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    Hi, not sure if i qualify as I'm not as yet a rider. I amhowever disabled and fully intend to become a rider.
    In 1999 I had a motorcycle accident, it was a reasonable event, the policeclosed the road for 8 hours whilst I was recovered and they did their thing!Anyway the accident left me unconscious for three weeks and in hospital for 4months, my right leg remained broken below the knee for 14 months and in theend I had to have a bone graft to rectify the problem. Both forearms were brokenmy right forearm also had nerve damage resulting in a further op to allow me toopen my hand via tendon transfer. My left forearm and elbow were broken leavingme to this day unable to straighten my left arm fully. The main damage thoughwas to my left leg, the sciatic nerve was ripped away from the spine at all 5sockets leaving me with non function left buttock, rear thigh muscle waist and completelyparalyzed below the knee.
    I sat at home watching the Paralympics and felt ashamed of myself, " I really must get off my a*se" and have been looking for a reasonable tricycle to buy since, there are plenty of the Mission, Viking and Kentex style trikes but I live in Southern Spain where there are one or two mountains and these "shopper" style trikes just will not cut it around here.
    Any thoughts would be welcome.
    Thanks and "Hi" to all here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolomiti View Post
    Pardon this thread is so old, but there are no others like it... I found it on a search...

    Does anyone here cycle, that is disabled? I mean being unable to support yourself with employment.
    People see me cycling often and sometimes think I must not be disabled, because how could a disabled person ride a bicycle
    I have two neurological conditions, and cycling is a BIG help on my quality of life - thanks to conditioning (being inactive is a very bad idea in my case), transportation, and mental satisfaction. I don't have very good endurance or power but good enough to get around and enjoy it sometimes.
    I was pouring through this thread and came across this post.

    I have three neurological conditions. But, At the speed I ride my racing bike(20-25mph), no one would even know it. Especially the moped rider that came up next to me in the same lane at a red light, and started marvelling at how fit I was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ax0n View Post
    I have epilepsy.
    That is one of mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Mac View Post
    Let me tell ya, your'e not missing anything, it is a circular piece of either aluminum or stainless steal and they actually have screws all the way around it that are tightened enough into your skull to mobilize your head & neck, your field of vision is very limited . It gets extremely frustrating staring at the ceiling all freakin day and not being able to see wtf is going on around or to you. Sounds funny but if you never get a halo you are truly blessed. Sorry about your issues just keep up the fight, I do every day all day & night, I can't sleep from the pain or flashbacks, it's been so long now it's the new normal I just came to terms with it this year & I'm 50ish.
    I am 45 and thankful, I have never needed a halo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerhouse View Post
    I know I revived an old thread, but for those of you who are new, I'll ask the questions again;

    Do you have a disability?
    What do you do or have done to compensate for it.

    I welcome your discussion.
    1. Ventricular Brain Aneurysm
    2. Hydrocephalus
    3. Epilepsy

    I compensate by:

    1. Mostly using my right eye
    2. Becoming adept at maintaining my balance in all sorts of ways.
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    I am disabled, haven't worked since 2010. Surgeries and Pain MGNT, and riding my trike~!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    I am disabled, haven't worked since 2010. Surgeries and Pain MGNT, and riding my trike~!
    I have been disabled, more years than I care to count. Riding my bike, especially at the speeds I do(20-25mph) is how I rise above being disabled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter_C View Post
    Well, I did what may well be the last ride of the season for me. The weather here in Ohio is turning cold, wet, and wintry. I did a whooping 27 miles, enjoyed myself though sweaty, and layered against the cold. Am glad I went, but it seems that no matter how easy I take it, my knees (both the new and the used) can't seem to handle it. Am very crippled up today with lots of swelling. Total miles (to date) for 2011 are 509 miles - so much for my goal of 1K, but I did get my hip replaced in June, so that ate up a bunch of riding time I guess.
    Are you on NSAIDs? For me it's ride bike- take meloxicam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delcrossv View Post
    Are you on NSAIDs? For me it's ride bike- take meloxicam.
    Hehe - an older post. I have been on NSAIDs for the last 25+ years. I loved Viox back in the day! Sadly, in early 2011 I was put on blood thinners for the rest of my life. That means the only NSAID I can ever take is Celebrex. I tried and moved on from it many years ago, but am back on it (among many other meds). Anyhow, Yes, I take Celebrex daily every morning upon waking up. I am also in Pain MGNT, and did much better in 2012 since it was my first non-surgical year in a long time! Did around 1500 miles for the year. Did two metrics, and one Century, and one nine day tour! I still have good and bad days, but am slowly learning what my limits are. Life will get better once I have the right TKR done, it's due, but need to get on disability so I can get healthcare first. been waiting to go before a judge for over 15 months, still waiting for a date.
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    I'm not disabled, just athletically inconvenienced.

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    I went on my longest ride of the year today and even rode on some easy trails to celebrate that for the first time in a very long time I can wiggle my left big toe down AND UP even though the rest of the piggies are still sleeping.

    Might just being going through a better spell after several months of hell (it happens) but felt pretty good on the bike today and am pleased at my decision to swap from flats to drops on my Pug which allows me to off road with a lot of stability and cushioning and a little lower and more aero makes a big difference.

    I really tried to like the riser bars but my back hates them.

    Obligatory picture... sitting up just kills my back (radiculopathy / axial loading) so pretty much everything I ride is fitted like a road bike. Standing and walking are still a problem and this has not gotten better and the doctor says I need to slow down... since I like feeling my fun bits and the reduced chances of falling down I agree.



