been cycling in marathons. Hope to meet more of the people listed in this guest book this year while competing this year. Good luck to all this year.
Jeff, I like your web-site and will pass it along to my friends, keep up the good work. I'm an able bodied handcyclist and I volunteer with the Adaptive Sports & Adventure Program (ASAP) here in Charlotte. I love my volunteer work with ASAP and have so many good friends that I enjoy riding with. ASAP is having its annual Cycle to the Sea event April 11-13. The ride will begin in Monroe, NC and end in Myrtle Beach, SC. We cover 210 miles in 3 days and have fun the whole way. I would like to invite you and your friends to join us.
Warmest Regards, Bob
I am a 'fresh" injury who used to run races, so I want to buy a handcycle to race in that mode. However, $$$ is an issue. I am looking for a good, used cycle.
This form of sport offers a good workout and keeps me mobile.
3000 thousand miles and still cranking!!
Just started Northwest Handcycle Club. Working on a web site. Here is NWHC Bulletin Board.
I'm looking into buying a handcycle and getting involved in the DC area.
Im 33, married with 1 son and a baby due in July. I'm also a college graduate working on my MA in Education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. http://mywebpage.netscape.com/ld091893/parentspage.html
I am a new rider but I really want to get out there and ride, and ride well. I need traning help and advice and some equipment advice so I know what works and doesn't. Always looking for someone to ride with!
I really enjoy riding, and I look forward to getting in better shape. I love my cycle, Bob Hall does great work.
We are manufacturers of a new cycle www.2cancycle.co.uk and are looking for a supplier for hancrank drive handgrips/pedals can U help please?
Julia Grace is 8 years old and likes to ride around the block. It was a really great experience to ride bikes as a family for the first time a couple of years ago. The neighborhood teens think her bike is really cool!
I love my bike, i use it every day, any season, but i'm looking for "gizmo's" i plan a trip next year, city to city, the reason?, to see a football game(roughriders), and to say "I did It"
Enjoyed your site, looking for info on best type of turning system for my level of injury..tilt or normal steer would LOVE to get into this soon! gotta get the right bike tho email me if you have any recommendations Thanks a Bunch and God Bless! John
Riding my bike has changed my life. It has brought a new exciting dimension to my life. I have a friend I ride with and have also done some racing. It's never too late to get started. I was injured in 1969 and didn't start riding until 1996. I am 54 years old and riding keeps me healthy and in good spirits! If you are ever in San Diego contact me and let's go for a ride!
If your ever in the Northwest, email & I'll set up a ride.
i ame from the netherlands, and sorry fore my bad english. i love to drive my handbike and i do a lot miles eatch day. and i hope to make contacts in the world, so pleas mail me back. you can find more about me on my home page. http://rolstoelmarathon.blaataap.nl
just getting statrted in handcycling,,,,need the cardio,,,we shall see how things work out
I was introduced to handcycling through Mike Bond and Rob Robinson at a summer Shriners Hospital camp. The minute I was on I loved it. I got my bike a few months later. Although I don't ride as often as I should, I love it.
Scott at Bike-on helped me get my bike, and I have been grateful every day. I love the thing. I hope to get into distance cycling. Who wants to ride Across the US? Maybe not too soon on that eh? But I hope to be up to 1/2 century rides next year. Know any in the New England area.. and any other handcycles going to run?
I love the thing. I am hooked for life.
Researching handcycles for my 10 year old nephew who's been a paraplegic for 5 years due to an automobile accident.
-1-I am an A-class lineman(Pike Electric/duke power)-2/associate degree in dragting and design engineering technology-3/Lineman till my accident-4...I workout now daily- http://www.thehiltons.com/britt/ [Base Phase] Workouts Day 1 threw 4 Monroe North Carolina Aquatics Center March 2004/Life 3-5 Sets 12 to 15 reps. Low intensity-4 second reps/quick explosive extensions.
