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General Discussion / Re: Upright versus recumbent exercise bike...
« on: July 23, 2008, 12:28:53 PM »
How can you get rid of the dead spot by changing gear? it's not a case of what egar you are in it's a case that the cranks are at 12 and 6, and in this position cannot generate any force no matter what gear you are in.
To turn the cranks from the 12/6 position you have to pull back with one knee and push with the other, for a lot of BK's this is hard if not downright painful and for AK's obviously impossibe as they don't have a knee.
With the RotoR, the power pedal is always in the 1 oclock positon so to give power all you do is put weight on it.

have another look at the page with the animation after reading the above it's nothing to do with gearing.

General Discussion / Re: Upright versus recumbent exercise bike...
« on: July 19, 2008, 04:30:58 AM »
Pegleg, for the open road bike I'd REALLY take a hard look at the RotoR as I would think for you it would be a godsend. I know it's a big chunk of money but so worth it.

Would be worthwhile finding somewhere near that would let you test a recumbant as not all people can get along with them.

General Discussion / Re: Upright versus recumbent exercise bike...
« on: July 18, 2008, 11:52:24 AM »
Robo, just take a velcro strap, you can buy it from Homebase or loads of diy places and use that. Wrap it around the platform and your a good un :)

Pegleg, do you mean excersice bikes?  if so I'd say the recumbent bike, there is a lot less knee work using a recumbent than a normal bike as your in a more stretched out position for an amputee without a specific leg for cycling it's much easier and more comfortable.

General Discussion / Re: Upright versus recumbent exercise bike...
« on: July 18, 2008, 06:22:41 AM »
Why not use a cross trainer, much better workout for the whole body and emulates a walking/climbing motion so helps to strengthen the muscles you'll use on a daily basis.

General Discussion / Re: BIG THANKS TO ALL
« on: June 24, 2008, 02:41:23 AM »
It's always nice to see people who want to go that little bit further to help others and make themselves better at their job :)

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: Handcycles
« on: June 24, 2008, 02:39:32 AM »
chrysochloridae, not sure if you've seen this in the other thread, if not take a peek at this and fire away with any Q's that pop up.

General Discussion / Re: How much does it cost to produce a socket?
« on: June 23, 2008, 04:15:55 AM »
I updated my article a week or so back have a look at this new version :-

Fi, I was really surprised when i read you don't stand and pedal, with the amount of riding you do you REALLY need to treat yourself to a RotoR, the difference you'll find will be amazing and you WILL be able to stand an pedal. I also have a short and boney stump, the only thing that's stops pedalling when standing up is it's damn tiring, but for getting up that last bit of a really steep climb it's great.

With the amount of riding you do and publicity you get I'd be very surprised if you couldn't get on free or at least at cost price, speak to the US supplier I'm sure they'll help.

But PLEASE PLEASE, at the very least find one near you and try it.

Recreation and Entertainment / Re: Handcycles
« on: June 23, 2008, 03:54:33 AM »
I've used the highpath swingcrank which is what got me back on the bike. Great for road/parks/canal paths but no use in the rough as it's so low you catch on every root.

I'm now using the Rotor, this is just amazing as it eliminates the 6/12 dead spot which for amputee's is a killer there's not a lot I now can't do compared to my able bodied riding mates. Yesterday I lead a group on an 18mile xc/all mountain route and noone was complaining it was slow ;)

Any Q's on the RotoR let me know.

General Discussion / Re: how do i delete my account
« on: May 25, 2008, 03:20:28 AM »
Just use Firefox with the adblock plus addon, no add's for me on any site now :)

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: April 29, 2008, 02:19:26 AM »
Something else to check out for keeping the feet on the pedals.

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: April 19, 2008, 02:34:05 AM »
First thing thats springs to mind would be to use something based on this idea :-

Does he use the heal on just the tin leg side or both sides?  It would be worth sticking with the toe clip you have and train him to use it otherwise it's going to be a hard habit to break later on and if he keeps it up he'll start hitting his toe on the front wheel as he turns especially when you get him a larger wheeled bike.

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: April 15, 2008, 02:15:40 PM »
Now, this is the bit where you say :-

What your level of amp is
What bike you have
What modifications you've made to help you, on the bike, on your leg, on you, clothing....
How you got started
What helped you getting started
Anything to still overcome

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: April 01, 2008, 12:24:30 PM »
Check this out I wrote it towards the end of last year

I really do need to knuckle down and get it updated as I've changed a lot with pedals and spd clip on shoes.

You'll actually find it easier as the leg you lost is your "handed" leg as you'll naturally want to keep that foot out front when standing on the bike which is quite comfortable, where as having the tin leg as the trailing leg is extremely tiring and uncomfortable.

General Discussion / Re: Sports and Activites Day
« on: March 31, 2008, 01:22:49 PM »
Well 50 views and not one comment on what would help or what you'd like to see on a day like this, just carry on enjoying sitting in front of the TV then I guess  ???

General Discussion / Sports and Activites Day
« on: March 21, 2008, 03:40:48 AM »
My limb center is looking to put on a "sports and activities day" during the summer. They've asked me to be there and show/talk about mountain biking and riding in general but what i wanted to ask was what would you guys find useful and helpful.
I wrote this article (which I need to update) and will be having that as a handout with a flyer from my local bike shop who've been amazingly helpful, and wanted to know if there's anything more I could do. I'll obviously be there riding around and answering Q's but would prefure to be prepared.
On a general note, is there anything you'd like to see covered in a day like this as a whole, informational/demo's, etc as I think this is a great opportunity and wouldn't like the limb center to waste it.



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