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Adaptive Cycling: Handcycles, Amputee Adaptation, Visual Impairment, and Other Needs Have a need for adaptive equipment to ride to compensate for a disability or loss of limb or function? This area is for discussion among those of us in the cycling world that are coming back from traumatic circumstances and tell the world, "No, you are not going to beat me down!"

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Old 05-13-17, 09:16 PM   #1
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Retinitis Pigmentosa won't stop me.

REtinitis Pigmentosa(RP) has slowed me down. The vision loss has me at legally blind now. I stopped riding until last Saturday. Motivated from watching a video about Bobby McMullen, I had enough. Reached out to me love friends that ride. One agreed to guide me on a trail. We met up Initially flowed him on his unicycle. Then he switched over to his Speciaized Epic. Despite the lack of riding for 3 years, I kept my Surly 1x1 on his tail for the most part. I don't know what is crazier, the changes in bikes over a 6 year period, that my wife allowed me to ride agin, or that I only wrecked a few times. My friend was freaking when I tried to tackle a tree. Survived with only scratches and a blood blister under a finger nail.

Link below is to my Instagram post of the take off

Does anybody else ride their own bike with the help of guides? If so, what verbal connands do you use between guide and blind follower?
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Old 05-14-17, 06:48 PM   #2
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I wanted to give you kudos on balls of steel. I can't even imagine trying to have the trust in a another individual, or even in myself, to chance barreling along on a DF bike blind.

I would imagine you know more about this than I do...recall reading about a blind guy that uses a manner of echo-location "click" to ride a bike. I am sure a quick search would turn up something. Even in spite of that, I would imagine him having to have a guide or sighted individual make sure the area was smooth and clear of obstruction like potholes, loose sand.

Hope you work something out. Aside from your own bike, perhaps your SO would consider being the pilot on a tandem?
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Old 05-21-17, 07:44 PM   #3
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I too have RP, and i am continuing to cycle. Cant live under a rock.
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Old 05-23-17, 07:22 PM   #4
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Wishing you the best and hoping you safely continue to ride.
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Wishing you the best and hoping you safely continue to ride.
thank you seems the harder part now is scheduling amongst friends we all have kids
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went on a 25 mile charity ride, fun.
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