*Day-1 -Sci-Fit-1000 Manual-20 minutes muscle warm-up/down-light weight Triceps emphasis -Back Extensions=15/10/5/0 -Abs./Abdominal=100>0 -Incline Bent bar/Straight Bar Bench-Press=150 lbs./(2*35)+(2*10)+(2*5) -Flat Bent bar/straight Bar Bench-Press=150 lbs./(2*35)+(2*10)+(2*5) -Decline Bent bar/Straight Bar Bench-Press=150 lbs./(2*35)+(2*10)+(2*5) -Incline Magnum Bench-Press set on 5=180/(4*45) -Flat Magnum Bench-Press=180/(4*45) -Close-Grip Bench-Press=120 lbs.(2*35)+(2*2.5) -Shoulder press Natilus=55 lbs. -Neck Flex-4 way -Tricep cable pull downs=70 lbs. -Cable Bench Flies-17=55 lbs. -Cable Front Shoulder Raises=30 lbs. -Sci-Fit-1000 Manual-20 minutes muscle-heavy weight tricep emphasis -Back Extensions=15/10/5/0 -Abs/Abdominal=100>0 -Swim 3 hrs-tricep/shoulder/chest emphasis w-crawl-day 1&3,bicepts & lats on day 2 & 4 days.
Day-2 -Sci-Fit-1000 Manual-20 minutes muscle warm-up/down-light weight Lat. emphasis -Dumbbell Wrist Curls Front=85 lbs. -Dumbbell Wrist Curls Back=30 lbs. -Super-Pullover lat.emphasis 170 lbs. -1arm cable row=130 lbs. -Cable Lat-Pull Downs-5 link 1-Width=135 lbs. 2-Width=135 lbs. 3-Width=135 lbs. -Magnum Lat row-4-6 1-Width=212.5 lbs. 2-Width=212.5 lbs. 3-Width=212.5 lbs. -Dumbbell Shrugs=100/85/45 lbs. -Cable Rear Delt=130 lbs. -M-Bench dumbbell Reverse Curls=30/25 -M-Bench dumbell rotating curls=30 lbs. -Super-Pullover-Lats.-170 lbs. -Dumbell Wrist Curls Front=85 lbs. -Dumbell Wrist Curls Back=30 lbs. -Sci-Fit 1000 Manual-20minutes muscle-heavy Lat.emphasis -Swim 3 hrs-tricep/shoulder/chest emphasis w-crawl-day 1&3,bicepts & lats on day 2 & 4 days.
Day-3 -Sci-Fit-1000 Manual-30 minutes muscle warm-up/down-light weight tricep emphysis -Back Extensions -Abs./Abdominal=100>0 -Seated Chest Press-1=170 lbs. -Shoulder press Natilus=55 lbs. -Neck Flex-4 way -Peck/Deck Peck-6-1=180 lbs. -deck=132 lbs. -Close-Grip Bench-Press=105 lbs.45 lb. bar +(2*25)+(2*5) -Cable Cross-over 1-9-17 heights=60 lbs. -Unilateral cable pull-downs=70/675/65 lbs. -cybex Lateral raises=90 lbs. -Shoulder Press Magnum=1-5=100 lbs. -Cybex Shoulder Press-1=53>0 -Sci-Fit-1000 Manual-20 minutes muscle build heavy weight-30 tricep enphysis -Back Extensions -Abs/Abdominal=100>0 -Swim 3 hrs-tricep/shoulder/chest emphasis w-crawl-day 1&3,bicepts & lats on day 2 & 4 days.
Day-4 -Sci-Fit 1000 Manual-20 minutes/muscle warm-up-down-Lats.Light weight -Abs/Abdominal=100>0 -Dumbbell Wrist Curls Front=85 lbs. -Dumbbell Wrist Curls Back=30 lbs. -Super-Pullover 170 lbs. Lats. -1arm row=135 lbs. -Cable Lat-Pull Downs-5 link 1-Width=135 lbs. 2-Width=135 lbs. 3-Width=135 lbs. -Magnum Lat row-4-6 1-Width=212.5 lbs. 2-Width=212.5 lbs. 3-Width=212.5 lbs. -Bicep curl-2=65 lbs. -Cable Bicep unilateral cable curl-11=70/675/65 lbs. -internal cable rotator cuff-45 lbs. -external cable rotator cuff-45 lbs. -Abs/Abdominal=100>0 -Dumbbell Shrugs=100/85/50 lbs. -Dumbbell Wrist Curls Front=85 lbs. -Dumbbell Wrist Curls Back=30 lbs. -Super-Pullover-Lats..170 lbs. -Sci-Fit-1000 Manual-20 minutes muscle-build weight Lat. emphasis Heavy weight -Swim 3 hrs-tricep/shoulder/chest emphasis w-crawl-day 1&3,bicepts & lats on day 2 & 4 days.