    I have started looking at recumbent trikes as having access to and riding one has let me experience the most pain free activity I have been able to engage in for over five years... and don't think my physician pictured this when he said slow down.... he is an avid cyclist and strongly supports me riding to stay in the best shape possible and to reduce pain and dependence on drugs.


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    Hi everyone.

    I've made an account today while wandering on the internet checking people's trikes out. I found this thread and thought I'd share my life story too
    In march 2004 I ended up in the hospital with a few symptoms my doctor wasn't a fan of. After a lot of tests and guessing, they figured the best diagnosis was juvenile rheumatoid polyarthritis. By january 2005, my muscles were so atrophied that I ended up bedridden until 2008. This whole time my joints lost more and more RoM. Right now my knees (the most important joints in this situation) don't extend more than ~100 degrees. That makes walking impossible.
    In 2010 a few friends helped me with a fundraiser and bought a Hase Trets (
    http://hasebikes.com/87-1-Trets.html). I've been using it more than my wheelchair in the past 2 and a half years (reason to be proud!) and done over 3700 km (http://runkeeper.com/user/AlexTache/profile). Since my muscles are still really atrophied and I don't live in the safest country (Romania), I always had someone with me on the rides.
    Right now, things are changing and I need to become more independent. I'm looking into getting a better trike (tadpole trike with more gears since 7 aren't enough to climb hills) and put a BionX system on it for help.
    Hoping this change will be for the good. I'm also going to get a blog up and running to inspire more people and I hope I'll also get to do some touring. There's nothing like seing a country from a recumbent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alextache View Post
    Hi everyone.

    I've made an account today while wandering on the internet checking people's trikes out. I found this thread and thought I'd share my life story too
    In march 2004 I ended up in the hospital with a few symptoms my doctor wasn't a fan of. After a lot of tests and guessing, they figured the best diagnosis was juvenile rheumatoid polyarthritis. By january 2005, my muscles were so atrophied that I ended up bedridden until 2008. This whole time my joints lost more and more RoM. Right now my knees (the most important joints in this situation) don't extend more than ~100 degrees. That makes walking impossible.
    In 2010 a few friends helped me with a fundraiser and bought a Hase Trets (
    http://hasebikes.com/87-1-Trets.html). I've been using it more than my wheelchair in the past 2 and a half years (reason to be proud!) and done over 3700 km (http://runkeeper.com/user/AlexTache/profile). Since my muscles are still really atrophied and I don't live in the safest country (Romania), I always had someone with me on the rides.
    Right now, things are changing and I need to become more independent. I'm looking into getting a better trike (tadpole trike with more gears since 7 aren't enough to climb hills) and put a BionX system on it for help.
    Hoping this change will be for the good. I'm also going to get a blog up and running to inspire more people and I hope I'll also get to do some touring. There's nothing like seing a country from a recumbent!
    Hi Alex, Welcome to Bike Forums.
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    Iznajar,
    Your injuries are very similar to those I received when a woman
    driving and doing makeup at the same time ran me over. By the
    time I left hospital, I had no money,no place to live, no job,&
    no car.
    So for sometime I became a very resourceful homeless
    person to survive. It is still more difficult for me to walk
    than to ride a bike. Yet in the interim I acquired an old 3 spd
    for $15 which I pedaled with one leg having never received the
    final two surgeries or the physical therapy need for recovery.
    Since then, and several bikes later, I have mounted a small
    friction drive motor to bikes that helps me get around.
    I must say here that I deeply resent the contemptuous
    looks I get from elitist cyclists who seem to think it's my
    duty as a challenged 65 yr. old to pure pedal like them.
    Motored bikes are certainly a preferable alternative for the
    aged to Dodge Hemis.
    I have, thru many painful hours of working out, reached a
    degree of fitness to where I now spend a good deal of time
    just pedaling, but as a bike is my prefer transport, I'll motor
    when I need to get somewhere beyond my physical range,
    and I don't need any snotty looks from purists half my age!

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    rawly old, I take my hat off to you sir, there is a quote that you may have heard of "don't let the b*st*rds grind you down!". Keep pedalling!!

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    I do not have a disability myself, but I'm looking for guidance building a bicycle that my son would be capable of using. I haven't looked into whether insurance would pay for an adaptive bike, but I've been interested in seeing if a trike conversion like this bike would be something that would work for my son. He is 4 years old and has Spastic Diplegia CP. He has been able to stand and cruise supported for some time, but currently he isn't walking. He is attending PT that seems to be pushing him in the right direction. My thoughts are with a saddle that gives additional support (but not too much), cycling would help him with both his core and length strength so as to not only be fun, but therapeutic.
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    I sincerely wish you luck. Kids a tougher than most of us realize,
    and in their innocence they can handle challenges utterly daunting
    to adults.

    Iz,
    They cant grind me down, I'm too mean ta die. I ride an hr. or more
    a day. When I stop they can bury me.
    Last edited by rawly old; 08-05-13 at 10:22 AM.

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    I have not been diganosed with C/P but I have the same symptoms as you mentioned except the weakness. I also have drop foot and my feet turn in-board. I have been riding a bike seriously since Nov of last year, and i think it has helped a lot. I too lay the bike down to get on it.

    Chris

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    Serious vision loss in one eye and a one hundred percent disability rating for PTSD, which likes to go nuts at unpredictable times.

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