New member - above knee amputee rider
Suggested I join the forum to have some of my technical questions answered. Am a avid road and mtn biker for a few years now and have ridden in Europe and South America, I am a amputee http://morethanmobility.ca/pages/about.html posted question about a Sram iMotion 9 hub use in bike mechanics section.
Last edited by saam0049; 03-14-12 at 06:26 PM.
BKA here, and wonderful to see you being so active. I got tired of laying on my keester while I could do nothing but lay on my keester after a terrible motorcycle accident. Although I still am not as active as I would like to be, I strive to participate in what I can short of causing further injury. Look forward to hearing about some of your adventures.
I checked your link - a couple of similarities between you and me - I am 50, an Rt. AKA and also use the C-Leg; however, the big difference would be: you are an athlete who just happens to be an amputee; I am a couch potato looking to increase my cardio.
I use a handcycle, but I'm curious about a couple of things:
1) As an AKA, how do can you muster enough strentgth to bring up the pedal and push down on it with your prosthesis, especially with compromised quad/hamstring muscles?
2) What happen if you have to make a sudden stop and have to lean on your prosthetic side?
I ask because 1) while I have ridden a regular bike, I cannot sustain it for a long period since my left (my non-prosthetic) side quad/hamstring get tired after a short ride and 2) I would only ride on a track (away from traffic) where I don't have to make any sudden stops, and accidentally lean on my prosthetic side.
Very interested to get your thoughts.
I am a left below knee amputee, for a bit over 40 years now.
For strength in thigh muscles on amputated side, I think you need to do exercises to build strength outside of biking. It sounds like your muscles are weak enough that just biking will take a very long time to strengthen them. I have no idea what sort of exercise would build those muscles for an A/K. I have been in that place (as a B/K) where some of my muscles are too weak, and biking does not make them stronger because they are so weak. If you have health insurance, you can ask your primary care doctor about getting some PT to prevent overuse injury in your remaining leg.
Many amputees use some sort of pedal retention system. There is a dead spot in strength when bringing the pedal up on the prosthetic side. Toe clips, Power grips, or clipless pedals work. I started with Power grips about 10 years ago - they are easy to get the prosthetic foot into and out of. I switched to clipless pedals at some point.
I always lean on my non-prosthetic side when I stop. You can practice doing this for a sudden stop. I highly recommend taking a Traffic Safety 101 class from www.bikeleague.org - this is one of the skills they will teach you. Practice will develop muscle memory, and you will lean on the non-prosthetic side automatically when you are stopping.
There is a very active A/K amputee in my state who bikes and does triathlons. He is a physical therapist. I know people who know him, but I have not met him.
The VA published a book about strengthening exercises for lower limb amputees in the early 1990s. One portion of it is available at http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/mon...rlimb/legs.pdf
I have this in print. This is apparently available from google books now at http://books.google.com/books/about/...d=RsXvu1Yo3NIC .
I'm a new amputee too, erm! over 50 and would like some advice too please
Hi all. I am a AKA only in May this year. I can now walk for a short period on my prosthetic leg with 2 sticks (practising with one and without and still attend physio). I would like to cycle but have not cycled since a child because in my 20's my left leg was fused from a motorbike accident and did not bend at all. This same leg is the one that has been amputated. My wife took up cycling just over 12 months ago. I would like to join her. We would be leisure cyclists on canal towpaths and quiet roads. Does anyone have any tips for me to start cycling with my prosthetic leg. Any advice would be welcome. I have not bought a bike yet so some advice on that would be good too. Thank you
Read through this forum, you will find a great deal of information already here. Welcome to the forum, Nidge.
Consider a handcycle as well.
So many options available email me email@example.com, steve - AK Amputee
Originally Posted by Nidge
Originally Posted by Nidge
i have been an AKA for almost 2 yrs(sept). i ride my road bike using total knee but i am told you can use other mechanical knee too. send me an if you are still trying to pick it up. its not that difficult. You wont be able to ride as fast as guys with 2 legs but its still a fun activity
Originally Posted by kaio123
I am also a AKA for 15 years also using a total knee prosthetic limb. I have just decided it was time to hit the bike as my young children are moaning that Dad does not come along on any of the family rides. I was wondering what pedal setup you would use ie Toe Strap's. Shoes, Cage's or Cleat's and are there any in particular I should avoid or any that you would recommend. Also any other advice that would help me using the prosthetic setup I have regarding starting, general riding & dismantling.
Jon & His 2 grumpy Children (Jasmine 9 & Charlie 7)
Originally Posted by Oneleg100
No advice to lend,
but this is a zombie thread,
so start a new one.