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Help for disabled rider please(6 posts)

Help for disabled rider pleasertyszko
Jul 29, 2002 4:50 AM
I have a freind who has one fully functioning arm and one amputated above the elbow. He rides a bit with his son but he's wondering whether there are companies out there that can help him find a way to fit a handle bar to him so that he can use both arms. Any thoughts? He's interested mainly in some light trail riding.

Bob Tyszko
i hate to do thisJekyll
Jul 29, 2002 5:36 AM
but go over to the dark side (mtbr.com) - there used to be a guy there who regularly posted and was an amputie (I believe most of one of his arms).
There is a website called Disabled SportsKristin
Jul 29, 2002 5:44 AM
Here is a link to their equipment resources page. There are great leaps being made in the prostetics industry. Customized solutions are expensive, but available. Check-out the DS equipment page below:

http://www.dsusa.org/equipment.htm
I have ridden with a guyonespeed
Jul 29, 2002 5:58 AM
who only had one foot. He had a special setup that allowed hime to switch from bike to running for triathlons. He didnt even compete in the handicapped classifications. He went all out in the generals.

The resources exist. You just have to do a little research. I am sure his doctor could point him in the right direction.
Tell your friend to email meWalter
Jul 29, 2002 7:53 AM
In 1993 I got thrown off a motorcycle and impacted a guardrail with my shoulder. This resulted in a brachial plexus tear and paralysis to most of my left arm and complete paralysis of left hand.

It sucks but it can be compensated for. I ride roadbikes and have modified brakes/shifters so both can be controlled from the right side of the bar with no real loss in performance. I still weightlift and to risk bragging can out- freeweight squat anyone in my gym by a considerable margin. The strap I use for the left side of the squat bar is the one I use to "hold" onto the left side of the bike's handlebars. I bought them back in 93 and hadn't seen any like them until recently at an online weightlifting supply site.

I'm no expert or rehab specialist but I've lived this for what'll be 9 years come Oct. 14 and am willing to share my ideas.

w_judd@yahoo.com
Tell your friend to email mertyszko
Jul 29, 2002 11:04 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll pass them along.

Bob Tyszko