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    Introduction: BK Returns to Cycling

    Hi Folks - I am former competitive cyclist, raced in college and for the local club (La Grange) but was more of a seriously over-committed cyclist that loved everything about the hours I spent in the saddle....(2000+ a week)

    In 2004 I was hit head on by an SUV and the aftermath was not good. I eventually opted to have my lower right leg amputated. For various reasons, I really never got back on the bike....

    ...until a month ago. My Colnago was destroyed in the accident but I recently got on my 18 year old Klein and it was like I never stopped riding (except for the near total lack of fitness). All the feelings of 11 years ago stirred and I think I am hooked back on the bike!! It is early to guess where this is going to go, but I am optimistic I will be getting a road bike before year end...

    Regardless, I have been looking for a forum such as this for a while and look forward to reading about various issues....

    The first question I have is for those that are BK, do you have a specialized prosthetic? I am currently using my regular leg which is for designed for a very active person, but I can already see that a more customized leg would be a great help. Believe it our not, I cannot find anyone in my area (L.A.) that is willing to work with me (and that has experience) in creating a custom leg....

    Regardless - Looking forward to joining the discussions...

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    What I did was take one of my older, loose fitting legs and turn the toe in a bit to miss the crank arm. I also opted to slightly lengthen my riding leg, but that has more to do with ROM issues with the bad knee.
    Unless you can actually get "in" with a company thats working with athletes or the like you probably won't find too much on the custom leg aspect. I found it helpful with my previous prosthesist (before he died) to take pictures, take my bike, and sit in front of him with the issue and solve it together. My current guy can't even grind something without screwing it up, so I have been on my own about it a few years now.

    Best of luck to you. Glad to help, if I can. (LBKA, by the way)
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    Thank you for your comments. I am really surprised and pretty troubled at how unwilling the prosthetitist community is to help me craft a cycling leg...

    Right now I use my regular leg and it works fine in my MTB, but, when I get are more aggressive road bike, I will be more interest in finding some them for task specific and svelte...

    In the interim, I am loving digging deep into the gear....there has been a lot of changes since I had my last road bike...

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