Goals for Now @ 300 lbs. 1rep.@300 lbs. 2reps@285 lbs. 3reps@279 lbs. 4reps@270 lbs. 5reps@261 lbs 6reps@255 lbs. 7reps@249 lbs. 8reps@240 lbs. 9reps@231 lbs. 10reps@225 lbs. 12reps@201 lbs. 15reps@195 lbs.
I desire to stay fit and enjoy life-swimming is the best workout and most affordable...
Handcycling is pure joy. Our family is able to enjoy rides together on a regular basis, on vacation, and we are also able to join with friends on the rails to trails in our area. It is a great way to meet new people, to stay healthy, and have fun at the same time. The Invacare Gold is an awesome machine--thanks to Scott at Bike-on.com for introducing me to handcycling and for my first handcycle that led to the Gold!!!! If anyone is coming to the western PA area there are many trails along the Allegheny River and through the national forests. Wildlife abounds! Riding with other handcyclists makes riding even more fun.
I am a professional fine artist and Art Instructor. I am the founder of the ART ROD FOUNDATION, www.artrodfoundation.com a non-profit organization that helps local underserved Schools in the area of Art Instruction and quality art supplies to those Schools who might otherwise not recieve any art classes. We have a FESTIVAL on Sunday Sept.11th 2005 which is our big fund raiser for the year. This year We will be hosting a 5K Fun run. I want to invite anyone who wishes to enjoy a wonderful, exciting September day to attend our Race with their HANDCYCLE. We will have a wonderful 3.1 miles of smooth, beautiful, riding area in rural central ILLINOIS as the setting. The festival takes place at Grandview Orchard...with live fun for the whole family, including: A car show, live chain-saw carving, wonderful fresh apples, baked gods, homemade ice cream, fresh pork roast, "kids for Science" area. a free ART Tent for those who want to have hands on ART actvities, live music, banjos.guitars, story tellers...a silent auction area... and a special skydiver, Mr. Dana Bowman, (double amputee) will parachute into the event. Dana will speack to the crowd and present a salute to our local heroes on this, the 9-11 aniversary. So, there is alot going on that day. It all starts will the race at 10:00am and the festival ends at 6:00pm with a color gaurd salute. Please fel free to email me if you would like more information. or go to the www.artrodfoundation.com site for more info. Hope to see you and your "HANDCYCLES" at the race. Sincerely, GREG
I wanted to find a place in N.VA that sells handcycles, specifically so that I could look at the different models, and find out about how to do a transfer into and out of them, particularly if they are low to the ground. I would like to buy a handcycle to take advantage of the trails in this area, and have something to do outdoors to improve my fitness.
looking to get a bike for my 11 year old son he skate boards to.
A new bike is expensive but worth every swedish krona! To all firstime buyers, take time to think how you're gonna use a bike, and ask others what they think about their bikes. When you have your bike, just get out there and hit that tarmac! All the best to all of you from Sweden.
Just looking for a good time.
A little bit of bitching...why is it that a handcycle, which is not all that different than a regular trike, is so overwhelmingly expensive? A $250 conversion kit for a $300 trike gives you the same basic functional handcycle! And that includes wheels, 27 gear arrangement, etc.... Handcycling is a sport that is not being ignored, there just are no participants. Cost is a real reason that can't be ignored. Far too many handicapped people are on fixed incomes. But that's no reason for the wheelchair manufacturers to move in and suck a person's bank account dry! There are three large wheelchair manufacturers that make handcycles. I won't name them as there's a good possibility you're sitting in one of their products right now. However, they need to lighten up a little bit and get off the "milking" bandwagon! "Value for your money" is definitely missing here. Let me explain. A quick analysis of a handcycle will reveal that if you purchase a 27 speed bike from just about any store, it has all the gears and the mechanical parts that can be be retrofitted into a handcycle. I just did it...and spent a total of $232.34 for additional parts. The welding was done by a student from the college near here. No charge. In reality, the larger manufacturers can purchase all the parts in bulk, as a substantially reduced price than I paid. What you pay for are the sales staff that don't bother returning your call when you have a problem, the secretaries that look at their phones before picking them up and if it's a client, the call goes to their voice mail, the flashy brochures that compare to those at the car dealership, and that new building they just built downtown, well you pay for that too. Before I forget, I have to remind you that the frames are prebuilt although this is denied, and where are they made? Consider this: Made in the USA is frequently not on the label. China is the likely source! OK, I got it off my chest. Have a great day and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas (yes, it's Christmas) and the best in the New Year. :)
I'm 52 yo had a tumor removed from my spinal cord Jan '88. Father of 25 yo son Brad. He's a junior at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. I've been a recreational handcyclist for 9 yrs and just started marathons last year - Burlington VT 5/28/06 2:55 and Hartford CT 10/8/06 2:50 in pouring rain. I also mono-ski on the New England Disabled Ski Team out of Loon Mountain N.H. NASTAR ranked 32 out of 60 for the 2005-2006 season. Just recently started wheelchair b-ball with the Baystate Wheelers in Worcester Mass.
Warren Strickland was seriously injured while practicing when he was struck by a pickup truck. He is in surgical intensive care at LSU hospital in Shreveport, Lousiana. Please keep him in your prayers and let others know. Thak you.
51 yr old needing a workout and stress free time
Bought my bike used (and slightly abused) and I'm in the process of making it ridable once again. 24 speed shimano gearing makes it go and ProMax disc brakes make it stop. Can't wait to get it out and about on the local trails in the SanFran Bay Area. Haven't owned a bike since high school, so this should be a blast. Just after a car accident in '76, a doctor got me interested in working out for the paralympics as a weight lifter, but about the time I was getting 'up' there in weight (220 x 50 reps), I ran into a physical therapist who realized I had partial nerve function in my legs and said "what are you working on your arms for, you should be working your legs!" After a couple years of hard work I got to the point where I could walk with just a cane. But I fell on some ice while in college and broke my femur, losing most of the motor control of that leg. SO I ended up walking on crutches for 22 years, until a brain aneurysm a couple years ago put me in a wheelchair. Now I realize that I need to get myself some better method of exercise, and a handcycle should fit the bill. Cheers, great site, best of luck with it!! John
We are curently looking at buying a hand cycle for 20-year old Jeremy (my son) for fun and excercise. He had the transplant and leg loss. We actually live in Shoshone, Idaho but have been in Salt Lake City for medical reasons for the last 8 months and will be here for some time yet.
Only want to saw a another kind of a handled cycle from sweden.
This is actually for my 17 yr.old son Michael, He was just recently injured. He is in rehab now at Childrens Hosp. in Seattle. He has always been very athletic and active and although I know we are early in the stages of his recovery,when I showed him a picture of a handcycle in an ad in Spoke&Sports Mag we got from one of the therapist,he got excited about the idea, I have always liked to ride and am hoping this would be something we will be able to do together. Thanks, Mike
Purchasing my handcycle has changed my life for the best after my accident. 2 centuries and over 4500 miles+. Planning to ride coast to coast before my 50th birthday in 4 years.
Last year diagnosed with congestive heart failure, most likely from volume overload and venous disorders from paraplegia. Biking is a good form of exercise for my condition.
Well let's see I am 30 years old and happily married with kids. I am I wheelchair user, my hobbies are rc trucks,welding,and just having fun. A short time ago I made the biggest mistake of my life-I sold my handcycle and hav'nt been able to get one yet. life is not the same!!!
IM WRITING BECAUSE MY HUSBAND LOSS HIS LOWER LEFT LIMB 5 YEARS AGO. HE USED TO RIDE A BICYCLE ALL THE TIME, HE HAS TRIED A REGULAR BICYCLE IT JUST DOESNT WORK HE HAS PROBLEMS KEEPING THE LEG ON PEGS AND WE HAVE TRIED STRAPS HE ENDS UP FALLING. WE ARE THINKING ABOUT A HANDCYCLE BUT I WANTED TO GET FEEDBACK FROM SOMEONE WHO USES ONE, BEFORE I PUT OUT THAT MUCH MONEY .
A Man of Faith who Loves the Lord, but other loves are My Wife Melissa Hart who is now a published author of a book called "The Redemption of Reverend Caine". Also LOVE Wheelchair Tennis and singing and playing guitar. Occupation : Computer Programmer of 25 years for State of MD. Now doing managerial work in same field.
I live on Rock Creek Park and I'm looking for other Handcycle riders
I would have to say handcycling is one of the most rewarding exercise that anyone with a disability can do. As anyone would know after suffering a life changing event such as a spinal cord injury. I would advise anyone that's thinking about getting a cycle to contact your local rehab center and see if they have any hand bikes to test ride, or call a handcycle dealer and get more info on what would be a good choice for your injury level.